SEC Power Poll, Week 1

Since most of the conference was force fed a diet of cupcakes, it’s hard to set too much in stone this early.  For example, Georgia was outplayed by Boise State in its loss, but does anyone really think Kentucky looked better in its 11-point win over Western Kentucky?

Certainly not this guy.

  1. LSU.  When you’re the SEC team that beats a top-five school, you’re gonna start in the top slot.
  2. Alabama.  The most predictable performance of the weekend.
  3. Arkansas.  The Hogs efficiently devoured their cupcake.
  4. Mississippi State.  Dominating a wretched opponent is what a good SEC team is supposed to do.
  5. Florida.  I feel like this is a bit of a reach, but the Gators didn’t show their arse in their opener, unlike the next school.
  6. South Carolina.  Spurrier’s games with his quarterbacks pay dividends against East Carolina.  His team had better not turn the ball over four times this week.
  7. Auburn.  Pulling out a last-minute home win against a school that hasn’t had a winning season in a couple of decades isn’t a good sign.
  8. Tennessee.  A meh win against Montana?  Not exactly a mark of greatness.
  9. Georgia.  Outcoached again.  But there’s a chance for redemption this Saturday.
  10. Kentucky.  The ugliest SEC win I’ve seen since Auburn’s 3-2 abomination.
  11. Vanderbilt.  I wanted to rank the Commodores higher, but 83rd nationally in total offense after playing Elon?  I’m not crazy.
  12. Mississippi.  Good looking punting game.  Not much else, though.


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20 responses to “SEC Power Poll, Week 1

  1. HahiraDawg

    #’s 7-9 have to be a toss up


  2. Nate Dawg

    Senator, one of my favorite things you do is the power poll, really enjoy it.
    Maybe swap 5 & 6 and maybe 7 & 8? I’m not sure Montana isn’t better than Utah St.
    Man, watching that Kentucky game was a boring, difficult task.


  3. Go Dawgs!

    If this was a ranking of the schools’ fan bases, Georgia would have to be 12th. Seriously, if any of you know any of these people who have been Tweeting hate messages to our players after the loss, kick them in the nuts for me. I know it’s none of you, because we don’t really have a Dawgvent kind of crowd here. Between that garbage and the booing at the Dome the other night, I don’t know how these mental midgets think they’re not hurting the program. I’m sure we look great to recruits right now. The players, media, and recruits don’t know that you’re booing the assistant coach or head coach you don’t like. Be a fan or stay home. The settling of accounts for coaches will happen, but no matter if you want a coach fired or retained, it’s not going to happen ’til the season is over, and it’s not going to happen because you’ve acted like a bully in the stands or on the internet.


    • Jim

      1. Leave the Players out of it. Being a fan doesn’t mean you have to accept what we have seen but don’t stop supporting the players. Kind of like the people who ‘support the troops but not the war’. Not an exact analogy but you get the idea


    • Macallanlover

      +1 Go Dawgs. Our fans have just become an embarrassment. Players and coaches deserve our support, there are constructive ways to criticize, too many are destructive on their approach.

      I also don’t see UGA below TN andAuburn based on Saturday’s showing. Our lack of depth could move us below them but we lost to a very good team and this ranking is an overreaction, imo. It is easy to get emotional when you losse a much anticipated game and didn’t show much improvement in areas you know we needed help in.


      • Funny thing, Mac. I would describe myself as emotionally detached right now.

        As I said, it’s a Week 1 ranking. There aren’t a whole lot of right or wrong answers this week.


        • It ain’t just you, Senator. I’ve fully entered Goff/Donnan era levels of resignation to our fate as a middle of the road team.


        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Senator, we are looking at a coaching change. If this was 20 years ago, he could work through whatever is wrong, but there is just no time for that now.

          In a normal situation we would be no lower than second in the East.

          So what your poll says to me is that nice guys finish…..ninth.


        • Macallanlover

          Yeah, I can relate to the numbness many of us experienced Saturday night. I wasn’t surprised we lost, but I was very surprised at the lack of an offensive identity, the pathetic blocking, the lack of improvement on D, and was shocked at the conditioning issues. True, it is only Week 1 but seriously, Auburn looked much worse than us. As the father of the Mumme Poll, you should not vote for a team just because they are 1-0. As badly as I feel, I am pretty confident we would feel worse if we had needed a Hail Mary to beaat Utah State at home.

          Boise is a respectable loss, we just didn’t leave much room for optimism going forward with how we lost. But, hope springs eternal, watch out for the Dawgs this weekend. If we can somehow slow the stud receiver down, we have at least a puncher’s chance.


      • Dog in Fla

        “Our fans have just become an embarrassment.”

        Do you think it’s too soon for a Global War on Marks (GWOM) thing?

        Me neither…

        Global War on Marks (GWOM), “Wha’ Happened…” (extended version)

        Undergound Bunker Command and Control Center

        Butts-Mehre Defense Complex

        Post-Boise State Autopsy reactions:

        “He’s not in my hot seat; he’s still in my lap,” Bob Bishop, an executive board member for 29 years, said with a laugh. “I love him. I don’t think you can find a better human being anywhere and he’s a fine football coach. He’s proven that time and time again. But we all know it goes in cycles. He had a bad cycle last year and he made a lot of changes to improve on that…. I remember back when Bear Bryant was coaching, he had a bad year and everybody was saying the game has passed him by,” Bishop said. “Biggest joke I’ve ever heard. He had a few bad years, but he had a few good years, too. All we need is one more point than Boise State and we’ll be on the road.”

        “I think we got off to a wonderful start in January,” McGarity said. “I’ve said many times, how you perform in September and October comes down to what you do in January. You set the tone, you set the expectations, you say this is the way we’re going to run our operation. There’s no question – and I think Mark would acknowledge this and I think the players would acknowledge it— that they’ve gotten off to a good start with nutrition and strength and conditioning.”

        “What? I married into the family somehow, I think or at least that’s what somebody told me…” OC Mark says from the shotgun formation.

        “What? Pay me my buyout and I’ll be out of here quicker than a Tommy can split from Auburn,” DC Todd says

        “What? Georgia has the best long-snapper that we’ll see this season,” OBC Steve says while priming himself to administer what he sincerely hopes is a 52 point plus caning to HBC Mark in Athens late Saturday afternoon mostly because he hates Georgia but also because the late 4:30 p.m. kickoff will cause him to miss showing his tits at the Wonderful Pistachios 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Richmond Saturday night

        “What, me worry? I’m on a boat…he can show them his things on his own boat even if he does miss the start of the race,” HBC Mark chuckles


  4. Gravidy

    I like your list, but I’m gonna be picky about your “force fed” characterization. I would argue that those teams eagerly dined on those cupcakes… 🙂


  5. Mayor of Dawgtown

    I really like McGarity and if the Dawgs had won scheduling this game would have looked like a stroke of genius but now….it looks like McGarity’s first mistake as AD. He NEVER should have taken this game. He was right to get the Louisville home and away contract killed but we should have been playing a cupcake in Athens last Saturday.


    • David

      Cancelling the Louisville series was definitely the right thing to do but we had to pay a bunch of $$ to get out of that, so at least the Boise St. game awarded us a nice paycheck to offset the costs of cancelling w/ Louisville. Losing to Louisville would have been much worse than getting rolled by Boise. At least there was some potential upside to winning the Boise game where beating Louisville would have meant nothing.


    • Skeptic Dawg

      We will never know, but in McGarity’s mind he may have gotten exactly what he asked for. Makes you wonder.