Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tennessee Football: 2007 Final Thoughts & Updated 50 Best Vol Games List

One final dart on the football board before we go full speed ahead with basketball later tonight...

As we close the book on the 2007 Vols and move ahead towards recruiting, coaching changes and transfer quarterbacks from Michigan, this has definitely been a unique season in Knoxville and all of college football. So instead of writing more about that, here are some of the in-the-moment pieces written on this blog throughout the season, which are interesting to go back and read just for the sense of highs and lows that we all went through. Despite the lows and the four losses, the Vols finish with a championship and a January 1 bowl win, and yet again, that makes for a good season for me. Thanks to the Vols for making fall both interesting and good.

2007 Tennessee Football on SESB
09/02 - From the hip: Cal/Vols
09/15 - The Worst Loss of My Lifetime
10/01 - The Crossroads of Tennessee Football
10/07 - A New Day
10/20 - In the Moment: Tennessee/Alabama Postgame
10/28 - Because only God knows what'll happen next
11/07 - How to kill a hog...
11/18 - That's why they're Vanderbilt
11/25 - The Champions of the Eastern Division

Also, we're again updating the 50 Best Vol Games (1989-2007) feature, with a ton of inclusions from the 2007 season. You can once again find the original features about these games (in depth on the Top 15 games) from August-December of 2006 in the blog archives.

The updated list following the 2007 season:
50. 1993 - Tennessee 38 - Georgia 6
49. 2006 - Tennessee 31 - Air Force 30
48. 2000 - Tennessee 17 - South Carolina 14
47. 1989 - Tennessee 31 - Arkansas 27 (Cotton Bowl)
46. 2007 - Tennessee 34 - Arkansas 13
45. 1997 - Tennessee 17 - Vanderbilt 10
44. 2001 - Tennessee 35 - Alabama 24
43. 2007 - Tennessee 27 - South Carolina 24 (OT)
42. 1999 - Tennessee 21 - Alabama 7
41. 1999 - Tennessee 38 - Notre Dame 14
40. 1997 - Tennessee 38 - Georgia 13
39. 2001 - Tennessee 28 - Notre Dame 18
38. 1999 - Tennessee 37 - Georgia 20
37. 1996 - Tennessee 35 - UCLA 20
36. 2001 - Tennessee 38 - Kentucky 35
35. 2001 - Tennessee 26 - LSU 18
34. 1989 - Tennessee 24 - UCLA 6
33. 2006 - Tennessee 35 - California 18
32. 1989 - Tennessee 21 - Auburn 14
31. 1991 - Tennessee 30 - Auburn 21
30. 2004 - Tennessee 38 - Texas A&M 7 (Cotton Bowl)
29. 2003 - Tennessee 24 - Florida 10
28. 2001 - Tennessee 45 - Michigan 17 (Citrus Bowl)
27. 1995 - Tennessee 30 - Georgia 27
26. 1992 - Tennessee 34 - Georgia 31
25. 1990 - Tennessee 45 - Florida 3
24. 1998 - Tennessee 35 - Alabama 18
23. 2007 - Tennessee 35 - Georgia 14
22. 1998 - Tennessee 22 - Georgia 3
21. 1998 - Tennessee 34 - Syracuse 33
20. 2003 - Tennessee 10 - Miami 6
19. 2006 - Tennessee 51 - Georgia 33
18. 1990 - Tennessee 23 - Virginia 22 (Sugar Bowl)
17. 2002 - Tennessee 41 - Arkansas 38 (6OT)
16. 2003 - Tennessee 51 - Alabama 43 (5OT)
15. 2005 - Tennessee 30 - LSU 27 (OT)
14. 2007 - Tennessee 52 - Kentucky 50 (4OT)
13. 1995 - Tennessee 20 - Ohio State 14 (Citrus Bowl)
12. 2004 - Tennessee 19 - Georgia 14
11. 1998 - Tennessee 24 - Mississippi State 14 (SEC Championship)
10. 1992 - Tennessee 31 - Florida 14
09. 2004 - Tennessee 30 - Florida 28
08. 2001 - Tennessee 34 - Florida 32
07. 1997 - Tennessee 30 - Auburn 29 (SEC Championship)
06. 1996 - Tennessee 20 - Alabama 13
05. 1998 - Tennessee 28 - Arkansas 24
04. 1991 - Tennessee 35 - Notre Dame 34
03. 1995 - Tennessee 41 - Alabama 14
02. 1998 - Tennessee 20 - Florida 17 (OT)
01. 1998 - Tennessee 23 - Florida State 16 (National Championship)

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