Texas A&M fell behind by 21 points and never threatened Saturday night at home against Mississippi State.
The result was a disappointing 35-14 loss that put an abrupt halt to a run of 5 wins in 6 games with the lone loss being an 8-point setback to top-ranked Alabama.
SEC Country Power Poll voters didn’t ding the Aggies too much — they dropped from fifth to sixth this week — but where the voters hurt Texas A&M most was in the gap between the Aggies and No. 5 Mississippi State. There is a clear separation between the top 5 teams and the rest.
Texas A&M was voted as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 8.
Things went poorly from the start Saturday against Mississippi State. The Aggies were outrushed 228-96 and outgained in total offense 369 to 285. Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond struggled the most he has since the season opener against UCLA when he was thrust into action. He completed 8-of-26 passes against MSU for 56 yards and 2 interceptions. Nick Starkel relieved him and threw for 133 yards with a TD pass and an interception.
This week doesn’t get easier. Auburn (6-2) visits College Station. The Tigers moved up from 19th to 16th in this week’s AP Top 25. Auburn sits at No. 3 in the SEC Country Power Poll, behind No. 2 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama. LSU and Mississippi State round out the top 5.
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Your Week 9 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||334||22||1||1||2|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||316||4||2||1||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||280||0||3||3||4|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||250||0||4||3||6|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||247||0||6||4||6|
|6||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||198||0||5||5||8|
|7||South Carolina (9 - 4)||175||0||8||5||9|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||162||0||9||6||10|
|9||Florida (4 - 7)||127||0||7||7||11|
|10||Arkansas (4 - 8)||98||0||12||7||13|
|11||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||63||0||11||10||14|
|12||Tennessee (4 - 8)||54||0||10||10||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||38||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||24||0||14||9||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)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)