Tennessee moves back into top 10 in AP and Amway Coaches polls

The Vols are back in the top ten after fighting their way back up to their preseason #9 ranking in the AP Top 25 Poll.

Tennessee is once again a top 10 ranked team after fighting its way back up to its initial No. 9 preseason ranking.

If you don't count preseason polls, though, this is the first time the Vols have been ranked in the top 10 during the regular season in 10 years. To put that into perspective, the last time the Vols hit the top 10 was in October 2006 - Phillip Fulmer was still the head coach, Peyton Manning had yet to win a Super Bowl and the first iPhone hadn't even become a rumor at that point.

The Vols have gone 5-0 and moved up two spots from last week's No. 11 ranking to No. 9 in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches polls. The team stunned Georgia in Athens on Saturday, winning 34-31 on a Hail Mary pass that was caught in the final seconds of the game.

Georgia needed to beat the Vols in order to stay ranked. The Bulldogs dropped out of both polls, and a slew of newcomers entered the AP Top 25 - including Tennessee's Battle at Bristol opponent, Virginia Tech, at No. 25.

The Vols have a tough couple of weeks ahead. Tennessee will take on No. 8 Texas A&M (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, on Saturday. The Aggies are ranked No. 7 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

ESPN College GameDay is scheduled to cover the game, and the Vols for the third time this season. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m ET, and CBS will broadcast the game.

Tennessee gets its chance to take down No. 1 Alabama at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 15.


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