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Gus Malzahn and Nick Saban are set to meet for the fifth time as opposing head coaches.

2017 SEC Country Power Poll (Week 12): It’s rivalry week!

Thomas Neumann

The SEC Country Power Poll is a case study in dichotomy this week.

Heading into the final week of the regular season, our top two teams are set to square off in the Iron Bowl with a berth in the SEC Championship Game on the line. Likewise, our bottom two teams will lock horns this week, albeit with slightly less at stake. They hope to avoid ending the season in the SEC Country cellar.

Alabama and Auburn will renew acquaintances Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in a game with major College Football Playoff implications. Alabama (11-0, 7-0 SEC), which leads the all-time series 45-35-1, essentially would clinch one of the four CFP spots with a win.

If Auburn (9-2, 6-1) can pull the upset, the Tigers will be positioned to maneuver into the CFP picture with a stumble by Clemson, Miami, Oklahoma or Wisconsin. Indeed, the eyes of the college football world will be glued to CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday to watch Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn match wits. Alabama is an early 4-point favorite.

Meantime, Vanderbilt and Tennessee will meet at Neyland Stadium in a matchup of rivals hoping to avoid a winless SEC season. Vandy (4-7, 0-7) has lost seven of its past eight games, and coach Derek Mason has to be concerned about his job security. The Vols (4-7, 0-7) already have jettisoned coach Butch Jones and are coming off a loss to LSU under interim coach Brady Hoke.

Tennessee leads the all-time series 75-31-5, but the Commodores have won three of the past five meetings. This one kicks off at 4 p.m. ET Saturday on SEC Network, in case you’re morbidly curious during Iron Bowl commercials. The Vols are an early 1-point favorite.

Elsewhere in our rankings, the top seven spots in this week’s poll are unchanged, and no team moved more than one spot from Week 11. Be sure to check back each Sunday night to see how our SEC Country Power Poll voters rank the 14 conference teams.

Your Week 12 SEC Country Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

1Alabama (11 - 1)31224111
2Auburn (10 - 3)2870223
3Georgia (12 - 1)2650323
4Mississippi State (8 - 4)2350445
5LSU (9 - 3)2200546
6South Carolina (8 - 4)18006510
7Texas A&M (7 - 5)15407613
8Missouri (7 - 5)13809610
9Kentucky (7 - 5)13208611
10Florida (4 - 7)87011813
11Ole Miss (6 - 6)83010912
12Arkansas (4 - 8)53012714
13Tennessee (4 - 8)300141014
14Vanderbilt (5 - 7)80131314

This week's voters:

Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Blake Morgan
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)