AUBURN, Ala. — Victories and losses bring movement in polls, and few teams in college football understand that more than Auburn.
The Tigers took their rightful place at the top of the conference after defeating Alabama in the Iron Bowl, but then slipped to second after falling to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
Gus Malzahn’s football team dropped one spot from No. 1 to No. 2 in the SEC Country Power Poll after losing to the Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Jarrett Stidham’s first SEC Championship Game fell short of expectations. The quarterback completed 16-of-32 passes (145 yards) and added 25 yards on the ground.
Kerryon Johnson was able to play, but wasn’t the old version of himself after he was injured in the Iron Bowl. He managed just 44 yards on 13 carries without a touchdown.
Defensively, Kevin Steele’s unit was no match for Georgia’s potent running game. The Bulldogs managed 238 yards on 41 carries including 88 yards from D’Andre Swift and 77 from Nick Chubb.
The Tigers season certainly ended with a whimper instead of a bang. The Tigers will still go bowling and play UCF in the Peach Bowl.
It didn’t even necessarily accomplish one of its goals. Alabama got into the College Football Playoff despite Auburn winning the Iron Bowl. However, it looks like the program will move forward with its head coach as reports surfaced Sunday night that Gus Malzahn will continue to lead the team on The Plains.
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Georgia (13 - 2)||260||20||3||1||1|
|2||Auburn (10 - 4)||232||0||1||2||3|
|3||Alabama (13 - 1)||228||0||2||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||198||0||4||4||5|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||172||0||5||4||9|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||150||0||6||5||12|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||137||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||121||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||105||0||9||8||11|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||85||0||10||8||11|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||62||0||11||6||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||43||0||12||7||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||23||0||13||12||14|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||4||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)