BATON ROUGE, La. — Ed Orgeron’s first week as interim coach didn’t erase all the mistakes that LSU made in the first four weeks of the season, but it did bring a boost in the SEC Country Power Poll.
Playing without Les Miles on the sidelines for the first time since he was hired in 2005, LSU turned in a dominating offensive performance, bullying Missouri to a 42-7 victory. The win jumped LSU (3-2, 2-1 SEC) from No. 9 in the SEC Country Power Poll last week to No. 7, ahead of Auburn who defeated LSU last weekend.
The poll consists of 21 reporters who cover SEC football for both SEC Country and across the nation.
In the win, LSU gained more offensive yardage than it ever had as a team in an SEC contest. Missouri did not drop in the Power Poll, staying steady at No. 11 ahead of Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
LSU still has to play all six of the teams ranked ahead of it in the Power Poll, including a cross-division matchup against rival Florida, who is ranked No. 6, this upcoming Saturday.
The Tigers have won the last three contests against the Gators and seven of the 11 matchups overall in the Miles era. In his three years as the head coach at Ole Miss, Orgeron coached one game against Florida, losing 30-24 at home to a Tim Tebow-led Gators team near the beginning of Tebow’s Heisman season.
This week’s trip to Gainesville, Fla., will be LSU’s fourth-consecutive conference game, and the last before the Tigers take a brief SEC reprieve against Southern Miss next weekend. After Southern Miss, LSU will be tasked with a monstrous stretch against top-20 teams in Ole Miss, Arkansas and Alabama three games in a row.
Be sure to check back to SEC Country again next week for the Week 6 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 5 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||273||21||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||246||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||226||0||3||2||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||217||0||4||2||5|
|5||Arkansas (7 - 6)||185||0||6||4||8|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||150||0||5||5||9|
|7||LSU (8 - 4)||144||0||9||5||9|
|8||Auburn (8 - 5)||135||0||7||5||10|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||123||0||8||6||10|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||78||0||10||9||12|
|11||Kentucky (7 - 6)||46||0||12||10||14|
|12||Missouri (4 - 8)||45||0||11||10||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||34||0||13||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||9||0||14||12||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)
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)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)