SEC Power Poll: Week 1

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Week 1

Fresh off of Tennessee getting back-handed by the UCLA Bruins, here’s my ballot for the week in the SEC Power Poll.

Here they are, my darlins:






Georgia Bulldogs


Less than impressive win against Georgia Southern, but a win is a win.


Florida Gators


Manhandled Hawai’i and looked solid at every position.  Still my pick to win the SEC East.


LSU Tigers


Never let up on a quality App State team which could still beat most FBS teams.  Nice win for the Hat.


Auburn Tigers


Workmanlike win which we have come to expect from Tuberville coached teams.  My “dark horse” to win the SEC West.


Alabama Crimson Tide


Just as I predicted versus Clemson, except that Alabama won – Impressively.  Could Nick have righted the ship?


Kentucky Wildcats


A rout of Louisville sends a message – watch out, we are coming.  Look poised to give many SEC teams fits this year.


South Carolina Gamecocks


Should have beaten a pathetic NC State team by 50, but they did win convincingly.  Jury is still out on the Gamecocks.


Ole Miss Rebels


Nice win against Memphis to usher in the Nutt era.  Majorly improved over last year, especially in the area of coaching


Tennessee Volunteers


Defense looks as good as any in the SEC at present (excluding the last 2 series).  Offense looks like a goat chained to the tracks staring at the oncoming train … Sheesh!


Vanderbilt Commodores


Could Bobby Johnson have turned the corner in Nashville.  A few more of those and the Dores move way up.


Arkansas Razorbacks


Western Illinois is not a good team.  Neither is Arkansas.


Mississippi State Bulldogs


Looks like my pre-season gushing over the Bulldogs was as pointless as my writing.

Obviously, I am terribly dismayed by Tennessee’s abysmal offensive showing this weekend and hope (pray and beg) that this week’s game was only a minor bump in the road as a new quarterback and offensive scheme get established.

If I am wrong, however, then it’s going to be a very long season indeed…

The Rest of the Power Poll

Now that you have wasted your time looking at my ballot, go check out what everybody else is saying over at Garnet and Black Attack or SEC Power

Ugh!  Week one, and I’m already feeling squeamish…

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5 Responses to “SEC Power Poll: Week 1”

  • PhilipVU94No Gravatar says:

    Maybe I’m just nitpicking but how can Auburn be a darkhorse when everyone from Phil Steele to the SEC writers picked them to win the West? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good pick, just not a very surprising one.

    It’s interesting that you’re more down on your team than I am. No disputing last night was bad, but UCLA is a mid-tier Pac-10 opponent and Craft could grow into the job. It will be interesting to see if he plays more like the first half or the second half for the rest of the season. Their game in two weeks at BYU will tell us a lot about what sort of miracle-worker Neuheisel is.

  • lawvolNo Gravatar says:

    You know, I fretted over that “dark horse” thing a bit myself when I wrote it. I guess I am just so used to LSU being the anointed winner of the West that is seems odd to choose anyone else.

    That said, I do completely understand what you mean.

    As for the Vols. I am less concerned about last night in the abstract than I am with the overall way that offense seemed to operate. Something was just bad wrong, and that bodes poorly for the rest of the season.

  • MonolithicdawgxNo Gravatar says:

    Did you see or study or read about UGA’s game? Underwhelming? In the first two and a half quarters, with our #1 offense and #1 defense (subbing twos and threes in on different plays) UGA held GSU to 88 yards total and went up 38-0. As you know, CMR doesn’t run up the score on anyone, and after our last score, we had our #2 O and D in, and liberally substituted threes and fours in there for experience, and with a few ones in there sometimes…result, GSU got 202 yds and 3 tds. Since we won’t play our #2 offense vs many teams, I kind of expected them to not play very well when any team has their ones in. I would expect the same as UT, except they lost with their #1s playing all game.

    It really is a debate about should a team run up the score on the hapless to make themselves look better than they really are, to create an air of invincibility that Mike Tyson once had (the Steve Spurrior mentality), or maybe not look pretty late in games, but get your 2s and 3s some great experience in case of injury later in the season (what CMR does). As a UGA fan, I obviously like my coach and support his philosophy, but I can see why weak-minded people get caught up in big numbers that are really meaningless. I don’t know you from Adam, but you fell into that last trap with your post on UGA… If we are underwhelming and UF is your choice to win it all, put UF first.

  • lawvolNo Gravatar says:

    Whoa there Dawg-man!!! I’m not trying to say that UGA sucks or anything. I was simply saying (by inference I now realize) that I was a little surprised at how the second-stringers for the Dawgs had a tough time holding GSU in check. Depth can be a killer down the stretch — as in if you don’t have any, then things can really get rough.

    For what it is worth, I agree with you that running up the score is oftentimes a sign of poor sportsmanship. That’s one of the reasons I’m not a fan of Urban Meyer. I am glad that Richt didn’t run the score up on a less talented team (and I hope that no one does that to Tennessee this year — which it is quite possible to do). So in that regard, I agree with you.

    I guess my big question is that I ranked Georgia No. 1 — because I feel they deserve it at present — so what is your problem with me offering a critique of what I perceived to be a less than stellar game? Sure, I have picked Florida to win the SEC East — largely due to Georgia’s brutal schedule — but Georgia is still first, in exactly the same way that I have LSU ranked ahead of the Auburn squad I have picked to win the SEC West. In all honesty, I hope to hell that Georgia does win the East (because Tennessee doesn’t look like it has much of a chance at present) because I cannot stand Florida. I just think that the Gators get lucky again this year … ugh.

    I was making an observation, nothing more, and as for the “weak-minded” nature of my comments, well … I’m hardly the sharpest knife in the box, but you could learn a few things about courtesy in terms of flying off the handle over a single-sentence analysis of a game. Just calm down, breathe deeply, and relax a bit.

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