1. Alabama Nothing to see here people, just keep moving. Hey you! Yeah you, the Tennessee fan with the Obama sticker on the back of your car, quit rubbernecking and let's keep this line moving. Keep going people, nothing to see here...
2. Louisiana State All the talk about how the Bayou Bengals "haven't really beaten anybody" can now be put to bed. They just won a big game against the only team that really plays defense in the conference. Apologies to Mssrs Saban and Smart, but I just can't see ANYBODY hanging 40 + on the Florida Gators this year. The Louisiana Tigers still have daunting games against Alabama and the Texas Aggies, so IF they win out, any mythical national championship talk will certainly be warranted.
3. Missouri All the talk about how the Yankee Tigers "haven't really beaten anybody" can now be put to bed. They just went on the road and beat a top 10 team. Pretty impressive, especially for a team that did not even make a bowl last year. I thought about sliding them into the number 2 spot, but as impressive as their performance was yesterday, it did come against a very depleted Georgia Bulldog squad. Beat Florida next week and it will be time to break out The Jefferson's soundtrack.
4. South Carolina Is it just me, or does it seem like a certain football team MIGHT have been scoreboard watching yesterday? Either that, or it is an amazing coincidence that the Gamecocks snapped out of their 3 week deep funk the same week that their arch-rival was losing a big conference game? It really does not matter insofar as the power rankings poll is concerned. South Carolina just administered a beat down of a Razorback team that has been giving other top conference teams fits the last few weeks. What we saw yesterday is what we expected out of this Gamecock team all year.
5. Texas A&M The Texas Aggies found a way to hang on and win a tough game on the road. They deserve credit for that. And they get credit, they stay put at number 5 in the power poll. This team came very close to dethroning Alabama and they have done nothing but win since then, but something still just seems a little 'off" with this squad. I can't quite put my finger on it... They still have three very tough games left against Auburn, LSU and Mizzou. Next week's game against Aubbie will tell us a lot about both of those teams.
6. Georgia The dream of a mythical national championship is dead for the Georgia Bulldogs, but they are still very much alive for a conference championship. They lost a very tough game against a team that not many people even had on the radar, but they cannot get too down. This squad was missing a good number of their best players and there is still a lot of football left to be played - a lot to still play for... I know it hurts to be back in the "scoreboard watching" mode, but if the Dawgs can beat Florida and Auburn after they get a bunch of playmakers back, they could still accomplish some of their stated goals for the season. It will be interesting to see how this team responds to a tough conference loss.
7. Florida Most people expected that the Gators would have gotten run out of Death Valley yesterday. Well, it did not happen. In fact, the Gators played a pretty competitive football game for 4 full quarters. It has been said many times that "defense wins championships"; well, if this team had even an average offense, they would be scary. Will Muschamp's team has a very important game against Missouri next week, win that one and they are in the driver's seat for the SEC East.
8. Auburn How does a team hang more than 60 on somebody and DROP in the power ranking polls? It happens by playing a cream puff and by having the team behind you destroy a much stronger foe... I have a sneaky suspicion that this Auburn squad is ranked right where Gus Malzahn wants them, still just under the radar. They go on the road to play the Texas Aggies next week, win that one and they are full blown ON the radar for everyone.
9. Mississippi The Rebels are still on the wrong side of the conference power poll, and they came so close to getting that big "signature win" yesterday. Oh well, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades... Now that Mizzou has shot up in the rankings and prestige, the Rebels still have two shots for that big win they need to get them to the next level. But let's face it, no offense meant to the MO Tigers, but a win against them just won't "feel" like the big time victory against a big time foe that Mississippi fans are so hungry for. Next week's game against the LA tigers looms large...
10. Tennessee After their big "moral victory" against Georgia and the Gamecocks looking disinterested in the 2013 football season, the Vols had a reason for hope. I am sure that "hope springs eternal", but I just can't see good things happening to Butch Jones' squad over the next 3 weeks or for the rest of this season for that matter. They hold on to the number 10 spot by virtue of a bye week and how bad the rest of the conference looks.
11. Mississippi State After what we saw yesterday, it truly pains me to move the bulldogs up a spot. They looked really bad in an ugly win. But, a win is a win - ask any coach, they'll tell you. Especially Dan Mullen this week... The Bulldogs ascension in this poll has more to do with how pathetic the rest of the conference looks than with how well they performed. To be fair, the Bowling Green Falcons look like they may be a top mid tier team, but more was still expected from State in this game.
12. Vanderbilt Hey look, more movement in the power rankings poll that has nothing to do with a team's on field performance! I wanted to take the 'Dores up to NO 11, but could not bump them over a team that actually won yesterday. Vandy may have some hop after watching what happened to Georgia yesterday, but it will wind up being a fleeting hope... I expect that this team will drop in the power rankings as they should lose, and maybe even get clobbered, over the next 3 weeks. This team probably has to sweep their last 3 games to keep their bowl streak alive.
13. Arkansas The Razorbacks have to be this week's 2nd biggest surprise (behind the Mizzou vs UGA game); but not in a good way. These last few weeks we have seen the Hogs playing with fire and passion. I know that South Carolina is good, but I NEVER expected to see an egg of this proportion get laid. This loss was so bad that this team may have lost a little bit of hope for better things to come in the next few years. maybe all is not lost, but this game will likely have recruiting implications. With Bama, Aubbie, aTm and LSU comprising 80% of the games left on the schedule, it is very hard to see good things happening for this team in 2013.
14. Kentucky The Wildcats go and play Alabama and the string of "moral victories" comes to an end. Not really a big surprise, but disappointing nonetheless. I wanted to move Kentucky up a little, even with the beat down they just took from the Crimson Tide, but this poll is a compilation of the entire body of work for the whole season to date. Take heart Wildcat fans, odds are you will minimally pass Arkansas and Vandy before the year ends!
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Edited by dcbl, 13 October 2013 - 12:33 PM.