SEC Power Poll, Week 11

I briefly thought about listing LSU and ‘Bama one and two, and then randomly pulling names out of a hat in homage to Coach Boom, but decided to play it straight, figuring he can’t tell the difference anyway.

  1. LSU (10-0, 6-0).  The Tigers beat Western Kentucky (42-9) a little more handily than Kentucky did (14-3).  Maybe that’s what separates the top from the bottom of the conference in Muschamp’s mind.
  2. Alabama (9-1, 6-1).  The word of the day in Tuscaloosa is “rematch”.  That’s how they keep their minds off field goal kicking.
  3. Arkansas (9-1, 6-1).  Seal clubbing Tennessee is no great achievement.  We’ll see if they don’t come to paint in Baton Rouge in a couple of weeks.
  4. Georgia (8-2, 6-1).  It looks like as many preseason pundits were as wrong with the meme about winning the East with three conference losses as they were about Mark Richt’s hot seat.
  5. South Carolina (8-2, 6-2).  A best ever six conference-win season, a legitimate shot at ten regular season wins and the only thought on the mind of every Gamecock is how did they ever lose to Auburn.
  6. Auburn (6-4, 4-3).  Gus Malzahn sure looked a lot smarter when Cam Newton was taking the snaps.
  7. Florida (5-5, 3-5).  It’s the first time Florida has finished a season in the East with a losing conference record.  Welcome to mediocrity, Gators.
  8. Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5).  The really impressive part of what they’ve done this season is that they’re only minus-12 in conference net scoring.  (Last year Vandy finished minus-175.)
  9. Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5).  Some might say that keeping games close for three quarters or so against the upper-tier teams in the SEC is a sign that MSU is close to becoming good.  Others might say it’s a sign that the offense really sucks.  Count me in the latter group.
  10. Tennessee (4-6, 0-6).  In the preseason, I doubt even the most pessimistic Vol fan saw a first-ever 0-6 start in conference play and UT opening as a one-point dog at home to Vanderbilt coming.
  11. Kentucky (4-6, 1-5).  I guess that makes Joker Phillips the first black SEC head coach to lose to another black SEC head coach.
  12. Mississippi (2-8, 0-6).  They managed to make Kentucky look good for the second straight week, as the only thing worse than losing to Vanderbilt by 30 on the road was losing by 20 at home to Louisiana Tech.
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49 responses to “SEC Power Poll, Week 11

  1. UGAfoo

    What if Arkansas beats LSU? In that scenario, Bama could make it to the SECC since the tie breaker would go to the BCS standings. Then if two teams are within five spots in the BCS it goes to head to head. I think this rule is junk. Especially this year when three teams could be in the top 6 or 7 in the BCS.

    The three team tiebreaker rule..

    The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games shall be the divisional representative in the SEC Championship Game, unless the second of the tied teams is ranked within five-or-fewer places of the highest ranked tied team. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the SEC Championship Game.

  2. Mike

    The good Senator writes;

    “Welcome to mediocrity, Gators.”

    Thanks for the kind welcome. It is a place that Georgia fans can help Florida fans understand

    • TennesseeDawg

      Florida lived in that neighborhood for quite a long time until recent history.

    • DawgGoneIt

      Grab a drink and a blanket. Make yourself comfortable. It will be a few seasons before FU’s name gets pulled out of the sack.

    • Go Dawgs!

      “We used to be good and you used to be bad.”

      I like you, Mike, and I’ve come to expect better smack out of you than this. That’s just sad. Have they broken your will?

      • Mike

        Other than I am not sure Georgia has quite risen above “slightly above average.” Define that as good if you like.

        According to Chris Low, prior to this weekend, the combined record of all the FBS schools that Georiga has beaten is thus; 23-31 (.426). I doubt this weekend’s results improved that by much. Florida lost, Ole Miss lost, Tennesee lost, MSU won and Auburn comes in at 6-4. So, without looking it up, the updated combined scores of the teams UGA has beaten is something like 29-38, still at 43%

        • Go Dawgs!

          *yawn* you really should just go troll a Furman message board or something, Mike, nobody’s buying the shit you’re selling anymore.

        • Reality Bites

          Well the Dawgs are more “average” than that farce in your swamp. The records of UFs victims: 15-34 (.306). How does that taste?

          • Mike

            Indeed. I had written before, at the WLOCP we saw two average teams, the winner being less average than the other.

