UT 9th in BCS rankings

The Tennessee Vols don't grace the top 10 in either of the major polls but they're in the top 10 where it counts -- the Bowl Championship Series rankings.

Tennessee, 11th in the AP poll and 13th in the Coaches poll, checks in at No. 9 in the intial BCS ratings of 2004. SEC rivals Auburn (No. 4) and Georgia (No. 10) also grace the top 10. LSU is 19th and Florida 22nd. Notre Dame, which visits Knoxville in November, is 23rd.

Here's a look at the BCS top 10:

1. Southern Cal (9912)
2. Miami (9187)
3. Oklahoma (9161)
4. Auburn (9036)
5. Florida State (8072)
6. Wisconson (7255)
7. Utah (7251)
8. California (6733)
9. Tennessee (6331)
10. Georgia (6090)

Oklahoma ranks second to Southern Cal in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls but Miami gets higher marks from the six computer polls, enabling the Hurricanes to edge out the Sooners for second in the BCS ratings.

The top two teams in the final BCS rankings will meet in the Orange Bowl Jan. 4 for the national title. Champs from the SEC, Big Ten, Big XXII, Pac-10, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East get six of the eight BCS bowl berths. The other two bids go to at-large teams. The BCS bowls are the Orange, Sugar, Rose and Fiesta.

Finishing in the top six in the BCS standings guarantees a team a BCS bowl bid. Finishing outside the top 12 eliminates a team from BCS bowl consideration.


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