My SEC Power Poll ballot, Week 7

Call this week The West Also Rises.  The East is now officially a jumbled mess.

  1. Alabama.  The Tide is back in its greased groove.  How boring.
  2. LSU.  Won without Mettenberger being a factor.  Why do I think that makes Les Miles very happy?
  3. Texas A&M.  Hey, remember all those grave warnings from the pundit class about how Johnny Manziel’s offseason activities would affect his play?  Good times.
  4. South Carolina.  It doesn’t take long for the OBC to get his smug back on.
  5. Missouri.  A well-coached team.  But now it’s a well-coached team missing its starting quarterback.
  6. Georgia.  Injured, inconsistent and last in scoring defense is no way to go through the SEC, son.
  7. Florida.  Getting shut down by a defense that had allowed its last two opponents to average 7 yards per play makes it official:  the Gators’ offense sucks.
  8. Auburn.  Killing a team that lost to Samford by 39 and five bucks gets you a latte at Starbucks.
  9. Ole Miss.  Two years in a row of being close, but no cigar with TAMU.
  10. Vanderbilt.  You think Jordan Matthews isn’t a little psyched up about playing against Georgia’s secondary this week?
  11. Mississippi State.  Underwhelmingly, the Bulldogs eked out an underwhelming one-point win at home against a MAC squad in an underwhelming game.  Did I mention how underwhelming MSU is?
  12. Tennessee.  Not a good bye week when Missouri managed to dampen the glow of the Vols’ impressive moral victory against Georgia.
  13. Arkansas.  Happy homecoming:  the Hogs get pounded by South Carolina, then have to endure Spurrier’s faux sympathy afterwards.
  14. Kentucky.  The conference’s yin to Alabama’s yang.
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14 responses to “My SEC Power Poll ballot, Week 7

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    Pinkel is an interesting study….he has been criticized locally for being too blunt with the media, has a DUI arrest that probably would have gotten most coaches in the south fired or worse, but his teams play hard and fast and seem (as you say) well-coached. There is some argument in places about their overall talent level, but my observation is the talent gap with Georgia is much, much smaller than we want to believe.

    FWIW, yes Franklin is gone, but Mauk is a coach’s kid, played in virtually the same offense in high school, so he should step up pretty well.

    Rest of the season gonna be interesting for Misery.

    • Russ

      Yeah Mizzou played like we feared they would last year. Shame about Franklin but I can’t see the new kid keeping it going.

  2. Normaltown Mike

    Their D-Line looked really good to me.

    I know our O-line is streaky, but they were a talented bunch.

  3. AusDawg85

    GA – FLA game shaping up to be like a middle school JV contest…all the action stuck between the 40′s except for the occasional break-out play. Maybe it will be pouring rain and an outdoor music fest in the mud will break-out on the 50 to keep it interesting for the fans.

    • Macallanlover

      Hate to say it but Florida is now better than UGA, based on current teams’ play on the field. We could have outscored them with our full arsenal, now it will take Gurley and Bennett back plus our OL showing up again. Don’t know to what degree those will happen until we see it. I think Auburn is also better now with our offense’s current limitations and our defense looking worse than theirs.

      • D.N. Nation

        Florida has zero wins of any quality and scored all of six points against an LSU defense Georgia took a blowtorch too.

        Being banged up sucks. If we get a couple guys back for Jacksonville we’ll be fine.

        • can’t argue with that. but the blowtorch has since been reduced to a candle flicker considering conley is the only skill player from that LSU game who contributed in a major way that still has 2 working knees (or ankles)

          • D.N. Nation

            Well, yeah, if we still don’t have the best RB in the SEC, obviously we won’t put up many points. I’m operating under the assumption that he’ll be back. Same for Bennett.

            Florida? Their offense sucks, period.

  4. BMan

    Missouri played a good game. Their d-line got some good pressure on Murray. The SEC schedule will begin to take its inevitable toll on their roster over the next few weeks, however. Franklin was most likely just the first domino to fall.

  5. Bulldog Joe

    With every team in the east flawed, we still have a good opportunity to win it.

    We turned our 2007 season around in Nashville. Now would be a good time to do it again.

    • Will (the other one)

      I’d like to turn it around with a blowout in Nashville, personally. A repeat of that 2007 would not be fun.

  6. www

    i still say south carolina can beat texas a&m, so i would transpose their rankings.

  7. Bulldog Joe

    Do this mean we have to pull for the gators this week?

    • Will (the other one)

      I say no. Mizzou needs to lose two and SCar and TAMU can pull that off. Then we get a shot at sending the Gators into a 3-game losing streak AND when we win out, get the head-to-head tiebreaker over SCar which will gall SOS to no end.