After losing its season opener against UCLA, Texas A&M has reeled off three consecutive wins and won its first SEC game of the season Saturday in beating Arkansas, 50-43, in overtime in Arlington, Texas.
In a back-and-forth battle between teams — and coaches — in need of a victory, it was Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies that made more plays in the end. In overtime, Kellen Mond connected with Christian Kirk for a 10-yard touchdown. Then, Arkansas QB Austin Allen was picked off in the end zone by Armani Watts to end it.
It appears that Texas A&M has the Razorbacks’ number. The Aggies have beaten them six consecutive times. They’ve won their SEC opener for five consecutive seasons.
The win gave Texas A&M the biggest boost this week in the SEC Country Power Poll. The Aggies climbed from No. 12 to No. 8 while improving to 3-1 this season and 1-0 in the conference. The 27 SEC Country voters remain divided on the Aggies, placing them as high as fifth and as low as last in the 14-team league.
Arkansas dropped one place to No. 12.
With its dominating 59-0 win at Vanderbilt, top-ranked Alabama remained No. 1 in the SEC Country Power Poll. Georgia strengthened its hold on the second spot after a convincing 31-3 win against Mississippi State. Auburn looked like it figured out a few things on offense in beating Missouri 51-14 in Columbia, Mo., and slid up one spot to No. 3. Florida and Mississippi State rounded out the top 5.
“[This win] says a lot about where these guys are mentally right now,” Sumlin said about his Aggies. They failed to hold a 34-point lead in the opening loss at UCLA, struggled to beat Nicholls State by 10 points in Week 2 and looked like they were sleepwalking through the first half a week ago in beating Louisiana.
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Your Week 4 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||351||27||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||324||0||2||2||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||291||0||4||3||5|
|4||Florida (4 - 7)||257||0||5||3||7|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||242||0||3||3||8|
|6||LSU (9 - 4)||196||0||7||4||10|
|7||Kentucky (7 - 6)||181||0||8||5||11|
|8||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||12||5||14|
|9||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||115||0||6||5||13|
|10||Tennessee (4 - 8)||111||0||9||5||13|
|11||South Carolina (9 - 4)||101||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||78||0||11||4||13|
|13||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||54||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||5||0||14||10||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)