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.
Despite the bye week, UGA (5-2, 3-2 SEC) rose one spot to No. 6 in the latest edition of the Power Poll. The move probably had more to do with Texas A&M’s loss to Ole Miss than the voters gaining confidence in UGA over the weekend, however.
The Bulldogs received 129 points from the voters — one fewer than their point total from last week’s poll — which was two more than Texas A&M’s total. Some voters had UGA as high as No. 4 in the poll, while others placed it at No. 7.
If UGA manages to win Saturday’s matchup with No. 11 Florida (6-1, 4-1), which was No. 3 in this week’s Power Poll, there will be no question that the Bulldogs deserve to be closer to the top.
The entire poll can be seen below:
|RANK||TEAM||POINTS||1ST PLACE |
|1||Louisiana State (7-0)||219||15||1||2||1|
|5||Mississippi State (6-2)||149||0||3||7||5|
|7||Texas A&M (5-2)||127||0||5||8||4|
|12||South Carolina (3-4)||19||0||12||14||13|
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)