BATON ROUGE, La. — In a 10-0 loss to Alabama Saturday night, the LSU Tigers proved about as much as they could in a losing effort. And the voters have taken notice.
Despite the loss, LSU (5-3, 3-2 SEC) improved one spot to No. 4 in this week’s edition of the SEC Country Power Poll. The Tigers only finished four points behind No. 3 Texas A&M, and significantly behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Auburn, both of which have beaten LSU this season.
The SEC Country Power Poll is a weekly poll voted on by reporters who cover the conference for SEC Country and outlets across the nation. This week’s poll had 26 voters.
Saturday night’s loss to Alabama was a heartbreaking one. After holding the Tide scoreless for the first three quarters of the game, the Tigers defense couldn’t contain Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts in the fourth, as the freshman rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown in the game’s final frame.
With the loss, LSU is all but eliminated from SEC championship and College Football Playoff contention. ESPN’s Football Power Index grades LSU’s chances of winning the SEC at 0.0 percent, despite ranking the Tigers as the eighth best team in college football.
While there’s no way that a schedule can get harder after facing the unanimous best team in the SEC, LSU’s schedule doesn’t necessarily get easier either. Only Mississippi State and Duke have harder finishes to their seasons than LSU according to the FPI, with LSU still set to face Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M before the postseason comes. Those three teams are ranked No. 5, No. 6 and No. 3 in the SEC Country Power Poll respectively.
Arkansas (6-3, 2-3 SEC) has been a difficult team to project this season. When they’ve been on, they’ve looked really good, defeating Florida, Ole Miss and TCU. But at their worst, the Razorbacks have been terrible, such as when they lost by 53 points to Auburn.
LSU has struggled against Arkansas the last two seasons. Last year in Baton Rouge, Arkansas left town with a 31-14 win. And in 2014, the last time the Tigers visited Fayetteville, Ark., the Razorbacks shut out the LSU offense, winning 17-0. Until yesterday against Alabama, that was the last time LSU had been shut out.
Be sure to check back to SECCountry.com next Sunday for the Week 11 edition of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 11 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (8 - 5)||309||0||3||2||3|
|3||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||273||0||2||2||5|
|4||LSU (8 - 4)||268||0||5||2||6|
|5||Arkansas (7 - 6)||232||0||6||4||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||202||0||4||3||8|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||171||0||7||5||11|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||146||0||9||6||12|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||122||0||10||7||12|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||105||0||13||6||12|
|11||Kentucky (7 - 6)||104||0||8||7||13|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||65||0||11||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||29||0||12||12||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||2||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)
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 Kirk (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)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)