Chris Low points out Tennessee’s appalling home record against, well, good teams:
… This decade, the Vols are just 1-8 when hosting a top 10 team at Neyland Stadium. Their only win came over California to open the 2006 season.
They haven’t beaten a top 10 SEC team at home since winning over Georgia, 37-20, in 1999.
Tennessee hasn’t beaten a top 5 team at home since the 1998 national championship season when it beat Florida, 20-17, in overtime. That’s Phillip Fulmer’s only win at home over a top 5 team as full-time head coach. The Vols beat No. 4 Florida in Knoxville in 1992 when Fulmer was serving as the interim coach for John Majors.
Fulmer’s road record against that sort of opposition improves from awful to merely mediocre.
… The Vols have been much better on the road against top 5 and top 10 competition. They’re 3-3 away from home against top 5 foes since the 1998 national championship season. And this decade, they’re 5-6 away from home against top 10 teams.
The last time Tennessee was unranked and beat a top 10 opponent was 1989 when the Vols won at No. 6 UCLA, 24-6. The last time the Vols were unranked and beat a top 5 team was 1985 when they upset No. 1 Auburn and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, 38-20, in Knoxville.
Truly sucky. Sucky enough that if that were the record of some other SEC coach, Fulmer would be using it as a recruiting weapon.
Those soft November schedules can only take you so far, it seems.