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 is how this week’s poll should have looked this week.
1. Florida (Power Poll ranking: 4)
Here’s a simple rule: Any team that is good enough to beat a team that was good enough to beat Alabama is probably the best team in the SEC. And give Jim McElwain extra credit for doing it convincingly. The new Gators coach is more popular than sunscreen in Florida at the moment.
2. Texas A&M (Power Poll ranking: 2)
They say everything is bigger in Texas. That also includes the size of the disappointment if Texas A&M doesn’t finish the season as well as it has started it. The Power Poll voters were right to rank the Aggies number two for now though.
3. Alabama (Power Poll ranking: 3)
Once again, the Power Poll voters get one right. Alabama should be third. Of course Nick Saban will not be happy about this because Nick Saban is not happy about anything. For instance, this week Saban was furious with the media for burying Alabama under so much criticism before the win over UGA that Saban said he and his team were figuratively, “six feet under.” This is believed to be the first time the notoriously small in stature Saban has ever been described as anything resembling six feet.
4. Ole Miss (Power Poll ranking: 5)
It was a trip to Florida that started with hope, but ended in regret. Normally, that would describe a spring break in Panama City. However, this happened to be a fall Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Nonetheless, it’s quite a drop for Ole Miss after ranking number one in the Power Poll last week.
5. LSU (Power Poll ranking: 1)
It is hard to understand calling LSU the best team in the SEC. Based on what? The Walking Dead’s zombies have shown more signs of life than LSU’s opponents. The Tigers will get a chance to prove themselves, but LSU has not done that yet.
6. UGA (Power Poll ranking: 6)
Not since the movie Titanic have so many people invested so much time in a story that they already knew would have an unhappy ending. Mark Richt loses the “big one” again.
7. Mississippi State (Power Poll ranking: 7)
After seeing their team get beaten up by Texas A&M on Saturday, there is really only one thing to say to Mississippi State fans: at least Ole Miss lost.
8. Tennessee (Power Poll ranking: 12)
Tennessee football is kind of like Donald Trump’s hair. After a while, you just sort of get used to it looking ridiculous every week. Yet the Vols are still better than the Power Poll voters think.
9. Kentucky (Power Poll ranking: 8)
If Kentucky had made one or two more bad plays vs Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, then that weird story involving Rick Pitino and Louisville would have only been the second-most embarrassing story to come out of the Commonwealth last week.
10. Arkansas (Power Poll ranking: 10)
Arkansas is kind of like the final season of American Idol. It’s been a long time since it was good, but that’s okay because nobody is really paying attention anymore.
11. Missouri (Power poll ranking: 9)
Missouri now turns for the foreseeable future to true freshman quarterback Drew Lock. This probably makes the Tigers a “lock” to spend the holidays in Shreveport.
12. South Carolina (Power Poll ranking: 13)
No jokes this week about the folks in Columbia, S.C. Prayers for everyone in the Palmetto State that is still dealing with heavy flooding.
13. Auburn (Power Poll ranking: 11)
Things are not good right now for the Tigers. Auburn dismissed WR “Duke” Williams from the team this week. It is easy to imagine a lot of other players wishing they could leave with him. This year’s Auburn team has turned out to be the most overrated thing since Google Glass.
14. Vanderbilt (Power Poll ranking: 14)
This is a team upon which everyone can agree. Vanderbilt may be the bottom team in the SEC, but the win over Middle Tennessee State proves the Commodores would absolutely be a middle of the pack team in Conference USA.