Tennessee has climbed in the AP Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll following its home-opening 35-12 win over Missouri on Saturday. The Vols are now ranked No. 14 in the AP Poll and No. 12 in the Coaches Poll.
The Vols have now been ranked in the AP Top 25 on 587 different occasions, 14th-most in all of college football.
Tennessee climbed seven spots in the AP Poll from No. 21. Tennessee is one of seven SEC teams ranked in this week’s poll. Jeremy Pruitt’s squad was joined by Alabama (2), Georgia (3), Florida (4), Auburn (13), LSU (17), and Texas A&M (21).
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 eight spots from No. 20. The Vols are one of seven SEC teams ranked in this week’s Poll. Jeremy Pruitt’s squad was joined by Alabama (2), Georgia (3), Florida (4), Auburn (13), LSU (16), and Texas A&M (20). Mississippi State fell out of the rankings after losing to Arkansas.
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.
Following back-to-back wins over SEC East foes to begin the season, Tennessee now turns its attention to one of the favorites to win the division this season. The Vols travel to Athens next Saturday for a contest with No. 4 Georgia. The Bulldogs are coming off a 27-6 win over No. 7 Auburn.
Kickoff between the Vols and Bulldogs is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.