SEC Power Poll, Week 11

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It really is the year of Snow White and the 13 Dwarfs.

  1. Alabama.  Nothing to see here, move on.
  2. LSU.  Coach O burnished his résumé with a four-TD win over a team that demolished Florida the week before.  Guess who’s coming to Baton Rouge next?
  3. Auburn.  Last week’s conventional wisdom:  with that offense, there’s no way Georgia can hang with Auburn.  This week’s conventional wisdom:  with that offense, there’s no way Auburn can hang with Alabama.
  4. Texas A&M.  Two straight conference losses and LSU awaits. The bloom is coming off the Aggies’ rose.
  5. Ole Miss.  THEY STILL THE BEST FIVE-LOSS TEAM IN ‘MERICA, PAWWWLLL.
  6. Tennessee.  Death, taxes and the Vols’ November schedule.
  7. Arkansas.  I knew the Hogs couldn’t play defense.
  8. Florida.  Parts keep falling off, but somehow the Gators keep winning.
  9. Georgia.  If you try to explain the Dawgs’ season with the transitive property of wins, you’ll go mad.
  10. Mississippi State.  Yeah, they got destroyed by Alabama.  They’re still better than half the East.
  11. Kentucky.  Seriously, how do you rush for 443 yards (better than eight yards per play) and still lose by thirteen?
  12. South Carolina.  The greatest trick Will Muschamp played was convincing the world that the ‘Cocks were relevant ahead of schedule.
  13. Vanderbilt.  Beat Georgia on the road and lose to Missouri on the road.  Whatever, Vanderbilt.
  14. Missouri.  I’d move ’em up, but they’re going to get smoked in their last two games, so I’m not sure it’s worth the bother.

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22 responses to “SEC Power Poll, Week 11

  1. 92 grad

    Holtz has his ways and I don’t always think he is on top of things, but I agree with one thing he says. In CFB you get a new team each and every week and it’s impossible to know what team you’ll get.

    Alabama is the only team that IS the same team each week right now.

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  2. Biggus Rickus

    In answer to the Kentucky question, it’s pretty easy. You kick field goals and fumble inside the 5 while letting your opponent run for 376 yards themselves.

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  3. Russ

    Your status yesterday about the entire SEC East except Florida being behind in points was amazing (and sad). And yeah, the transitive is so tempting and so wrong.

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  4. UGA85

    There is a certain physical, brutal style of play that characterizes Bama and LSU and usually the top teams in the West. I think Kirby is trying to develop that toughness and line of scrimmage play at UGA. Just imagine if we could play SEC West football in the East. Our defensive line may be there next year. Now, if only our offensive line (0ur Achille’s heel since 2001, IMO) could match that level of play…

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    • Mayor

      I have seen the light. That is exactly what Kirby is trying to do–make Georgia into a physically dominating team. I am all for it. I think we will be there on D by next season. It may take longer for the O-Line but we will get there.

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  5. Macallanlover

    TN too high, imo, and LSU surprised me with that Arkansas performance so they are deserving of 2nd place. You could always group below that as any given Saturday the rest are virtually deadlocked, excepting Mizzou of course. Vandy was less responsible for that win in Athens than our red zone offense, we dominated that game on both sides of the ball with a 250 yard edge. Outlier with Vandy is playing Auburn, with Pettway, to a virtual draw on the Plains.

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    • Tennessee is hard. How far do you drop them? They beat Florida and I think they’d beat Florida if they played the Gators again.

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      • Macallanlover

        All just opinions, but below Arkansas for sure. I think TN, Florida, and UGA are pretty much a bundle of mediocrity that is hard to distinguish from one another on a macro basis, although FU is a bad match up for UGA for the OL/DL reason. As I said, all are capable of sucking equally on any given Saturday, or playing well for a couple of quarters. If we played TN again, I still think it is a coin flip game. As I said, below Bama and LSU, there isn’t much out there that looks very different with Kelly out, if you drop Mizzou to the bottom. Could be an embarrassing bowl season for the SEC.

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        • Uglydawg

          If we could play TN again, we would beat them. Eason is a different beast than they saw in the early season, we have a kicking game, our defense has jelled and the O line has improved with adaptive blocking schemes. Tennessee looks to be about the same or even regressed. I say we’re better than them by a little bit..a good little bit. (Esp. if it’s a bowl game and we get unbiased refs).

