With this last regular season power poll, I’m going to repeat something I did last year and include the net conference per game yardage numbers for each team. There should be a rough correlation between the net numbers and won-loss records.
- LSU (12-0, 8-0) [+167.1 ypg]. First, the Tigers won the Arkansas game. Then Les Miles won the postgame.
- Alabama (11-1, 7-1) [+233.5 ypg]. Nice of Nick Saban to recognize LSU as “probably” the best team in the country, don’t you think?
- Arkansas (10-2, 6-2)[+37.9 ypg]. It’s tempting to drop the Hogs behind Georgia, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt from the schedule.
- Georgia (10-2, 7-1)[+155.0 ypg]. The gaudy net yardage number suggests the Dawgs deserve more credit for their record than they’re getting.
- South Carolina (10-2, 6-2)[+82.3 ypg]. Spurrier’s happy with that tenth win, but it’s the Auburn loss that’s going to stick with him in the offseason.
- Auburn (7-5, 4-4) [-93.9 ypg]. At first glance, you might argue they overachieved, but the reality is that the Tigers started off decently and faded badly.
- Florida (6-6, 3-5) [-39.0 ypg]. Speaking of starting off decently and fading badly, the Gators’ offense scored more than one touchdown in only one of its last six conference games.
- Vanderbilt (6-6, 2-6) [-28.5 ypg]. Vanderbilt improved its net yards per conference game by more than 200 yards from last season. It’s too bad James Franklin lets his antics get in the way of the great coaching job he’s done this year.
- Mississippi State (6-6, 2-6)[-61.2 ypg]. I think it’s safe to say the bloom has worn off the Dan Mullen rose a bit.
- Kentucky (5-7, 2-6)[-182.8 ypg]. Will Matt Roark be the SEC offensive player of the week?
- Tennessee (5-7, 1-7)[-97.5 ypg]. An ugly loss to Kentucky caps the Vols’ first back-to-back losing seasons since 1911.
- Mississippi (2-10,0-8)[-174.2 ypg]. Is Ole Miss still in the league?
Was the SEC weaker this season? Not exactly. A better way to describe the conference would be to say that it was less balanced than last year. Only five schools had positive net yardage numbers in SEC play, compared to eight in 2010. No school was as bad as Vanderbilt was a year ago, but three schools posted better net yardage numbers than the top rate last year (and Alabama more than doubled it).