It was not the prettiest of weeks for The World’s Most Powerful College Football Conference. (It sure was entertaining, though.)
I feel like this week’s ballot is little more than a placeholder, given the major battles we’ll see this weekend between four of the five top teams. But here goes, anyway:
- Alabama. Nick Saban doesn’t have time for his team to be losing. Although he has to be amused by the collective freak out over the Tide trailing in a regular season game for a whole fifteen seconds.
- LSU. Another mailed in effort. The problem with sleepwalking through multiple games is that you run the risk of not waking up in time.
- South Carolina. Even really good teams play lousy first halves now and then. But then really good teams ride players like Marcus Lattimore to play dominant second halves.
- Georgia. I think Georgia winds up being better than South Carolina by season’s end. But right now, there’s too much uncertainty on the defense and special teams for me to peg the Dawgs higher than the ‘Cocks.
- Florida. No bye week bounce, but things will sort themselves out on Saturday.
- Texas A&M. The Aggies just keep pounding people on the scoreboard.
- Mississippi State. The Bulldogs get the rare bye week drop because TAMU has looked more impressive beating the teams it’s supposed to beat.
- Tennessee. Derek Dooley adds another impressive moral victory to his resume.
- Missouri. The UCF game wasn’t pretty, but a win’s a win.
- Ole Miss. In a shocking development, there’s a real possibility that the Rebel Black Bears could win a conference game this season.
- Vanderbilt. If the Commodores want to show that they’re improved, it’s about time for them to win a conference game on the road.
- Auburn. Even Kiehl Frazier should be functional this week, as Arkansas comes to the Plains.
- Kentucky. This is Kentucky football: with a minute to go in the first half, the ‘Cats have the ball on the South Carolina ten… and can’t even get off a field goal attempt before the clock expires.
- Arkansas. So much for all the preseason talk that the Hog defense looked to be better this year.