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SEC Power Poll Draft Ballot: Week Twelve

Let me know your thoughts.

1. LSU Tigers

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

Seriously, Alabama has to be the luckiest program in the country. Not only do the SEC refs work for them; they now, due to the ineptitude of numerous pretenders to the BCS crown, have what is likely an easier road than LSU to the title game. LSU, at least, will have to beat Arkansas and UGA. Alabama doesn't have to play in that silly title game.

Seriously, I hate the idea of a rematch in the title game. I think I'm going to vote Houston second on my blogpoll ballot.

3. Arkansas Razorbacks

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

5. Georgia Bulldogs

After Georgia's lackluster performance yesterday, I'm re-swapping the Dawgs and the 'Cocks. I still think that the Auburn game proved that UGA has a higher ceiling than USC (and I think UGA has a fighter's chance in the SECCG for this reason), but USC is a team that consistently plays its best. UGA seems to play down to its opponents, on the other hand; that's particularly a problem when that opponent stands between you and the SEC East. UGA should have been motivated yesterday; instead, it thought it was entitled to a gift victory. And make no mistake, any team with half a pulse would have beaten UGA yesterday. They were lucky their opponent was a completely pathetic UK squad that had been thoroughly curbstomped by USC and Vandy in recent weeks. Any team that is capable of playing that badly against UK does not deserve to be ranked as highly as USC, IMO. Moreover, when you look at how USC and UGA stack up against each other, here's what you have: USC won head-to-head, UGA dominated a team we lost to, and then UGA played worse against most of our common opponent than we did. Both have the same record. The mass of evidence suggests that USC is better. I'd be curious to know what others think, though.

6. Auburn Tigers

7. Florida Gators

Both Aubie and Florida made USC's lackluster performance against its FCS opponent look like a dream ride.

8. Tennessee Volunteers

9. Vanderbilt Commodores

10. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

UT vaults to the top of the pile of lower-tier bowl teams with its victory yesterday. And Vandy is still Vandy.

11. Kentucky Wildcats

12. Mississippi Rebels

I pity whatever coach decides to take the job in Oxford.