Where the SEC Stands in Week 10 Playoff and AP Rankings

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    Tennessee at SEC Media Days on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    As the new No. 1 team in the nation, the Tennessee Volunteers are the talk of the football world here on Wednesday morning.

    ESPN’s College Football Playoff Rankings show on Tuesday night revealed the Vols as the initial No. 1 seed in the playoff rankings with Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson in order behind them.

    On the flip side, though, the AP Top 25 poll voters kept the Bulldogs on top this week. Tennessee did move up to the No. 2 ranking, but it didn’t send Ohio State down. The Volunteers and the Buckeyes are tied at No. 2 in the week 10 AP rankings.

    Tennessee did receive three more first-place votes than Ohio State, though.

    As far as the SEC goes, it’s the same five teams in both sets of rankings. The AP Poll has seen many from the conference come and go this season including Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kentucky, and South Carolina, but the list looks to be trimming itself down as the season moves into November.

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    The College Football Playoff rankings have Tennessee ahead of Georgia and Alabama, while the AP voters have Georgia ahead of the Vols and Tide. Meanwhile, the playoff rankings also have LSU over Ole Miss, while AP voters have that flipped once again.

    Questions will be answered in the very near future, though. Tennessee and Georgia square off for a monumental matchup in Athens while LSU and Alabama duke it out in Baton Rouge. The SEC’s other ranked team, Ole Miss, will be waiting patiently to host Alabama after their game against the Tigers.

    Here’s a look at how the order plays out:

    College Football Playoff Rankings – Week 10

    No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers

    • Next matchup: @ No. 3 Georgia

    No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs

    • Next matchup: vs No. 1 Tennessee

    No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide

    • Next matchup: @ No. 10 LSU

    No. 10 LSU Tigers

    • Next matchup: vs No. 6 Alabama

    No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels

    • Next matchup: BYE

    AP Top 25 Poll – Week 10

    No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs

    • 1528 points (30 first-place votes)
    • Previous ranking: No. 1
    • Previous matchup: def. Florida 42-20

    No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers

    • 1500 points (18 first-place votes)
    • Previous ranking: No. 3
    • Previous matchup: def. Kentucky 44-6

    No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide

    • 1258 points
    • Previous ranking: No. 6
    • Previous matchup: BYE

    No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels

    • 905 points
    • Previous ranking: No. 15
    • Previous matchup: def. Texas A&M 31-28

    No. 15 LSU Tigers

    • 679 points
    • Previous ranking: No. 18
    • Previous matchup: BYE

    Receiving votes: Kentucky 57, Arkansas 11, Mississippi State 5, South Carolina 2

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.