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Georgia fell to Auburn on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium and also fell in the SEC Country Power Poll.

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Georgia is ranked (Week 11)

Cy Brown

The Georgia Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) fell to the Auburn Tigers, 40-17, Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium and also fell in the SEC Country Power Poll for the first time this season.

The 2017 SEC Country Power Poll voters placed Georgia in the No. 3 spot behind No. 2 Auburn and the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs had been ranked second for eight consecutive weeks after debuting in fourth place and moving to second following a Week 3 win over the Samford Bulldogs.

Georgia held the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, which determines the four teams that will compete in the College Football Playoff, for the last two weeks. It will cede first place, likely to Alabama, when the rankings are released Tuesday. The Bulldogs have already dropped from No. 2 to No. 7 in the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll.

Auburn dominated Georgia on both lines of scrimmage Saturday night. Georgia’s defense could not stop the run, and the Tigers rushed for 237 yards, including 167 yards from tailback Kerryon Johnson. Defensively, Auburn held Georgia’s typically stellar ground game to 46 yards on 1.4 yards per rush. Quarterback Jake Fromm couldn’t make up for the lost production of the running backs, completing 18 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown.

Penalties also hurt Georgia. The Bulldogs committed 7 for 75 yards. Two 15-yard personal fouls in particular stood out. D’Andre Walker drew one for leaping on a punt return, extending Auburn’s drive, and Sony Michel drew the other following a punt to give the Tigers a short field. Auburn scored touchdowns following both penalties.

“It was out of character,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said of the penalties. “Almost [like], ‘I’m in a hostile environment, and I resort to things I don’t normally do.’ That’s the disappointing part. But that wasn’t what won or lost the game. It was the line of scrimmage. That won the game. But what made it so lopsided was the undisciplined penalties.”

Georgia finishes off its SEC schedule this Saturday when it welcomes Kentucky (7-3, 4-3 SEC) to Sanford Stadium. The Wildcats are ranked eighth in the SEC Country Power Poll.

Your Week 11 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

1Alabama (11 - 0)33725112
2Auburn (9 - 2)3111313
3Georgia (10 - 1)2880223
4Mississippi State (8 - 3)2550445
5LSU (8 - 3)2390545
6South Carolina (8 - 3)18706611
7Texas A&M (7 - 4)17307612
8Kentucky (7 - 4)16108610
9Missouri (6 - 5)124010811
10Ole Miss (5 - 6)11409813
11Florida (4 - 6)75011713
12Arkansas (4 - 7)54014614
13Vanderbilt (4 - 7)300131014
14Tennessee (4 - 7)180121214

This week's voters:

Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Blake Morgan
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)