As we near the SEC championship game, it’s clear the participants — Alabama and Florida — are headed in opposite directions.
The Crimson Tide secured their fourth straight week as the SEC Country Power Poll’s consensus No. 1 by winning the Iron Bowl, while the Gators slipped from No. 2 to No. 3 after a shellacking at the hands of rival Florida State.
Between them is Ole Miss, which garnered 11 of 17 second-place votes to hop Florida.
Down in Baton Rouge, La., LSU saved its coach’s job and ended its three-game skid. That was enough for a return to the top four, as the Tigers jumped Arkansas (No. 5) to rejoin the conference’s elite teams.
Familiar faces — Kentucky (No. 11), Vanderbilt (No. 12) and Missouri (No. 13) — remained at the bottom to keep last-place South Carolina company.
Here are the full results:
|RANK||TEAM||POINTS||1ST PLACE |
|7||Mississippi State (8-4)||122||0||4||9||4|
|9||Texas A&M (8-4)||98||0||6||10||8|
|14||South Carolina (3-9)||7||0||12||14||14|
Here is this week’s voting roster:
Adam Sparks (Nashville Tennessean)
Anthony Chiang (Palm Beach Post)
Aaron Suttles (Tuscaloosa News)
Bill Bender (Sporting News)
Bob Holt (Arkansas Democrat)
Chip Towers (Atlanta Journal-Constitution & DawgNation)
Dana Sulonen (Opelika-Auburn News)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Cloninger (The State)
Dustin Dopirak (Knoxville Sentinel)
Jen Smith (Lexington Herald)
Joel Coleman (Starkville Daily News)
John Davis (Oxford Citizen)
Richard Croome (Bryan-College Station Eagle)
Scott Rabalais (Baton Rouge Advocate)
Tom Fornelli (CBS Sports)
Zac Ellis (Sports Illustrated)