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          • Mayor

            I totally agree Ug. I really wish we could play UT, Ole Piss, FU and Vandy again too. I think there would be a different outcome in at least 2 of those games, maybe more. This team is growing up right before our eyes.

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  6. Uglydawg

    I’m looking for an SEC East Spring. Not immediate, but budding.
    Georgia is clearly “building a monster”, (borrowed from Munson. He used that expression to describe Auburn when a young Bo Jackson was leading the roster in the mid 80s), Florida is improving and will be better each year with a stable coaching situation in a state that is a gold mine of talent. Kentucky and Vandy, while usually bottom dwellers, are at least improved bottom dwellers and cannot be taken as lightly as in the past.(yes, this is mostly because of the rest of the E being softer than in the past). South Carolina will be pretty good in a couple of years, their young QB is excellent. They will struggle to get great players, though, being surrounded by NC, Clemson, Ga. and UF. Boom’s got is work cut out for him.
    I don’t know what to make of Tennessee’s fortunes. In the meantime, O’Ms is faltering after a hot start, MsSt is regressing to the mean, Aggies and Auburn and Arky are up and down, week to week,…and Gus is going to have a hard time finding a Cam every couple of years to make that offense work…With Georgia and Alabama close by and successful against them, recruiting may call for a bigger bag.
    But Oregeon (hell, I’m not going to look up how to spell his name). is going to make LSU great again.
    Alabama is the Standard for college football excellence.
    But there’s no reason the East can’t pull itself back up and the Dawgs will lead the charge.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Orgeron is a fine motivator and defensive line coach. He might even make a pretty good defensive coordinator, but LSU would be crazy to give him the head coaching job.

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      • Russ

        They have responded well to him as head coach. USC did the same when he was their interim. He doesn’t fit the HC mold but I think he could be successful. And the people at LSU speak his language. I hope they hire him, if for no other reason than to hear him interviewed.

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      • Uglydawg

        “LSU would be crazy”..that’s one hurdle Orgeron has cleared.
        I honestly have no idea about how he would do, but I’m betting he gets the job because he is so enthusiastic that the kids and the Cajun masses are going to demand it…esp if they win out and the school believes he has lots of top recruits lined up behind him.
        Just a guess. Honestly, the guy is a little scary to me.

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        • Mayor

          LSU is too stupid to hire Orgeron even though he is an obvious good fit. They will want an established HC. Charlie Weiss is available and would look really good as the LSU HC to me. 🙂

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  7. AusDawg85

    Make Alabama 2016 play Alabama 2015 just to make the SECCG interesting.

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  8. 69Dawg

    It’s a bitch to know that it’s Alabama’s world and we’re just allowed to scrimmage with them every once in a while. The only team with a shot to beat them is Alabama like was said. If Alabama has a bunch of turnovers and the other teams O can score off of them then there would be a chance. Otherwise by the end of the 3rd quarter the Python like defense has you in it’s death grip and is starting to swallow.
    Of all the teams with a shot at them I see tOSU and maybe Louisville because of their Qb as the only one. Michigan plays too much Pro-style and would be killed. I think the selection committee will look at Washington’s loss to USC as a bad thing considering Bama’s destruction of USC. Tomorrow night will be very interesting.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      OSU’s the only team with similar athletes. Harbaugh will probably get Michigan there, but not yet. Though that defense is good enough that I could see them hanging around the way LSU did. At that point, all you need is a lucky play or two.

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  9. ApalachDawg

    Excellent Keyser Soze/Verbal Kent reference on number 12.
    BTW – the Auburn game tasted a whole lot sweeter in Dublin whilst sucking down a pint of mother’s milk.
    Eirrin go Dawghs!

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  10. Macallanlover

    Enjoy the wonderful Irish people. Food sucks (eat breakfast twice and have steak and chips in pubs and you will survive). Most optimistic people on the planet and the golf is underrated in the season, relative to Scotland.

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  11. Fourth and Fifteen

    The playoff selection committee should rank LSU at #2. Tigers may be the only team that could hang with Alabama.

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