In AP poll, Vols will play 4 of top 6 teams and 5 of top 10

Relentless, banner, Haslam Field

A new banner bearing the word “Relentless” is hung from a camera tower at Haslam Field on Aug. 5, 2013. (Photo Brendan F. Quinn)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee didn’t receive a single vote in the first installment of the Associated Press Top 25, but that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

The Vols got only one vote in the coaches’ poll, which means that one voter put them at No. 25.

The AP poll no longer carries any weight in postseason matchups, but it is a solid barometer of conventional wisdom. And the rankings reinforce just how tough Tennessee’s schedule will be.

The Vols play four of the nation’s top six teams and five of the top 10.

If you’re looking for optimism, seven of Tennessee’s 12 opponents aren’t ranked at all (although Vanderbilt is among other teams receiving votes.)

Here’s the complete AP poll with Tennessee’s opponents in bold.

Rank. Team …………. Last year’s record … Pts. … Last year’s final rank
1. Alabama (58) ……. 13-1 ….. 1,498….. 1
2. Ohio St. (1)……. 12-0 ….. 1,365….. 3
3. Oregon …………… 12-1 ….. 1,335….. 2 4-1
4. Stanford ………….. 12-2 ….. 1,294….. 7
5. Georgia (1) ………. 12-2 ….. 1,249…..t5
6. South Carolina ….. 11-2 ….. 1,154….. 8
7. Texas A&M ……….. 11-2 ….. 1,104….. t5
8. Clemson ………….. 11-2 ….. 1,083….. 11
9. Louisville ………….. 11-2 ….. 1,042….. 13
10. Florida …………… 11-2 ….. 894….. 9 4-2
11. Florida St. ………. 12-2 ….. 845….. 10
12. LSU ………………. 10-3 ….. 802…..14 3-3
13. Oklahoma St. …… 8-5 ….. 755….. NR
14. Notre Dame ………12-1 ….. 748….. 4
15. Texas ……………… 9-4 ….. 677….. 19
16. Oklahoma ……….. 10-3 ….. 579….. 15
17. Michigan ………….. 8-5 ….. 531….. 24
18. Nebraska ………… 10-4 ….. 382….. 25
19. Boise St. …………. 11-2 ….. 328….. 18
20. TCU ……………….. 7-6 ….. 323….. NR
21. UCLA ……………… 9-5 ….. 286….. NR
22. Northwestern …… .10-3 ….. 199…..NR
23. Wisconsin ………… 8-6 ….. 185….. NR
24. Southern Cal …….. 7-6 ….. 134 ….. NR
25. Oregon St. …………9-4 ….. 129 ….. 20

Others receiving votes: Michigan St. 95, Baylor 92, Virginia Tech 86, Miami 85, Arizona St. 53, Kansas St. 43, Fresno St. 36, Vanderbilt 19, Washington 17, N. Illinois 16, Mississippi 11, Utah St. 8, Georgia Tech 6, Arizona 3, Cincinnati 3, North Carolina 3, Penn St. 2, BYU 1.