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SEC Power Poll Ballot: Final Week

How does the SEC stack up after the final week of regular-season play?

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1. Alabama Crimson Tide

It's fun to hate Lane Kiffin, but you have to admit that the guy has pushed the right buttons with the Alabama offense this year.

2. Mississippi St. Bulldogs

A great regular season for the Bulldogs ended on a sour note with a loss at rival Ole Miss.

3. Ole Miss Rebels

Ugly loss to Arkansas aside, does anyone think this team is worse than Mizzou or Georgia? Not me.

4. Georgia Bulldogs

The Dawgs lost to Georgia Tech to end the season, and they didn't win the SEC East, but I still feel this team is better than Mizzou on the basis of a strong head-to-head performance against Mizzou and Auburn. Mizzou simply lacks marquee victories of that nature. Georgia sure was inconsistent, though.

5. Missouri Tigers

They benefited from a favorable schedule,but you have to give these folks credit for winning games down the stretch when many thought they'd eventually fall somewhere. Their prize for winning the SEC East? A shot at Alabama. I guess we'll see whether they're good enough to hang with the elite now that they finally get a chance.

6. Auburn Tigers

Auburn looked to have 'Bama on its heels before a defensive collapse in the second half allowed the Tide to pull away.

7. LSU Tigers

The Tigers ended a disappointing season with a solid win over Texas A&M. Obviously 8-4 isn't good by LSU standards, but there's a lot of young talent on this team, which should be good next year.

8. Arkansas Razorbacks

After building a lot of momentum with wins over LSU and Ole Miss, the Hogs fell to Mizzou after building an early two-TD lead. This team still appears to be on the way up, though.

9. Texas A&M Aggies

Not the end to the season A&M fans hoped for after their hot start.

10. Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols are back in the post-season after finishing 6-6 with their win over Vandy.

11. South Carolina Gamecocks

An era is over for South Carolina, which went down to rival Clemson for the first time since 2008.

12. Florida Gators

The Gators defense did what it could to keep the game against rival Florida State close, but inept offense and costly penalties brought the Will Muschamp era to a close with another loss.

13. Kentucky Wildcats

The 'Cats did better than expected against Louisville but still missed out on bowl eligibility after a promising start to the season.

14. Vanderbilt Commodores

The 'Dores kept things respectable against Tennessee but still finished 0-8 in the SEC in Derek Mason's rookie season.