Don’t look now, but Vanderbilt is two wins away from a bowl berth.
The Commodores got their first winning streak of the season, following their upset of Georgia with a comfortable 35-17 win over Tennessee State on Saturday.
Vanderbilt ran for 358 yards and four touchdowns — a good sign, considering two of its last four games are against teams that rank in the bottom third of the SEC in rushing defense.
But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. Because, with the win, the Commodores jumped a bit in the SEC Country Power Poll, going from 12th to No. 11.
The 22-person panel includes voters from SEC Country and across the nation.
If Vanderbilt is going to get to a bowl game — which looked unlikely after a 2-4 start — it will have to pull off at least one upset. Three of its final four opponents were ranked in the AP Poll as of Saturday, although Mississippi will likely drop out after its latest loss to LSU.
Derek Mason’s squad is even at 4-4, though, and has momentum on its side.
Check back each week for the latest edition of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 8 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||260||0||2||2||5|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||235||0||6||2||5|
|4||Tennessee (9 - 4)||211||0||5||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||200||0||8||3||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||189||0||4||2||8|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||151||0||3||6||8|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||7||5||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||101||0||9||7||11|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||95||0||10||8||11|
|11||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||54||0||12||9||14|
|12||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||44||0||11||11||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||35||0||14||11||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||4||0||13||13||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)
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)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)