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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Texas A&M is ranked (Week 5)

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Texas A&M has done a nice job turning things around after blowing a huge lead in the season-opening loss to UCLA.

The Aggies have won four games in a row after rallying in the second half to beat South Carolina on Saturday night in College Station, Texas. At 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC, the Aggies have momentum — and what better time to have it with top-ranked Alabama coming to town this Saturday?

With its fourth consecutive win, Texas A&M moved up three places to No. 5 in the Week 5 SEC Country Power Poll. The 27 voters placed them behind No. 1 Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and Florida.

Imagine what it might look like if Texas A&M hadn’t squandered a 44-10 lead against UCLA in the season opener only to lose, 45-44? The Aggies would be 5-0 and the game against Alabama this Saturday would look more intriguing than it does.

Quarterback Kellen Mond has completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 808 yards with 6 TDs and 2 interceptions, and he continues looking more comfortable as the starting quarterback after being thrust into action against UCLA. He also has 252 rushing yards (4.9 per carry) with a touchdown.

The Aggies’ next four games are against SEC competition, extending a streak of six consecutive games against conference opponents. They play Alabama at 7:15 p.m. ET at Kyle Field on Saturday. Following that date with the top-ranked Crimson Tide, Texas A&M travels to Gainesville to play Florida on Oct. 14. After an off week, the Aggies get Mississippi State (Oct. 28) and Auburn (Nov. 4) at Kyle Field.

Alabama received all 27 first-place votes this week, as it has every week this season, after dismantling Ole Miss, 66-3, on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Your Week 5 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Alabama (13 – 1) 351 27 1 1 1
2 Georgia (13 – 2) 322 0 2 2 3
3 Auburn (10 – 4) 298 0 3 2 4
4 Florida (4 – 7) 265 0 4 4 5
5 Texas A&M (7 – 6) 223 0 8 4 13
6 Kentucky (7 – 6) 200 0 7 4 12
7 Mississippi State (9 – 4) 191 0 5 4 9
8 South Carolina (9 – 4) 135 0 11 7 13
9 Arkansas (4 – 8) 128 0 12 3 13
10 LSU (9 – 4) 115 0 6 7 13
11 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 93 0 9 7 14
12 Tennessee (4 – 8) 81 0 10 6 13
13 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 49 0 13 7 14
14 Missouri (7 – 6) 6 0 14 9 14

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)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Mississippi State is ranked (Week 5)

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After reaching a high of No. 3 in the SEC Country Power Poll several weeks ago, Mississippi State is out of the top 5 following a 49-10 pounding at Auburn on Saturday night, the Bulldogs’ second straight loss.

Auburn jumped on Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2 SEC) early and didn’t let up with a balanced offense that put up near-identical numbers in passing (267) and rushing (244). The Bulldogs didn’t do themselves any favors with 10 penalties, including seven false starts that seemed to always come on third-and-short.

“I don’t think it’s time to panic. I don’t think we need to press,” Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald said after the game. “I don’t think we need to be frustrated. We just need to come out and focus on ourselves. When practicing, we really need to focus on a lot of individual drills, work on some techniques so they know what will get them through game weeks, and get some younger guys some reps.”

The Bulldogs fell two spots to No. 7 in the latest SEC Country Power Poll, released Sunday. The 27 voters placed the Bulldogs as high as fourth and as low as ninth. The top 5 is comprised of Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M. As they have every week this season, the Crimson Tide received every first-place vote.

Mississippi State gets a week off to figure out things after being outscored a combined 80-13 against Auburn and Georgia the last two games. When the Bulldogs return to action Oct. 14, they’ll do so at home against BYU before returning to SEC play on Oct. 21 against Kentucky.

“The big plays really hurt today on the defensive side of the ball,” coach Dan Mullen said after the game. “There were some missed opportunities on the offensive side. Last week I don’t think we played well. I’m anxious to see the film this week to see if we played better than last week, but just missed some plays. If that’s the case then we’ll take a look and try to get that fixed. If we played worse than that’ll just be disappointing that we didn’t get better.”

