BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team didn’t need to play a game Saturday for the excitement around the program to keep building. The anticipation of this week’s game did enough of that as is.
Heading into this weekend’s pivotal game against No. 1 Alabama, LSU stays put at No. 5 on the Week 9 edition of the SEC Country Power Poll. Additionally, the Tigers jumped up to No. 15 in this week’s AP Top 25 and to No. 14 in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll.
This week’s SEC Country Power Poll was voted on by 26 college football writers who cover the SEC for SEC Country and sites across the nation.
The collective eyes of the college football world will be on Baton Rouge for the next six days. The Tigers, 3-0 since Ed Orgeron took over for Les Miles as head coach, have one of the hottest offenses and stingiest defenses in college football. But Alabama, the unanimous choice for best team in the SEC in the Power Poll, has a way of rendering those sorts of sentences moot.
Since Orgeron was promoted in late September, LSU’s offense has taken a turn for the dynamic, averaging 42 points per game and setting team records in back-to-back-to-back weeks. Not to be outshone, the defense has also done its part when it’s mattered, allowing just seven points in the second half since Oct. 1.
That said, LSU hasn’t played a team quite like Alabama. The Crimson Tide defense has the most sacks in the country, allowed fewer rushing yards per game than any other team and ranks No. 4 in the FBS in scoring defense, allowing 14.9 points per game, and total defense, allowing 274.5 yards per game.
But Alabama isn’t just a great defense. The Tide have the best scoring offense in the SEC, putting up 43.9 points per game, behind the No. 2 rushing offense and No. 5 passing offense in the conference.
ESPN’s College Gameday will be on hand to preview the rivalry game. The LSU football team has not beaten Alabama since the “Game of the Century” in 2011, when the Tigers won 9-6 in overtime.
After Alabama, LSU finished out its season with three straight conference games against Arkansas, Florida and Texas A&M. Those three teams are ranked No. 6, No. 4 and No. 2 in the SEC Country Power Poll respectively.
Be sure to check back to SECCountry.com in a week for the next update to the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 9 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||309||0||2||2||4|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||281||0||3||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||252||0||6||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||248||0||5||3||6|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||187||0||7||5||10|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||175||0||4||5||11|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||143||0||10||6||11|
|9||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||8||6||11|
|10||Georgia (8 - 5)||114||0||9||6||13|
|11||South Carolina (6 - 7)||83||0||13||7||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||53||0||11||7||14|
|13||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||43||0||12||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||3||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)
Cody Worsham (Tiger Rag Magazine)
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)
Kyle Tucker (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)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)