SEC Power Poll, Week Two

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I don’t know if this week’s games proved the conventional wisdom about the second week being the biggest for improvement, but they certainly provided greater insight about the fourteen conference schools.  Or, most of ’em, anyway.

  1. Alabama.  Per Bruce Feldman, Tua Tagovailoa on third down has a passer rating of 405.88.  No, that isn’t fair.
  2. Georgia.  You know, this team has a chance to be pretty decent once it gets some experience under its belt.
  3. Auburn.  I think the Tigers are good, but I’m not sure how good.
  4. Mississippi State.  They weren’t pretty throwing the ball against Kansas State, but otherwise, they impressed.
  5. LSU.  Joe Burrow has the lowest passer rating among the SEC’s starting quarterbacks.  If that doesn’t improve, I don’t think things end all that well for the Tigers this season.
  6. Texas A&M.  This weekend we learned Jimbo is a pretty good quarterbacks coach — and Kevin Sumlin ain’t.
  7. Ole Miss.  Alabama comes to Oxford next.  Is it too much to hope the Rebs can drag the Tide down to their level, at least a little?
  8. Missouri.  So far, the Tigers continue to resist the SOD Effect and play a little defense.  Ah, that soft early season scheduling magic.
  9. Kentucky.  The ‘Cats are shaping up to be this season’s wildest ride.
  10. South Carolina.  In the immortal words of Ricky Bobby, if you ain’t first, you’re last.
  11. Florida.  The meteor game against Tennessee is shaping up to be one brutal affair.
  12. Vanderbilt.  Playing respectably on offense and well on defense through two games, but now comes a trip to South Bend.
  13. Tennessee.  The Vols pound a cupcake and feel good about themselves.  Take your victories where you can find ’em, I guess.
  14. Arkansas.  It’s not easy to collapse against a team with a John Jancek-coached defense, but the Hogs managed to pull it off.

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32 responses to “SEC Power Poll, Week Two

  1. Florida/Tennessee is going to be a laugher … like laughing at the ineptitude on both sides of the ball.

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    • dawgtired

      One team on the Senator’s list separate the two and if not for Arky, they’d both be on the bottom. Man, these are good times.

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    • gastr1

      I can’t even fathom how Florida can be this bad. I’m gonna enjoy it, though.

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      • Mayor

        Bad recruiting.

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        • Uglydawg

          More too it than that. Me thinks there is a dark side to their problems. Mullen is going to have his hands full holding it together.

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          • Macallanlover

            What I think as well. Mullen isn’t a very likeable person, tough to hold it together when the chemistry isn’t right. Anyone can survive the good times, but much can become unwound if things spiral downwards. Too early to tell, love the KY victory though, don’t need them getting any mo during recruits’ time to make decisions. Saturday was a good start to panting doubt, both the loss and the transfer announcement.

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  2. dawgtired

    I didn’t watch the entire game but, with UF being so pitiful, it’s hard to judge how good UK really is. They did appear to have some speed on the edge and the QB seemed to have promise.
    I haven’t watched Mizzu yet. I will watch some replays before our game with them so I’ll know what to expect.
    LSU’s QB situation is one more reason I feel we take care of business in the valley. He will not fair well against our D and a one dimensional run game will get stuffed by our DL.
    Auburn hasn’t looked overly impressive yet but I can’t get last year’s regular season game out of my head. I won’t look past them with cocky demeanor.

    As someone mentioned before. Go ahead and make those plans to Atlanta.

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  3. ASEF

    I thought Georgia looked much more polished on the line of scrimmage than Alabama, especially on offense.

    Texas AM found a way to lose to Clemson, part of that formula being some sketchy ACC officiating (well, hello, college football’s crazy uncle).

    I’d flip Georgia/Alabama and LSU/TAMU. For one week anyway.

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    • dawgtired

      That was a heart breaker for TAMU. If the fumble goes out at the one yard line, they most likely win that game. It will be interesting how the voters see that game in terms of Clemson’s power ranking.

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      • Uglydawg

        The ball DID go out at the one yard line. Those were ACC refs and Clemson is the ONLY thing the ACC really has going for it. That was a hose job. However, TAM did come back and get the score, but ran an awful play for the two point conversion.
        I thought Clemson’s defense looked gassed from the first TAM drive on.
        Their long haired kid QB out of Cartersville is going to be great.

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      • ASEF

        Same side of field, Clemson’s last scoring drive, a Clemson WR two hand pushed, arms extended, a stumbling AM DB to the ground. Just blatant. No call.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Hindsight being 20/20, I think Fisher should’ve went for it on the first drive. The missed FG (at a poor angle) was a really bad omen.

      And you’re not gonna beat a top team like clemmons by kicking FGs. More balls on Fisher’s part might’ve flipped that game.

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  4. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    Not sure I would have placed the Gamecocks quite so far down. Granted their play was fair to poor on Saturday. I can’t really make an argument for this but I’d like to think their play was more about the Dogs and less about the Gamecocks. Feel free to disagree.

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  5. ChiliDawg

    Two thoughts:

    Kevin Sumlin’s start at Arizona is a head scratcher. Maybe he’s not the great coach he was thought to be when he was at Houston, but damn, surely he isn’t THIS bad?
    Mike Bobo has a chance to be 2-0 against the SEC this year when he takes his Rams to Florida this Saturday.

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  6. Macallanlover

    I may be the only one but Saturday raised my concern level for UGA’s chances to be special this year. We looked very soft in the middle of our defense. Someone on the DL or the ILBs have to take on the power run. SC didn’t go there much but when they did our initial contact was a couple of yards past the LOS. Same with AP but the option made us play the perimeter more. Also flet we don’t have LBs able to cover the short throws. I worry about Mizzou going there as I don’t think they are the team to test the run issue up the middle (LSU will do that in a few weeks.)

    The saving grace though could be the offense, going to be very difficult for anyone to shut us down this year if Chaney uses all his crayons. Our expected game against Bama in the SECCG could well look like the ohio/Bama game for the MNC three years ago.

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    • The good thing, Mac, is it’s still early.

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      • Macallanlover

        I agree, not locking in on this position, but it has to change, imo, before we get too far ahead of ourselves. Not sure we are a Top 3 team at this point, but we do have upside. And, as I said, we don’t have to win with defense this year. That is the key difference this year versus last.

        And I have been positive, still am, but the reality is we are not ready for primetime. I want to take Bama down after two last second losses in our last 3 games against them. They look more complete to me right now, we have one edge on them, STs. I think our offenses are both good, but their defense is better as a whole. Not Munson-esque generally, I think he is enjoying his great seat looking down at what is happening in Athens.

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    • 69Dawg

      Larry is that you? Sounds like Mac is channeling his inter Munson.

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      • ChiliDawg

        I think some Georgia fans try WAY too hard to have an “inner munson.”

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        • Got Cowdog

          This will be a little non-sequitur and won’t make sense to most, and some that get it will take offense to it. Here goes:
          Christopher Moore’s early novels are great fun to read. There is a character in a one of them called “Wiggly Charlie.” My personal “Little Larry” resembles that character in my mind. Having known Mr. Munson personally, with his penchant for comely ladies and good stories, I think he would approve.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    May as well move utk further down the list Brother Bluto. After UTEP, they’ve got fu, us @ Sanford, a week off to heal their broken bones, then go to aubie, back home for bama, then whatever’s left of them has to play scu.

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  8. Billy Boy

    Watching the UK/UF game. First quarter is a bit over half way through, and twice I’ve already seen UF defensive players waving their hands wildly in confusion over the call. Man, Grantham is nothing if not consistent.

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