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Tennessee Football Rises Into the Top 20 Following Win Over Kentucky

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KNOXVILLE, TN – September 17, 2022 – Defensive lineman Joshua Josephs #19 of the Tennessee Volunteers and Linebacker Aaron Beasley #24 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Akron Zips and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee Football rose up two spots in the Week 10 AP Top 25 rankings that were released on Sunday afternoon.

The Vols moved from No. 21 to No. 19 after defeating Kentucky by a score of 33-27 on Saturday night in Lexington for the first true road win of the season. This is the 24th straight week Tennessee has been ranked dating back to Week 2 of the 2022 season.

Tennessee was ranked No. 19 in the country during Week 7 of the season and has been ranked between 19 and 23 for six out of the last seven weeks of action.

The Vols come in as the sixth highest-ranked team among SEC competition while the other five teams are all ranked inside the Top 15 including two Top 10 teams.

Georgia checks in at No. 1 following a dominant win over Florida while Alabama rises up to No. 8 following the open date. Ole Miss lands at No. 11, LSU comes in at No. 13, and Missouri continues to climb as the Tigers land at No. 14.

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Bouncing back from the Alabama road loss was huge for Josh Heupel’s Volunteers. Tennessee played a tough, gritty game on the road against Kentucky on Saturday night and found the victory thanks to some offensive firepower from QB Joe Milton, RB Jaylen Wright, and RB Dylan Sampson.

The Vols will return to Knoxville this weekend for a Homecoming game against UConn before traveling to Columbia, Missouri for the final road game of the regular season. Tennessee will then return home for back-to-back home games against Georgia and Vanderbilt to close the season.

Tennessee’s ranked streak continues to impress. The Vols haven’t had this long of a ranked streak since the mid-2000s under former head coach Phillip Fulmer.

Tennessee In 2023 Season AP Poll

  • Preseason/Week 1: No. 12
  • Week 2: No. 9
  • Week 3: No. 11
  • Week 4: No. 23
  • Week 5: No. 21
  • Week 6: No. 22
  • Week 7: No. 19
  • Week 8: No. 17
  • Week 9: No. 21
  • Week 10: No. 19

To view the full Week 10 AP Top 25 rankings, click here.

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