Is there anyone out there who would rank Notre Dame higher than seventh in a SEC power poll?
- Alabama. Call ’em a dynasty; call ’em what you want. All I know is that three national titles in four years is pretty damned impressive, no matter what the label.
- Georgia. The difference between first and second? About fifteen feet, give or take a few inches.
- Texas A&M. Helluva debut, fellas. Now we’ll find out if you have staying power.
- South Carolina. Give Spurrier credit. There aren’t many coaches who have built two top ten programs in the history of this conference. And with the ‘Cocks, it was essentially from the ground up.
- Florida. Given the state of the Florida offense, Muschamp was working all season with a thin margin for error, as the bowl game showed. Getting eleven wins out of this team was good coaching.
- LSU. There’s something almost comforting about watching a Miles-coached team get back to losing a game or two it shouldn’t.
- Vanderbilt. James Franklin is the toast of Nashville. It’ll be interesting to see where this program’s ceiling is.
- Mississippi. I’m still wrapping my brain around Ole Miss winning seven games this season.
- Mississippi State. Second half fade and Egg Bowl loss are concerns. If Freeze can recruit decently, you have to wonder if Mullen is in for some tough sledding.
- Missouri. This season exposed the Tigers’ personnel shortcomings. Pinkel’s got some work to do in that department to make the program consistently competitive.
- Arkansas. I suspect we’ve heard the last of John L. Smith.
- Tennessee. I have this mental image of Derek Dooley sitting in a leather recliner in front of a warm fireplace with a glass of whiskey in his hand asking himself, “Sal Sunseri? WTF was I thinking?”.
- Auburn. Has any coach fallen faster than Gene Chizik? And you can’t say he didn’t earn it – that was the worst Auburn team I’ve ever seen in person.
- Kentucky. Even Joker Phillips knew he was presiding over an epic dumpster fire.