Vols Start Season Inside Top 25 of AP Poll for 3rd Straight Year

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    For the third consecutive year, the Tennessee Volunteers will begin the season as a top 25 team.

    The preseason AP Poll was released on Monday, and the Vols snuck just inside the top 25, coming in at the No. 25 spot. Tennessee came in at No. 9 in the preseason AP Poll last season and were ranked No. 25 in the preseason poll to start the 2015 season.

    This marks the first time since 1990-2008 that the Vols have been ranked to start a season for three or more consecutive years in the AP Poll.

    Tennessee is the fifth-highest ranked SEC team in the preseason AP Poll. Alabama comes in at No. 1 with easily the most first place votes (52). The other SEC teams in the top 25 are Auburn (12), Georgia (15), and Florida (17). Kentucky and Texas A&M were the only other SEC schools to receive votes, getting three votes apiece.

    Here’s a complete list of the AP Poll’s preseason top 25 (first place votes are in parenthesis):

    1. Alabama (52)
    2. Ohio State (3)
    3. Florida State (4)
    4. USC (2)
    5. Clemson
    6. Penn State
    7. Oklahoma
    8. Washington
    9. Wisconsin
    10. Oklahoma State
    11. Michigan
    12. Auburn
    13. LSU
    14. Stanford
    15. Georgia
    16. Louisville
    17. Florida
    18. Miami
    19. South Florida
    20. Kansas State
    21. Virginia Tech
    22. West Virginia
    23. Texas
    24. Washington State
    25. Tennessee
    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.