My hat is off, my head bowed. As a college football traditionalist, it was tragic watching the Pac-12 become the Pac-4, probably on the way to the Pac-0.
Perhaps University of Tennessee fans don’t care what happens on the West Coast. The Vols, after all, are snug in college football’s best conference. They haven’t won an SEC title since 1998 and it’s only going to get tougher when the Longhorns and Sooners arrive. But, hey, the TV money’s rolling in.
Tennessee had an interesting history with the Pac-12. Well, some of it. The Vols never played Washington, Stanford, Arizona or Arizona State. They faced Utah and Colorado before those two made the Pac-10 the Pac-12.
There were two Pac-12 schools Tennessee never beat: 0-4 against Southern Cal; 0-2 against Oregon.
UT defeated Washington State four out of five tries, split with California 2-2 and went 1-0-1 against Oregon State.
One of the delights of my run at the News Sentinel was Tennessee’s series with UCLA. Of 15 meetings, I covered the final seven, including four at the Rose Bowl (stadium) in Pasadena. It became my favorite road venue.
The Vols and Bruins first tangled in 1965 and last in 2009. The bottom line was 7-6-2, Tennessee’s favor. With UCLA in the Big Ten, I doubt we’ll ever see another Tennessee-UCLA game.
Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty leaps over UCLA’s Rahim Moore to score Sept. 1, 2008, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The Vols lost 27-24 in overtime.
Unless there is a surprising revitalization, I doubt we’ll ever see the Vols play another Pac-12 opponent, period.
If so, the West Coast guys fade into a Malibu sunset on a five-game winning streak – California in 2007, UCLA in ’08 and ’09 and Oregon in 2010 and ’13.
Here are 10 memories:
1939: After outscoring 10 regular-season foes 212-0, the Vols boarded a train to meet USC…
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Publish date : 2023-08-16 09:04:05
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