        • Saint Johns Dawg

          Yes, UGA even beat shitty teams like Florida this year … you are correct.

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Mike, Blutarsky’s comment really should be: Welcome back to mediocrity, Gators, where you lived for generations. ;-)

    • Puffdawg

      “It is a place that Georgia fans can help Florida fans understand.”

      How’s the weather down there in third place, Mike?

      And, speaking to mediocrity, assuming we take care of business this weekend, UGA will be the only team to have gone to the Dome 4 times in the past decade.

      • Mike

        What about LSU? Assuming they go, I think they will have been there 4 times in ten years and 5 times since the turn of the century. They went in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. Anyway, congrats. Those four SECCG games STILL puts UGA in overall 3rd place in the SEC East. Not the SEC. The SEC East. Third Place. (Guess which team in the East has a commanding lead in SECCG appearances?)

        • Puffdawg

          Mike, that would be correct on LSU. I had wiped from memory their trip in 2003.

          As for overall trips, it is unfortunate for Dawg fans the SECCG has coincided with the best era in Gator football history, along with some of the worst in UGA history. That said, we’re working on it. Good luck in your bowl game.

          • Muschamp's Liver

            Is Mike a little surly today?

          • A Guy

            They’ll have to wrestle the feisty Paladins to the ground to guarantee that!

          • Puffdawg

            I was thinking about this at lunch. Florida has had by far and away it’s two best runs during the SECCG Era. Can anybody possibly expect that 20 year run to ever happen again? I mean, the odds are that they’ll never replicate that. Odds are very few teams will replicate what they’ve done over that time. So, if you are a Florida fan, you’ve got to be sitting there right now, thinking how the best of times are now in the rearview mirror. That’s got to be a bit depressing…

            • Mike

              Those two great runs would be the best of times for ANY SEC program, anytime, the way you describe it. And I agree with your description.

              That doesn’t mean Florida cannot be successful as perceived by other SEC programs. For example, if Florida goes to the SECCG 4 times in ten years, that is fine.

        • Go Dawgs!

          I mean, congratulations on your school’s athletic accomplishments from the 1990’s. Is that what you’re looking for?

    • Ben

      Which is why he said, “Welcome.” You don’t welcome someone to a place that you’re not familiar with.

      Idiot.

      • Mike

        Ben writes;

        “You don’t welcome someone to a place that you’re not familiar with.”

        Indeed. Wear it like a badge of honor, Ben!

        • Dawgaholic

          If you’re talking accomplishments, it’s either what happened in the last game or what’s happened over the history of the rivalry. You have neither.

          We beat you this year. We also lead the overall series. Face it, we’re better than you right now and historically. If you want to change the first, then do something about it in Jacksonville next year – if you can. If you want to change the second, it would likely take the third best decade in Gator football to get there in ten years.

  3. Brandon

    Senator you know I love your work but you’ve got to watch out with quotes about Florida like: “It’s the first time Florida has finished a season in the East with a losing conference record.” it could lead the younger among us to believe Florida never has had a losing record in conference (since they don’t remember a time when there wasn’t an east and west) thus falling right into the Gator Fan meme that college football was invented in the early 90’s.

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      We’re on it Brandon. Bear in mind divisional play didn’t start until after Florida started playing football. Prior to that Florida had some good conference records, but never a crown. One of the truest things Mark Bradley ever said was in the mid 80’s, when Florida made noises for a few years, was “Gators always hated, never pitied.” It’s still true.

      • Mike

        You Georgia folks need to brush up on your history a bit. Florida won its first SEC title (at least the first one that they were allowed to keep) in 1991. Which was exactly one year before divisional play.

        And guess which SEC East team went to five consecutive SECCGs? A feat never duplicated. Ever. By any team.

        • BBVA Compass (formerly PapaJohns.com) Bowl Representative

          We’d love to have you, Mike. Come back to where you once experienced your SEC glories in 1992!

          • Saint Johns Dawg

            1991 … the year Mike became a Florida fan.
            20011 … the year he proved that point on Get the Picture blog.

            • Mike

              Actually, I became a Florida fan about 20 years before 1991. And you know what? Going back that far, Florida STILL has accomplished more than Georgia.

        • BenG

          Last time I checked, 1991 was in the early 90s. Bragging about Florida’s great teams of the 90s is … well, that’s exactly what Brandon was getting at.

