After outscoring its first two opponents this season 90-16, Alabama’s path to another SEC title and spot in the College Football Playoff was beginning to look inevitable (again).
But leave it to Ole Miss to make it interesting. The Rebels — the owners of back-to-back upset wins vs. the Tide in 2014 and 2015 — nearly did it again in the SEC’s most-entertaining game of the season.
As Nick Saban’s Alabama teams have done in 108 out of 126 games since he arrived in Tuscaloosa, they won. But they did it in a not-so-Saban kind of way by overcoming a 21-point first half deficit and then holding off a fast finish by Ole Miss for a 48-43 victory.
“What a great college football game,” Saban said afterward, even letting a smile slip from his face. “I never ever remember coming back from being 18 points down then being 18 points ahead.”
So again, the Crimson Tide unanimously hold the No. 1 position in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
Behind them is where it gets interesting.
Texas A&M is No. 2 after going on the road and beating Auburn 29-16 to improve to 3-0. Arkansas (3-0) made the week’s biggest leap, moving up to No. 3 from seventh last week after its easy win against Texas State.
They’re followed by the other three unbeaten teams in the league, all from the East Division. Tennessee, Florida and Georgia are separated by just nine votes.
After suffering its second loss of the season against a top-5 team, Ole Miss is seventh, followed by LSU.
From there, it’s a mashup of 1-2 teams with South Carolina (2-1) sandwiched in the middle from 9 to 14.
Here’s how this week’s panel of 26 voters from SEC Country and around the nation ranked the SEC teams:
Your Week 3 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||303||0||2||2||5|
|3||Arkansas (7 - 6)||248||0||7||2||8|
|4||Tennessee (9 - 4)||234||0||4||2||8|
|5||Florida (9 - 4)||228||0||5||2||9|
|6||Georgia (8 - 5)||225||0||6||3||8|
|7||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||205||0||3||2||9|
|8||LSU (8 - 4)||190||0||8||3||8|
|9||Auburn (8 - 5)||123||0||9||6||11|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||96||0||10||9||13|
|11||Missouri (4 - 8)||76||0||12||8||14|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||64||0||11||10||13|
|13||Kentucky (7 - 6)||20||0||14||11||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||16||0||13||12||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)