SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week Fourteen

Kevin C. Cox

Any quibbles, let me know. Hard to figure out the logjam from 6-9.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

No surprises here. I hope Auburn can end the reign of terror, but 'Bama will probably win convincingly.

2. Missouri Tigers

You know, Auburn is getting all the attention right now, which is to be expected given that Auburn is a bigger-name program and they have a huge game coming up this weekend, but I really think Mizzou has been the more impressive team this year. They pass the eye test as having been more dominant over the course of the season--compare the nature of both teams' wins over Ole Miss and UGA. Moreover, their FEI from last week was higher than Auburn's, and that should only be more true after their win in Oxford. I hope they lose this week, but you've got to give them credit. They've taken care of business this year sans when they played us. They'd be squarely in the national title conversation if not for that double-OT loss, and they'll have a case if they can win the next two weeks.

3. Auburn Tigers

The aforementioned comments were not meant to take anything away from Auburn, which is having a phenomenal year. We'll see what they have for 'Bama this weekend.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks will be going for an unprecedented five-straight victories over rival Clemson this week. They'll also be hoping that TAMU figures out how to beat Mizzou.

5. LSU Tigers

You have to give LSU DC John Chavis credit for stopping Johnny Manziel two years in a row. Even Saban and his staff have had trouble with that challenge.

6. Texas A&M Aggies

The Aggies could find something to savor in what's been something of a lost season by beating former Big 12 rival Mizzou.

7. Ole Miss Rebels

The Rebels had a golden opportunity for a second big win on the season, but they weren't competitive in a loss to Mizzou.

8. Vanderbilt Commodores

It wasn't pretty, but considering it was Vandy's first back-to-back win over Tennessee since the Rollin' 20s, I'll bet 'Dores fans will take it.

9. Georgia Bulldogs

Hate it for Aaron Murray, who was dealt a tough hand in what for him individually was a good season.

10. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

The Bulldogs pulled out a tough OT victory over Arkansas to keep their bowl hopes alive.

11. Florida Gators

There are no words.

12. Tennessee Volunteers

How did this team beat South Carolina again?

13. Arkansas Razorbacks

The Hogs lost what was likely their last shot at an SEC win on the season. Lots of work to do for this program to get back to where it was a few years back.

14. Kentucky Wildcats

Georgia had 35 first downs to Kentucky's 10, and almost 400 more total yards. Mark Stoops has work to do, too, even to get to being remotely competitive for a bowl spot.

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