I hear there were college football games played outside of Sanford Stadium this weekend. I’m not sure I buy that, but I’ll play along, anyway. Here, based on Saturday’s results, is this week’s SEC Power Poll:
1. LSU Tigers (10-0 overall, 6-0 SEC): No. 1 in the country, No. 1 in the SEC; to-may-to, to-mah-to.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1): All right, show of hands. Who here won a conference road game this weekend? Keep ‘em up high while we count.
3. Arkansas Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1): Saturday was payback for that Clint Stoerner fumble back in 1998.
4. Georgia Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1): The Bulldogs beat Auburn worse than Louisiana State did. I’m just sayin’ . . .
5. South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2): This team is continuing to win in November, despite the loss of key players. How often has that been said of South Carolina?
6. Auburn Tigers (6-4, 4-3): Yes, I’m going to call you every day at 6:15 to ask you what time it is. No, I don’t expect you to get it. Seriously, Gene Chizik has done a good job of keeping this team together after everything the Plainsmen lost from last year. The Tigers just happened to face a brutal slate featuring four teams with a combined 36-4 record . . . and, yeah, I’m really proud my team is one of them.
7. Florida Gators (5-5, 3-5): The one danged time I need these guys to win a football game, and they louse it up. . . .
8. Vanderbilt Commodores (5-5, 2-5): The Commies officially pounded the ‘Cats straight into basketball season, which is odd, because Cleveland State officially pounded Vandy straight out of basketball season.
9. Mississippi St. Bulldogs (5-5, 1-5): Dan Mullen should’ve taken the Florida job. Then he wouldn’t be stuck at .500 overall with a losing record in conference play. Oh, wait. . . .
10. Kentucky Wildcats (4-6, 1-5): When you can lose to Vandy by 30 points and still not be the worst team in the conference, it’s a down year for the league.
11. Tennessee Volunteers (4-6, 0-6): Fortunately, the Vols have Vanderbilt and Kentucky left to play. Oh, wait. . . .
12. Mississippi Rebels (2-8, 0-6): A 27-7 loss to Louisiana Tech at home isn’t cause for relegation to Conference USA? Really?
That’s how it looks to me, but, as always, your mileage may vary. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.