SEC Power Poll, Week Four

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Interesting weekend, at least as far as the SEC East goes.

  1. Alabama.  You know, more than once as I watched ‘Bama grind Texas A&M into dust, I found myself thinking, “hey, the Aggies aren’t a bad team”.  Like it mattered…
  2. Georgia.  Can you describe a game in which a team never trailed as a close call?  Asking for a friend.
  3. LSU.  Your weekly Joe Burrow update:  49.3% completion rate, last among SEC starters; 116.33 passer rating, 13th among SEC starters.  If there’s an offense crying out for a defensive coordinator to make the quarterback beat you, it’s LSU’s.
  4. Auburn.  Still don’t know enough about this team, but there appear to be question marks on offense, especially with the departures of two starters.
  5. Texas A&M.  Is there a more improved quarterback in the country than Kellen Mond?  Did it make any difference against Alabama?  (Though at least they covered the spread.)
  6. Kentucky.  Finally, an East team not Georgia claims the scalp of a ranked team from the West.  No fluke, either.
  7. Mississippi State.  Maybe it was just one game, but the Bulldogs were really manhandled on both lines.  Live by the run; die by the run.
  8. Florida.  The next three spots are exceedingly close.  I put the Gators here because I think they have the best defense of the three.
  9. South Carolina.  Bounced back from the Georgia beating with a solid effort on the road against Vandy.
  10. Missouri.  Resilient but had flaws on the offensive line and secondary exposed.  Missouri is vulnerable to teams that can get after the quarterback and throw the ball.
  11. Ole Miss.  Non-stop entertainment against any team without much defense.
  12. Vanderbilt.  You know the ‘Dores have to be thinking they’ve got another legit chance to beat Tennessee this season.
  13. Tennessee.  May you live in interesting times, Vols.
  14. Arkansas.  Yeah, I think they’d lose to Tennessee.

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25 responses to “SEC Power Poll, Week Four

  1. Biggen

    LSU is the #5 team in the country? Pffft. Not for long with that QB.

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  2. TMC DAWG

    Senator , How far do you think Kentucky will go this year win wise? I believe 9.

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  3. Biggus Rickus

    I think South Carolina and Missouri are both better than Florida, and I don’t see Florida’s defense as being anything special. Once the turnover rate drops (and 3.5 a game won’t last) they’ll start giving up points in droves. I mean, Kentucky has a nice ground game and all, but they averaged nearly 8 yards a play against Florida.

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  4. dawgtired

    My favorite post of the week…

    I had the same thoughts on TAMU. Good team but it just doesn’t matter when you play Bama. I think we could say that about a lot of teams.
    It’s funny to say but SC could be UK’s ‘trap game’. Coming off a great win against MsSt they better watch for the let down against the Cocks.
    Ole Miss will beat teams that have good defenses but self destructing offenses. The bears certainly won’t do anything to stop the opponent.

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    • Macallanlover

      Not arguing, just don’t see how a team with Kentucky’s history could have a trap game with an opponent viewed as an obstacle to their dream season. SC is considered a 1 point game by oddsmakers, and it is at home with a crowd that should be pumped. I think this is a top game of interest this week, KY has a legit shot at the East title, imo, and certainly has every reason to be excited, no excuse for complacency. I would expect them to be all-in on this game.

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      • mp

        In fact UK/SC should have been the 3:30 CBS game instead of UGA/UT given the stakes (and rarity)

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        • Macallanlover

          Excellent example of the “brand (s)” drove the decision and not the quality of the match up. CBS has to feed the advertisers but this is a case where you ads better be in the 20 minutes of the game because the remotes will be searching for a more competitive game, or bein gturned off.

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    • ChiliDawg

      UK has a 4-game win streak going against South Carolina, don’t think there’s any “trap game” element to it for them. When you’re a team trying to make history for your program by climbing out of the cellar, there are no trap games.

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  5. Randall Adams

    Auburn does not have a good O-Line. I don’t care what kind of offense you have; you have to have a descent O-Line. Their offense goes off of the run, not the pass. They do not have a big physical back that it requires. That combination makes them one-dimensional. Auburn will lose 3 or 4 games this year. I have little or no doubt about that. They do not match up well with Alabama, Georgia, or Mississippi State. And I think Texas A&M could get them.

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  6. Al

    Watching Kerryeon on SNF last night reminded me why Auburn is struggling a bit on offense this year. That dude is a baller.

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    • Russ

      I enjoyed watching him run over Patriots much more than us. And I found it really hard to pull for Sony wearing a Patriots jersey.

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  7. Skeptic Dawg

    Senator, I have always enjoyed your weekly SEC Power Poll. Snarky, chippy, and funny, but always true. Please feel free to take a break this year and take it easy. Just rank Alabama #1 and forget about the rest of the conference, because #2 thru 14 have zero shot at beating Alabama. This could be the best football team since 1995 Nebraska. Bama is fast AND big at every single position, and now they have a QB who will finish this season as the 1st or 2nd best QB in the conference. This team is on a mission and no one will slow them down. I love what Kirby is doing and man can that guy recruit, but sadly, we are a long way off from competing with the Tide.

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    • AusDawg85

      I see what you did there. Defying Nick Saban’s request and just continuing to feed them rat poison. Keep up the good work.

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    • Sanford222view

      I think the best comment I heard all weekend about Bama that shows how scary they are was when I heard an analyst comment that this year you hope Bama runs the ball when they are on offense. Think about that.

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    • Macallanlover

      Yep about 8 months, that is how far away from competing with them we are. Had to work to get them that W as I recall. In the months since, I would say they have caught is, and should be favored at the present time. We have a couple of months to close that gap. Lot of things can happen between Oct 1 and Dec 1.

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  8. Russ

    I’d put Mizzou at 8, maybe even 7. They aren’t a bad team.

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  9. ASEF

    120th in the country in punting, 107th in penalties, 42nd in rushing offense, 78th in opponent long scrimmage plays, tied with 9 others for 43rd in tackles for loss allowed.

    There are plenty of chinks in that armor so far. We’ll see if they get those ironed out.

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  10. Just think, #13 Vanderbilt gave Notre Dame all they wanted. It was probably SEC refs though. Something.

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  11. ApalachDawg

    I can’t recall in my lifetime when UK and Vandy were the better team over UT. It just doesn’t compute Will Robinson.

    I think Clampson and us could give Bama all they would want and then some. When we play Tua and the elephants, there will be no surprise attacks – unless we unleash Fields on them…

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  12. ChiliDawg

    Y’all ready to believe me about kentucky now?

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