Tennessee’s first Peach Bowl appearance was on New Year’s Eve 1982 in a 28-22 loss to Iowa to finish the season 6-5-1 with an SEC record of 3-2-1, highlighted by a win over #2 Alabama

Tennessee and N.C. State meet Friday night in the first of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic games in the Georgia Dome. Both programs have a long history in Atlanta.

The Vols have played in 5 Peach Bowls (let’s call it the Peach Bowl) and 5 SEC Championship Games, while the Wolfpack have 7 appearances in the Peach Bowl, tying Clemson for the most. However, it’s the Vols’ and Wolfpack’s first meeting in Atlanta and only third overall.

N.C. State has a 4-3 Peach Bowl record, but Tennessee has recently struggled in Atlanta, losing its last 6 contests in the Georgia Dome and dropping its SEC/Peach record to 3-7.

Volunteering Agony: 2009 – Virginia Tech 37, Vols 14; 2007 – LSU 21, Vols 14; 2004 – Auburn 38, Vols 28; 2004 – Clemson 27, Vols 14; 2002 – Maryland 30, Vols 3; 2001 – LSU 31, Vols 20 

Future National Championship Coaches: NCSU’s Lou Holtz congratulates Bobby Bowden on West Virginia’s 13-10 win over the Wolfpack in the 1975 Peach Bowl at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Outside of its tangles with Georgia Tech, the Wolfpack haven’t played an out-of-conference opponent in Atlanta since the 1995 Peach Bowl where they defeated Mississippi State 28-24 in their only game in the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs were also Tennessee’s last victim in Atlanta as the Vols prevailed 24-14 in the 1998 SEC Championship Game in route to its last National Championship.

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