Missouri — and 11 other SEC teams — sat out Championship Saturday, but that doesn’t mean the league’s power structure was stationary.
Top-ranked Alabama throttled No. 15 Florida in the SEC Championship Game, punching a ticket to the College Football Playoff and again establishing itself as the SEC’s dominant program.
Because it didn’t play, Missouri was stationary in the latest edition of the SEC Country Power Poll. The Tigers remained at No. 14, and now must watch 12 of their SEC brethren head to bowl games this December and January.
The panel consists of voters from SEC Country and around the nation.
It certainly wasn’t a banner year for Barry Odom’s first season as Missouri’s head coach. Yet the Tigers still have pieces to build around, especially on offense. Quarterback Drew Lock, running back Damarea Crockett and receiver J’Mon Moore (should he forego the NFL Draft) are all slated to return, and they were among the SEC leaders at their respective positions.
The offensive line was one of the best nationally, surrendering just 36 tackles-for-l0ss and 14 sacks. Both marks led the SEC; the former mark led the nation. That entire group is also slated to return, including right tackle Paul Adams. He was recently named one of the highest-graded tackles in the SEC, according to Pro Football Focus.
Sure, Missouri will be without star defensive end Charles Harris, who declared for the NFL draft on Thursday. But defensive end Marcell Frazier, who had a 3-sack game to end the year, seems ready to pick up the slack, and there are a handful of impressive young players (linebacker Cale Garrett, cornerback DeMarkus Acy, defensive tackle Markell Utsey) return after getting playing time as freshmen.
Could Missouri return to bowl eligibility in 2017? Sure. Remember, the last time the Tigers missed a bowl (2012), they followed it up with back-to-back SEC East championships.
Check back each week during the season for the latest edition of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||208||16||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (8 - 5)||183||0||2||2||5|
|3||LSU (8 - 4)||178||0||4||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||159||0||3||2||6|
|5||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||138||0||5||4||9|
|6||Tennessee (9 - 4)||121||0||6||4||11|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||107||0||8||4||10|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||97||0||7||7||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||91||0||9||6||12|
|10||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||63||0||10||8||14|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||49||0||11||8||14|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||36||0||12||10||13|
|13||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||16||0||13||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||10||0||14||11||14|
This week's voters:
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Otis Kirk (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)