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Tennessee sticks in the top 25 ahead of opener

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The Big Ten schools were added back to the poll.

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Another week, another appearance in the top 25 for the Tennessee Volunteers, who have yet to play a game to this point. This strange season will get somewhat normal next weekend when Tennessee opens against the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia.

The Big Ten is back, meaning they’ve been re-added to the rankings after being removed last week. The Pac-12 is now the lone power five conference in limbo, and well, nobody really knows what’s going to happen there.

So we’re technically entering week four now, which means the SEC is finally set to join the field this weekend. Expect some real movement soon, but for now, this is what we’ve got.

Four SEC teams landed in the top six — Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU. Auburn and Texas A&M, were voted inside of the top 11. Kentucky fell out of the top 25 as five Big Ten teams moved back into the rankings.

(Tennessee plays all of the teams listed above, outside of LSU. Fun!)

Tennessee’s week one opponent, South Carolina, received 22 votes in the poll, which slates them as the 38th ranked team in the poll. The Vols are three point favorites on the road against the Gamecocks.


Week 4 Coaches Poll

1. Clemson

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma (Tie)

3. Georgia (Tie)

5. LSU

6. Florida

7. Notre Dame

8. Auburn

9. Texas

10. Ohio State

11. Texas A&M

12. North Carolina

13. Penn State

14. Miami

15. UCF

16. Cincinnati

17. Wisconsin

18. Oklahoma State

19. Michigan

20. Memphis

21. Tennessee

22. Minnesota

23. BYU

24. Virginia Tech

25. Louisiana