Massive shakeup in AP Prime 25 as Tennessee strikes to No. 3

Published:Mar 8, 202423:09
Massive shakeup in AP Prime 25 as Tennessee strikes to No. 3

Tennessee moved to No. 3 in The Related Press school soccer ballot behind No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Ohio State after knocking off Alabama.

The Crimson Tide was one in all 5 unbeaten groups to fall throughout a wild weekend and dropped three locations to No. 6 within the AP Prime 25 offered by Areas Financial institution. Alabama swapped locations with the Vols after shedding to them 52-49 on a discipline purpose as time expired Saturday.

Georgia remained No. 1 and acquired 31 first-place votes; Ohio State had 17 first-place votes.

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The Vols acquired 15 first-place votes and have their greatest rating since beginning the 2005 season at No. 3. The final time Tennessee was ranked this extremely within the second half of the season was 2001, reaching the highest 10 in late October and headed into the SEC championship at No. 2.

No. 4 Michigan moved up a spot Sunday, switching locations with No. 5 Clemson after the Wolverines blew out now-No. 16 Penn State.

No. 7 Mississippi moved up two spots and No. 8 TCU, No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 Oregon all moved into the highest 10.


The Crimson Tide had its string of 40 straight appearances within the high 5 snapped. It was the longest such energetic streak within the nation.

Georgia now has the longest run of top-five appearances with 24.

The Tide’s newest top-five run is barely the third longest of the Saban period. The Tide’s 68 straight top-five appearances from 2015-19 is the AP ballot document, and a string of 48 consecutive top-five rankings from 2011-13 is tied for fourth.


Tennessee made a case to be the No. 1 staff within the nation, and it swayed some voters.

Those that purchased in on the Vols cited a résumé that features 4 victories in opposition to groups that have been ranked on the time (at Pitt, Florida, at LSU and Alabama).

"I voted Tennessee No. 1 as a result of the Vols’ power of schedule is much superior to UGA and Ohio State," mentioned Ron Counts of the Idaho Statesman in Boise.

For comparability, Georgia has performed only one staff (Oregon) that has been ranked at any level this season. Ohio State has performed three, although just one was ranked on the time (Notre Dame) and all of these opponents have no less than three losses.

Plus, beating Alabama doesn’t occur usually and holds lots of weight with voters. No staff this season has crushed a staff with a greater rating on the time the sport was performed than Tennessee.

"It was a tricky name between Tennessee and Georgia for No. 1," mentioned Kellis Robinett of The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle. "I've been voting the Bulldogs forward of everybody else for a number of weeks, largely as a result of their blowout victory over Oregon has aged like a high-quality wine. However I believe beating Alabama is barely extra spectacular."

So why solely No. 3 for Tennessee?

The ranked-at-the-time argument falls flat for some voters, who have been much less impressed with victories in opposition to Florida and Pitt and provides Georgia and Ohio State credit score for being extra dominant general.

"I’ve been excessive on Tennessee all yr, however I don’t suppose rating them No. 3 is any form of snub this week," mentioned Mike Barber of the Richmond (Virginia) Instances-Dispatch.


— No. 22 North Carolina is ranked for the primary time this season.

— No. 25 Tulane is that this week’s breakthrough staff. The Inexperienced Wave (6-1) is ranked for the primary time since 1998, when quarterback Shaun King led them to an unbeaten season and No. 7 within the last Prime 25.


— Kansas misplaced two straight video games after snapping a ballot drought of 13 years and is unranked once more.

— James Madison is out after changing into the primary staff to be ranked in its first season as an FBS member. The Dukes misplaced 45-38 on the street at new Solar Belt rival Georgia Southern.


SEC — 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 6, 7, 19, 24).

ACC — 5 (Nos. 5, 13, 14, 22, 23).

Massive 12 — 4 (Nos. 8, 11, 17, 20).

Massive Ten — 4 (No. 2, 4, 16, 18).

Pac-12 — 4 (Nos. 9, 10, 12, 15).

American — 2 (Nos. 21, 25).


After six video games matching ranked groups this previous weekend, 5 extra are on faucet, together with the primary top-10 matchup within the Pac-12 because the 2016 convention championship sport (No. 4 Washington and No. 9 Colorado).

No. 14 Syracuse at No. 5 Clemson.

No. 20 Texas at No. 11 Oklahoma State.

No. 9 UCLA at No. 10 Oregon.

No. 24 Mississippi State at No. 6 Alabama.

No. 17 Kansas State at No. 8 TCU.

Full AP Prime 25 ballot:
1. Georgia (31)
2. Ohio State (17)
3. Tennessee (15)
4. Michigan
5. Clemson
6. Alabama
7. Ole Miss
8. TCU
10. Oregon
11. Oklahoma State
12. USC
13. Wake Forest
14. Syracuse
15. Utah
16. Penn State
17. Kansas State
18. Illinois
19. Kentucky
20. Texas
21. Cincinnati
22. North Carolina
23. NC State
24. Mississippi State
25. Tulane

Additionally receiving votes: Purdue (95), LSU (87), UCF (13), South Carolina (13), Kansas (12), James Madison (6), Oregon State (6), Maryland (5), South Alabama (4), Liberty (2), Arkansas (1), Minnesota (1), Florida State (1)

Reporting by the Related Press

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