The SEC Country Power Poll has a new boss.
Auburn made that point emphatically Saturday night with a 26-14 dismantling of archrival Alabama in the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium. In so doing, the Tigers punched their ticket to the SEC Championship Game and a rematch with Georgia. They also became the first team to evict the Crimson Tide from the top spot in the SEC Country Power Poll in the past two seasons.
The Tigers (10-2, 7-1 SEC) didn’t receive a single first-place vote in the SEC Power Poll last year or this season through the first 12 weeks. This week, they received every single one.
Alabama (11-0, 7-0) drops to the No. 2 spot, narrowly ahead of SEC East champ Georgia.
- Also see: How the SEC fared in The Associated Press poll
- How the SEC fared in the Amway Coaches Poll
- Shute: How I voted in AP Top 25 following Week 13
Another rivalry game that tweaked our rankings was Ole Miss’ stunning 31-28 win over Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl on Thursday.
The Rebels (6-6, 3-5) moved up one position, jumping Florida into the No. 10 spot. Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4) slipped behind LSU into the No. 5 spot. Now the Bulldogs must search for someone to replace coach Dan Mullen, who is off to Gainesville to rebuild the Gators.
Meantime, at the bottom of the barrel, Vanderbilt toppled Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in a matchup of rivals who were hoping to avoid a winless SEC season. Vandy (5-7, 1-7) beat the Vols in a romp, 42-24, moving up to No. 13 and escaping the SEC Country Power Poll basement.
Tennessee (4-8, 0-8), which had never before lost as many as eight games or gone winless in SEC play in a single season, drops to the No. 14 spot. Tennessee still leads the all-time series against Vanderbilt, 75-32-5, but the Commodores have now won four of the past six meetings.
Your Week 13 SEC Country Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Auburn (10 - 4)||286||22||2||1||1|
|2||Alabama (13 - 1)||256||0||1||2||3|
|3||Georgia (13 - 2)||250||0||3||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||220||0||5||4||4|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||187||0||4||5||8|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||162||0||6||5||10|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||133||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||107||0||9||6||12|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||103||0||11||6||13|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||63||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||47||0||12||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||36||0||14||11||13|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||1||0||13||13||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
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)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)