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National Championships

Tennessee claims six national championships. The following is a list of the six national championships listed by the Vols. Only four (1938, 1950, 1951, and 1998) were recognized by major polls. The Associated Press has only acknowledged Tennessee as National Champions twice, but the #1 Vols lost in the Sugar Bowl in 1951 after being named AP and UPI National Champions due to the polls being conducted before the bowl season prior to 1968 and 1974 respectively. The 1938 and 1950 championships, while not AP titles, were recognized by a majority of overall selectors/polls, and, as such, are generally recognized.

Year Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1938 Robert Neyland CFRA, Dunkel, Billingsley, CFI, Litkenhous, Boand, Houlgate, Poling, NSFR, Frye, Massy, Koger, McCarty, Libby, Maxwell, Sagarin, Howell 11-0 Won Orange
1940 Robert Neyland Dunkel, Williamson 10-1 Lost Sugar
1950 Robert Neyland National Championship Foundation, Billingley, CFRA, Massy, Dunkel, DeVold, CFI, Frye, Fleming System, Howell, Maxwell, Sorensen 11-1 Won Cotton
1951 Robert Neyland AP, UPI 10-1 Lost Sugar
1967 Doug Dickey Litkenhous 9-2 Lost Orange
1998 Phillip Fulmer AP, USAToday/ESPN, BCS 13-0 Won Fiesta
Total national championships claimed 6

Tennessee has also been awarded unrecognized national championships by various organizations in eight additional years: 1914, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1939, 1956, 1985, and 1989.

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