This poll is final in more than one sense, of course. It’s the one capping the season, but it’s also the last one with twelve teams on the list.
- Alabama. Would the fair thing to do be to list ‘Bama and LSU as tied for first? Maybe. But after that total evisceration we saw Monday night, I can’t bring myself to do that.
- LSU. Now we know what Saban meant when he said the Tigers were “probably” the best team in the country.
- Arkansas. It is a measure of how good the top two teams in the conference were this season that the Hogs could get smacked around by both and still finish as high in the polls as they did.
- South Carolina. I know this sounds petty, but why is it that Mark Richt’s coaching effort this season is being brushed off as the result of a weak SEC East, while Spurrier is being hailed as a genius for his?
- Georgia. If second halves didn’t count, Georgia would be ranked much, much higher. The Dawgs learned how to compete again this season. Next, they have to learn how to finish.
- Auburn. It’s good to see Chizik continue one of Auburn’s great traditions, serially changing coordinators. The Tigers wound up with their expected eight-win season, but traveled an awfully bumpy road to get there.
- Florida. I guess it was all Meyer’s and Weis’ fault.
- Vanderbilt. It’s not Bobby Johnson’s team anymore, that’s for sure.
- Mississippi State. MSU played Alabama and LSU closer than Arkansas did. That and five bucks will get you that mocha latte from Starbucks you’ve been craving.
- Kentucky. Other than bringing an end to the losing streak against Tennessee, it was an eminently forgettable season.
- Tennessee. It’s never a good sign when your offseason is more interesting than your regular season was.
- Ole Miss. How bad a year was it? So bad that Jimmy Sexton hasn’t been able to find a landing spot for the Nuttster.