AUBURN, Ala. — It seems that all Auburn needed to do was get to SEC play.
The trip to Missouri for the start of conference play proved fruitful for Gus Malzahn’s team, which finally put on the show they’d been hoping for since the season began.
After handing Mizzou a 51-14 loss in Columbia, Mo., Auburn moved up to No. 13 in the AP Top 25 and inched up one spot to No. 15 in the Amway Coaches’ Poll. In addition to that movement, Auburn also jumped one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
SEC Country’s Power Poll, consisting of 27 voters, placed Alabama in the No. 1 spot, where the Crimson Tide were all last season.
Auburn scored more than 50 points for the first time this season against Missouri. More importantly, however, was that quarterback Jarrett Stidham and Chip Lindsey’s offense looked sharp and clean for arguably the first time this season.
Receivers who needed to get more involved in the offense (think Nate Craig-Myers, Kyle Davis and Eli Stove) accomplished that task. Auburn’s offensive line outmatched Missouri’s defensive front (as expected).
And there’s more good news for Auburn.
Auburn will end September by hosting Mississippi State on the Plains. The Bulldogs dominated LSU 37-7 in Starkville, Miss., but Dan Mullen’s team came up very short against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Mississippi State slipped from No. 17 to No. 24 and from No. 19 to No. 25 on Sunday. Additionally, Mississippi State dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 in the SEC Country Power Poll after a 31-3 loss in between the hedges. Now the Bulldogs will travel to Auburn for a third-straight ranked matchup.
Auburn and Mississippi State have met 90 times and the Tigers hold a 62-26-2 edge. The 91st meeting takes place Saturday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. ET at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.
Check back here every Sunday for the latest installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 4 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||351||27||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||324||0||2||2||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||291||0||4||3||5|
|4||Florida (4 - 7)||257||0||5||3||7|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||242||0||3||3||8|
|6||LSU (9 - 4)||196||0||7||4||10|
|7||Kentucky (7 - 6)||181||0||8||5||11|
|8||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||12||5||14|
|9||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||115||0||6||5||13|
|10||Tennessee (4 - 8)||111||0||9||5||13|
|11||South Carolina (9 - 4)||101||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||78||0||11||4||13|
|13||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||54||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||5||0||14||10||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)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (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)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)