Derek Dooley addresses the media during Bama week
Nearly five years have passed since Tennessee appeared at No. 16 in the final week of the 2007 BCS standings. The Vols have been nowhere to be found since.
During that span, 67 FBS teams have appeared in the BCS top 25, including the likes of Ball State, Tulsa, Central Florida, Hawaii, Northern Illinois and Rutgers.
When the standings were released Sunday, the Vols found themselves ranked No. 49 in the computer rankings, sandwiched between Miami (Fla.) and Missouri. Sitting at 3-3 overall and 0-3 in the SEC, they're unranked in the human polls.
Between inception of the BCS poll in 1998 — Tennessee's national championship campaign — and 2007, the Vols appeared in the standings 52 out of a possible 80 weeks. Despite being absent now for the past 33 weeks of the BCS top 25, UT's 52 total appearances still ranks 15th all-time. What programs have 51 appearances? Penn State and Alabama.
Teams appearing in the BCS poll since Tennessee's last appearance on Dec. 2, 2007:
33: Alabama, Boise State
31: Oklahoma State
30: LSU, Oregon
26: Texas, Virginia Tech
24: Ohio State, Penn State, Utah
23: Michigan State
20: South Carolina, Stanford
18: Florida, Nebraska
17: Georgia Tech, Missouri
16: Arkansas, Georgia, Southern Cal
15: Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Houson, Iowa, West Virginia
14: BYU, Pittsburgh
11: Clemson, Kansas State, Miami (Fla.)
10: Texas Tech
9: Mississippi State
8: Ball State, Michigan, Oregon State
7: Texas A&M, Baylor, Nevada
5: California, North Carolina, Northwestern, Southern Miss.
4: Notre Dame, South Florida
3: Boston College, Tulsa
2: Arizona State, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina State
1: Central Florida, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville, Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Washington