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Saturday's SEC East showdown in Columbia, S.C., shook up the college football conference power poll by vaulting the South Carolina Gamecocks past the Alabama Crimson Tide into first place in the league.
You’ve seen my BlogPoll ballot, so now it’s time to present you with this week’s SEC Power Poll ballot. Please bear in mind that the former uses resume ranking, while the latter (as the name suggests) is a power poll, which explains any incongruities between the two. In case you’re curious, here is last week’s SEC Power Poll ballot. The Southeastern Conference shakes out as follows:
1. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0 overall, 4-0 SEC): The Garnet and Black have twice as many conference victories as, and one more total win than, ‘Bama, and the South Carolina squad that took the field last Saturday night would’ve beaten any team in the league. That, or my team completely stinks. Yeah, I’m going to go with believing the Gamecocks are good, all right?
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0): The Tide gave up only slightly fewer yards and points during their bye week than they do during an average game.
3. Florida Gators (5-0, 4-0): So far, I’m less convinced the Gators are “back” than I am that the teams they’ve beaten are overrated.
4. Mississippi St. Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0): Mississippi State’s only SEC championship was won just days before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. If the Bulldogs make it to 8-0, I suggesting moving up one defcon for each subsequent MSU victory, just in case history repeats itself.
5. LSU Tigers (5-1, 1-1): The Bayou Bengals would have fallen farther, but they represented themselves better than Georgia by not being beaten as badly. That, or my team completely stinks. Yeah, I’m going to go with believing Louisiana State isn’t awful, all right?
6. Georgia Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1): Frankly, I don’t want to talk about it.
7. Texas A&M Aggies (4-1, 2-1): The good news is, the Aggies came back to beat Ole Miss. The bad news is, the Aggies had to come back to beat Ole Miss.
8. Tennessee Volunteers (3-2, 0-2): I ranked the SEC’s best seven teams from the top down, I ranked the SEC’s worst seven teams from the bottom up, and I wound up with the Big Orange in eighth place. I’m just as surprised as you are.
9. Vanderbilt Commodores (2-3, 1-2): The Commies won on the road against a division rival that has yet to card its first conference victory. That’s the new Vandy for you!
10. Mississippi Rebels (3-3, 0-2): The trick to beating Texas A&M is to trail the Aggies early and take the lead in the second half, not the other way around, Rebs.
11. Missouri Tigers (3-3, 0-3): The Tigers are better than their record; they just ended up being the one team in any given year that inevitably gets upset by the Commodores. That, or Missouri isn’t ready for prime time, and Georgia’s win in Columbia counts for nothing, and my team completely stinks. Yeah, I’m going to go with believing Mizzou isn’t terrible, all right?
12. Arkansas Razorbacks (2-4, 1-2): I would say the Hogs won the “Unemployment Bowl,” but, actually, I think both coaches were going to be fired, regardless.
13. Auburn Tigers (1-4, 0-3): How much do you think Gene Chizik would pay right now to have Cam Newton back? Because, you know, for the right price, that probably could be arranged.
14. Kentucky Wildcats (1-5, 0-3): It could be worse. Kentucky could play Louisiana-Monroe in the non-conference schedule.
That is how the SEC presently stands, in my estimation, though your mileage may vary, so you are invited to offer your thoughts in the comments below.