KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is ranked No. 3 in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll after its stunning 34-31 win over Georgia at Sanford Stadium on Saturday.
It marked the Vols’ fourth come-from-behind victory this season, with Tennessee trailing by double digits in all four.
The Bulldogs led 17-0 in the first half and 24-14 entering the fourth quarter before Josh Dobbs connected with Jauan Jennings on the final play of the game for a 43-yard touchdown pass.
Tennessee fourth-year head coach Butch Jones was thrilled with the win, but he was disappointed his team got off to another slow start. The Vols have been outscored 41-10 in the opening quarter this season.
“I didn’t like our performance in the first half,” Jones said. “I thought we were nonchalant. I didn’t think we were very physical on both sides of the football.”
That all changed over the final 30 minutes.
Tennessee rose to the challenge of a hostile environment and was able to overcome Jacob Eason’s 47-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley with 10 seconds left.
“Again, just resiliency … 11 straight wins,” Jones said. “That’s the fifth-longest (win) streak in school history.”
The poll includes 21 members from SEC Country and the national media.
The Vols next play at Texas A&M, the SEC’s No. 2-ranked team according to the Power Poll.
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Your Week 5 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||273||21||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||246||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||226||0||3||2||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||217||0||4||2||5|
|5||Arkansas (7 - 6)||185||0||6||4||8|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||150||0||5||5||9|
|7||LSU (8 - 4)||144||0||9||5||9|
|8||Auburn (8 - 5)||135||0||7||5||10|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||123||0||8||6||10|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||78||0||10||9||12|
|11||Kentucky (7 - 6)||46||0||12||10||14|
|12||Missouri (4 - 8)||45||0||11||10||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||34||0||13||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||9||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)