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Vols release 2013 football schedule
Vols release 2013 football schedule

Life in the SEC is never easy, but there are tough paths and then really brutal football schedules.

The Tennessee Vols 2013 slate falls into the latter category.  The SEC released the conference schedule and the Vols their entire 2013 schedule on Thursday.

It includes road games with current top five teams Oregon, Florida and Alabama, plus home games with Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn.

The schedule also includes two open dates, which all league teams have due to the fall 2013 calendar.

Here is more on the schedule from the University of Tennessee:

The University of Tennessee announced the football schedule for the 2013 season, with the Vols slated to host seven games at Neyland Stadium next fall.

The slate of conference home games includes visits from Georgia (Oct. 5), South Carolina (Oct. 19), Auburn (Nov. 9) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 23), while Tennessee plays on the road against Southeastern Conference opponents Florida (Sept. 21), Alabama (Oct. 26), Missouri (Nov. 2) and Kentucky (Nov. 30).

The Vols open the season with consecutive non-conference games against Austin Peay (Aug. 31) and Western Kentucky (Sept. 7). Tennessee will return its game with Oregon on Sept. 14 as the Vols head to the west coast for the first time since opening 2008 at UCLA. The Vols final non-conference game takes place on Sept. 28, as South Alabama comes to Neyland Stadium.

The 2013 schedule has 14 playing weekends which provides for two open dates for each institution, and Tennessee will have open dates on Oct. 12 and No. 16.

The Vols will be playing Austin Peay and South Alabama for the first time in history, and South Alabama will be in its first year as a full-fledged FBS team and compete in the Sun Belt. The games with Oregon and Western Kentucky will be the game with each program. The Ducks travelled to Neyland in 2011 while the Vols opened the 2009 season with a 63-7 win over WKU.

Auburn will be the only SEC foe on the 2013 schedule that Tennessee doesn't face in 2012, and the Vols last played the Tigers in 2009 in Knoxville. Tennessee will also be making its first-ever visit to Missouri, with that game slated for November 2.

The 2013 SEC schedule is considered a "bridge" schedule and not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats. The SEC Athletics Directors will convene in Spring 2013 to begin formulating schedules for the 2014 season and beyond.

Information regarding game times and television broadcast information is typically released two weeks before each individual game. Additionally, information regarding season and individual-game tickets will be released in 2013.

2013 Tennessee Football Schedule
Aug. 31 - AUSTIN PEAY
Sept. 7 - WESTERN KENTUCKY
Sept. 14 - at Oregon
Sept. 21 - at Florida*
Sept. 28 - SOUTH ALABAMA
Oct. 5 - GEORGIA*
Oct. 12 - Open Date
Oct. 19 - SOUTH CAROLINA*
Oct. 26 - at Alabama*
Nov. 2 - at Missouri*
Nov. 9 - AUBURN*
Nov. 16 - Open Date
Nov. 23 - VANDERBILT*
Nov. 30 - at Kentucky*
*-SEC Games; Complete Times, TV will be announced at a later date.

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