2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Tennessee is ranked (Week 1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The season opener for Tennessee wasn’t pretty and the team showed a number of flaws.

Ultimately, however, the Vols pulled out the 42-41 double overtime victory against Georgia Tech on Monday night in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The comeback win highlighted the team’s “resolve and resiliency,” according to coach Butch Jones.

Tennessee (1-0) might not have looked like a well-oiled team, but the voters with SEC Country weren’t too harsh with their voting.

The 26 voters in the SEC Country Power Poll placed Tennessee in the No. 6 spot in the Week 1 poll released Tuesday.

The offense had question marks at every position heading into the game, and the lack of continuity showed in the first half. Junior quarterback Quinten Dormady went 8 of 20 for 54 yards in the first 30 minutes, throwing under constant pressure before halftime.

RELATED:  WATCH: Quinten Dormday’s ‘blood pressure never went up’ in 42-41 win

The wide receivers didn’t do much to help the cause, either, with 5 drops before halftime.

“In the first half obviously, offensively I did not think we played to our standard and our expectations,” Jones said. “We had way too many negative yardage football plays. We had a 3rd-and-long way too many times and we had way too many dropped passes on the perimeter.”

Dormady finished 20 of 37 for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns without an interception.

The Vols settled down as the game wore on and scored 28 points after the third quarter.

Junior running back John Kelly played a big role in the second half turnaround. He finished the game with 19 carries for 128 yards and 4 touchdowns — including the Vols’ last 3 touchdowns.

RELATED: John Kelly delivers brilliant performance when Vols needed him most 

“We talked about just staying composed,” Kelly said after the game about the offense struggling early. “That’s what I was focused on the most.”

Sophomore wide receiver Marquez Callaway recorded only 4 catches, but each catch came at a critical point in the second half. Two of his grabs were touchdowns — from 10 and 50 yards out.

Tennessee now has a short week as it turns its attention to Indiana State for the home opener Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

Your Week 1 Power Poll rankings

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Alabama (1 - 0) 338 26 1 1
2 Auburn (1 - 0) 297 0 2 4
3 LSU (1 - 0) 292 0 2 5
4 Georgia (1 - 0) 260 0 3 6
5 South Carolina (1 - 0) 203 0 2 11
6 Tennessee (1 - 0) 178 0 4 13
7 Arkansas (1 - 0) 165 0 5 13
8 Florida (0 - 1) 158 0 5 14
9 Mississippi State (1 - 0) 136 0 6 13
10 Kentucky (1 - 0) 113 0 6 14
11 Texas A&M (0 - 1) 75 0 7 14
12 Ole Miss (1 - 0) 60 0 9 14
13 Vanderbilt (1 - 0) 52 0 8 14
14 Missouri (1 - 0) 39 0 9 14

This week's voters:

Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford
Blake Morgan
Brandon Walker
Chris Kirschner
Christopher Walsh
Eric Bolin
Hale McGranahan
Jeff Sentell
Joe Mussatto ( SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Ken Bradley
Lauren Shute
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson ( Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Thomas Neumann
Trent Shadid


The post 2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Tennessee is ranked (Week 1) appeared first on SEC Country.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

X