Snubbed Sunday in the Amway Coaches and Associated Press top 25s, Tennessee found itself inside the top 20 of college football’s most important rankings on Tuesday night.
The Vols (7-3, 3-3) were one of six SEC teams who landed in the College Football Playoff rankings, coming in at No. 19.
Alabama remained No. 1 in the CFP rankings, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson. Louisville was fifth and Washington sixth. Michigan, Clemson and Washington all lost this past weekend as double-digit favorites.
Earlier this week when asked about their rankings’ snubs, Tennessee coach Butch Jones noted that his team could only “control” what it could control and needed to keep winning in order to let everything else run its course.
The Vols still can win the SEC Eastern Division title and make their first appearance in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game if they win their final two games, starting with Saturday’s home finale against woeful Missouri (3-7, 1-5) at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, and if Florida loses Saturday at LSU.
Auburn (15), LSU (16), Florida (23) and Texas A&M (25) were the other SEC teams to land in the rankings.