There is dissent among the voters of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Alabama, which had been a unanimous choice for the No. 1 spot every week dating to the beginning of the 2016 season, didn’t receive all the first-place votes this week. Instead, Georgia was listed atop four ballots following its 42-7 win over rival Florida.
Apparently, that’s what the Crimson Tide get for scheduling an open date in Week 9.
Nevertheless, the top four spots in this week’s rankings are unchanged from a week ago, with Bama, UGA, Auburn and LSU again holding down the top tier.
Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) returns to action Saturday at home against LSU (6-2, 3-1), which also had an open date in Week 9. Georgia (8-0, 5-0), which knocked down Florida (3-4, 3-3) two spots to No. 9 and left the Gators searching for a new coach, also supplanted Penn State at No. 2 in both the AP and coaches national polls.
The first change on our board sees Mississippi State (6-2, 3-2) leap over Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2) into the No. 5 spot after its 35-14 head-to-head win in College Station. Next up are South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) and Kentucky (6-2, 3-2), each of which moved up one spot.
Our final tier begins at No. 9 with Florida, now under the direction of interim coach Randy Shannon. Arkansas (3-5, 1-4) moves up two rungs to No. 10 and eases some pressure off coach Bret Bielema with its 38-37 win at Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4) — a game in which the Razorbacks erased a 24-point deficit. The Rebels drop to No. 11, ahead of beleaguered Tennessee (3-5, 0-5), which lost in the final minute at Kentucky. Vanderbilt (3-5, 0-5) put up a fight in its 34-27 loss to the Gamecocks but remains at No. 13.
Meantime, poor Missouri (3-5, 0-4) rolled to a 52-12 win at Connecticut, only to stay in last place for the ninth consecutive week.
- 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 9
It’s a tough crowd here at the SEC Country Power Poll, where your team can lose ground on an open date or score 120 points in two games and remain in the cellar.
Be sure to check back each Sunday night to see how our SEC Country Power Poll voters rank the 14 conference teams.
Your Week 9 SEC Country Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||334||22||1||1||2|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||316||4||2||1||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||280||0||3||3||4|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||250||0||4||3||6|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||247||0||6||4||6|
|6||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||198||0||5||5||8|
|7||South Carolina (9 - 4)||175||0||8||5||9|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||162||0||9||6||10|
|9||Florida (4 - 7)||127||0||7||7||11|
|10||Arkansas (4 - 8)||98||0||12||7||13|
|11||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||63||0||11||10||14|
|12||Tennessee (4 - 8)||54||0||10||10||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||38||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||24||0||14||9||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)
Hale McGranahan (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)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)