The 2005 Vols played five teams that were ranked in the top six nationally at the time – Florida, LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Notre Dame. While Oregon hardly qualifies as a perennial NCAA power, the Ducks posted a 10-1 record and a top-10 national finish in 2005.
The addition of two games with Oregon suggests "Go West" is Tennessee's scheduling motto these days. The Vols will open the 2006 season against California in Knoxville, then open the 2007 schedule against the Golden Bears in Berkeley. Tennessee also has a home-and-home arrangement with UCLA for 2008 (Los Angeles) and 2009 (Knoxville). The Vols earlier announced a home-and-home contract with Oklahoma for games in 2014 and 2015.
Tennessee may soon announce a change in its 2009 schedule. The Vols hosted Marshall in 2003 and are scheduled to visit the Thundering Herd in ‘09. However, Big Orange brass are so determined to get out of that game – adding a home game in its place – they may be willing to pay Marshall $300,000 to break the contract.