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Tennessee sneaks into the final spot in the 2015 preseason coaches' poll.

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The USA Today Coaches' Poll is here, and for the first time since 2008, you'll find our shade of orange in its preseason release:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR
4 Baylor 11-2 1365 NR
5 Oregon 13-2 1260 NR
6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 NR
7 Auburn 8-5 1103 NR
8 Florida State 13-1 1057 NR
9 Georgia 10-3 1026 NR
10 USC 9-4 1014 NR
11 Notre Dame 8-5 883 NR
12 Clemson 10-3 838 NR
13 LSU 8-5 727 NR
14 UCLA 10-3 697 NR
15 Ole Miss 9-4 668 NR
16 Arizona State 10-3 577 NR
17 Georgia Tech 11-3 573 NR
18 Wisconsin 11-3 470 NR
19 Oklahoma 8-5 407 NR
20 Arkansas 7-6 377 NR
21 Stanford 8-5 365 NR
22 Arizona 10-4 299 NR
23 Missouri 11-3 229 NR
24 Boise State 12-2 190 NR
25 Tennessee 7-6 166 NR

There's an interesting spread of SEC teams in this thing, with Alabama doing their usual and leading the way at number three.  After the Tide you have four SEC teams ranked 7th-15th, then another five from 20th-27th, with Mississippi State and Texas A&M also receiving votes.  That top tier with Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and Ole Miss has the most recruiting stars, but I'm particularly interested in who can break out of that second tier of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M.  There aren't enough wins to go around for ten SEC teams to finish the year in the Top 25 (or 27).  But in good news for the Vols, the four teams not appearing in the preseason Top 27 are all in the SEC East.

Showing up in the preseason poll isn't a definitive sign of anything but hype.  But hype has been welcomed with open arms in Knoxville for the last seven months.  And with your calendar preparing to hit August and the team ready to open fall camp on Tuesday, it's not about to slow down anytime soon.

37 days.