Each week a panel of beat writers who cover all 14 SEC teams (Chip Towers of the AJC and DawgNation is one) and three national writers cast a ballot for The Official SEC Country Power Poll.
UGA (8-3, 5-3 SEC) managed a 23-17 overtime victory against Georgia Southern on Saturday, but it lost favor with the voters. Following the win, UGA dropped from No. 6 in last week’s poll to No. 9 and lost 14 points in the process.
The Bulldogs still received a vote for the No. 3 spot this week, that was far outweighed by votes for the No. 9 spot – the lowest spot for which they received a vote.
Although UGA won its home finale, the team failed to inspire any confidence. It’s not surprising that the Bulldogs dropped after Saturday’s win.
UGA will finish its season against rival Georgia Tech (3-8, 1-7 ACC) at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Bulldogs lost to the Yellow Jackets 30-24 last year in Athens.
The entire poll can be seen below:
|RANK||TEAM||POINTS||1ST PLACE |
|4||Mississippi State (8-3)||165||0||2||6||8|
|8||Texas A&M (8-3)||121||0||4||10||9|
|14||South Carolina (3-8)||0||0||14||14||14|
Here is this week’s voting roster:
Adam Sparks (Nashville Tennessean)
Anthony Chiang (Palm Beach Post)
Aaron Suttles (Tuscaloosa News)
Bill Bender (Sporting News)
Bob Holt (Arkansas Democrat)
Chip Towers (Atlanta Journal-Constitution & DawgNation)
Dana Sulonen (Opelika-Auburn News)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Cloninger (The State)
Dustin Dopirak (Knoxville Sentinel)
Jen Smith (Lexington Herald)
Joel Coleman (Starkville Daily News)
John Davis (Oxford Citizen)
Richard Croome (Bryan-College Station Eagle)
Scott Rabalais (Baton Rouge Advocate)
Tom Fornelli (CBS Sports)
Zac Ellis (Sports Illustrated)