SEC West contender Auburn leads off Dodd's second 10 at No. 11. Tennessee is 14th, with Arkansas 15th and Georgia 20th. Alabama missed Dodd's top 25 but is among a group of programs lumped in a category called "Fifteen To Watch."
Here's what Dodd has to say about the 2007 Vols:
"We're going to give Erik Ainge the benefit of the doubt and assume his knee will be 100 percent and will hold up through a brutal schedule. You know what happens when you assume."
Tennessee's opening opponent Sept. 1 in Berkeley, California, checks in at No. 16 in Dodd's ratings. Here's his assessment of the Golden Bears:
"Fans are worried that Jeff Tedford will leave because tree huggers are blocking stadium improvements. Could that void his contract if the upgrades aren't made? Stay tuned."