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Your Week 5 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Alabama (13 – 1) 351 27 1 1 1
2 Georgia (13 – 2) 322 0 2 2 3
3 Auburn (10 – 4) 298 0 3 2 4
4 Florida (4 – 7) 265 0 4 4 5
5 Texas A&M (7 – 6) 223 0 8 4 13
6 Kentucky (7 – 6) 200 0 7 4 12
7 Mississippi State (9 – 4) 191 0 5 4 9
8 South Carolina (9 – 4) 135 0 11 7 13
9 Arkansas (4 – 8) 128 0 12 3 13
10 LSU (9 – 4) 115 0 6 7 13
11 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 93 0 9 7 14
12 Tennessee (4 – 8) 81 0 10 6 13
13 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 49 0 13 7 14
14 Missouri (7 – 6) 6 0 14 9 14

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)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Mississippi State is ranked (Week 7)

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Nick Fitzgerald threw for 2 touchdown passes and ran for 2 more as Mississippi State returned after its bye week and a pair of lopsided losses to handle BYU at home, 35-10.

The victory was a nice bounce-back after the Bulldogs began the season 3-0 before being upended in back-to-back games against Georgia and Auburn by a combined 67 points.

“Overall, I like the performance our guys came out with despite coming off a bye week and the early kickoff,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said after the win. “BYU is a team we talked about being very physical on both lines of scrimmage. I thought we came out and played hard on defense. We made plays; holding them to 10 points. We were able to control the line of scrimmage on offense and wear them down.”

It was an all-around performance Saturday in Starkville. The Bulldogs piled up 546 yards of offense — 306 rushing and 240 passing — while they allowed just 8 first downs and 176 yards on defense. Aeris Williams ran for 114 yards and had a 5-yard TD run, while Keith Mixon had 69 receiving yards and Donald Gray hauled in 4 passes for 41 yards and a 9-yard touchdown.

BYU was held to seven possessions of 3 plays or fewer and nine that totaled 4 plays or fewer.

The Bulldogs (4-2, 1-2 SEC) improved one spot in the SEC Country Power Poll this week. The 25 voters moved them up to No. 6 this week, replacing Florida, which fell to No. 8 after losing to Texas A&M.

Alabama retained the top spot with all 25 first-place votes and was followed by Georgia. Auburn remained third despite losing at LSU, Texas A&M is fourth and LSU sits one spot ahead of Mississippi State.

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Your Week 7 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Alabama (13 – 1) 325 25 1 1 1
2 Georgia (13 – 2) 300 0 2 2 2
3 Auburn (10 – 4) 255 0 3 3 5
4 Texas A&M (7 – 6) 253 0 4 3 7
5 LSU (9 – 4) 231 0 5 3 7
6 Mississippi State (9 – 4) 179 0 7 4 12
7 Kentucky (7 – 6) 165 0 8 6 9
8 Florida (4 – 7) 161 0 6 6 9
9 South Carolina (9 – 4) 151 0 9 6 10
10 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 77 0 13 9 13
11 Tennessee (4 – 8) 67 0 10 10 14
12 Arkansas (4 – 8) 65 0 12 9 13
13 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 32 0 11 10 14
14 Missouri (7 – 6) 14 0 14 10 14

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)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell (DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Texas A&M is ranked (Week 8)

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After four consecutive weeks of tooth-and-nail SEC games, Texas A&M got a rest this week before jumping back into conference play Saturday.

Last week, the Aggies won at Florida, 19-17, one week after giving No. 1 Alabama its toughest game of the season in a 27-19 setback. Texas A&M previously beat South Carolina, 24-17, and outlasted Arkansas in overtime, 50-43.

