SEC Power Poll Ballot, Week 7

October 14, 2008

1. Alabama

I thought about not voting for Alabama as No. 1 just to make people wonder who didn’t, but I figured the other esteemed voters would appreciate me taking it seriously.

2. Florida

They finally played up to their potential against LSU, but they won’t be able to play that well every week. How well they can play on a regular basis will determine if this win over LSU is the high point of the season.

3. Georgia

How many more injuries can they sustain?

4. LSU

They aren’t as bad as they looked against Florida, but as I said last week, they hadn’t really been challenged yet. Can they respond? So far under Miles they’ve been able to.

5. Vanderbilt

I said last week that the game against Mississippi State sounded like a setup. Now that they’ve had their trap game loss, can they sustain the early season success?

6. South Carolina

They’ve won four straight, and that’s good enough for sixth in the conference in my book right now.

7. Ole Miss

Are they really the seventh-best team in the league right now? I guess so, but this is looking more and more like a down year for the conference.

8. Kentucky

The best thing going for them right now is the close win against Alabama. Losing Lyons hurts them badly.

9. Mississippi State

They’re on the board finally in conference play. Whether they will again is anyone’s guess, but the game against Arkansas will say a lot in that regard.

10. Arkansas

They’re on the board finally in conference play. Whether they will again is anyone’s guess, but the game against Mississippi State will say a lot in that regard.

11. Tennessee

What a mess.

12. Auburn

I have made the 12th spot ceremonial this week, and Auburn gets it. They fire the offensive coordinator, then go out and lose to the previous holder of the 12 spot. I hope they’re happy.

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