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SEC Power Poll Ballot Week Five

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1. Alabama

The Tide showed some chinks in their armor against Kentucky, but they were still generally impressive.

2. Florida

The Gators and concussed Tim Tebow took a week off to prepare for next week's showdown in Deaf Valley.

3. LSU

The Tigers got a little help from the zebras against UGA, but you have to give them credit for taking advantage. A good performance against the Gators could propel them into the national title picture.

4. Auburn

The Tigers took it to the Vols, showing that they may be for real this year.

5. Georgia

Georgia has a right to blame the refs for their loss, but they should also be pointing their fingers at poor kickoff coverage, poor tackling, and an underwhelming offensive gameplan that isn't taking advantage of their considerable talent.

6. South Carolina

The Gamecocks struggled a little bit before piling it on S. C. State in the third quarter. This team still appears to be good but not great.

7. Ole Miss

The Rebels didn't have much trouble dispatching lowly Vanderbilt. However, Jevan Snead will need to play better for them to hang with better competition.

8. Arkansas

The Hogs bounced back from their drubbing at the hands of Alabama to show some offensive spark in a solid win against Texas A & M.

9. Mississippi State

The Bulldogs looked decent offensively against Georgia Tech, but had no answer for the triple option. I expect this team will upset Arkansas or Ole Miss this year, but the better half of the SEC West is probably out of reach.

10. Tennessee

The Vols continued to struggle against Auburn. Not winning against an SEC opponent until they play Vandy in the second-to-last week seems like a real possibility at this point.

11. Kentucky

The 'Cats looked a little better against Alabama than they did against Florida, but they killed themselves with four turnovers.

12. Vanderbilt

Vandy struggled again against Ole Miss. This is not a good football team, and it's not getting the bounces it benefitted from last year.