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Tennessee Remains in AP Top 10, Falls Out of Coaches Poll Top 10

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Tennessee drops a few spots after suffering a loss to South Carolina on Saturday. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

The Tennessee Volunteers fell four spots in the Week 13 AP Top 25 poll that was released on Sunday.

Following their loss to unranked South Carolina in Columbia, the Vols fell from No. 5 to No. 9 in the country.

While the Vols didn’t lose their spot in the AP Top 10, Tennessee’s playoff hopes are all but over.

Tennessee’s two losses and no conference championship appearance have essentially eliminated the Vols from the playoff conversation as Tennessee likely shifts its focus to a different New Year’s Six game.

The Vols are also now the fourth-highest team from the SEC in the Week 13 AP Rankings. Tennessee sits behind No. 1 Georgia, No. 6 LSU, and No. 8 Alabama in the poll.

Tennessee did not fare as well in the USA Today Coaches Poll, though. The Vols dropped six spots from No. 5 to No. 11 and now sit on the outside out of the Top 10 looking in.

The next round of the College Football Playoffs Rankings will come out Tuesday night on ESPN. As they have been since the initial release a few weeks back, the CFP rankings are the official broadcast rankings moving forward. Still, though, the AP and Coaches Poll gives a good indication as to where Tennessee may find itself on Tuesday night.

The Vols’ final game of the regular season will take place in Nashville against Vanderbilt this Saturday night.

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The AP Top 10 is as follows:

  1. Georgia (11-0)
  2. Ohio State (11-0)
  3. Michigan (11-0)
  4. TCU (11-0)
  5. Southern California (10-1)
  6. LSU (9-2)
  7. Clemson (10-1)
  8. Alabama (9-2)
  9. Tennessee (9-2)
  10. Oregon (9-2)

The USA Today Coaches Poll Top 12 is as follows:

  1. Georgia (11-0)
  2. Ohio State (11-0)
  3. Michigan (11-0)
  4. TCU (11-0)
  5. Southern California (10-1)
  6. LSU (9-2)
  7. Alabama (9-2)
  8. Clemson (10-1)
  9. Oregon (9-2)
  10. Penn State (9-2)
  11. Tennessee (9-2)
  12. Washington (9-2)

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