GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida was off with a bye this week, but there was plenty of activity elsewhere in the SEC with Auburn and LSU making impressive statements and Alabama doing Alabama things.
That means there was also some shakeup in the weekly SEC Country Power Poll.
The Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC) dropped a spot to No. 6 in this week’s edition while Auburn climbed three spots to No. 3 and LSU jumped three spots to No. 5.
Alabama (8-0, 5-0) stayed atop the poll after its 33-14 win over Texas A&M. Meanwhile, Auburn (5-2, 3-1) changed some opinions with a stunning 56-3 win over Arkansas and LSU (5-2, 3-1) got its boost from a 38-21 win over Ole Miss to continue its surge under interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
The poll consisted of 22 voters, including ones from SEC Country and around the nation.
As for the Gators, they needed the rest and will hope the extra two weeks is enough time to get senior nose tackle Joey Ivie and redshirt-junior defensive end Jordan Sherit back from injury. The bigger question may be with senior linebacker Jarrad Davis, who sustained a bad ankle sprain in Florida’s 40-14 win over Missouri last week.
Florida coach Jim McElwain will address those matters in his weekly Monday news conference.
The other benefit of the bye was to give redshirt-sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio more time to strengthen his knee. The first-year starter returned to action in that win over Missouri after missing two games with a sprained knee, but he was far from sharp (18-of-38 passing for 236 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs).
He’ll look to bounce back this Saturday as the Gators meet Georgia (4-3, 2-3) in their annual rivalry clash in Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida controls its own destiny with a one-game lead in the SEC East standings and will be looking to build some momentum against an up-and-down Bulldogs team.
Check back next week to see the Week 9 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 8 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||260||0||2||2||5|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||235||0||6||2||5|
|4||Tennessee (9 - 4)||211||0||5||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||200||0||8||3||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||189||0||4||2||8|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||151||0||3||6||8|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||7||5||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||101||0||9||7||11|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||95||0||10||8||11|
|11||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||54||0||12||9||14|
|12||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||44||0||11||11||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||35||0||14||11||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||4||0||13||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)