Tennessee and Ole Miss: Did You Know That…
The Tennessee-Ole Miss football game was once a rivalry that heated to a temperature as hot as any in the South. The teams faced each other 59 times before SEC realignment in 1992. After that, the two old foes have played only 4 times. Hard to believe. A shame really.
Here are some factoids to chase away those Monday blues and get you looking forward to yet another important game (well, let’s just say that some are more important than others)…
Tennessee and Memphis have played 62 times.
Tennessee handily leads the series 43-18-1.
Tennessee led the series 18-0-1 until November 8, 1947 when Ole Miss for the very first time defeated Tennessee.
Ole Miss’ greatest period of success against Tennessee was 1957-1966 during which time the Rebels were 9-0-1 against Tennessee, including 7 consecutive wins.
The series reached its zenith of competitiveness between 1968 and 1983 when each team won 7 games.
Tennessee won the last 12 Vol-Rebel matchups (1984-2005).
The Vols shut out the Rebels 14 times, most recently in 1972 when Tennessee defeated Ole Miss 17-0 in Knoxville.
Eleven of those shutouts were within a span of 17 games – between 1922 and 1945.
The Rebels shut out the Vols 4 times, most recently in 1969, the famous 38-0 “Archie Who?” disaster.
These shutouts by both schools include a 0-0 game played on December 5, 1936 in Memphis.
November is the historical month Tennessee vs. Mississippi. Of the 62 meetings, only 16 were played in a different month.
The last four meetings were played in October. Glad to have it back this season where it belongs.
During the 70 year period of 1922-1991, Tennessee and Mississippi played 59 times.
The teams have faced each other only 4 times since the SEC realignment in 1992 (1996-97 and 2004-05).
Welcome back, Tennessee vs. Ole Miss.
Of the 62 games between Tennessee and Ole Miss, only 9 have been played in the state of Mississippi.
The first game played there was in 1951.
Of those 9 games, 6 were played in Jackson – 1969, 1973, 1979, 1982, 1984 (I was there), and 1986.
Of those 9 games, only 3 have been played in Oxford – 1951, 1988, and 2004 (all 3 won by the Vols).
The game has been played in Memphis 24 times, including the very first Vol-Rebel game, 1902. Crump Stadium, now demolished, was the site for games in Memphis until 1965 when the Liberty Bowl stadium opened.
Not all of the games in this series in which the Vols were the home side have been played in Knoxville. Some were played in Memphis.
I can’t think of many other teams than Ole Miss where the Vols played in Memphis as the home team. I know there was UCLA in 1965, Army in 1966, Wake Forest in 1970, Kansas in 1973, but were there others?