This is my last power poll ballot of the year. Disagree with any of my rankings? Let me know why.
The Tigers failed to bring home the bacon, but they proved they belonged in the National Title game by taking supposed runaway favorites Florida St. down to the wire.
Since the beginning of the fourth quarter of the Missouri game, South Carolina was one of the hottest teams in the nation, finishing in the top five.
Mizzou has a good argument for finishing second, but I'm giving South Carolina the nod based on the head-to-head win in Columbia, MO.
If this is the most talented team in the SEC, it certainly didn't look like it to finish the season. 'Bama's defense was exposed by both Auburn and Oklahoma.
5. LSU Tigers
Mildly disappointing but solid year for the Tigers, punctuated by an Outback Bowl win over Iowa.
6. Texas A&M Aggies
The comeback win over Duke was exciting, but the fact that the Aggies were down so much in the first place was further proof that they weren't truly the elite team they were thought to be to open the year.
Vandy again finished with nine wins and a top-25 ranking as James Franklin's star rises higher on the list of hot young coaches.
Not the season UGA was hoping for, but it's hard to blame them given how many injuries they suffered.
Very solid finish to a once seemingly disappointing season for this team after beating Ole Miss and winning its bowl.
10. Ole Miss Rebels
Although the Rebels won their bowl, they still have to be disappointed at how the season ended. However, this program still seems to be on the way up over the next few years.
11. Florida Gators
Will former Duke OC Kurt Roper be the answer for the Gators' offensive woes?
Disappointing season for the Vols, but next year this should be a more formidable team.
Not as clear that the future is as bright for these guys as it is for UT. Hogs fans have to be ruing Bobby Petrino's moral failings.
Solid recruiting class in the works, but a lot of work to do for this program to be competitive again.