CBS Sports recently ranked all 65 Power-5 head coaches.

And Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel ended up near the bottom of the rankings.

Heupel came in at No. 52 in CBS Sports’ rankings, just ahead of Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm.

The only two SEC coaches ranked lower than Heupel were Vanderbilt’s Clark Lea and South Carolina’s Shane Beamer (both are first-time head coaches).

Here’s what CBS Sports had to say about Heupel:

Unlike the other first-year Power Five coaches we’ve discussed, Heupel comes to Knoxville with head-coaching experience. He went 28-8 at UCF with a conference title, and that’s boosted his stock a bit with our voters. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Heupel’s first season at UCF was his best, and the record worsened with each passing season. Heupel is also inheriting a very different situation at Tennessee than the one he found at UCF

CBS Sports compiled their rankings via a panel of college football writers from CBS Sports and 247Sports. The writers submitted ballots and the votes were tallied, which resulted in the final rankings.

As for where Heupel is ranked, this is probably fair….for now.

Heupel has never been a Power-5 head coach. And leading a team in the SEC is a lot different than being the head coach at UCF.

While I tend to think Heupel will do just fine at Tennessee (he has SEC experience as the offensive coordinator at Missouri), he still has to prove it.

If Heupel can lead the Vols to a .500 season or better in 2021, then he’ll shoot up these rankings next year.

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