          Here in Georgia, it’s 2011, and Florida sucks. Not in the “I’m a Georgia fan so f*** Florida; Florida sucks” kind of way. I mean Florida is a truly putrid football team right now, and there appears to be no hope of them getting better in the near future.

          You used to be such an amicable Gator fan back when you still believed Florida was better than Georgia. What in the world happened? Oh, right …

          In closing: I’m a Georgia fan so f*** Florida; Florida sucks. (They really do.)

          • Mike

            No argument with your descriptions of Florida football this year. In fact, I saw similar descriptions of Georgia football about this time last year.

  4. kckd

    You’re wrong on the Cocks Senator. Not all are wondering about Auburn. Instead a few are asking how the SEC could send UGA to Atlanta when they are not the true SEC East champ. Their reasoning: SCU had a better “divisional” record. And yes, they really think it’s BS that we are going on a “techinicality” like having the best conference record.

    • DawgGoneIt

      Why have a conference if conference games don’t count? Want to change the rules if we don’t get the result we want? Wah! Wah! Wah!

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      I visited Garnet and Black Sunday night and had a swell time needling them. The general propositions, of which they’re certain, are: (i) Arkansas would kill Georgia, (ii) LSU will kill Georgia, and (iii) their victory over us was the result of superior skill and coaching, regardless the fact that Spurrier said after the game that Georgia was the better team.

  5. Orl Dawg

    Three weeks or a month ago I would’ve said LSU, Bama, and Ark. would crush the Dawgs; but UGA is getting better every week. That defense will keep the Dawgs in the game against just about anyone. None of those teams have faced a power running game that has balance and can move the ball with multiple wide receivers and solid running. What will they try to take away? As a Dawg fan, I’m happy to get back into the SECCG; but I don’t want the team to be satisfied with just getting there. I hope CTG has the defense ready to dominate anyone in that game. The Dawgs are playing well enough to be anyone in the country. GO DAWGS!!!

  6. Will Trane

    The Hawgs can move the ball. LSU will have their hands full with them.
    Auburn…well, they are not a good team. In fact they need to pocket their travel money and stay home.
    Vandy…in my view you guys are better than Auburn and Florida. After you beat Tennessee more people will take note. Our victory over you guys should have been a red flag that Georgia and Vandy are better than most bloggers and sportswriters see and understand. It is always hard to drag the stupid along until they’ve been rolled in the dirt for awhile.
    Tennessee…young and talented and too many injuries. But you guys will be tough in 2012…especially if you get another TE and RB.
    Ole Miss, just phone it in now. The only thing that counts is who will be your staff next year…and the fields are ripe unto harvest.
    Finally, we see the Dawgs RBs begin to emerge and run with speed and authority…plus finish the run and punish the tacklers.
    Does anybody want to get in front of the the Dawgs TEs. Bobo has a spread offense…how many players on offense touch the ball…alot. You guys are fun to watch. Maturity and confidence.

  7. AusDawg85

    The early harvest from the vineyards has arrived, and the grapes are making for some sour faces:

    – Bama….OT rules aren’t fair!
    – USCe….Only divisional records should count, in years when it helps only us of course.
    – BoomFR’s….(the sourest of all) It don’t matter how bad we be, ya’ll are bad too! Everyone of you! We’re still the best…history tells us so. I was guaranteed it.

  8. NC Dawg

    Charlie Pell. 0-10-1 redux

  9. BenG

    Oh, you just nailed that Kentucky line. Well done!

  10. The Lonesome Stranger

    It may have just begun to sink in to Mike The Gator that he could be in for a very rough slog over the next handful of years. You might need something from Charlie’s cooler, Mike.

  11. charlottedawg

    I wouldn’t be so quick to write off florida for the next couple of years if there’s one axiom of college football it’s that you really can’t predict what will happen in a given year especially the upside of a program like uf with those kinds of resources. that being said i’ve always hated that uga fans seem to almost think we can only beat uf when they’re down which i blame as a lingering hangover from 3-18. personally i want muschamp to continue his “everyone in the sec except uga” type success he had at auburn and lsu. While i’m at let me also point out why uf has won sec and nat’l titles while uga often gets left out: uf wins sec east intra divisional games (i think less than 10 sec east losses in the last 10 years) uga does stupid crap like lose to usc or kentucky. doesn’t take a math genius to figure out a loss to an sec east opponent is worse than a loss to an sec west opponent. formula for richt and the program’s success is pretty simple: start beating sec east teams.

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