There was some volatility atop the college football polls that will affect the Tennessee-Alabama game on Saturday. Nevertheless, it will be a historic matchup.
The Vols are ranked No. 6 in the AP Poll, which is two spots higher than UT was ranked last week before a 40-13 win over LSU.
Alabama, after looking rather blah in a 24-20 win over Texas A&M, fell to No. 3 from No. 1 in the AP Poll after being forced to play without Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.
As for the Coaches Poll, Alabama remained at No. 1 and Tennessee remained at No. 8 where both teams were ranked last week.
Utilizing either poll, it will be the combined highest ranking between the two teams in the history of the series at 4.5-average ranking per team.
The Vols were ranked No. 9 in 2016 when they got throttled by No. 1 Alabama 49-10. There have been eight other times in which both teams have been ranked in the Top 10. However, there hasn’t been a combined higher ranking than the two will have when they meet in Neyland Stadium on Saturday.