When the SEC Country Power Poll is released each Sunday night, there is no mystery as to which team is ranked No. 1.
Those of us here at Power Poll headquarters would love to have an element of surprise in our weekly rankings, but mighty Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) has been a unanimous pick for the top spot in each poll this season. Because there is no secret who sits atop the SEC hierarchy, the 2017 Crimson Tide have yet to be featured in this space.
It’s time to fix that — and recognize the brilliance and dominance of Alabama.
Tide coach Nick Saban, presumably paranoid that complacency could seep its way into the locker room, recently referred to glowing media coverage of his team as “rat poison.” So with apologies to Saban, we’re about to serve up some serious strychnine.
Here’s a sampling of statistical superlatives:
‘Bama has outscored its eight opponents 344-78.
The Tide have outscored SEC opponents 238-38 — the largest margin in conference history through five games.
Among 130 FBS teams, Alabama is ranked:
- No. 1 in total defense
- No. 1 in rushing defense
- No. 2 in scoring defense
- No. 6 in scoring
- No. 8 in rushing offense
How does Saban feel about all that heading into an open date in Week 9?
“I’m not really satisfied,” Saban said Saturday after his team’s 45-7 win against Tennessee. “And I don’t think anyone should be with what we’ve done.”
Those words might be best taken as a challenge by the Tide’s next opponent. LSU, ranked No. 4 in the SEC Country Power Poll, also gets a week off before squaring off against the Tide in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 4. The Tigers (6-2, 3-1) are coming off a 40-24 win at Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3).
At this point in the season, drastic movement in the Power Poll results is rare. The top 3 positions are unchanged for the fourth consecutive week. Kentucky (5-2, 2-2) is the only team to move more than one spot this week, dropping two spots to No. 9 after a 45-7 blowout loss at Mississippi State (5-2, 2-2). Meantime, poor Missouri (2-5, 0-4) romped to a 68-21 win against Idaho, only to remain in last place for the eighth time in eight weeks.
- 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 8
Be sure to check back each Sunday night to see how our SEC Country Power Poll voters rank the 14 conference teams.
Your Week 8 SEC Country Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||325||25||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||299||0||2||2||3|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||263||0||3||2||5|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||232||0||5||3||7|
|5||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||232||0||4||3||7|
|6||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||215||0||6||4||9|
|7||Florida (4 - 7)||174||0||8||5||8|
|8||South Carolina (9 - 4)||142||0||9||6||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||140||0||7||7||9|
|10||Tennessee (4 - 8)||76||0||11||10||13|
|11||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||72||0||10||10||14|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||51||0||12||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||47||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||7||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell (DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)