KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has experienced a rash of injuries this season, so the bye week was a prime opportunity to get healthy before a run toward the SEC Championship Game.
The Volunteers — idle Saturday — spent much of the last week in the training room, nursing more than a dozen contributors expected to return to action at South Carolina on Oct. 29 (7:15 p.m., ESPN2).
“We anticipate most of our players being ready (for South Carolina),” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said last week.
“I’ve never been through a year of this in my coaching career. It’s a great opportunity for your program to show their resiliency.”
At 5-2, Tennessee needs some help to reach Atlanta for the first time since 2007. But the Volunteers have a very favorable remaining schedule — especially compared to SEC East leader Florida.
After consecutive losses to Top-10 teams Texas A&M and Alabama, Tennessee won’t face a ranked team the rest of the regular season.
Will the idle date, the Volunteers remained No. 4 in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The weekly poll includes 22 voters from SEC Country and around the country.
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Your Week 8 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||260||0||2||2||5|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||235||0||6||2||5|
|4||Tennessee (9 - 4)||211||0||5||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||200||0||8||3||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||189||0||4||2||8|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||151||0||3||6||8|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||7||5||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||101||0||9||7||11|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||95||0||10||8||11|
|11||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||54||0||12||9||14|
|12||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||44||0||11||11||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||35||0||14||11||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||4||0||13||13||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)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)