SEC Power Poll Ballot, Week 8

October 21, 2008

1. Alabama

The default No. 1 team until they lose, though they easily could have lost to Ole Miss this past weekend.

2. Florida

The win over LSU stands next to Alabama’s win over Georgia as one of the two most impressive of the season so far.

3. Georgia

The Bulldogs have at least beaten a couple of decent teams, something LSU has only done once in beating South Carolina.

4. LSU

The defense will never be at its full potential without Ricky Jean-Francois, kinda like how last year it was never itself after the chop block on Glenn Dorsey until the title game.

5. Vanderbilt

What happens when your 5-7 all lose to better teams? They stay in the same order, that’s what.

6. South Carolina

Once again, so close and yet so far. It pains me a little bit to see Spurrier struggle, but at the same time, what caused the man to lose his recruiting touch with QBs and receivers?

7. Ole Miss

The best 3-4 team in America.

8. Kentucky

A last-minute escape over the admittedly suddenly-frisky Razorbacks doesn’t move you up in my poll.

9. Auburn

If any team needed a bye week, it was this one. You would think with the extra time they could pick something on offense and stick with it, but we’ll see.

10. Arkansas

I remember some Arkansas fans in the offseason saying not to worry about the running game because of Michael Smith, just worry about the rest of the team. They were dead right.

11. Tennessee

They didn’t get Croom‘d or anything, but Wyoming seems like the only sure win left on the schedule. Going bowling is not guaranteed.

12. Mississippi State

The game against Tennessee was a lot closer than the score indicates, but this team is still hopeless. I would not be shocked if they lost to MTSU this weekend.

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Tuesday Morning Miscellany

October 21, 2008

Tim Tebow believes Colt McCoy is the front runner of the Heisman Trophy race. Not sure why this is news since everyone else on the planet does too. He’s the quarterback of the No. 1 team and he’s completing 81% of his passes.

Despite this not being “news” in most senses of the word, the AP decided to write an article longer than most game recaps about it. Go figure.

Brandon Spikes has been named a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s top lineman or linebacker. He’s definitely earned that in every game except one this season. For some reason he looked like he was running in sand all day against Arkansas, but he’s been a force in every other game.

I’m not sure when the cut from semifinalist to finalist is, but I don’t know if it’s a sure thing that he’ll be one of them. There are 12 guys on the current list, and it gets winnowed down to four in the finalist stage.

There are guys with more national hype than Spikes probably has on the list like Ohio State’s James Laurenaitis, USC’s Rey Maualuga, Ole MIss’ Michael Oher (a near-consensus top-5 pick in next year’s draft), USF’s George Selvie, and now, thanks to the past two weeks, Texas’ Brian Orakpo.

Meanwhile at Kentucky, the injuries are mounting. Perhaps their two best offensive players have fallen out in consecutive weeks, with Derrick Locke joining Dickie Lyons, Jr. in the “gone for the season” club. A couple of key defenders are hurting too.

With UK being borderline decent to begin with and now this, Florida shouldn’t have too much trouble Saturday. The Wildcats barely squeaked by Arkansas, for crying out loud. Still, they play some defense so don’t expect free-flowing offense from the Gators all game long.