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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Week Nine

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

Chris Graythen

1. Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Bulldogs had to withstand an upset bid from Kentucky in Lexington, but they ended the weekend as the SEC's only remaining undefeated team.

2. Auburn Tigers

The Tigers fended off South Carolina's upset bid. Can other teams duplicate the Gamecocks' passing success against Auburn? Still, this team has as impressive of a resume as anyone in the nation. They're playing a tough schedule and winning their games outside the loss to Miss. St.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide

No team has looked better than the Tide over the past two weeks. The final score of the Tennessee game doesn't reflect how dominant 'Bama was.

4. Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss finally had that moment everyone was expecting when QB play cost them a victory. This team still has the league's best defense, though, as well as a victory over Alabama, so I have them above Georgia.

5. Georgia Bulldogs

You think Georgia fans are licking their chops at the likely opportunity to exorcise old demons with a blowout victory over Florida?

6. LSU Tigers

If this poll only represented how teams had played in the past three weeks, LSU would be higher, particularly after a season-defining victory over Ole Miss. However, this remains a two-loss team that was thoroughly embarrassed by Auburn a few weeks back.

7.Texas A&M Aggies

Got a week off to lick its wounds after losing three straight.

8. Arkansas Razorbacks

Arkansas had no trouble polishing off UAB.

9. Missouri Tigers

It wasn't easy, but Mizzou survived an upset bid from Vandy. The Tigers aren't a good team but somehow keep winning games.

10. Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky gave Miss. St. all it could handle but still came up short.

11. South Carolina Gamecocks

A bizarre team with the conference's worst defense but one of its best offenses.

12. Florida Gators

The Gators got a week off to prepare for a Georgia game that might get ugly for Florida.

13. Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols made things somewhat respectable in the second half, but in the end they still lost ugly to 'Bama.

14. Vanderbilt Commodores

Game upset bid in Columbia, MO, but it came up short.