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My take on the Tennessee SportsNation results

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Here's a look at the SportsNation results from the Tennessee stop in College Football Live's "50 States Tour" and whether or not I agree:

1. Which team is the best in state history?

SportsNation results (11,353 votes)

  • 1998 Tennessee, 13-0, national champions: 83 percent

  • 1938 Tennessee, 11-0, national champions: 9 percent

  • 1951 Tennessee, 10-1, national champions: 4 percent

  • 1982 Tennessee State, 10-1-1: 3 percent

  • 1939 Tennessee, 10-1, SEC champions: 1 percent

My take: Disagree

It's impossible to compare eras, but Gen. Robert Neyland's teams in 1938 and 1939 were beyond dominant. The 1938 Vols shut out eight of their 11 opponents and only gave up 16 points all year, ending the season with a 17-0 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. The 1939 Vols remain the last team in NCAA history to go unscored upon in regular-season play. They were beaten by Southern California 14-0 in the Rose Bowl. The 1998 season was a magical ride for the Vols, and that team was filled with great players. But what Tennessee did in 1938 and 1939 is hard to trump.

2. Which player is the best in state history?

SportsNation results (11,694 votes)

  • Peyton Manning: 71 percent

  • Reggie White: 21 percent

  • Terrell Owens: 4 percent

  • Ed "Too Tall" Jones: 3 percent

  • Isaac Bruce: 2 percent

My take: Agree

Manning will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, and he remains an icon in Tennessee. His coming to Tennessee in 1994 paved the way to the Vols' incredible run in the 1990s. The late Reggie White is one of the most dominant defensive linemen to ever play the game and is right there on Manning's coattails. He was utterly unblockable during his senior season at Tennessee in 1983. Ed "Too Tall" Jones also deserves some more love.

3. Which coach is the best in state history?

SportsNation results (11,230 votes)

  • Gen. Robert Neyland, Tennessee: 52 percent

  • Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee: 26 percent

  • John Merritt, Tennessee State: 14 percent

  • Dan McGugin, Vanderbilt: 6 percent

  • Billy Murphy, Memphis: 3 percent

My take: Agree

No contest here. Neyland served three different stints at Tennessee while also serving his country during war time. He's the father of Tennessee football, a College Hall of Fame member and the winningest coach in school history. Fulmer delivered the Vols their first national title in 47 years and is a lock to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and doesn't John Majors have to be on this list somewhere? Also, go back and look at how badly McGugin was beating teams in the early 1900's. He coached the Commodores for three decades and was inducted into the Hall of Fame after compiling a 197-55-19 record.

4. Which was the best game in state history?

SportsNation results (10,464)

  • 2001 Tennessee over Florida (34-32): 33 percent

  • 1998 Tennessee over Florida (20-17): 28 percent

  • 1991 Tennessee over Notre Dame (35-34): 20 percent

  • 1999 Tennessee over Florida State (23-16): 12 percent

  • 1982 Tennessee over Alabama (35-28): 7 percent

My take: Disagree

That 2001 win over the Gators in the Swamp was no doubt a classic, but the 20-17 overtime win over Florida in 1998, paving the way for the Vols to win the national title, would be my No. 1 choice. And where's the 16-14 win over Alabama in 1985? I can still see Dale Jones deflecting Mike Shula's pass near the line of scrimmage and cradling it for an interception just before it hit the ground.

5. Which game had the most memorable finish?

SportsNation results (10,386 votes)

  • 1998 Tennessee over Florida (20-17): 43 percent

  • 1998 Tennessee over Arkansas (28-24): 23 percent

  • 2008 Middle Tennessee over FAU (14-13): 14 percent

  • 1999 Vanderbilt over Ole Miss (37-34): 11 percent

  • 1996 Memphis over Tennessee (21-17): 9 percent

My take: Disagree

Neyland Stadium has never rocked the way it did that night when Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner fumbled in the final two minutes and Billy Ratliff recovered for the Vols. Left for dead, Tennessee miraculously escaped to keep its national championship dreams alive. The folks in Memphis would probably argue that the 1996 game at the Liberty Bowl featured a pretty memorable finish. It's certainly one of the biggest football upsets involving two teams from the state of Tennessee.