Every week media members from around the country compile an SEC Power Poll, ranking the league’s teams for SECcountry.com. And every week, the media gets its picks wrong. Here’s how this week’s poll should have looked.
1. Alabama (Power Poll ranking: 2)
It was a busy off week for Alabama. Some players probably got a little healthier. Jake Coker probably studied the playbook, and Nick Saban probably had time to practice his look of disgust. Saban has no reason to be angry though. His team is the rightful No. 1 in the SEC.
2. LSU (Power Poll ranking: 1)
LSU football is a little like a James Bond movie. No matter how much the cast changes over the years, the action never slows down. The Tigers are loaded once again. It will be quite a fight against Alabama this weekend.
3. Florida (Power Poll ranking: 3)
The Gators’ claim to fame is beating Ole Miss, the team that beat Alabama. However, that same Ole Miss team also lost to Memphis so don’t get too excited. That said, Florida is closing fast on the best of the SEC West.
4. Ole Miss (Power poll ranking: 4)
On Saturday, the Rebels collected a victory over Auburn, which this year has been about as easy to get as a library card.
5. Mississippi State (Power Poll ranking: 5)
The Bulldogs are quietly having a pretty good season. Of course, this is the only time that Mississippi State and its cowbell clanging fans have ever been described as doing anything “quietly.”
6. Texas A&M (Power Poll ranking: 6)
The Aggies have decided to put the fate of their season in the hands of a true freshman quarterback on Saturday. What could possibly go wrong?
7. Arkansas (Power Poll ranking: 8)
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is also the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee. This is the only time the words Arkansas and College Football Playoff will be used in the same sentence any time soon.
8. Tennessee (Power Poll ranking: 7)
The Vols have a chance to win eight games this year. The last time that happened in Knoxville, Tennessee fans were calling to congratulate each other on their flip phones.
9. UGA (Power Poll ranking: 9)
It was another disappointing performance for UGA at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. At this point, UGA loses in Jacksonville more than the Jaguars do.
10. Auburn (Power Poll ranking: 10)
After another loss on Saturday, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn defiantly said he still thinks his team “can play with anybody.” That may be true, but “anybody” would be a two-touchdown favorite.
11. Kentucky (Power Poll ranking: 11)
Surprisingly, some writers have wondered if Kentucky coach Mark Stoops might be a candidate for the vacant Miami job. This has caused some disgruntled Wildcats fans to wonder: Are you sure you are talking about the right Stoops?
12. South Carolina (Power Poll ranking: 12)
Interim coach Shawn Elliott says he wants to make South Carolina football fun again, which begs the question: South Carolina football used to be fun?
13. Vanderbilt (Power Poll ranking: 14)
The Commodores are still actually mathematically alive to win the SEC East. This is a poor commentary on the SEC East, and also probably on math.
14. Missouri (Power Poll ranking: 13)
You already know Missouri didn’t score on Saturday, but this time it has an excuse. The Tigers didn’t play.