Now that Game 2 with UAB is locked in to Raycom, it appears that all of the Vols' September outings will be televised. Game 3 vs. Florida, scheduled Sept. 20, is likely to wind up on CBS, the network that has televised the last 12 Vol-Gator showdowns.
Game 4, Sept. 27 at Auburn, should be one of the most attractive matchups nationwide that weekend. The Vol-Tiger shootout almost certainly will find its way onto television.
Game 5, Oct. 4 vs. Northern Illinois, appears a prime candidate for pay-per-view.
Game 6, Oct. 11 at Georgia, is a good bet to be shown nationally, since many preseason publications rate the Dawgs a top-five team.
Game 7, Oct. 18 vs. Mississippi State, is a strong possibility to wind up as another 12:30 kickoff on Raycom.
Game 8, Oct. 25 vs. Alabama, should be at least a regional telecast on ESPN, especially if Nick Saban's Tide is as improved as some analysts are projecting.
Game 10, Nov. 8 against Wyoming, is another likely pay-per-view option.
Game 11, Nov. 22 at Vanderbilt, could qualify for a Raycom berth since the Commodores gave the Vols fits in a 25-24 loss last November in Knoxville.
Game 12, No. 29 vs. Kentucky, also could find its way onto regional TV, since the Big Blue has qualified for bowl bids two years in succession.
Tennessee is hoping Game 13 will be Dec. 6 in the Georgia Dome. That's the site of the SEC Championship Game, which has a 4 p.m. kickoff on CBS.
Thirteen of the 14 games Tennessee played in 2007-08 showed up either on a network or on a pay-per-view telecast. The lone exception was Game 9 vs. Louisiana Lafayette. It was the first Vol contest played void of TV cameras since UT hosted Memphis on Nov. 12, 1994.
Between the Memphis game of '94 and the Louisiana-Lafayette game of '07, Tennessee played 161 consecutive games that were televised in one form or another.