It looks like Tennessee’s hit upon one of the tried and true ways of puffing up the ol’ win total.
In 2010, for the first time in 27 years, Tennessee will play a football game against a program from the lower division: the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks. (The previous 1-AA opponent was The Citadel in 1983.) For those keeping score:
- This is the first 1-AA team since roughly ten years prior to Fulmer’s ascension to head coach.
- Tennessee is the last SEC team to play a 1-AA team since the league expanded to 12 teams.
- Reasons cited for the move were (a) tougher scheduling of gimme 1-A teams (a/k/a rising prices of 1-A cupcakes) and (b) a desire to keep the money in-state.
- If you’re prone to snark over this move, keep in mind the very next opponent that Tennessee plays – Oregon. Then immediately after the Oregon game, Florida comes to town.
And since Georgia fans are invited to take a swipe at this, here goes mine: Vol fans, this is what happens when your program struggles with its in state rival. Salut!