Tennessee OL Gerald Mincey. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.
Following the Vols’ win over then-No. 19 Kentucky on Saturday night in Knoxville, Tennessee has risen one spot in the week 10 AP poll.
Tennessee climbs up to the No. 2 AP poll ranking, where the Vols are tied with No. 2 Ohio State. Yes, tied at No. 2. This is the highest AP poll ranking that Tennessee has had since week 15 of the 2001 season.
The AP Top 5 is as follows:
1. Georgia – 1,528 points – 30 first-place votes
2. (tie) Tennessee – 1,500 points – 18 first-place votes
2. (tie) Ohio State – 1,500 points – 15 first-place votes
4. Michigan – 1,378 points
5. Clemson – 1,312 points
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All eyes will be on the SEC East next weekend as No. 1 Georgia hosts No. 2 Tennessee in the biggest game of the college football season.
Aside from Tennessee’s one-spot jump, the rest of the Top 8 in the AP poll remains the same with Alabama, TCU, and Oregon taking the spots after Clemson. USC rises one spot to No. 9 in the country while UCLA rounds out the Top 10.
Tennessee also knocked Kentucky out of the Top 25 with their 44-6 victory on Saturday night.
While Tennessee does rise to a tie in the AP rankings, the Vols hold firm at the No. 3 spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Vols will head south to Athens, Georgia next weekend for a monumental showdown with No. 1 Georgia. The winner will move on to the SEC Championship game representing the eastern division while the loser waits to see how the cards will fall.
Tennessee’s 2022 AP Rankings history is as follows
Week 1: Unranked
Week 2: No. 24
Week 3: No. 15
Week 4: No. 11
Week 5: No. 8
Week 6: No. 8
Week 7: No. 6
Week 8: No. 3
Week 9: No. 3
Week 10: No. 2