The Tennessee Vols are one of 21 college football teams that are still undefeated.

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Bill Connelly ranked the remaining unbeaten teams in college football.

And he has the Vols as the sixth-best undefeated team.

From ESPN:

It’s still early, but Josh Heupel’s Vols have thus far lived up to the top-10 status SP+ handed them at the start of the season. The defense has some big-play issues but is good in the red zone (and hey, if you score too quickly on them, that just means they get to tire out your defense some more), and quarterback Hendon Hooker was incredible against Florida, combining 349 passing yards with 112 rushing yards.

They’re idle this week before playing at LSU and then hosting Alabama in Weeks 6 and 7. We’ll know everything we need to know soon.

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Sep 24, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) runs with the ball against the Florida Gators during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the teams that Connelly has ranked above Tennessee:

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. Michigan
  5. Clemson

Who would’ve thought that the Vols would be one of the top undefeated teams in the nation after a third of the season in Josh Heupel’s second season?

There’s obviously a long way to go this season, and it’s unlikely that Tennessee will finish the year with an unblemished record, but the fact the Vols are even in the “best undefeated teams in the nation” conversation is a testament to the job Heupel has done so far in Knoxville.

This poll has ended (since 18 days).
 

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