Tennessee is once again a top ten ranked team after fighting its way back up to its initial #9 preseason ranking.
If you don't count preseason polls, though, this is the first time the Vols have been ranked in the top ten during the regular season in ten years. To put that into perspective, the last time the Vols hit the top ten 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 #11 ranking to #9 in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches polls. The team stunned Georgia in Athens 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 Dawgs 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 #25.
The Vols have a tough couple of weeks ahead. Next Saturday, Tennessee will take on #8 Texas A&M at College Station. ESPN College GameDay will be there to cover the Vols for the third time this season, and kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m.
The following week, Tennessee gets its chance to take down #1 Alabama at Neyland.