The 2020 Top 25 Coaches Poll has been released, and Tennessee Football barely missed out on making the ranking.
The 2020 preseason Coaches Poll has been released, and Tennessee football falls short of the Top 25 and tied for the most votes for a team that didn’t make the ranking.
Tennessee finished with 111 total votes, which tied Boise State for the most votes for a team not included in the rankings. I’ll take that as the Vols are tied for No. 26 in the preseason poll.
There was no shortage of Tennessee opponents in the Top 25, though. Alabama (No. 3), Georgia (No. 4), and Florida (No. 8) all made the Top 25, as expected.
Tennessee’s two expected opponents out of the SEC West are also in the Top 25. The Vols are expected to get a two-game combination of Auburn (No. 5), LSU (No. 11), or Texas A&M (No. 13). Kentucky also received 73 votes to add another potential Top 25 team to Tennessee’s schedule.
I’m not too surprised that Tennessee didn’t make the Top 25 preseason poll, but it would’ve been a boost in confidence if the Vols did squeeze in at No. 25 or somewhere towards the bottom of the poll. Especially with Tennessee’s 2020 schedule.
If you were hoping for Tennessee’s schedule to get any easier, then 2020 won’t be the year for that to happen. The Vols will have one of the toughest schedules in the country with at least five opponents likely being in the Top 25.
As we inch closer to September, it seems like college football is going to happen in some capacity, even though UCONN announced that it is canceling its season. That’s mostly due to the fact that they don’t have any opponents because they’re not in a conference, but hopefully, the SEC will release team schedules, and we will have something to officially look forward to.