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Tennessee moved up a spot to No. 2 in the Associated Press media poll on Sunday, sharing that spot with previous No. 2 Ohio State, setting up just the second Game of the Century in the last 11 years.
Tennessee (8-0, 4-0 SEC) will play at No. 1 Georgia (8-0, 5-0 SEC) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS in the first top five pairing ever between the two programs.
Tennessee And Georgia Have Never Met in Game of Century
Games of the Century are defined as No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups in a regular season. The Georgia-Tennessee game will be the 25th such meeting since the A.P. poll began in 1936 and first since No. 1 LSU won at No. 2 Alabama in 2019, which was the first one since No. 1 LSU won at No. 2 Alabama in 2011.
Tennessee, which overwhelmed visiting No. 19 Kentucky by 44-6 on Saturday night, gained ground on Ohio State (8-0), which had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to beat No. 13 Penn State, 44-31. But that game was on the road. The Volunteers received 18 first-place votes to 15 by Ohio State, and the two teams tied at 1,500 in total voter points.
Georgia, which beat unranked Florida 42-20 Saturday after finding itself in a 28-20 game in the second half, received 30 first-place votes and 1,528 points.
The USA TODAY coaches’ poll still had Ohio State No. 2 with 1,505 points and 13 first-place votes to 1,455 points and five first-place votes for No. 3 Tennessee. Georgia was No. 1 with 1,552 points and 45 first-place votes.
The first College Football Playoff poll of the season comes out Tuesday night and could also name Georgia and Tennessee 1 and 2, or possibly Tennessee No. 1 and Georgia No. 2. The CFP poll decides the four-team postseason playoff for the national championship.
Georgia and Tennessee have not met in a top 10 game since 2005 when the No. 5 Bulldogs beat the No. 8 Vol, 27-14, in Knoxville. Georgia leads the series 26-23-2.
The rest of the A.P. top 10 had No. 4 Michigan (8-0), No. 5 Clemson (8-0) No. 6 Alabama (7-1), No. 7 TCU (8-0). No. 8 Oregon (7-1), No. 9 USC (7-1) and No. 10 UCLA (7-1).
The second 10 had Ole Miss at No. 11, followed by No. 12 Utah, No. 13 Kansas State, which upset No. 9 Oklahoma State 48-0 on Saturday, No. 14 Illinois, No. 15 LSU, No. 16 Penn State, No. 17 North Carolina, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Tulane and No. 20 Wake Forest.
The bottom five was No. 21 North Carolina State, No. 22 Syracuse, No. 23 Liberty, No. 24 Oregon State and No. 25 Central Florida.