SEC Power Poll, final edition

All good things must come to an end, and so it is the case for one of the most satisfying seasons in my memory.  Well… except for one minor detail.  Then again, there are about 126 or so programs that would love to change places with Georgia, and that includes 12 in the SEC.

  1. Alabama.  The Sabanator abides.
  2. Georgia.  Per Brian Fremeau, Georgia’s excellence stemmed from a remarkable consistency:  “The Bulldogs had eight single-game opponent-adjusted victories that ranked in the 90th percentile or better this year, including five of the top-50 single game performances in college football.”
  3. Auburn.  From beating the top two teams in the conference back-to-back to watching those same two teams duke it out for the national title… what a special year for you, Tigers.  Hey, at least you won the SEC West!
  4. Mississippi State.  A nice year that got Dan Mullen a shiny new job at Florida.
  5. LSU.  Really, it’s hard to figure out where this program goes.  Too much talent to be entirely irrelevant, not enough coaching to be consistently excellent seems to be a safe take for now.
  6. South Carolina.  Say what you will, Boom is a decent coach who is capable of squeezing as much as he can out of a program to make it competitive, but is limited by his inability to find an offensive coordinator who can take things to the next level.
  7. Texas A&M.  If there’s a conference program that really ought to be better than it is, it’s this one.
  8. Missouri.  Nice second half run fueled by a mediocre schedule.  The question from here is how the change at offensive coordinator affects that momentum.
  9. Ole Miss.  Considering everything, Matt Luke did one of the better coaching jobs in the SEC this season.
  10. Kentucky.  The conference mirage.  If I could have ranked the Wildcats lower, I would have… which ought to tell you a lot about the bottom quarter of the SEC.
  11. Florida.  An awful year.  What remains to be seen is how far in the ditch McElwain left the Gatormobile.  From here, it looks like more than a one-year repair job lies ahead.
  12. Arkansas.  If Bert’s eight-figure buyout after Arky’s nothing-burger of a season doesn’t tell you how out of whack coaches’ contracts are, nothing will.
  13. Vanderbilt.  They’ll always have the Tennessee game.
  14. Tennessee.  If you’re not a Vol fan, this has been a season to revel in.

And there you have it.  College football’s two best teams, followed by several good ones, a few mediocrities and then some genuinely terrible programs.  I think the ragging on the conference this year was a little undeserved.  Overall, the SEC wasn’t that bad.  The problem in perception was due to two traditional powers, Florida and Tennessee, being that bad.

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28 responses to “SEC Power Poll, final edition

  1. I’m biased, but I still think the SEC championship outweighs Monday night. I would flip 1 and 2. I thought we were better as the year wore on.

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  2. M

    I believe Georgia was Sec champions.

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  3. Mayor

    Florida and Tennessee are going to be down for a while too. If I were Boom I’d move heaven and earth to get a Josh Heupful level OC. If he found the right guy SC would be Georgia’s main competition in the East.

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    • Macallanlover

      I agree with you on this, that would be a good combination. I don’t agree with your post that the team that wins is always the best. UGA and Bama are close, but I feel the Dawgs nose them out, and we are SEC champs.

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      • DawgByte

        if we were better than Alabama we would have held our 13 point lead. To be a true Champion you have to seize on the breaks you are given – we did not. We could have closed the game out after Baker’s INT. Instead Fromm throws an INT the very next play. The momentum completely shifted over to the Tide at that point. Lastly, Bama had greater depth than Georgia and superior talent in key areas such as defensive backfield.

        Moving forward Kirby has to address the glaring weaknesses at DB, an area Georgia traditionally has overlooked. The curse of Prince Miller looms! CKS must also lean on Coach Scott to up the recruiting at interior DL. We need to start regularly recruiting 5 * DT’s! Bama’s DT’s are lights out good… the best in the country.

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        • Macallanlover

          My comment wasn’t to debate who won the game, I know who did, and I understand why. And yes, they are better in the secondary. But the result of the game doesn’t always determine who is the best team. I feel UGA was the better team in 2017, and on Monday night. You are free to feel otherwise, many will agree with you.

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        • Russ

          Agree with your comments on the lines of scrimmage, though I think our DL whipped their OL most of the game, and did the same to OU in the second half.

          Regardless, both of our lines will continue to improve. We just recruiting an entire bluechip OL this year.

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          • DawgByte

            Unfortunately, our DT recruiting isn’t keeping pace with the OL studs we’re bringing in. To consistently compete at a Playoff level we need to be stocking the cupboard with 5* DT’s. We have talent, just not Bama talent.

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  4. Uglydawg

    I agree with you on all of this.
    I would have responded sooner, but I had to take a cold shower when I saw where Florida and Tennessee are.
    Dawgs should be favored to win the East again next year.

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  5. Uglydawg

    Bluto..I know you don’t need me to help you run this excellent blog, but I think you could run some great threads by asking opinion questions that are pointedly non-rhetorical. Here’s one I would love to hear opininons on…esp. yours and a good many of the excellent cfb minds that hang out here.

    “Between Florida and Tennessee, who will rebound (rebuild) quickest?”

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    • Good suggestion, but I’ll probably save your specific question for a post after the next signing day. By then, we’ll have a better idea of rosters and the coaching staffs.

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      • Russ

        Right now, I’d say Florida. It seems like they have less organizational problems than UT. With the Pumpkin back to running Tennessee, it’s going to be a shit show for a while, one I’m going to enjoy watching. Will Pruitt take a poke (literally) at Phil when the going gets tough?

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    • D.N. Nation

      I think Pruitt was a great hire – despite themselves – and I’ve been impressed with the staff he’s assembling.

      That said. UT hasn’t had a 10-win season since 2007, haven’t had a double-digit-win season legitimately worth a crap since 2001…at what point do you wonder if they’ve been permanently Nebraska’d?

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      • Comin' Down The Track

        … at what point do you wonder if they’ve been permanently Nebraska’d?
        I’m willing to believe that right now mainly because of their irrational fan base that will never believe that they’ve “Nebraska’d” (so good), no matter how much evidence to the contrary, which continues to both eat and perpetuate itself… just like Nebraska. 😏

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  6. Macallanlover

    Never been a big fan of Jimbo as a HC but his luring Elko to College Station may be enough of a factor to change the direction for the Aggies. I can see them in the mix for a spot in Atlanta within 2-3 years. They need to step it up with the jimmies and joes but there is a lot of talent in Texas.

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  7. Uglydawg

    FWIW..If Clemson were in the conference, I’d put them at number 4, right behind the Barn.
    Again, that’s FWIW which isn’t much. But Clemson, more than any other school, impacts the SEC…recruiting, ranking, playoff competition, etc.

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  8. Dawg19

    It would be nice to one day see Bama have to win the SEC Championship Game twice in order to win the national title.

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    • AusDawg85

      LOL..there’s a t-shirt, or internet meme, or something in that truism that needs to go mainstream.

      Bama…playing less to play our best.

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