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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week Two


Here's my ballot for this week. Disagree with any of my rankings? Let me know in the comments section.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama took the week off in preparation for next week's showdown with Texas A&M. The Tide will have a lot to prove on offense after a pedestrian performance in week one.

2. LSU Tigers

Granted, it was against UAB, but the Tigers looked like a different team on offense yesterday with Zach Mettenberger throwing for five touchdowns.

3. Texas A&M Aggies

Aggies looked typically explosive on offense against Sam Houston St. while tuning up for Alabama.

4. Georgia Bulldogs

UGA showed a lot of grit bouncing back from its opening-week loss to Clemson by beating South Carolina. The offense looked amazing against what was supposed to be a stout South Carolina defense.

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks had their chances against UGA, but mistakes and generally poor defense cost them. As UGA did this week, South Carolina will have to bounce back quickly and avoid suffering an upset at the hands of Vandy.

6. Florida Gators

The loss to Miami was ugly, but the game would have ended differently if not for Florida's turnovers, many of them in the red zone. The Gators actually outgained Miami by almost 200 yards, and while the Gators defense gave up some big plays early, they dominated the latter portion of the game. I wouldn't completely sell on Florida quite yet.

7. Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss's game next week against a clearly vulnerable Texas team provides Hugh Freeze with an opportunity for a watershed win. Very intriguing game.

8. Tennessee Volunteers

WKU committed five turnovers in six plays against the Vols yesterday. Karma striking Petrino?

9. Vanderbilt Commodores

Vandy has an opportunity for a big upset over South Carolina this week. Jordan Matthews continued his All-SEC campaign this week against Austin-Peay with a 100+-yards performance.

10. Missouri Tigers

They haven't played anyone yet, but so far, the Mizzou offense has looked a bit more like what they hoped they would have last year.

11. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

The Bulldogs took care of business against Alcorn St. this week. Next week's game against Auburn is big for both teams. Thankfully, MSU gets Tyler Russell back for that game.

12. Auburn Tigers

So far, the Tigers look decidedly improved over a year ago, but that's not saying much. Breaking their SEC losing streak next week against Mississippi St. would be huge.

13. Arkansas Razorbacks

Surviving an upset bid from Samford does not inspire confidence in the Hogs.

14. Kentucky Wildcats

The 'Cats took care of business against Miami of Ohio. Too bad they can't say WKU is a good team after WKU got slaughtered by Tennessee.