Every week media members from around the country (including the South) compile an SEC Power Poll ranking the league’s teams one through 14 for SECcountry.com. And every week, the media gets its picks wrong.
This is how this week’s poll should have looked this week:
1. Ole Miss (Power Poll ranking: 1)
No argument here; the voters got this one right. And take a moment to reflect on just how amazing that is for the Rebels. Prior to this year, the only list Ole Miss would have ranked first on was “School Most Likely to Produce Coeds that Wear Makeup to the Gym.”
2. UGA (Power Poll ranking: T2)
Here is the first mistake of the week. UGA should be ahead of LSU. The LSU offense is the college football equivalent of the Twitter egg. It is only appealing to those with zero imagination. LSU no doubt has a great running game, but it has little passing attack and zero shot at a championship. It is essentially Wisconsin with better weather.
3. LSU (Power Poll ranking: T2)
A week after beating Auburn, traveling to Syracuse this past Saturday may have sadly been a step up in competition for LSU.
4. Alabama (Power Poll ranking: T4)
Even if the streak of being a point spread favorite comes to an end for Alabama on Saturday against Georgia, the streak of consecutive weeks in which Nick Saban casts a disgusted look in the direction of Lane Kiffin is expected to continue for some time to come.
5. Texas A&M (Power Poll ranking: T4)
With Mississippi State coming to Kyle Field on Saturday, here is something to remember: The Aggies have lost six games in College Station over the last three years. Texas A&M has had more problems at home than Justin Bieber’s neighbors.
6. Florida (Power Poll ranking: 7)
Florida is one of the prestige programs in the SEC, this conference’s version of old money. Unfortunately, over the last few years the Gators program has felt like a fortune that had been invested in MySpace. New coach Jim McElwain is restoring the swagger though. Even if McElwain cannot decide on a quarterback, Florida fans have decided they like McElwain just fine.
7. Mississippi State (Power Poll ranking: 6)
Okay, so Mississippi State beat Auburn. Who hasn’t? A victory over Auburn is becoming about as common as a Draft Kings commercial.
8. Kentucky (Power Poll ranking: 8)
The Wildcats are off to an impressive start. Some have suggested Kentucky could even be this year’s Missouri. Of course, there is also still time for it to become last year’s Kentucky.
9. South Carolina (Power Poll ranking: 13)
Freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez may have done the impossible this past Saturday with his performance against UCF. He may have found a way to make Steve Spurrier interested in South Carolina football again.
10. Missouri (Power Poll ranking: 10)
Missouri barely got a win over UConn, but could not beat Kentucky last week. And that sentence would sound a whole lot more impressive if it was about college basketball.
11. Arkansas (Power Poll ranking: 11)
Bret Bielema has become everyone’s favorite punching bag this season. Arkansas fans are wondering if Bielema is ever going to punch back. This Saturday against Tennessee would be a good place to start.
12. Tennessee (Power Poll ranking: 9)
Speaking of Tennessee, being ranked this low in the poll would probably upset Butch Jones, but luckily he would never read this far. Everyone knows he would have stopped once he was three-quarters of the way through.
13. Auburn (Power Poll ranking: 11)
Will Muschamp is the answer for Auburn. Unfortunately, the question is, “Who is the most overpaid assistant coach in college football?”
14. Vanderbilt (Power Poll ranking: 14)
Vanderbilt is still not good enough to look good, but is now apparently good enough to keep its opponent from looking good.