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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week Seven.

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How does the SEC stack up after seven weeks of play?

Kevin C. Cox

1. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

My only question about this club is what happens if they suffer some injuries between now and the game with Alabama, as they clearly don't have the Tide's depth. Otherwise, there should be no question that this is currently the nation's best team. They've dominated the past few weeks against intense competition.

2. Ole Miss Rebels

Should also be ahead of FSU and right behind their in-state rivals in the national polls. I really, really hope these two teams are undefeated when they face off at season's end. How fun would that be?

3. Auburn Tigers

Still has the best resume of the non-Magnolia State teams, but looked clearly outmatched by MSU.

4. Alabama Crimson Tide

After nearly averting a disastrous loss to Arkansas, Tide fans are undoubtedly asking the same thing Carolina fans asked last year: How can a team otherwise so good have such horrid special teams?

5. Georgia Bulldogs

I'm curious to see how they look against Arkansas, but there should be little doubt that this is the team to beat in the East after their blowout win over Mizzou.

6. Texas A&M Aggies

In a game notable for the matchup between an elite offense and an elite defense, Ole Miss proved that defense can still win games by completely shutting down Texas A&M for most of the game.

7. Arkansas Razorbacks

Their final record probably won't show it given their schedule, but this team is much improved in Bret Bielema's second year, which should give Hogs fans hope for the future.

8. LSU Tigers

They got the win, but given how Florida has played otherwise, the performance in Gainesville was pretty underwhelming.

9. Kentucky Wildcats

Would be undefeated if not for bad bounces and a screwjob from the officials in Gainesville.

10. Missouri Tigers

After the Tigers failed to score against a beleaguered Georgia defense, I think we now know why South Carolina was able to hold this team to 21 points.

11. South Carolina Gamecocks

Got a week off to regroup and see if it can get its season back on track.

12. Florida Gators

Had its chances against LSU but generally couldn't get out of its own way.

13. Tennessee Volunteers

No troubles against lowly Chattanooga.

14. Vanderbilt Commodores

Nearly knocked off by FCS Charleston Southern. Hey, at least CSU is ranked in the FCS polls.