Tennessee announces 2020 opponent

Sep 12, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; General view during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Tennessee. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

An update to Tennessee’s official website on Monday revealed that the Furman Paladins have been added to the 2020 schedule.

Furman, based in Greenville, S.C., will travel to Neyland Stadium on Sept. 19. The Volunteers are also scheduled to host Charlotte on Sept. 5 that season. The current SEC schedule gives teams four non-conference contests, leaving two openings on UT’s 2020 schedule. The non-conference portion of the schedule has already been set for 2018 (West Virginia, ETSU, UTEP, Charlotte) and 2019 (Georgia State, BYU, Chattanooga, UAB).

A contract posted on the site shows that the Paladins will receive $500,000 for their trip to Knoxville. Furman, an FCS team in the Southern Conference, went 3-8 last season.

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  • This is funny b/c furman’s OC was the fastest US coach to 200 wins while coaching Maryville HS, just south of Knoxville. He also owns the 7th longest winning streak in HS football

  • SO much for adding good opponents to increase strength of schedule. Guess UT needs some wins after failing miserably last year.

    • UT won all of its non-conference games last year, and did fine against Florida. Maybe UT should ask to schedule UF every week… SOS would stink, but the new win streak would reach double digits really quick. Good luck finding a QB.

  • Really good opponents? The gators play Northern Colorado & UAB this year. Colorado State & Univ. of Idaho in 2018, and has the Eastern Washington Eagles on the schedule in 2020. So before making stupid comments, you may want to check your own team first.

    • Guess you forgot to note Michigan and Florida State as our other OOC opponents in 2017???

      • I know, good for them. UF finally grew a sack and decided to play a non-conference road game, well neutral site game, for the first time in what 26 or 27 years?

        • outside of Fla*

        • So playing at FSU, in Tallahassee, is some kind of advantage to Florida because it is in the state? Puhleaze….

        • Yea, FSU is tough, but when you use it as an excuse to not schedule another meaningful out of conference road game for a quarter century, then you have no right to make fun of other teams scheduling. Florida has always been known for scheduling cupcakes and using Florida state as an excuse for that. Tennessee has to play Alabama every year but we just got done taking trips to Oregon and Oklahoma while we were way down and didn’t complain about it.