One team remains. Tennessee football falling to the Georgia Bulldogs in a battle of unbeaten teams in the SEC this past weekend made it pretty clear who belongs at the top of our SEC Power Rankings. However, that obviously wasn’t going to be enough to drop the Vols, no matter how badly they lost.
Beyond that game, though, the power rankings saw one powerhouse team, the crown jewel of the league, shockingly all but eliminated from College Football Playoff contention and a shot at the SEC Championship with just three weeks left in the regular season.
Four other teams remain in contention for the playoff, but the SEC East and West leaders are up effectively two games in their division. Eight have already clinched bowl eligibility. What else could happen over the next three weeks, and where does Tennessee football stand? Find out in our SEC Power Rankings following Week 10 of 2022.
Losing to the Georgia Bulldogs only slightly dropped the Tennessee football Volunteers in the Southeastern Conference.
Lost to South Carolina Gamecocks 38-27
Well, they’ve been playing them closer, but the Vanderbilt Commodores still can’t get over the hump for that first SEC win. Last week’s matchup with the South Carolina Gamecocks was a good one for them to possibly catch a team napping. It didn’t happen, though, so Clark Lea’s path to his first conference victory is a lot tougher.
Again, to be fair, Lea inherited a mess, and winning one more game than last year, all of them by more than he won both games last year, is a step forward on its own. Mini-steps are all you can hope for when it comes to this team, but this is one they likely won’t take now.
Up next is a trip to the Kentucky Wildcats and then visits from the Florida Gators and Tennessee football. All three seem a bit too insurmountable for them, but hey, anything’s possible. Maybe they have enough in the tank to shock one of those teams and ruin their year. Don’t quit on the season just yet.