Tennessee broke into the College Football Playoff Top 25 spot for the first time this season on Tuesday, coming in at No. 25.
The Vols (8-4, 5-3 SEC) started the season in the top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Amway Coaches Polls but fell out with losses in three of their first five games and four of their first seven. However, Tennessee won five straight and finished in second in the SEC East.
The Vols are one of five SEC teams in the College Football Playoff Top 25, the poll that determines the four teams in the four-team national championship tournament and is used to determine the berths in the New Year’s Six Bowls. Alabama is No. 2, followed by No. 13 Ole Miss, No. 18 Florida and No. 21 LSU.
The top four teams heading into conference championship weekend are No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Iowa. Clemson, Alabama and Iowa all play in conference championship games this weekend. Clemson plays No. 10 North Carolina in the ACC Championship, Alabama plays Florida in the SEC championship and Iowa plays No. 5 Michigan State.