BATON ROUGE, La. — There are three teams ranked ahead of the LSU football team in this week’s edition of the SEC Country Power Poll. The Tigers have lost to them all.
LSU comes in at No. 4 in the SEC Country Power Poll, down two spots from its position last week, after its 16-10 Senior Day loss to Florida on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped LSU to No. 25 in the AP Top 25 and all the way out of the ranks in the Amway Coaches Poll.
The SEC Country Power Poll is a weekly poll voted on by reporters who cover the conference for SEC Country and outlets across the country. This week’s edition of the poll consisted of 23 voters.
The three teams ranked ahead of LSU (6-4, 4-3 SEC) in the poll this week are Alabama, Florida and Auburn, all of which have beaten LSU this season. The Tigers weren’t blown out in any of those games, losing on the last play of regulation to Auburn and Florida and playing unanimous No. 1 Alabama to a stalemate for three quarters.
LSU had a chance to defeat Florida Saturday on a 4th-and-Goal from the 1-yard line. With three seconds left on the clock and trailing by six points, LSU offensive coordinator dialed up a toss dive to running back Derrius Guice, who tried to jump over the pile into the end zone but was caught by a congregation of Gators defenders.
What did this loss mean and what’s next for LSU football?
With Saturday’s loss, LSU interim football coach Ed Orgeron is likely no longer an option to be retained as LSU’s full-time coach. Orgeron is 4-2 since taking over as the LSU football coach, but his two losses came in his team’s two highest-profile games and in both cases his offense looked anemic, especially against Alabama.
If there still is a chance for Orgeron, he’ll need to prove his worth this Thursday, when LSU finishes its regular season against Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The Tigers and Aggies have met four times since A&M joined the SEC in 2012, and LSU has won all four of the meetings.
Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) ranks No. 6 in the SEC Country Power Poll, a one-spot decrease from its position last week. After beginning the season 6-0, the Aggies have lost their last three conference games, two of which by one-score margins.
Be sure to check back to SECCountry.com next week for the final regular-season edition of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 12 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||299||23||1||1||1|
|2||Florida (9 - 4)||259||0||4||2||5|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||257||0||3||2||7|
|4||LSU (8 - 4)||222||0||2||3||7|
|5||Tennessee (9 - 4)||199||0||6||4||7|
|6||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||193||0||5||3||8|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||166||0||7||5||8|
|8||Georgia (8 - 5)||148||0||8||6||9|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||106||0||10||6||11|
|10||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||75||0||9||8||12|
|11||South Carolina (6 - 7)||64||0||12||9||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||60||0||14||9||14|
|13||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||39||0||11||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||6||0||13||11||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Otis Kirk (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)