Vols remain stuck in ESPN's 'Bottom Ten'nessee' rankings following loss to BYU
It’s been a tough first two weeks of the season for Tennessee football, so this news won’t come as much of a surprise.
This week, the Vols remained in ESPN.com’s Ryan McGee’s Bottom 10 rankings, which were even renamed “the Bottom Ten-nessee” for this edition. The Vols ranked third behind only UMass and UConn, which is not the type of company they’d like to have.
Tennessee has opened the season with two straight bad losses, and both came at Neyland Stadium. The Vols first lost, 38-30, to Georgia State, before falling to BYU, 29-26, in double overtime this past weekend. It’s the first time Tennessee has started a season 0-2 since 1988.
The Vols have endured plenty of recent struggles, as they’ve gone 9-17 since the start of the 2017 season. That includes a 5-7 mark last year, Jeremy Pruitt’s first as head coach.
And things might only get tougher later this season. Tennessee has a good opportunity to earn its first win when it plays Chattanooga at home on Saturday, but SEC play starts after that. The Vols will play three ranked opponents in a span of five weeks — No. 9 Florida on Sept. 21, No. 3 Georgia on Oct. 5 and No. 2 Alabama on Oct. 19.
It could be another losing season for the Vols, which may lead to more appearances in ESPN.com’s Bottom 10 rankings in the weeks to come.
Tennessee and Chattanooga are set to kick off on Saturday at noon ET on SEC Network.