My SEC Power Poll Ballot, Week 12

Five SEC teams had byes this past week, which makes putting a ballot together a little choppy… not to mention that the only conference team that turned in what you’d call a dominant performance was Ole Miss.  Anyway, here goes:

  1. Alabama.  Not to knock A.J. McCarron, because he’s a good quarterback, but why all the media Heisman slobbering over him?
  2. Missouri.  Crunch time, Tigers.
  3. Auburn.  As the old saying goes, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
  4. Texas A&M.  The Aggies looked better in the bye week than the Gamecocks did against Florida.
  5. South Carolina.  And just to think, a few months ago Steve Spurrier was lobbying Mike Slive to change the rules so that cross-divisional games didn’t count in the conference standings.
  6. LSU.  A bye week survivor with a big challenge coming up this week.
  7. Mississippi.  We’ll find out this week how real this team is.
  8. Georgia.  When it ain’t your year, it ain’t your year.
  9. Vanderbilt.  Bowl eligible for the third straight season, which for Vandy is uncharted territory.
  10. Florida.  Fifth straight loss, which for the Gators of the last thirty-five years is uncharted territory.
  11. Mississippi State.  The Bulldogs just don’t have the horses to stay with the big boys.
  12. Tennessee.  With two losses in the books already and Vanderbilt coming up this week, this ain’t your daddy’s November, Vols.
  13. Arkansas.  Can’t wait to find out what Bielema’s newest weekly outrage is.
  14. Kentucky.  At least UK fans now have somebody to swap stories with about brutal last-second miracle losses.
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18 responses to “My SEC Power Poll Ballot, Week 12

  1. I would like to see what AJ would do with Gates and Theus/Houston on the edges. He would be black and blue by now. Murray and Manziel are more talented and do more to help their teams win. It’s too bad they both have the defenses they do. I would love to have seen Murray behind an offensive line with the quality of Alabama’s just one year.

    • Russ

      McCarron is right up there with Gino Toretta and Eric Crouch.

      • No, he’s better than that. But one of the two or three most valuable players in college football? Sorry, no.

        • TennesseeDawg

          Agreed. If all things were equal, I’d give Murray the nod as the better QB but they aren’t. McCarron went to a program that recruits and develops great offensive lines and Murray did not.

        • Russ

          I’m not so sure. McCarron would get it as a career achievement. I honestly can’t name a game that McCarron won by carrying his team. Conversely, I can’t name a game that he’s lost, either.

          I can’t see McCarron willing his team back from 20 down on the road in the 4th quarter like Murray did.

        • Will (the other one)

          He’s getting mentioned because he’s a senior QB for Bama and ESPN/the Heisman folks want ratings.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          Senator, if you are going to do this SEC Power Poll thingy at least be fair about it. Why is UGA rated higher than Vanderbilt when the 2 schools have the same record and Vandy beat Georgia?

  2. uglydawg

    Watched Kentucky and Vandy.. Actually, Kentucky was the better team..except for their QB who threw the ball right at Vandy dbs all day. Take away those gifts and Kentucky would have won…I’m beginning to think Franklin is the luckiest coach alive…The refs handed the thing to him against UGA, he caught UF at their weakest point in 35 years, UT is at their weakest point in forever, and Kentucky’s qb hands them a game…And Franklin struts around like he’s the next Saban..His arrogance was apparant in the first quarter of the KY game when he went for it on fourth and one from deep in Vandy territory…he got the first down, but only because officials have quit blowing the whistle when forward progress is stopped (has anyone else noticed this? A runner is stopped and four or five seconds later comes backwards or lateral out of the scrum and gets yardage? It’s not supposed to work that way).
    Vandy is ripe for an ass stomping. Pure pretenders. Expose’ is coming next year for certain.

  3. fatman48

    Senator, I have a question about a call in Saturday’s game, in the first quarter, Marshall completes a pass, there was holding on the offensive line, the (so called) officials marked off the penalty and announce “First and 2″, now I may not be the smartest person in the room,but if the penalty is marked off from the previous line of scrimmage, would it not be the down plus the 10 yards. Unless they marked it off from the completion which would be, never mind, make’um up as you go. I’m just say’in GATA “GO DAWGS”

  4. uglydawg

    As long as we’re licking our wounds and all that…how about the clock runoff in the last possession? I’ve been told that a bunch of seconds (6 or so) were run off after the first down….I don’t really know, but I wouldn’t doubt it.

  5. Comin' Down The Track

    At least UK fans now have somebody to swap stories with about brutal last-second miracle losses.
    That line hurt me in the last remaining tattered shred of my soul, Senator.

  6. Will Trane

    Those Alabama schools had better enjoy this year and the past few years of good times. After this year it is coming to an end. Ole Miss, Missy State, and Arkansas are going to make that division much more competitive. It is about damn time. No doubt the East is competitive. Both of those Mississippi schools are getting better players.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Sorry Will but that is a bunch of hooey. Arkansas is a dumpster fire that ain’t getting better and Missy State has fallen back to Earth already. Ole Miss is better but after Manziel leaves watch A&M take Ole Miss’ former place near the bottom. The West is going to be Bama, Auburn and LSU fighting it out at the top for the foreseeable future, with Ole Miss a pretender to the throne.