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SEC Power Rankings 12/01/13




Wow, what a wild ride. Yesterday's football games, in and out of conference, were amazingly fun to watch. This is the final power poll of the season, and the finishing order is a HUGE surprise to everyone based on pre-season conceptions. That's why they play the games and don't award the W based on what is supposed to happen.

These rankings are based on my assessment of where each team falls in the pecking order RIGHT NOW based on what each team has done ALL SEASON, so there are THREE teams that will be ranked ahead of other teams that have a better record. Jimmies will be rustled and the butt-hurt will be strong...

1. Auburn  To be the best, you have to beat the best. That is exactly what these Tigers have done. We all know that more often than not, a championship team needs a little luck. Well, if you take a miracle fluke play against UGA and combine it with Bama missing all those field goals / missed scoring opportunities; even the most die hard and homeristic War Eagle will have to admit that this team has been the beneficiary of good fortune...

2. Missouri  I struggled with this, as I felt like Mizzou's performance warranted a No. 1 ranking. At the same time, I find it hard to place this team over Bama. The truth is, the Tiger's overtime loss to SC is more respectable than Aubie's loss to LSU. But this is about where the teams stand right now. And Auburn just knocked off the No 1 team in the land. Plus, Mizzou had the worst offensive output against aTm of any of the "big name" schools that played the Aggies this year.

3. Alabama Amazing. This team good and truly had the Iron Bowl won. BUT, their kicker that never misses, missed FOUR. AND, the best coach in the nation got out-coached. I will be very surprised if this team does not get an at large BCS bowl bid, sorry Gamecocks...

4. South Carolina  If the Gamecocks were ever going to win the conference, this looked like it would be the year. The truth is, there is no shame in their loss UGA early. However, just as Tennessee spoiled the Dawg's chances back in 2007, the Vols stepped up and wrecked Carolina's chances for a special season. And Auburn's win last night very likely shut the door on any BCS bowl hopes.

5. Georgia  That's right, the Georgia Bulldogs truly look like the 5th best team in the conference right now. I know that I will be called a homer, but this team is one fluke play and a boatload of injuries away from being 10-2 at a minimum. Next year's starting QB, Hutson Mason, gave Dawg fans a reason to be excited about the future. But the real truth about why UGA holds this spot is that...

6. Louisiana State  ...the Bayou Bengals looked pitiful on Friday. They also lost their star quarterback. Like UGA, the replacement looked good. Yes, it is true that good teams sometimes have to overcome adversity to beat bad teams, but I was shocked at what I saw in The Red Stick over the weekend. There is no excuse for one of the alleged better teams in the country to even almost lose to a team that is as bad as Arkansas has been this year.

7. Texas A & M  this season has certainly been a letdown for Texas Aggie fans. From the top of the mountain and being Alabama's only serious threat for the SEC West to the Chick Fil A; Gator or Music City Bowl? That is what Aggie is looking at - I don't think a Cotton Bowl bid is realistic based on what the top echelon of the conference looks like.

8. Vanderbilt Did I say that Auburn ought to thank their lucky stars and that the Tigers have been fortunate? Hello Vandy... How did the 'Dores even almost lost to a crappy ACC team? Franklin is a great coach that has done an outstanding job in Nashville, but his team DID NOT look ready for game time yesterday. A Vandy team that looked lost is surprising, which is an amazing testament to how far this program has come. However, based on the body of work for the whole season, eighth best is about right.

9. Mississippi State  Get your cowbells out, STATE is moving on up the conference power rankings!! Who woulda thunk it? Just 2 short weeks ago, bowl eligibility looked like a pipe dream and Mullen's seat was as hot as any in the conference. Amazing what a big rivalry win can do. They will still be below the Rebels in the bowl selection pecking order, but at this point, that's OK.

10. Mississippi Just like Vandy, this team did not look like they were ready for game time. Coach Freeze has still done an outstanding job engineering a turnaround for this program, but losing the Egg Bowl like that in a year when he had what looked like a much better team is nothing less than a step back. The Rebels really need an impressive bowl win to get their "mojo" back.

11. Tennessee  What a nice way to finish the year. An impressive win will do a lot for a team's psyche, even one over a bad team. Sure, it was a bad year for the Vols, but after the Kiffin / Dooley disaster; fans saw enough this year to raise hopes and expectations. I can't help but think that Butch Jones is the right guy for this team and that better days are ahead.

12. Florida  As of right now, it looks like the Gators will watch their old coach play their bitter in-state rival for the Mythical National Championship. Is that what football hell looks like? Nothing left to do but re-group and pray for a home run offensive coordinator hire...

