BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU may not have played this weekend, but the team still managed to move in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The Tigers, who didn’t play this weekend thanks to Hurricane Matthew postponing their scheduled game in Gainesville, Fla. against Florida, fell one spot to No. 8 in this week’s poll. Since the Week 1 loss to Wisconsin, LSU has ranked as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 9 in the poll, which ranks the 14 teams in the SEC from best to worst.
The poll is voted on by 17 sportswriters who cover the SEC for SEC Country and outlets across the nation.
LSU (3-2, 2-1 SEC) controlled its destiny for its path to the SEC Championship before Saturday’s game was postponed, but now it’ll probably need a little help. Unless the game against Florida is rescheduled, LSU will play one fewer conference game than everyone else in the SEC West, meaning that the Tigers would need to win out, Auburn would need to lose one more time, and Alabama and Texas A&M would both need to lose a game in addition to a loss to LSU.
Given LSU’s remaining schedule, the next couple of weeks will include quite a few chances for the Tigers to prove their abilities.
This Saturday, LSU hosts Southern Miss. The 4-2 Golden Eagles are coming off a blowout loss at the hands of Texas San Antonio, but they do have a win this season against an SEC team, as Southern Miss came back to defeat Kentucky 44-35 back in Week 1.
After Southern Miss, LSU resumes its conference schedule, and things don’t get any easier. Sandwiched before and after an Oct. 29 bye week, LSU hosts Ole Miss (No. 4 in the Power Poll) and Alabama (No. 1). Luckily for the Tigers, both teams will be coming off difficult matchups leading into their games against LSU. Ole Miss plays Arkansas before LSU, and Alabama faces off against currently unbeaten Texas A&M prior to visiting Baton Rouge.
Following those two marquee games, LSU travels to Arkansas and Texas A&M, with a scheduled home game against South Alabama split in between. Pundits and fans alike have observed that if LSU and Florida were to make up their postponed game, the most likely date would be the weekend of that South Alabama game, as neither LSU nor Florida play SEC games that weekend and could theoretically buy out their opponents.
Be sure to check back next week for the Week 7 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 6 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||221||17||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||202||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||179||0||3||3||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||175||0||4||2||6|
|5||Auburn (8 - 5)||135||0||8||4||9|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||131||0||6||5||9|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||118||0||5||4||9|
|8||LSU (8 - 4)||117||0||7||4||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||99||0||9||6||9|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||54||0||11||10||13|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||45||0||10||10||14|
|12||Missouri (4 - 8)||42||0||12||10||13|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||27||0||13||10||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||2||0||14||13||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)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)