It's time again for the SEC Power Poll ballot for Week 7. The very top and very bottom are pretty much the same, but in-between, we've seen some movement, particularly Georgia due to the home loss to Missouri. South Carolina's beat-down of Arkansas and Georgia falling down produced some movement for them, and LSU's victory over Florida in Death Valley put them at #2, where I pretty much expect them to stay until they clash with the Tide on November 9th.
Notice Georgia and Florida sitting there, right beside each other, with only a game and a bye week separating them from the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. I've got that one circled, and a whole lot depends on if Michael Bennett's torn meniscus recovery, and anxiously awaiting the return of Todd Gurley from an ankle. By then, there is a good chance leading tackler Ramik Wildson will also finally be available, making the Bulldogs about as healthy as they are likely to get.
Anyway, this is how I see it. Your comments are encouraged.
|1||Alabama||-||3-0||6-0||49.42||233-68||27.5||1||Arkansas||On another level. This team keeps getting better, and they were way too good for Kentucky.|
|2||LSU||+2||3-1||6-1||52.27||290-154||19.4||6,8||at Mississippi||Maybe the only team good enough to challenge Alabama, but after this weekend, I'm not even sure they are.|
|3||Texas A&M||-||2-1||5-1||56.18||287-192||15.8||7||Auburn||Keeps winning with offense, but that's not going to hold up forever.|
|4||South Carolina||+1||3-1||5-1||56.59||207-136||11.8||11,9||at Tennessee||After a scare versus Kentucky, they took Arkansas apart. Connor Shaw for Heisman? Sure looked good on Saturday.|
|5||Missouri||+2||2-0||6-0||52.46||274-138||22.7||14||Florida||Impressive offense from Mizzou. I've doubted them, but no more. Georgia was beat up, but not enough to justify a home loss.|
|6||Georgia||-4||3-1||4-2||58.26||225-202||3.8||15,16||at Vanderbilt||Weak defense looks even weaker after Missouri rolled up 454 yards between the hedges.|
|7||Florida||-1||3-1||4-2||60.21||131-78||8.8||22,21||at Missouri||Strong defense not strong enough to stop the Cam Cameron steamroller, but they did slow it down.|
|8||Auburn||-||2-1||5-1||52.17||206-113||15.5||24,28,27||at Texas A&M||511 yards rushing is … pretty spectacular, even with a cupcake in your mouth.|
|9||Mississippi||-||1-3||3-3||55||174-167||1.2||38||LSU||Nice try. Just a little too much Manziel and a little to little defense. Giving up 241 yards on the ground and 300+ through the air will get you beat most times.|
|11||Tennessee||-||0-2||3-3||59.97||190-168||3.7||South Carolina||Bye week|
|12||Mississippi State||+1||0-2||3-3||59.52||183-138||7.5||Oct 26, Kentucky||Escaping Bowling Green by one might not be so bad if Urban Meyer were still there. Alas...|
|13||Arkansas||-1||0-3||3-4||58.76||163-193||-4.3||at Alabama||Noncompetitive game at home for homecoming. Yikes. Not the way to enamor yourself to the fan base, Bret Bielema.|
|14||Kentucky||-||0-3||1-5||56.31||122-176||-9||Oct 26, at Mississippi State||The Big Crimson Elephant came in and sat on the Wildcats, leaving destruction, chaos, and a greasy spot.|