The Tennessee football Volunteers are out of the AP and Coaches Poll top 25 rankings.
It looks like the honeymoon is over for Tennessee football. After getting as high as in the top 15 of both polls and staying in the top 20 after a blowout loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, a blowout 34-7 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats knocked them out.
What’s surprising is that Rocky Top is still receiving votes. UT came in at No. 40 in the AP Poll, still receiving 11 votes, and at No. 39 in the Amway Coaches Poll, still receiving 25 votes. So people aren’t giving up on them yet.
SEC teams ahead of Tennessee football now in both polls include the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators and Texas A&M Aggies, all of whom are in the top 10 and are the only teams ranked in the league right now. Along with Kentucky, the Auburn Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks are receiving more votes than them.
Last week, the Vols were No. 17 in the Coaches Poll and No. 18 in AP Poll. They were No. 12 in the Coaches Poll and No. 14 in the AP Poll before that. Simply put, it’s been a pretty brutal drop after two straight blowout losses.
A 44-21 loss to Georgia doesn’t even look as good either now after Georgia just got blown out by Alabama, who is No. 2 in both polls. And in what is just the Vols’ luck, they have to travel to face Alabama next week.
In fact, at 2-2, every team left on the Vols’ slate except the Vanderbilt Commodores is receiving more votes than them in both polls. They have to play Auburn, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Florida after the bye week.
Jeremy Pruitt’s team is in trouble. It’s one thing to lose two straight and get blown out by Georgia. However, it’s a different thing altogether when you get blown out by Georgia and then the Kentucky Wildcats. If there’s one good thing, both teams Tennessee football beat, the Missouri Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks, are now receiving votes and remain below the Vols.