KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For the fifth time this season, Tennessee trailed by double-digits after halftime.
And improbably, for the fifth time the Volunteers engineered a raucous rally and took the lead with a chance to win the game.
The fact Tennessee is no longer undefeated almost seems strange after the “Voodoo Volunteers” overcame 6 turnovers, 12 penalties and a slew of injuries to take an overtime lead at No. 8 Texas A&M.
The Aggies ultimately would prevail 45-38 in a double-overtime thriller, but the Volunteers again proved their mettle and magic. They’re no longer perfect, but this team is still something special.
Once again, Tennessee made a million mistakes, but no lead is safe against the Vols because the players simply refuse to quit.
“We’ve shown it all the time, a never-say-die attitude,” coach Butch Jones said afterward.
“A-never-say quit attitude. … This is a resilient group. They never crack. They never waver.”
Despite the loss, Tennessee still sits at No. 3 in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The weekly poll includes 17 voters from SEC Country and around the country.
The Vols will host the Alabama Crimson Tide next Saturday (3:30 p.m., CBS) — the SEC’s No. 1-ranked team according to the Power Poll.
Check back each for weekly installments of the SEC Power Poll.
Your Week 6 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||221||17||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||202||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||179||0||3||3||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||175||0||4||2||6|
|5||Auburn (8 - 5)||135||0||8||4||9|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||131||0||6||5||9|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||118||0||5||4||9|
|8||LSU (8 - 4)||117||0||7||4||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||99||0||9||6||9|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||54||0||11||10||13|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||45||0||10||10||14|
|12||Missouri (4 - 8)||42||0||12||10||13|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||27||0||13||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||2||0||14||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)