As expected, Tennessee moved into second place in the Bowl Championship Rankings on Monday, placing the Vols' fate and the landscape of the national title picture in their own hands.
If Tennessee, ranked second in both The Associated Press and coaches' polls, wins on Saturday against LSU in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, the Vols will play No. 1 Miami in the Rose Bowl.
Nos. 1 and 2 in the BCS travel to Pasadena, Calif., for the Jan. 3 game to decide the national champion. Tennessee's last title was in 1998, the first year of the BCS' existence. Miami last won in 1991.
UT, with a total of 4.79 BCS points, is more than three and a half points clear of No. 3 Nebraska in the ranks. Some speculation had arisen that the Cornhuskers, at 8.39, would challenge the Vols for the second slot due to computer rankings.
Despite the fact that four of the eight computer polls have Nebraska ahead of Tennessee, the Vols eased past the Huskers with a fourth-ranked strength of schedule compared to NU's 18th-rated schedule. UT's 34-32 win over Florida bolstered that total.