After climbing to fourth in the SEC Country Power Poll rankings last week, the Aggies held on to that spot barely as LSU closed the gap. The two are now tied at No. 4. With its 40-24 win against Ole Miss, LSU pulled even with the Aggies sitting out this week. The 25 SEC Country Power Poll voters had A&M voted as high as third and no lower than seventh.

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The top three teams remained the same with Alabama occupying No. 1 as it has all season, followed by Georgia and Auburn.

The Aggies (5-2, 3-1 in SEC) are led by freshman quarterback Kellen Mond. Mond was throw to the fire in the Week 1 loss at UCLA when starting QB Nick Starkel went down with an injury. The freshman is completing 53.6 percent of his passes for 1,225 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He’s also run the ball 80 times for 318 yards and 3 TDs.

Trayveon Williams leads A&M in rushing with 440 yards (4.8 yards per carry, 5 touchdowns) and Keith Ford (343 yards, 4.5 yards per carry) is the team leader with 7 rushing scores.

Dynamic receiver/kicker returner Christian Kirk has been Mond’s favorite target. He has 29 receptions for 360 yards and a team-best 5 touchdown receptions. Kirk also averages 26.9 yards on kickoff returns and has a 100-yard return for a TD this season. As a punt returner, Kirk averages 11.4 yards per return on 5 returns.

Texas A&M plays Mississippi State on Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, and then gets Auburn at home on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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Your Week 8 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Alabama (13 – 1) 325 25 1 1 1
2 Georgia (13 – 2) 299 0 2 2 3
3 Auburn (10 – 4) 263 0 3 2 5
4 LSU (9 – 4) 232 0 5 3 7
5 Texas A&M (7 – 6) 232 0 4 3 7
6 Mississippi State (9 – 4) 215 0 6 4 9
7 Florida (4 – 7) 174 0 8 5 8
8 South Carolina (9 – 4) 142 0 9 6 10
9 Kentucky (7 – 6) 140 0 7 7 9
10 Tennessee (4 – 8) 76 0 11 10 13
11 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 72 0 10 10 14
12 Arkansas (4 – 8) 51 0 12 8 14
13 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 47 0 13 9 14
14 Missouri (7 – 6) 7 0 14 12 14

This week’s voters:

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

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Mississippi State is ranked (Week 8)

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Nick Fitzgerald was on his game Saturday against Kentucky in Starkville.

The Mississippi State quarterback ran for 115 yards with touchdown runs of 3 and 40 yards, and he threw for 155 yards and a 10-yard TD toss as the Bulldogs routed the Wildcats, 45-7. On the season, Fitzgerald has 569 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns and is completing 56.9 percent of his passes for 1,169 yards, 11 TDs and 7 interceptions.

“I thought he did a really good job. He made some great plays. I think he missed a couple,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said of Fitzgerald after the game. “I told him it was one of those six-to-12 inch days. He had great reads, great checks, got us into the right plays. He managed the game.

“On a couple of throws we were about six to 12 inches off. In fact, you could take that ball and move it about six to 12 inches in a different direction and he probably would’ve had a couple more touchdown passes. I think that is the consistency and performance that he continues to improve on, but I was pleased with his decision and play making all day.”

The Bulldogs improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC after the win. They remained No. 6 in the Week 8 SEC Country Power Poll. The 25 voters awarded Mississippi State 215 total votes — LSU and Texas A&M tied for fourth place just in front of the Bulldogs with 232 votes.

The top 5: Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and A&M.

Mississippi State has a chance to move up next Saturday when it travels to College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M (Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:15 p.m. ET). The two teams have split their past four meetings. The Bulldogs won last season in Starkville, 35-28, and the Aggies won at Kyle Field in 2015, 30-17. This is just the 11th meeting between the two, and A&M has won the only two games in College Station.

