Tennessee Right Outside Top 10 Heading Into Florida Matchup

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    Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

    Tennessee keeps moving up in the polls following the program’s first 3-0 start since 2016. The Vols moved up four sports in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25, lanidng at No. 12 in the coaches poll and No. 11 in the AP poll.

    The Vols made quick and easy work of Akron, scoring touchdowns on six of seven drives with starters playing on their way to a 63-6 victory.

    Florida outlasted South Florida, 31-28, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to improve to 2-1 ahead of this week’s rivalry matchup. The Gators fell one spot to No. 22 in the coaches poll and two spots to No. 20 in the AP poll.

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    The stage is set for Tennessee’s top 20 matchup with Florida. Tennessee is pulling out all the stops for the matchup as the eyes of the college football universe fix their gaze on Knoxville.

    ESPN’s College Gameday is coming to Tennessee for the first time since 2016 and the Vols are checkering Neyland Stadium for the sell out.

    Josh Heupel’s second Tennessee team is the fifth highest ranked SEC team in this week’s rankings.

    The Vols come in behind No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 8 Kentucky and No. 10 Arkansas in the AP poll while ranking ahead of No. 16 Ole Miss, No. 20 Florida and No. 23 Texas A&M.

    The same eight teams are ranked in the coaches poll but Kentucky is No. 9, Ole Miss is No. 13 and Texas A&M is No. 20.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.


    1. It’s all in front of you Cedric. If you can take a moment and think what you’ll look back on in your life at age 80. You’ll see exactly what you need to do NOW.
      Moments are fleeting. Doors open and close just as fast. Time is flying by as you sleep. As you go through the motions. If you truly want to live with OUT regrets.

      You live now with OUT FEAR. Without Hesitation.

      Without WORRY.

      And some day if you’re LUCKY.

      You’ll look back on life and SMILE.

      Knowing You did it !!! YOUR WAY.

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