GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With its third straight lopsided win over Georgia on Saturday, Florida again has asserted control of that rivalry series, and in so doing the Gators have further asserted themselves as one of the SEC’s premier teams in 2016.
Florida rode another dominant defensive performance to a 24-10 win over the Bulldogs in their annual showdown in Jacksonville, Fla., to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
With that, the Gators move up two spots to No. 4 in the weekly SEC Country Power Poll leapfrogging an idle LSU team as well as Tennessee after the Vols’ stunning loss to South Carolina.
The poll this week consisted of 26 voters, including ones from SEC Country and around the nation.
Florida, which also moved up four spots to No. 10 nationally in the latest AP Top 25 rankings, held Georgia to just 164 yards — less than half its previous season low (355) — and just 8 first downs.
The Gators have defeated the Bulldogs by margins of 18, 24 and 14 the last three seasons for their longest winning streak in the series since a six-game run from 1998-2003.
And with Tennessee taking its third SEC loss in that 24-21 upset at South Carolina, the Gators have a two-game lead over the Vols with Kentucky (5-3, 4-2) their closest challenger. Florida holds the tiebreaker over the Wildcats from a head-to-head win in September. The Gators would need to lose two of its final three conference games to miss the SEC Championship Game.
Florida travels to Arkansas this week before hosting South Carolina and visiting LSU to wrap up conference play.
The Gators control their own destiny and will look to ride their current momentum all the way to Atlanta.
Check back next week to see the Week 10 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 9 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||309||0||2||2||4|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||281||0||3||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||252||0||6||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||248||0||5||3||6|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||187||0||7||5||10|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||175||0||4||5||11|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||143||0||10||6||11|
|9||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||8||6||11|
|10||Georgia (8 - 5)||114||0||9||6||13|
|11||South Carolina (6 - 7)||83||0||13||7||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||53||0||11||7||14|
|13||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||43||0||12||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||3||0||14||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)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cody Worsham (Tiger Rag Magazine)
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)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)