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Your Week 8 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Alabama (13 – 1) 325 25 1 1 1
2 Georgia (13 – 2) 299 0 2 2 3
3 Auburn (10 – 4) 263 0 3 2 5
4 LSU (9 – 4) 232 0 5 3 7
5 Texas A&M (7 – 6) 232 0 4 3 7
6 Mississippi State (9 – 4) 215 0 6 4 9
7 Florida (4 – 7) 174 0 8 5 8
8 South Carolina (9 – 4) 142 0 9 6 10
9 Kentucky (7 – 6) 140 0 7 7 9
10 Tennessee (4 – 8) 76 0 11 10 13
11 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 72 0 10 10 14
12 Arkansas (4 – 8) 51 0 12 8 14
13 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 47 0 13 9 14
14 Missouri (7 – 6) 7 0 14 12 14

This week’s voters:

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

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Texas A&M is ranked (Week 9)

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Texas A&M fell behind by 21 points and never threatened Saturday night at home against Mississippi State.

The result was a disappointing 35-14 loss that put an abrupt halt to a run of 5 wins in 6 games with the lone loss being an 8-point setback to top-ranked Alabama.

SEC Country Power Poll voters didn’t ding the Aggies too much — they dropped from fifth to sixth this week — but where the voters hurt Texas A&M most was in the gap between the Aggies and No. 5 Mississippi State. There is a clear separation between the top 5 teams and the rest.

Texas A&M was voted as high as No. 5 and as low as No. 8.

Things went poorly from the start Saturday against Mississippi State. The Aggies were outrushed 228-96 and outgained in total offense 369 to 285. Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond struggled the most he has since the season opener against UCLA when he was thrust into action. He completed 8-of-26 passes against MSU for 56 yards and 2 interceptions. Nick Starkel relieved him and threw for 133 yards with a TD pass and an interception.

This week doesn’t get easier. Auburn (6-2) visits College Station. The Tigers moved up from 19th to 16th in this week’s AP Top 25. Auburn sits at No. 3 in the SEC Country Power Poll, behind No. 2 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama. LSU and Mississippi State round out the top 5.

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Your Week 9 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Alabama (13 – 1) 334 22 1 1 2
2 Georgia (13 – 2) 316 4 2 1 2
3 Auburn (10 – 4) 280 0 3 3 4
4 LSU (9 – 4) 250 0 4 3 6
5 Mississippi State (9 – 4) 247 0 6 4 6
6 Texas A&M (7 – 6) 198 0 5 5 8
7 South Carolina (9 – 4) 175 0 8 5 9
8 Kentucky (7 – 6) 162 0 9 6 10
9 Florida (4 – 7) 127 0 7 7 11
10 Arkansas (4 – 8) 98 0 12 7 13
11 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 63 0 11 10 14
12 Tennessee (4 – 8) 54 0 10 10 14
13 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 38 0 13 9 14
14 Missouri (7 – 6) 24 0 14 9 14

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)
Hale McGranahan (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
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Mississippi State is ranked (Week 10)

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Nick Fitzgerald scored touchdowns on 8- and 10-yard runs in the third quarter, and that proved to be what put Mississippi State over the top Saturday in its 34-23 win against a UMass team that proved much tougher than expected.

“With college football being how it is today, if you don’t bring your A-game, there’s a chance you’re going to put yourself at jeopardy,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. “I don’t think for the whole game today that we brought our A-game.”

But it was enough to convince voters in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll to lift the Bulldogs over LSU. Mississippi State (7-2) is No. 4 this week, nudging its way ahead of LSU (6-3), which lost to Alabama, 24-10, on Saturday.

This week, the Bulldogs get their chance to prove how they stack up with the league’s elite when they host Alabama in Starkville. Mississippi State’s first two run-ins with top teams in the league didn’t turn out well — a 31-3 loss at Georgia and 49-10 loss at Auburn — but the Bulldogs do own a 37-7 win against LSU.

Alabama is No. 1 in the SEC Country Power Poll — as it has been since the first week of the season. Georgia is second, followed by Auburn and LSU is fifth.

After playing Alabama this Saturday, Mississippi State plays at Arkansas on Saturday, Nov. 11, and finishes the regular season against rival Ole Miss on Thursday, Nov. 23, in the Egg Bowl.

