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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.)

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Over-under win total for Tennessee football? 5.5 is a popular starting point

Butch Jones, Tennessee football

Many fans would be satisfied with a 6-6 record and a bowl appearance in Butch Jones’ first season as coach. (News Sentinel photo)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Selecting an over-under win total is tricky, because the numbers put out by Las Vegas sometimes say as much about the relative strength (and optimism) of a team’s fan base than they do about the team itself.

Even so, perusing the over-under totals is a fun summer tradition.

An online casino wisely took advantage of the potential for free publicity by issuing over-under totals for all 66 BCS teams.
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