With the second-longest current win streak in the country, the Tennessee Volunteers will be taking that momentum into 2020 as a ranked team, but not without trouble on the horizon.
The 2020 college football AP Top 25 Poll has officially been announced, and while it still includes teams from conferences that have been postponed, Tennessee fans are in for a pleasant surprise.
In the official rankings, the Tennessee Volunteers land at No. 25, the seventh-highest ranking in the SEC.
Tennessee has not made an AP Top 25 preseason poll since 2017, where they were also ranked at No. 25.
After removing the teams from the list that will not be playing, the Vols theoretically will jump up to No. 16 in the rankings. The leap up in the rankings is attributed to the eventual removal of Big Ten and Pac-12 teams such as Ohio State, Penn State, and Oregon before the start of the season.
The entire 2020 AP Top 25 rankings can be seen below (asterisk indicates a postponed season):
- Ohio State*
- Penn State*
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina
- Iowa State
The next five teams receiving votes in order were Memphis, Virginia Tech, Boise State, Arizona State, and Miami.
The Coaches Poll, which was released on Aug. 6, did not have Tennessee ranked in the top 25. The Vols were the second-highest team in votes received outside of the rankings in this poll. The AP Poll is used to determine rankings during the season, meaning the Vols will be ranked to begin things this upcoming fall.
The Vols will have their hands full this upcoming football season, as 50% of their schedule will feature a preseason ranked team as the opponent.
Tennessee will play at No. 4 Georgia, against No. 3 Alabama, against No. 13 Texas A&M, at No. 11 Auburn, and against No. 8 Florida.
These opponent rankings will respectively change to No. 3, No. 2, No. 9, No. 8, and No. 6 for the updated rankings.
The Top-25 ranked Volunteers and head coach Jeremy Pruitt will kick off their season on the road Sept. 26 against the unranked South Carolina Gamecocks.