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SEC Week 4 Power Poll: South Carolina Staves off East Carolina

It was close, but the Gamecocks held off a potent Pirates squad.

NCAA Football: East Carolina at South Carolina Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Alabama Crimson Tide - Down 24-3 early, the Tide rallied to hand Ole Miss their second loss of the young season. The lesson here: don’t ever count out Nick Saban (just in case you didn’t know).
  2. Texas A&M Aggies - The Aggies handed Auburn their 2nd loss of the year. Kevin Sumlin continues to prove his teams are good in September.
  3. Tennessee Volunteers - The Vols weren’t overly impressive, but they moved to 3-0 on the year.
  4. Arkansas Razorbacks - The Hogs rolled right over a hapless Texas State team. Next week’s matchup against Texas A&M will go a long way to deciding their fate in the SEC West.
  5. Ole Miss Rebels - The Rebels have now blown two 20+ point leads this year. While that definitely stings, I still think the Rebels will be in the top half of the SEC West by year’s end.
  6. Florida Gators - The Gators moved to 3-0 on the year, but they haven’t exactly played anybody of note. The Gators will certainly be tested on the road in Knoxville this coming Saturday.
  7. Georgia Bulldogs - Any win on the road in the SEC has to be considered a quality W. Oh, and Jacob Eason looks the part; dude is going to be a stud.
  8. LSU Tigers - The Bayou Bengals built a big lead and then held Mississippi State off at the end. Danny Etling wasn’t great, but it seems Brandon Harris’ days as QB1 are over.
  9. Auburn Tigers - The Tigers have lost 7 of their last 8 home games against division opponents. That’s...not great. Gus Malzahn’s seat just keeps getting warmer.
  10. Mississippi State Bulldogs - The Bulldogs fought back from a 23-3 deficit to give themselves a chance, but couldn’t close the deal in Baton Rouge.
  11. South Carolina Gamecocks - The Gamecocks found a way to beat a pretty good East Carolina team in Will Muschamp’s home debut. The Gamecocks have a chance to go 3-1 on the year with a win at Kentucky next week.
  12. Missouri Tigers - The Tigers put up a valiant effort against the Bulldogs, but couldn’t close the deal at home.
  13. Vanderbilt Commodores - The Commodores gave up a 81 yard touchdown pass on the game’s first play and never recovered.
  14. Kentucky Wildcats - The offense looked better against New Mexico State, but that defense is just awful.