1961 Tennessee Volunteers football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record6–4 (4–3 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumShields–Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Alabama + 7 0 0 11 0 0
No. 4 LSU + 6 0 0 10 1 0
No. 5 Ole Miss 5 1 0 9 2 0
No. 13 Georgia Tech 4 3 0 7 4 0
Tennessee 4 3 0 6 4 0
Florida 3 3 0 4 5 1
Auburn 3 4 0 6 4 0
Kentucky 2 4 0 5 5 0
Georgia 2 5 0 3 7 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0 5 5 0
Tulane 1 5 0 2 8 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0 2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1961 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1961 NCAA University Division football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Bowden Wyatt, in his seventh year, and played their home games at Shields–Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of six wins and four losses (6–4 overall, 4–3 in the SEC).

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 30AuburnL 21–2444,600[1]
October 7Mississippi Statedagger
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 17–331,600[2]
October 14Tulsa*
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 52–623,439[3]
October 21at No. 5 AlabamaABCL 3–3448,000[4]
October 28Chattanooga*
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 20–725,000[5]
November 4at North Carolina*L 21–2235,000[6]
November 11No. 9 Georgia Tech
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
W 10–646,000[7]
November 18vs. No. 6 Ole MissL 10–2432,428[8]
November 25at KentuckyW 26–1637,000[9]
December 2Vanderbilt
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
W 41–729,130[10]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Glenn Glass Halfback 17 Chicago Bears

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References

  1. ^ "Auburn fielder sinks Vols". The Tennessean. October 1, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Vols turn back Maroons, 17–3". Asheville Citizen-Times. October 8, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Vols warm up for Alabama; Rout Tulsa, 52–6". Kingsport Times-News. October 15, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Trammell stars as Tide crushes Tennessee 34–3". The Decatur Daily. October 22, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Faircloth supplies punch as Vols tumble Mocs, 20–7". The Knoxville News-Sentinel. October 29, 1961. Retrieved September 10, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Tars stun Vols 22–21 in final 15 seconds". The Greenville News. November 5, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Vols upset Engineers, 10–6". Richmond Times Dispatch. November 12, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Powerful Ole Miss belts Vols, 24–10". The Jackson Sun. November 19, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Tennessee downs arch-rival Kentucky 26–16". The Paducah Sun-Democrat. November 26, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Tennessee Vols crush Vanderbilt, 41–7, in finale". Johnson City Press-Chronicle. December 3, 1961. Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "1962 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 8, 2012.