13. Arkansas  The Razorbacks were so damn close to pulling off a major upset on the road. ZERO conference wins has to sting, especially after the amazing effort put forth by this team over the last 2 weeks. Coach Bielema has had a very tough first year, but his guys have been showing up to play. The fact that he has not lost his team shows what the guy is made of. Next year does not look any easier, but I will be shocked if this squad does not improve a little.

14. Kentucky  Sure, the Wildcats lost to the only ranked team they have played, but this team has looked very dominant against everyone else. Anything less than a top seed in March will be a disappointment. The hell you say? This is a FOOTBALL power poll? Oh, sorry...


101 Comments

Yep....

Arkansas >>> Kentucky

Time to own it, but wait'll next year.  ;)
Yeah. Luck.


Tired of hearing this stupid shit. Yeah we're lucky to have rushed for a combined 750 yards against UGA/Bama. It's all luck.

View Postdcbl, on 01 December 2013 - 08:16 AM, said:

Wow, what a wild ride. Yesterday's football games, in and out of conference, were amazingly fun to watch. This is the final power poll of the season, and the finishing order is a HUGE surprise to everyone based on pre-season conceptions. That's why they play the games and don't award the W based on what is supposed to happen.

These rankings are based on my assessment of where each team falls in the pecking order RIGHT NOW based on what each team has done ALL SEASON, so there are THREE teams that will be ranked ahead of other teams that have a better record. Jimmies will be rustled and the butt-hurt will be strong...

1. Auburn  ...;   even the most die hard and homeristic War Eagle will have to admit that this team has been the beneficiary of good fortune...
LMAO!  Nope!  Not happenin'!  :lol:
  
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View PostTHE_KRIEG, on 01 December 2013 - 08:39 AM, said:

Yeah. Luck.


Tired of hearing this stupid shit. Yeah we're lucky to have rushed for a combined 750 yards against UGA/Bama. It's all luck.
UM, I have y'all ranked as the best team in the conference

I will tell you that Bama was lucky to get a 2nd shot at LSU for the 2011 title.

having the ball bounce your way is part of the game and something that EVERY champion has had happen for them at least once in any given season

When I said, "...even the most die hard and homeristic War Eagle will have to admit that this team has been the beneficiary of good fortune..." - I SHOULD have added, "..if he is being realistic and honest."

I am not saying that y'all don't deserve it. I was pulling for y'all. Auburn played well enough to win. But play that EXACT same game 10 times and how many times does Bama's kicker miss FOUR field goals and does Bama get stopped on 4th and 1?

Nick Saban got out coached. Despite the fact that aubie played better, Bama had chances to win, they even had a shot to put the game away at least twice.

but Auburn has not had good fortune...

Oh yeah, and go Mizzou. Beat Auburn :)
Can't paste a picture.  I hate Windows 8.  It's almost completely incompatible with this site.  Oh well, I tried to post that GIF of Tennessee catching that amazing pass that sealed our fate and cost us the East.  But the same can be said of Mizzou missing a chip-shot FG to lose to us.  All teams are subject to the ball bounce.  All teams except Auburn of course.
Who's taking our spot in the cellar next season?
If If If If If


We're 11-1, and we rushed for 300 yards on Georgia/Bama's "stout" defense, but we were merely lucky to do so. If we wouldn't have gotten on the bus, we wouldn't have rushed for 300. We're lucky to have gotten on the bus.


I've prepared my anus, boys. The cheeks are spread and I'm ready to receive.

View PostPuddingTime, on 01 December 2013 - 08:53 AM, said:

Who's taking our spot in the cellar next season?

hopefully Auburn...

View PostPuddingTime, on 01 December 2013 - 08:53 AM, said:

Who's taking our spot in the cellar next season?
my guess would be Kentucky...

View Postdcbl, on 01 December 2013 - 08:48 AM, said:

UM, I have y'all ranked as the best team in the conference

I will tell you that Bama was lucky to get a 2nd shot at LSU for the 2011 title.

having the ball bounce your way is part of the game and something that EVERY champion has had happen for them at least once in any given season

When I said, "...even the most die hard and homeristic War Eagle will have to admit that this team has been the beneficiary of good fortune..." - I SHOULD have added, "..if he is being realistic and honest."

I am not saying that y'all don't deserve it. I was pulling for y'all. Auburn played well enough to win. But play that EXACT same game 10 times and how many times does Bama's kicker miss FOUR field goals and does Bama get stopped on 4th and 1?

Nick Saban got out coached. Despite the fact that aubie played better, Bama had chances to win, they even had a shot to put the game away at least twice.

but Auburn has not had good fortune...

Oh yeah, and go Mizzou. Beat Auburn :)
UM= Ole Miss
MU= Mizzou
"Ole Miss is the best team in the conference"-dcbl :trollface:
Mizzou has been pretty lucky too. Getting UGA with half their offense  injured, while not a valid excuse for them, didn't hurt our year any.

