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Georgia slammed Mississippi State in a matchup of the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in the SEC Country Power Poll entering Saturday.

2017 SEC Country Power Poll (Week 4): Contenders, pretenders emerge

Thomas Neumann

Nearly a month into the season, the SEC Country Power Poll is bringing the conference hierarchy into focus.

After three weeks of watching teams scramble for position, we’re beginning to get a legitimate assessment as the conference schedule ramps up and cupcake season winds down.

Last Sunday brought with it a major shakeup, as four teams moved up or down five spots. This Sunday, only one team moved more than three spots. That would be Texas A&M (3-1, 1-0 SEC), which rose four spots to No. 8 after its 50-43 overtime win against Arkansas (1-2, 0-1).

Georgia (4-0, 1-0) cemented its hold on the No. 2 spot with a dominant 31-3 win against Mississippi State (3-1, 1-1). Georgia earned all 27 second-place votes, while Mississippi State dropped from third place to the No. 5 position.

Only two teams are who were thought they were three weeks ago.

Alabama (4-0, 1-0) remains a unanimous No. 1 choice, having earned every first-place vote every week this season, after a 59-0 rout of Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1). Missouri (1-3, 0-2) remains entrenched in last place, following its 51-14 loss to Auburn. Vanderbilt dropped three spots to No. 9, and Auburn climbed one position to No. 3.

After Florida overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Kentucky 28-27, both teams climbed in our rankings. The Gators (2-1, 2-0) moved up one spot to No. 4, and the Wildcats (3-1, 1-1) climbed one position to No. 7.

Meantime, our SEC Country Power Poll voters were unimpressed by two close wins against teams considered vastly inferior.

Tennessee (3-1, 0-1) dropped one slot to No. 10 after edging winless UMass 17-13. The Vols were a 28-point favorite over the Minutemen. South Carolina (3-1, 1-1) dropped from No. 10 to No. 11 after squeezing past Louisiana Tech 17-16. The Gamecocks were a 9½-point favorite against the Bulldogs.

Let us know your thoughts on the latest SEC Country Power Poll in the comments section below, and be sure to check back each Sunday night to see how our experts rank the 14 SEC teams.

Your Week 4 SEC Country Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

1Alabama (11 - 1)35127111
2Georgia (12 - 1)3240222
3Auburn (10 - 3)2910435
4Florida (4 - 7)2570537
5Mississippi State (8 - 4)2420338
6LSU (9 - 3)19607410
7Kentucky (7 - 5)18108511
8Texas A&M (7 - 5)151012514
9Vanderbilt (5 - 7)11506513
10Tennessee (4 - 8)11109513
11South Carolina (8 - 4)101010813
12Arkansas (4 - 8)78011413
13Ole Miss (6 - 6)54013914
14Missouri (7 - 5)50141014

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)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
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)