Vols Begin Season in Top 25 of Coaches Poll

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    For the third consecutive year, the Vols will begin the season ranked inside the top 25 of the preseason Amway Coaches Poll.

    USA Today released the preseason Coaches Poll today, and the Vols snuck into the top 25, coming in at No. 24 in the rankings. Last season, the Vols were ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll after coming in right at No. 25 to start the season in 2015.

    The Vols are just ahead of Utah (25th) and right behind Texas (23rd) despite Texas finishing 2016 with a 5-7 record. There are five other SEC schools inside the top 25 of the preseason Coaches Poll. Alabama (1), LSU (12), Auburn (13), Georgia (15), and Florida (16) are all ranked ahead of Tennessee.

    Only three other SEC schools received votes in the poll. Texas A&M had the sixth-most votes (46) of the teams outside the top 25, and Arkansas (22) and Mississippi State (19) also received votes.

    This time last year, the Vols were inside the top 10 in the preseason Coaches Poll and received a lone first place vote. Now the Vols are on the back end of the top 25, but they’re still in it.

    Here are the complete preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll rankings (first place votes are in parenthesis):

    1. Alabama (49)
    2. Ohio State (5)
    3. Florida State (4)
    4. USC
    5. Clemson (7)
    6. Penn State
    7. Washington
    8. Oklahoma
    9. Michigan
    10. Wisconsin
    11. Oklahoma State
    12. LSU
    13. Auburn
    14. Stanford
    15. Georgia
    16. Florida
    17. Louisville
    18. Miami
    19. Kansas State
    20. West Virginia
    21. South Florida
    22. Virginia Tech
    23. Texas
    24. Tennessee
    25. Utah
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.