2023 Vols Debut at No. 10 in USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee football will begin a season ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 2016 as the Volunteers were tabbed No. 10 in the preseason edition of the USA Today AFCA Coaches Poll on Monday.

Six Southeastern Conference teams are in the poll, including top-ranked Georgia, No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 LSU, No. 22 Ole Miss and No. 25 Texas A&M. UT faces three of those conference foes, while non-conference opponent UTSA, who visits Neyland Stadium on Sept. 23, is receiving votes.

It’s the 15th consecutive poll that the Vols are ranked in Coaches top 25 dating back to Sept. 11 last season. UT has been ranked in the top 10 in 13 out of the last 14 Coaches polls dating back to Sept. 25 last season. The Vols finished an 11-2 2022 campaign ranked No. 6 in both the Coaches poll and Associated Press Top 25.

Tennessee is ranked in the preseason top 10 of a Coaches poll for the 11th time dating back to 1990. The Vols opened the 2016 season at No. 10.

Tennessee is going through its second week of preseason camp under the direction of head coach Josh Heupel. The Vols open the season on Sept. 2 against Virginia at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The game is being presented by Nissan. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. CT on ABC.

Tickets for the Nashville opener are on sale now through the Nashville Sports Council and Nissan Stadium via Ticketmaster.com.

USA Today AFCA Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Georgia (61)
2. Michigan
3. Alabama (4)
4. Ohio State (1)
5. LSU
6. USC
7. Penn State
8. Florida State
9. Clemson
10. Tennessee 
11. Washington
12. Texas
13. Notre Dame
14. Utah
15. Oregon
16. TCU
17. Kansas State
18. Oregon State
19. Oklahoma
20. North Carolina
21. Wake Forest
22. Ole Miss
23. Tulane
24. Texas Tech
25. Texas A&M

Tennessee in the Preseason Coaches Poll Since 1990 (ranked) 
2023: 10
2017: 24
2016: 10
2015: 25
2008: 18
2007: 15
2006: 23
2005: 3
2004: 14
2003: 16
2002: 5
2001: 7
2000: 12
1999: 2
1998: 10
1997: 5
1996: 2
1995: 11
1994: 12
1993: 8
1992: 19
1991: 13
1990: 9

Source: UT Sports

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