Vols fall in AP Poll, climb in Coaches Poll following win over Carolina

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    Tennessee has dropped in the AP Top 25 Poll, and climbed up in the Amway Coaches Poll following its season-opening 31-27 win over South Carolina. The Vols are now ranked No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 20 in the Coaches Poll.

    Tennessee has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 on 586 different occasions, 14th-most in all of college football.

    The Vols fell five spots in the AP Poll from No. 16. Tennessee is one of six SEC teams ranked in this week’s Poll. Jeremy Pruitt’s squad was joined by Alabama (2), Florida (3), Georgia (4), Auburn (7), Texas A&M (13), Mississippi State (16) and LSU (20).

    The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.

    In the Coaches Poll, Tennessee moved up one spot from No. 21. The Vols are one of eight SEC teams ranked in this week’s Coaches Poll. They were joined by Alabama (2), Florida (3), Georgia (4), Auburn (7), Texas A&M (13), Mississippi State (14) and LSU (17).

    The Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the American Football Coaches Association their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.

    Tennessee now returns to Neyland Stadium this upcoming Saturday following its season-opening win over South Carolina for its home-opener against Missouri. The Tigers (0-1) began their season on Saturday night with a 38-19 loss to No. 2 Alabama.

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.