Tennessee football No. 25 in AP Top 25 poll; Vols’ poll archive

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —   Tennessee will begin this season ranked No. 25 in the AP Top 25 poll, which was released on Monday.

It’s the first time since 2006-2008 that the Vols have been ranked in the AP Top 25 preseason poll in three consecutive seasons.

Tennessee returns six starters on offense and six starters on defense along with both specialists and was picked to finish third in the SEC East Division at the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., in July.

There are six teams in the SEC in the AP Top 25, including: Alabama (No. 1), Auburn (No. 12), LSU (No. 13), Georgia (No. 15), Florida (No. 17) along with the Vols.

Related: Complete AP Top 25 poll

Tennessee received 114 points — 19 points behind No. 24 Washington State, and 16 points ahead of TCU, which led the teams that were among “others receiving votes.”

Georgia Tech, the Vols’ opponent in both teams’ season opener at 8 p.m. on Sept. 4 in Atlanta, was not among the others receiving votes.

Tennessee was No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll, released earlier this month.

Tennessee was ranked No. 9 in the preseason last year, and early on the Vols backed it up by getting off to a 5-0 start.

RELATED: Tennessee football No. 9 in 2016 preseason Top 25 poll

Injuries took their toll, however, as Tennessee lost consecutive games to teams ranked in the Top 10 at Texas A&M and against Alabama, before a disappointing road defeat at South Carolina.

The Vols finished ranked No. 22 in the AP Top 25 for a second consecutive season, and Coach Butch Jones will be trying to guide Tennessee to three straight Top 25 season finishes for what would be the first time since 1997-1999.

AP Top 25 football poll history

(dating back to 1970)

2017 (Butch Jones): No. 25 preseason,

2016 (Butch Jones): No. 9 preseason. No. 22 final poll

2015 (Butch Jones): No. 25 preseason, No. 22 final poll

2014 (Butch Jones): NR preseason, NR final poll

2013 (Butch Jones) NR preseason, NR final poll

2012 (Derek Dooley): NR preseason, NR final poll

2011 (Derek Dooley): NR preseason, NR final poll

2010 (Derek Dooley): NR preseason, NR final poll

2009 (Lane Kiffin: NR preseason, NR final poll

2008   (Phillip Fulmer): No. 18 preseason, NR final poll

2007 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 15 preseason, No. 12 final poll

2006 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 23 preseason, No. 25 final poll

2005 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 3 preseason, NR final poll

2004 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 14 preseason, No. 13 final poll

2003 (Phillip Fulmer: No. 12 preseason, No. 15 final poll

2002 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 5 preseason, NR final poll

2001 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 8 preseason, No. 4 final poll

2000 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 12 preseason, NR final poll

1999 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 2 preseason, No. 9 final poll

1998 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 10 preseason, No. 1 final poll

1997 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 5 preseason, No. 7 final poll

1996 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 2 preseason, No. 9 final poll

1995 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 8 preseason, No. 3 final poll

1994 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 13 preseason, No. 22 final poll

1993 (Phillip Fulmer): No. 12 preseason, No. 12 final poll

1992 (John Majors): No. 21 preseason, No. 12 final poll

1991 (John Majors): No. 11 preseason, No. 14 final poll

1990 (John Majors): No. 8 preseason, No. 8 final poll

1989 (John Majors): NR preseason, No. 5 final poll

1988 (John Majors): No. 17 preseason, NR final poll

1987 (John Majors): No. 17 preseason, No. 14 final poll

1986 (John Majors): No. 10 preseason, NR final poll

1985 (John Majors): NR preseason, No. 4 final poll

1984 (John Majors): NR preseason, NR final poll

1983 (John Majors): NR preseason, NR final poll

1982 (John Majors): NR preseason, NR final poll

1981 (John Majors): NR preseason, NR final poll

1980 (John Majors): NR preseason, NR final poll

1979 (John Majors): NR preseason, NR final poll

1978 (John Majors): NR preseason, NR final poll

1977 (John Majors): NR preseason, NR final poll

1976 (Bill Battle): NR preseason, NR final poll

1975 (Bill Battle): NR preseason, NR final poll

1974 (Bill Battle): No. 16 preseason, No. 20 final poll

1973 (Bill Battle): NR preseason, No. 19 final poll

1972 (Bill Battle): No. 15 preseason, No. 8 final poll

1971 (Bill Battle): No. 8 preseason, No. 9 final poll

1970 (Bill Battle): NR preseason, No. 4 final poll

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