But I'm just enjoying this right now. Won't be able to go to Atlanta. Bummed about that, but really excited for the team and to watch the game.

Nice work on these power rankings every week. You put a lot into them and they are always fair. No matter what everybody else says...
Kentucky is bound to win another SEC game someday, but man you guys are the worst football team in a long, long time (again.)
My Power Rankings:
1. Auburn
2. Mizzou
3. Bama
4-13 who gives a shit
14. Ohio State
15-50 lolidk
51. New York Jets
51-69 suck
70 Jackson YMCA football team
71. Jacksonville Jaguars.
72. Southern Miss
73. Kentucky.
74-1327 Better than Florida
1328. Florida Gators

View PostTHE_KRIEG, on 01 December 2013 - 08:39 AM, said:

Yeah. Luck.


Tired of hearing this stupid shit. Yeah we're lucky to have rushed for a combined 750 yards against UGA/Bama. It's all luck.

how does it feel to have the shoe on the other foot? So many of our haters have chalked up our success over the last few years to luck or favorable officiating. Including yourself.

when you are on top, people will try to bring you down. Right now, as it stands, auburn is on top and there will be lots of people who will try to demean your success. Don't take it so personally.

View PostTHE_KRIEG, on 01 December 2013 - 08:39 AM, said:

Yeah. Luck.


Tired of hearing this stupid shit. Yeah we're lucky to have rushed for a combined 750 yards against UGA/Bama. It's all luck.

Did not read but if by "luck" he meant the UGA's Hail Mary at games end?!?!  Well....it WAS luck.  Quit being so damn sensitive and own the truth.

Luck is a MUST to win titles.

View PostSECats, on 01 December 2013 - 09:12 AM, said:

Did not read but if by "luck" he meant the UGA's Hail Mary at games end?!?!  Well....it WAS luck.  Quit being so damn sensitive and own the truth.

Luck is a MUST to win titles.

I did not use the word "luck"

I said that Auburn had experienced "good fortune" - same concept, less abrasive

I mentioned that play against UGA AND Bama's FOUR missed field goals PLUS getting stopped on 4th and 1

But I was probably wrong. Auburn was not just fortunate. Bad coaching and poor special teams is just probably going to be a new trend for Alabama...
The REAL rankings:

1.) Auburn...you beat the best, you ARE the best.
2.) Alabama...you lose, you drop.
3.) South Carolina...had one letdown and it cost them.
4.) Mizzou...talk about good fortune?!?!  Very good team with great timing.  Could easily win SEC.
5.) LSU...easily 5th best.
6.) UGA...long season with lots of injuries, should be playing in ATL.
7.) aTm...still fun to watch but defenses finally figured him out.
8.) Vandy...great coach, good talent, not your typical Commodores of the past.
9.) MSU...gets the nod over rival because of #15.
10.) Ole Miss...letdown year, needs a QB.
11.) Florida...Mushchamp was a mistake, should cut ties...he's your Billy Gillispie.
12.) Tennessee...easily the leagues Tallest Midget.
13.) Arkansas...terrible.
14.) Kentucky...worse.

Just sayin'......

View Postdcbl, on 01 December 2013 - 09:17 AM, said:



I did not use the word "luck"

I said that Auburn had experienced "good fortune" - same concept, less abrasive

I mentioned that play against UGA AND Bama's FOUR missed field goals PLUS getting stopped on 4th and 1

But I was probably wrong. Auburn was not just fortunate. Bad coaching and poor special teams is just probably going to be a new trend for Alabama...

You used "luck".  :)
Gee @SECats, you sure aren't giving Mizzou much credit. Don't you think they are actually pretty good?

View PostPuddingTime, on 01 December 2013 - 08:53 AM, said:

Who's taking our spot in the cellar next season?

The 2014 Mildcats?

View Postsmokeyone, on 01 December 2013 - 09:31 AM, said:



The 2014 Mildcats?

Vanderbilt. That cupboard is empty after this year, and Franklin might be gone too

View Postzartan, on 01 December 2013 - 09:29 AM, said:

Gee @SECats, you sure aren't giving Mizzou much credit. Don't you think they are actually pretty good?

Sure I am...the only team from the East I have above them is the team they LOST to.  I was gunna put LSU above them but didn't.

It's a pretty accurate account of teams IMO.
Mizzou's best win was against a depleted UGA.  It's no slam, it's reality.

View PostSECats, on 01 December 2013 - 09:27 AM, said:

You used "luck".  :)

ok, said that champions always need luck in sentebce before

did not knock Aubie though...
We had some luck this season. Doesn't mean we aren't the best. An Uga just about lost to a bad tech team but you ranked them that high? Also bama is probably better than Mizzou