Here's where Tennessee football ranks in final AP Top 25, coaches poll

A Citrus Bowl win helped Tennessee football make a big jump in the final AP Top 25 and US LBM Coaches Poll.

The Vols (9-4, 4-4 SEC) are ranked No. 17 in both polls, which were released Tuesday. They moved up eight spots in the AP Top 25 and six spots in the coaches poll.

Tennessee is one of six SEC teams ranked in the coaches poll. Georgia is No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the AP poll. No. 5 Alabama, No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 Ole Miss and No. 12 LSU were ranked the same in both polls.

Texas is No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the coaches poll. No. 15 Oklahoma is No. 15 in both polls. They will join the SEC next season.

Of course, national champion Michigan finished No. 1 after beating Washington 34-13 in the CFP title game on Monday.

Tennessee has been ranked in at least one of the polls every week since Week 2 of the 2022 season.

This final jump in the polls came after the Vols routed Iowa 35-0 in the Citrus Bowl behind an MVP performance from freshman quarterback Nico Iamaleava and game-changing plays from sophomore defensive end James Pearce.

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Both players will return next season.

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