SEC Power Poll 2011: Week 7

Secpowerpoll2008_medium

This week in the SEC power poll there is no real change happening at the top, but some movement in the middle.  The bottom is still pretty much the way it was.  You can find the results over at Team Speed Kills, as always.

When I looked at Week 7 in preparation for submitting my ballot, two things really stuck out to me:  The top two teams in the SEC have been virtually unchallenged in their dominance, and the middle of the ballot is as mushy as at any time I can recall.  Witness the Mississippi St. Bulldogs giving the South Carolina Gamecocks a real scare in Columbia, or the Georgia Bulldogs only managing a 5-point margin against the Vanderbilt Commodores.  The Florida Gators, despite a hot start, have run on hard times due to injuries and a schedule tougher than even they could contend with, and now it has blown up into three straight losses with a fourth possible in the Cocktail Party in two weeks.

So, for the record, here is my ballot slate and remarks:

Rank Team cWL W-L SoS PF-PA MoV Polls Comments
1 LSU 4-0 7-0 10.11 269-82 26.7 1,2,[1!] LSU is a smash-mouth team, and Tennessee's Chiclets are strewn all over Neyland Stadium.
2 Alabama 4-0 7-0 8.98 278-49 32.7 2,3,[2!] Trent Richardson's ankle-snapping juke was just the beginning. Alabama has given up 100 yards rushing only once this season. If you're not afraid of the Tide defense, you haven't been paying attention.
3 Arkansas 1-1 5-1 8.20 235-128 17.8 10,11,9 Bye week.
4 South Carolina 4-1 6-1 8.09 227-134 13.3 14,12,15,14 The wily Ol' Ball Coach carefully preserved the win after getting the lead by taking a safety. Is there any better play caller in college football?
5 Georgia 4-1 5-2 9.15 226-143 11.9 24,26,33 Don't sweat the margin, the Mayor says. A road win for this team, even versus improved Vandy, is naught but a good thing.
6 Auburn 3-1 5-2 11.36 184-181 0.4 19,23,26,20 Auburn just keeps finding ways to win close games, but got help from the injury bug in this one.
7 Florida 2-3 4-3 7.83 188-132 8.0 25 Sans an experienced QB and down one Jeff Demps, the Gators are mostly toothless.
8 Vanderbilt 1-3 3-3 8.30 130-130 0.0
This team is giving everyone a game. Not a doormat this year.
9 Tennessee 0-3 3-3 10.50 170-140 5.0
Matt Simms is no Tyler Bray, but to be fair, Bray wouldn't have made much difference.
10 Mississippi State 0-4 3-4 7.46 168-135 4.7
Surprisingly strong effort on the road against the Fighting Visors. We'll have to wait two weeks to find out if this is genuine improvement or fools gold.
11 Mississippi 0-3 2-4 9.00 120-175 -9.2
This team has only scored 7 more points in conference than Kentucky.
12 Kentucky 0-3 2-4 6.37 78-177 -16.5
Bye week, much needed.

So what do you think? Was I on, was I off, does any of this make sense?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join A Sea Of Blue

You must be a member of A Sea Of Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at A Sea Of Blue. You should read them.

Join A Sea Of Blue

You must be a member of A Sea Of Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at A Sea Of Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker