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Which Coaches Ranked Alabama Ahead Of Tennessee In Season’s Final Poll

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Tennessee ranked No. 6 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the 2022 football season, matching its ranking in the AP Poll.

The Vols went 11-2 (6-2 SEC) in Josh Heupel’s second season as head coach with wins over Florida, LSU, Alabama and Clemson.

USA Today shared the voting for the final rankings of the season, showing which coaches were lower on Tennessee and which ones were high on the Vols.

Alabama landed ahead of Tennessee at No. 5 in the rankings, keeping the Vols from their first top five season in the 21st century. Then there were the coaches who ranked Tennessee seventh or lower in the rankings, lower than Penn State and even Kansas State.

The most notable coaches who voted Tennessee low include Butch Jones, Greg Schiano, Dave Doeren and Marcus Freeman.

There were many notable coaches that voted Tennessee above the Crimson Tide including Kirby Smart, Sonny Dykes, James Franklin and Sam Pittman.

Let’s see which coaches ranked Alabama over Tennessee in the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the season.

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Ranked Alabama Ahead Of Tennessee

Tim Albin, Ohio

Tom Allen, Indiana

Blake Anderson, Utah State

Marcus Arroyo, UNLZ

Dino Babers, Syracuse

Neal Brown, West Virginia

Troy Calhoun, Air Force

Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina

Sonny Cumbie, Louisiana Tech

Kalen DeBoer, Washington

Jake Dickert, Washington State

Dana Dimel, UTEP

Dave Doeren, North Carolina State

Stan Drayton, Temple

Mike Elko, Duke

Jedd Fisch, Arizona

Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame

Hugh Freeze, Liberty

Willie Fritz, Tulane

Danny Gonzales, New Mexico

Jeff Hafley, Boston College

Will Hall, Southern Miss

Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois

Butch Jones, Arkansas State

Chris Klieman, Kansas State

Rhett Lashlee, SMU

Lance Leipold, Kansas

Tim Lester, Western Michigan

Sean Lewis, Kent State

Mike Locksley, Maryland

Chuck Martin, Miami (Ohio)

Joe Moorhead, Akron

Jim Mora, UCONN

Billy Napier, Florida

Pat Narduzzi, Pitt

Brent Pry, Virginia Tech

Nick Saban, Alabama

Greg Schiano, Rutgers

Jake Spavital, Texas State

Rick Stockstill, MTSU

Jeff Tedford, Fresno State

Mel Tucker, Michigan State

Ken Wilson, Nevada

Coaches Who Voted Tennessee Lower Than Sixth

Sonny Cumbie, Louisiana Tech (7th)

Kalen DeBoer, Washington (7th)

Dave Doeren, North Carolina State (8th)

Mike Elko, Duke (7th)

Danny Gonzales, New Mexico (7th)

Butch Jones, Arkansas State (7th)

Lance Leipold, Kansas (7th)

Tim Lester, Western Michigan (7th)

Mike Locksley, Maryland (7th)

Joe Moorhead, Akron (7th)

Greg Schiano, Rutgers (7th)

Ken Wilson, Nevada (8th)

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5 Responses

  1. I think the volunteers are a great football team. We did beat Alabama and have one of the toughest schedule in league play. Not sure way those coaches would vote Tennessee below Alabama and is ridiculous to rank them lower than sixth. Go Large Orange.

  2. Alabama wouldn’t even win the SEC tiebreaker.
    We beat the & destroyed the other team that beat them . Plus if they had to play Georgia to , they would have had 3 losses.

  3. Well….Nick Saban’s ovaries have been in an uproar since his loss to Tennessee this season. His cycles have been erratic ever since he hiked up his skirt and ran to the team bus after the game. It was evident then that he would hold a grudge.

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