The Georgia football team failed to qualify for the SEC Championship Game despite a weak SEC East, so, no surprise, the Bulldogs stayed put in the post-Championship edition of the SEC Country Power Poll.
The first season of the Kirby Smart era was a mediocre effort, and that’s reflected in Georgia’s placement in the Power Poll. The Bulldogs finished the year at 7-5 and positioned in ninth-place in the SEC Country Power Poll.
The poll consists of voters from SEC Country and around the nation.
Georgia has been firmly ensconced in the middle of he pack in the SEC Country Power Poll this season. The Bulldogs reached as high as fifth earlier this season, but dropped all the way to 11th after bad losses later in the year.
Georgia’s reward is a trip to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl against TCU.
The Bulldogs began the season on a high-note with an out-of-conference win over North Carolina at the Georgia Dome. Although they extended their record to 3-0 after the next two games, win over D-II Nicholls and Missouri both showed cracks in Georgia’s armor.
The crack split open in the fourth game of the year, when Georgia was blown out by Ole Miss. It looked as if Georgia would respond with a win against Tennessee after Jacob Eason took a lead over the Vols with less than a minute left, but a Josh Dobbs Hail Mary handed Georgia it’s most shocking defeat since allowing a Hail Mary at Auburn in 2013. Things only got worse a few weeks later when Georgia was upset by Vanderbilt.
The end of the season was mixed bag. Georgia was beaten handily by Florida, but it defeated a tough Kentucky team and upset Auburn in back-to-back weeks before topping UL Lafayette to grab a three-game win streak heading into the Rivalry Week showdown with Georgia Tech. Georgia held a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the defense shut off and the offense gave away a key turnover to allow Tech to comeback and win at Sanford Stadium for the second time in two years.
Unsurprisingly, Alabama finished the season where it started: first place in the SEC Country Power Poll. The Crimson Tide held to No. 1 spot from preseason until after the SEC Championship Game..
Stay tuned to SEC Country to see how the Power Poll changes during bowl season.
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||208||16||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (8 - 5)||183||0||2||2||5|
|3||LSU (8 - 4)||178||0||4||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||159||0||3||2||6|
|5||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||138||0||5||4||9|
|6||Tennessee (9 - 4)||121||0||6||4||11|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||107||0||8||4||10|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||97||0||7||7||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||91||0||9||6||12|
|10||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||63||0||10||8||14|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||49||0||11||8||14|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||36||0||12||10||13|
|13||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||16||0||13||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||10||0||14||11||14|
This week's voters:
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Otis Kirk (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)