Tennessee football finished the season on an amazing run, but it wasn’t enough for the AP to rank the Vols in its final AP Poll of the season.
The final AP Poll of the season has been released after LSU defeated Clemson in the National Championship, but Tennessee football did not find itself ranked.
After everything Tennessee went through during the 2019 season, I think it’s a snub that the Vols didn’t make the final AP Poll. To say this football team does not deserve to finish as a top-25 team is another way to underrate Tennessee football.
If the media wants to underrate the Vols like they did the basketball team last year, then that’s fine with me. We can run with the “Don’t Pick Us” mantra if we have to, but this team deserves some credit for overcoming the early season struggles.
The Vols finished with six straight wins, including a win against Indiana in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. After starting the season 1-4, the Vols rallied and finished the season with eight wins.
Only three teams finished in the AP top-25 with single-digit wins. Auburn finished 9-4 and ranked at 14, Michigan finished 9-4 and ranked at 18, and Texas finished 8-5 and ranked at 25.
Somehow the real UT got snubbed while the fake UT finished ranked 25th. Texas did not have a good season. Sure they finished with the same record as Tennessee, but they had very high standards and once again flopped, proving Texas is not back.
Texas finished the season, winning two straight games. They beat Texas Tech in the season finale and Utah in the Alamo Bowl. Sure, you can say Utah is a big win, but Tennessee won seven of its last eight games of the season.
There are not very many teams doing that, not ranked in the top-25. I’m fine with it, though; I prefer the under the radar type of attitude.
The Titans had that attitude for most of the 2019 season, and now they’re in the AFC Championship, so I say bring it on.
Jeremy Pruitt has this program going in the right direction, and I’m bought into what he’s doing. Tennessee’s time is coming.