My SEC Power Poll ballot, Week 1

Well, the SEC Power Poll is back again at Team Speed Kills this year and for some reason they still want me to take part.  Of course it’s way too early to draw too many serious conclusions about the relative strength of conference teams, but don’t let that stop you from overreacting to any of my picks in the comments.

  1. Alabama.  The offensive line is a work in progress, McCarron and his toe don’t show up… and ‘Bama beats an upper-tier ACC team by 25 points, anyway.  Why do I have the feeling a flawed opening win makes Nick Saban happy?
  2. LSU.  448 yards of offense against TCU is nothing to sneer at.
  3. South Carolina.  I suspect the ‘Cocks will be a lot more interested this week than they appeared for the last three quarters against North Carolina.
  4. Texas A&M.  Hard to tell too much with all the suspensions, but if I were Kevin Sumlin, I’d be a lot more worried about the defense than Johnny Football.
  5. Georgia.  It remains to be seen whether Malcolm Mitchell’s season-ending celebration injury turns out to be some sort of perverse metaphor for Georgia’s year.
  6. Florida.  Anemic passing game, excellent defense.  So far, Florida 2013 looks a lot like Florida 2012.  (For all intents and purposes, I see the Gators as 5B to Georgia’s 5A.)
  7. Ole Miss.  Firmly nailed down the middle of the pack with a win in Nashville.
  8. Vanderbilt.  If the Commodores play an entire game against a good team they way the looked in the second quarter in their opener, they’re gonna upset somebody this season.
  9. Auburn.  Now come the cupcake beaters.  Auburn had the only win over a major conference opponent, so they go first.  Nick Marshall didn’t exactly look like the second coming of Cam, though.
  10. Arkansas.  The Hogs looked better against Louisiana-Lafayette than Florida did last year.
  11. Missouri.  I know it was against a FCS team, but it was still a convincing win once the Tigers got rolling.
  12. Tennessee.  I’m sure the Vols will look just as good in a couple of weeks against Oregon.
  13. Mississippi State.  Isn’t Dan Mullen supposed to be some sort of offensive guru?
  14. Kentucky.  Mark Stoops, you knew the job was dangerous when you took it.
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7 responses to “My SEC Power Poll ballot, Week 1

  1. Will Trane

    Where and why Clemson is not at the top of that list. Based on their ass kicking of us and LSU, I’d put those boys at the top. Hell, they have earned in two games. Maybe the SEC is only Alabama and a “dirty 13″. Bama always looks like a SEC team.

  2. AthensHomerDawg

    ” Isn’t Dan Mullen supposed to be some sort of offensive guru?” During the “Fan Uprising of 2010″ the best and brightest Dawg Football prognosticators touted CDM as Georgia’s missed opportunity to finally hire a coach that could take us to the promised land. Instead, he is at Missy State leading a revival of the fake Bulldogs and reestablishing the hierarchy of the SEC West. Dammit! Isn’t that how it always goes. Hesitate and someone swoops in and gets all the desert. I wonder if uT still has that Coach Merry-Go-Round up in Knoxvegas? I wish they would let us ride on it.

  3. Bulldog Joe

    Sumlin suspended four defensive starters for two games. We’ll know more about A&M in two weeks.