Tennessee began the season ranked in the AP Poll and have been bouncing around since. After the 2-0 start to the season, the Vols peaked at number 14. Sadly, it has been all downhill ever since.
Following the Vols loss to Georgia, the voters gave Tennessee the benefit of the doubt and only dropped them four spots. This seemed fine at the time, too. Tennessee was in a position to beat Kentucky, jump up in the polls some, and head into the Alabama game as a top-ranked team. Instead, 2020 strikes again.
Losing to Kentucky was inexcusable, and any respect the Vols had earned vanished. Currently, the Vols remain in the “Others Receiving Votes” portion of the poll, but it is likely out of pity. For reference, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Liberty are all ranked higher than the Vols right now.
It’s hard to accept, but we have probably witnessed Tennessee’s last time as a ranked team in 2020. Alabama will knock us down lower, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier afterward. I hope I am wrong, but Tennessee doesn’t deserve to be ranked right now anyway.