SEC Power Poll, Week 9

It was a week with plenty of exciting games, but few outright upsets.  So there’s not that much movement in my power rankings this go ’round.

  1. Mississippi State.  Don’t mistake struggling on the road in the SEC with suddenly not being as good a team.  That being said, I would be a little concerned about that secondary, Bulldogs.
  2. Auburn.  The 2014 version of the Tigers is looking more and more like the 2013 version – ridiculously good running game, efficient passing and just-good-enough-to-get-by defense.
  3. Mississippi.  That’s the kind of ending you get when you don’t have any experience playing pressure cooker games on the road.
  4. Georgia.  The farther into the season we get, the less this team looks outmatched by the other top teams in the conference.
  5. Alabama.  My vote for conference MVP goes to Amari Cooper.  In the two games he’s been held to less than 100 receiving yards, Alabama’s lost one outright and squeaked past Arkansas in the other.
  6. LSU.  Les Miles has a winning record in games in which his team has trailed in the fourth quarter.  And to think there are still idiots out there convinced he can’t coach.
  7. Missouri.  I’m almost embarrassed placing the Tigers here, but hey, they’re 6-2, 3-1.  You got a better choice?
  8. Texas A&M.  At least the Aggies’ defense didn’t embarrass itself this weekend.
  9. Florida.  The Gators aren’t getting a bye week bounce; they’re getting a benched Driskel bounce.
  10. Kentucky.  Flawed, but fun to watch.
  11. South Carolina.  As much of an offensive genius as he is, Spurrier’s not genius-y enough to overcome his team’s shortcomings on defense.
  12. Arkansas.  Dominated UAB as much in the first half as Georgia dominated them the week before.
  13. Tennessee.  With everything you already know, why in the world would you start Nathan Peterman in a conference game?
  14. Vanderbilt.  Speaking of starting quarterbacks, who gets the nod next week for the Commodores?  And, does it matter?

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15 responses to “SEC Power Poll, Week 9

  1. Biggus Rickus

    You seem more impressed by Treon Harris than I am, though there’s really no argument to be made for bumping up any of the teams ranked behind them. I also think the three best teams in the conference right now are MSU, Alabama and Georgia in some order.

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  2. Spike

    The Dogs in front of Bama? Hmmm…

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  3. Spike

    True dat, but we lost to the Chickens, they lost to Ole Miss on the road.

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  4. uglydawg

    Give me hell, but I’m putting Florida at number 7. They would have beaten LSU without the zebra influence and they have a very good defense. While LSU has shown improvement, Mizzou and TAM have regressed. Florida is a couple of breaks away from getting up off the turf. i”m a litte scared about this game, but I will rest easier when and if Gurley is freed this weeik…early this week.

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    • PatinDC

      Umm. They would have lost to KY and TN w/o the umps, so that is a wash to me. I think they are worse than they look.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Mizzou, who you say has regressed, just beat Florida 42-13. Florida needed the refs’ assistance to take down Kentucky in Gainesville and somehow managed to scrape out a 10-9 win over Tennessee. They are further than a couple of breaks from getting off the turf.

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  5. uglydawg

    And the new blip on the radar screen is Kentucky. They have a QB that can beat you…especailly with that arm. They get better each week.

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  6. Macallanlover

    I don’t see Mizzou that high, maybe even 3 lower than you have them, but they do seem to skate by. I still think they lose 2 more conference games, their offense is Florida bad, I seriously misjudged Matty Mauk. Agree with your comment about Georgia, the gap between us and everyone else has narrowed substantially. If our defense continues to make positive strides, we could compete with anyone from the West by early December.

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  7. Sashko

    “…ridiculously good running game, efficient passing and just-good-enough-to-get-by defense.”

    Are we talking about UGA or Auburn here?

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