Tennessee football is receiving votes as the No. 1 team in the nation.
The Vols got two first-place votes in the USA TODAY coaches poll, which ranked UT No. 4. They got 15 first-place votes for No. 1 in the Associated Press Poll, which has the Vols No. 3.
Tennessee (6-0, 3-0 SEC) toppled Alabama 52-49 on Saturday, snapping a 15-game losing streak against the Crimson Tide with Chase McGrath’s 40-yard field goal.
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The Vols are 6-0 for the first time since 1998, the last time it was the No. 1 team.
UT has beaten Florida, LSU and Alabama to open SEC play. It also has a nonconference win against Pittsburgh, giving it a 4-0 mark against Power 5 teams. All four opponents were ranked when the Vols beat them.
Tennessee entered the season unranked, but moved to No. 24 in the AP Poll in Week 2. The Vols rose to No. 15 then No. 11 before leaping into the top 10. UT was No. 8 for two weeks before jumping to No. 6 after its win at LSU.
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