KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s time as a Top 10 team in the polls was short-lived.
The Vols dropped to No. 17 in the AP Top 25 and No. 14 in the NFF-FWAA Super 16 and the Amway Coaches’ Polls after opening the season with a 20-13 overtime victory against Appalachian State last Thursday at Neyland Stadium.
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It was such an uninspiring effort from Tennessee that Coach Butch Jones said the competition for starting positions is open, particularly on an offensive line that was overwhelmed by a Mountaineers’ front that was outweighed 50 pounds per man.
Tennessee (1-0) plays against Virginia Tech (1-0) in the “Battle at Bristol” at 8 p.m. on Saturday in a game at Bristol Motor Speedway. A crowd of more than 150,000 is expected, which would set the record for most attended football game in history.
The Hokies, featuring first-year Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente, opened their season with a 36-13 win over FCS Liberty last Saturday.
Tennessee’s preseason rankings — No. 9 in the AP Top 25, No. 10 in the Amway Coaches Poll — marked the first tim since 2006 that the Vols were in the Top 10.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee athletics for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s SEC Country and lives in Knoxville.