UPDATE: The final SEC Power Poll for week 4 is up at Garnet and Black Attack. Kentucky has charged up to 7th, up three big spots from 10th.
Well, it's week 4 already. I struggled to get my ballot in today due to computer problems that have had me days behind in both blogging and work. It's amazing how much computers affect our lives these days, and even with the laptop, I was forced to dedicate a tremendous amount of time to recovering the main server. Thank heaven I invested in a backup drive. Those of you who don't have one, get one and save yourself a lot of pain.
But back to football. I confess, with the Ryder Cup going on, I did not see much football this weekend, mainly highlights and statistics. But that is usually enough for a Power Poll Ballot, and because of the lateness of the hour, I could not include Ken's vote this time. Rest assured, that will be solved for future ballots.
The big change this week is due to Florida's trouncing of Tennessee and LSU's impressive victory over the Plainsmen of Auburn. Winning in the SEC is hard, and it's really hard on the road against a team like Auburn. LSU looks like a real contender again for the SEC championship, and if Auburn can't beat them at home in the West, it's hard to figure who can.
Another big story for this week is Vanderbilt's defeat of Ole Miss in Oxford. Vandy did it by taking the ball away from the Rebels a grand total of six times. Despite out-gaining Vandy in total yards, six turnovers is really hard to overcome.
As far as Kentucky is concerned, we have no idea at the moment. Kentucky is 3-0 against weak competition, even though the Louisville win is starting to look a whole lot better after the Cardinals defeated Kansas State. Still, we have yet to see Kentucky have a true test, and we will really know where the Wildcats stand after next weekend's trip to visit the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.
So with all that as a prelude, here is my power poll ballot:
|Florida||1-0||3-0||2-0||55.42||31||4||1||UT abuse two years in a row. Fulmer's seat is about to go nova.|
|LSU||1-0||3-0||1-0||48.35||23.7||5.18||2||Best game of the week. LSU gave up big yards to Auburn, but managed to do just enough.|
|Georgia||1-0||4-0||2-0||63.02||21.8||5.5||3||Georgia's defense held the Sun Devils ton 212 yards. Questions remain about Georgia's offense, though.|
|Alabama||1-0||4-0||2-0||51.19||26.8||7.7||4||About like we figured. Nobody deserves getting smacked aroud more than Bobby Petrino.|
|Auburn||1-1||3-1||1-1||50||11||14.63||5||Tubby dropped his second in a row to Les Miles. That spread option is really scary -- to the ACC, maybe.|
|Vanderbilt||2-0||4-0||2-0||53.63||12.8||20.5||6||Hate to say, "I told you so," but I wasn't buying what Houston "Wing" Nutt was selling. Still not buying Vandy stock, either, but they just might hit a bowl this year.|
|Kentucky||3-0||1-0||53.42||22||26.5||7||Who knows? Unless they struggle against Western, we figure to have to wait until their trip to Tuscaloosa to know anything.|
|South Carolina||0-2||2-2||1-2||55.69||7.5||55.2||8||Second in the league in total defense, but couldn't offend Lee Westwood (Ryder cup joke). Beating Wofford by 10 isn't going to strike fear into anyone in the SEC.|
|Mississippi||0-1||2-2||0-2||54.39||8.3||57.75||9||How do you outplay your competition completely and lose? Hand 'em the football. Six turnovers -- yikes.|
|Tennessee||0-1||1-2||0-2||52.82||1.7||59.85||10||The stats are very even for such a lopsided score. But the one stat that isn't is 3 UT turnovers to 0 for UF.|
|Arkansas||0-1||2-1||0-1||55.31||-10||63.5||11||Down they go, hard. Won't be the last time|
|Mississippi State||0-1||1-3||0-2||55.52||-4||78.6||12||Crushed by an ACC team. Only gained 93 yards less, but the 4 turnovers cost them at least 20 points.|
Your comments are welcome and encouraged, as always.