It could have been worse. The Tennessee Volunteers fell out of the top ten in the Coaches’ Poll after losing to the Florida Gators in the Swamp. They only fell to number 11, but this is a ten-horse race, and so the mighty Power T has been replaced. For now.
Here are the horses after Week Three:
The Purdue Boilermakers enter the race at number 10, and the other 9 teams get shuffled just a bit. This is the point in the season where Vol fans start worrying not only about Tennessee’s next opponent, but the fate of the horses in front of them. The Vols must win the rest of their games and most of the teams now in front of them must lose some of theirs in order for Tennessee to make it to the Rose Bowl.
What the Vols were viewing as a curse of a schedule last week could now very well be their blessing. They still get to play number 3 LSU and number 6 Georgia, and if they can beat them, they may find themselves back in the top 5.
The biggest problem right now (besides trying to win at LSU this Saturday) is the Gators. The Vols need Florida to lose two SEC games in order to jump them in the SEC East and play for the SEC Championship. The games the Gators are most likely to lose are at Alabama on October 1, at LSU on October 15, and versus Georgia on October 29.
See the Race to the Rose Bowl from the beginning: