The Tennessee Volunteers began their season ranked 16th in the AP Poll. Fresh off their victory in Columbia, those same Vols dropped to 21. That is right; you read that correctly. Not only did the Vols win, but they covered the 3.5 point spread. Despite this, the Volunteers find themselves falling in the AP Poll. Before you get too mad, there is logical reasoning for this.
With the recent announcements from the BIG10 and PAC12 about restarting their football seasons, those teams have been re-added to the polls. Although it might seem disappointing at first, it does actually make some sense. Teams like Ohio State and Oregon need to be ranked if they’re going to have a season. Perhaps a more accurate poll to compare these rankings to is the very first poll that came out.
If we go all the way back to the first “Week 1” version of the AP Poll, the Vols just squeaked in at 25. After comparing that ranking to this week’s poll, it is more accurate to say the Vols moved up 4 spots instead of sinking in the rankings.
In this crazy 2020 season, nothing will come easy. But as long as the Vols keep winning, the rankings will work themselves out.