SEC Power Poll, Week Nine

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We’ve reached the point in the season when trying to use transitive wins to justify a ranking order is madness.  Just one obvious example:  Florida, which beat LSU, just lost by 19 to Georgia, which lost to LSU by 20.

So, don’t do it.  Accept that there’s an obvious number one, an obvious number fourteen and let the rest of the chips fall as they may, depending on who’s tossing them.

  1. Alabama.  Is there a conference team that could stay within two touchdowns of ‘Bama at a neutral site?
  2. Georgia.  Back to the script.
  3. LSU.  I’m not going to ask if the Tigers can beat Alabama.  I just want to know if they can keep the Tide out of the end zone on the first series of the game.
  4. Kentucky.  A 7-1 team with the 74th-ranked offense in terms of yards per play — you’ve really got to work hard to make something like that happen.
  5. Florida.  As hard as I tried, I really couldn’t move the Gators any lower.
  6. Mississippi State.  It seems like every time I’m ready to write this team off, the Bulldogs pull themselves back from the abyss.
  7. Texas A&M.  Now 3-2 in conference play despite being minus-21 in points differential.  This is when I begin to realize how mediocre the middle pack of the SEC is.
  8. Auburn.  With four games left, all that’s left for the Tigers is to play spoiler against Alabama and Georgia, both of which may clinch their respective divisions (if the oddsmakers are right) before the Gus Bus arrives.
  9. South Carolina.  Another team in negative points differential territory that doesn’t have a losing record in conference play.  Quality!
  10. Missouri.  It took eight games, but the genius of Derek Dooley finally showed through.
  11. Vanderbilt.  The ‘Dores have to win two of their last three to become bowl eligible.  Those three games are against the nos. 10, 11 12 and 13 in this week’s Power Poll, so I’m saying there’s a chance.
  12. Ole Miss.  Mississippi is thirteenth in scoring in conference play.  It’s fourteenth in defensive scoring in conference play.  Generally speaking, that is not a recipe for success.
  13. Tennessee.  Fortunately, the clock is about to strike November.
  14. Arkansas.  Vanderbilt had managed to score only 61 points in its first four conference games.  It scored 45 against the Hogs.  Yeah, this is a bad team.

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8 responses to “SEC Power Poll, Week Nine

  1. Mark

    Might want to re-check the ranking numbers for Vandy’s remaining opponents, Senator.

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  2. Biggus Rickus

    On Alabama, we’ll find out in a month. I think Georgia can stay within two touchdowns. I am extremely doubtful that Georgia can do much better as things stand.

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  3. Macallanlover

    I don’t think the effort Auburn will put forth against UGA and Bama will have any relationship to conference standings at that point. The locker room seems a warm mess, fans are clamoring for a buy-out of Malzahn’s overstuffed contract, and no attractive goals remain for the Tigers..It is hard spin a story to diminish just how far they have fallen. Gus needs something positive to keep things together through signing date to have a chance to bring in some much needed help. That defense so many counted on for 2018 will be departing before spring and no savior for the offense is in sight.

    Happy days, AU has suffered a major blow this season and may have a tough time recovering any time soon, especially with a resurgent LSU in the West. Who would have thunk it just 11 months ago?

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  4. ChiliDawg

    Really the most damning indictment of SOD’s season thus far is the regression of Drew Lock. From “future first round pick” to general afterthought in the course of about 9 weeks.

    Last season he completed nearly 10 yards/attempt, tossed 44 TD’s and 13 INT’s while compiling a rating of 165.67

    This season? Averaging a little under 8 yards/attempt, 16 TD’s, 6 INT’s, with a 139.75 rating.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      I’m not positive how much of it falls on Dooley. They wanted someone to come in with a pro-style system to prepare Drew Lock for the NFL, but he’s never been good at the kinds of things this offense asks of him, which is reading defenses and being consistently accurate on intermediate passes.

      All of that said, I thought the play call on the 3rd and 2 with a chance to run out the clock was awful. That was the only part of the game I really saw, but eight straight 3-and-outs makes me think play-calling was probably sketchy the entire second half.

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  5. Texas Dawg

    Shouldn’t you have Florida ahead of Georgia? Even though they got their asses kicked they are the better team. If you doubt that, you can ask any of the classy, intelligent Florida player and they will be glad to tell you exactly that.

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    • Macallanlover

      I agree. Read an FU board last night and didn’t realize until the they had whipped our arse and Big Mo was on their side now. Probably show up as a win in their official W/L record against UGA.

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