Since UT's last ranking, 67 teams have appeared in BCS standings

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

29: TCU

26: Texas, Virginia Tech

25: Oklahoma

24: Ohio State, Penn State, Utah

23: Michigan State

21: Wisconsin

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

12: Arizona

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

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Comments » 4

TooDlems writes:

Well we're going to appear in a BCS game this weekend with the Big Dog.

smokysbark writes:

I don't even know which articles to read anymore ... I'm sick of hearing how bad we suck but I don't want to hear how it's going to get better either because that feels like false hope. Oh well, win or lose, I'm not changing my hat. GBO!

TrouserCough writes:

He just needs more time

byrd writes:

Players are talented young men. Coaches are professionals failing miserably. I encourage the players to do their best and find a way to win. Go beyond the coaches....

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