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Your Week 10 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Alabama (13 – 1) 295 19 1 1 2
2 Georgia (13 – 2) 280 4 2 1 2
3 Auburn (10 – 4) 253 0 3 3 3
4 Mississippi State (9 – 4) 221 0 5 4 6
5 LSU (9 – 4) 214 0 4 4 6
6 South Carolina (9 – 4) 177 0 7 5 8
7 Texas A&M (7 – 6) 163 0 6 6 8
8 Kentucky (7 – 6) 130 0 8 6 11
9 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 102 0 11 8 14
10 Missouri (7 – 6) 81 0 14 8 13
11 Florida (4 – 7) 58 0 9 7 14
12 Tennessee (4 – 8) 48 0 12 9 14
13 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 36 0 13 8 14
14 Arkansas (4 – 8) 35 0 10 9 14

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)
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)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Mississippi State is ranked (Week 14)

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Mississippi State knows how to put disappointment in the rearview mirror.

After losing star quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to injury in the first quarter against Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl, then losing to the Rebels in the Egg Bowl and then losing its head coach, Mississippi State is full speed ahead.

That’s right, just days after Dan Mullen left Starkville to become head coach at Florida, the Bulldogs found their replacement in Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and received their invitation to the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville.

With the regular season complete, Mississippi State finds itself ranked No. 5 in the final SEC Country Power Poll. With the SEC Championship Game the only league game played this weekend, the Bulldogs remained where they were last week with a high vote of fourth and low of ninth.

Georgia took over the top spot for the first time this season, ahead of No. 2 Auburn, Alabama and LSU.

Mississippi State (8-4) meets Louisville on Dec. 30 (12 p.m., ESPN) at EverBank Field. Moorhead will not coach the team. Instead, running backs/special teams coordinator Greg Knox will be the team’s interim coach for the matchup.

“Our group of seniors is one victory away from tying the school record for wins by a senior class,” Knox said on the Mississippi State athletics site. “We look forward to seeing our Bulldog family turn out in Jacksonville as we play in a Florida bowl for the fifth time in eight seasons.”

Your Week 14 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Georgia (12 – 1) 260 20 3 1 1
2 Auburn (10 – 3) 232 0 1 2 3
3 Alabama (11 – 1) 228 0 2 2 3
4 LSU (9 – 3) 198 0 4 4 5
5 Mississippi State (8 – 4) 172 0 5 4 9
6 South Carolina (8 – 4) 150 0 6 5 12
7 Texas A&M (7 – 5) 137 0 7 5 10
8 Missouri (7 – 5) 121 0 8 5 10
9 Kentucky (7 – 5) 105 0 9 8 11
10 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 85 0 10 8 11
11 Florida (4 – 7) 62 0 11 6 13
12 Arkansas (4 – 8) 43 0 12 7 14
13 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 23 0 13 12 14
14 Tennessee (4 – 8) 4 0 14 12 14

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)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Texas A&M is ranked (Week 14)

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Texas A&M finished the regular season 7-5 and 4-4 in the SEC. It also fired head coach Kevin Sumlin.

But it what very well may be the biggest coaching hire of the year, the Aggies lured Jimbo Fisher away from Florida State to College Station with a 10-year, $ 75 million contract.

Fisher inherits an Aggies team that finished seventh in the SEC Country Power Poll. The final poll, voted on by SEC Country writers and editors, placed Georgia in the top spot for the first time this season after the Bulldogs knocked off Auburn, 28-7, in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn was No. 2, followed by Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and South Carolina.

Interim coach Jeff Banks will coach the Aggies in their Belk Bowl matchup against Wake Forest on Dec. 29 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Sumlin was fired after Texas A&M lost its regular season finale, 45-21, to LSU. Fisher is coming off his worst season at FSU — the Seminoles are 6-6 and bowl eligible after beating Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday in a makeup game.

Your Week 14 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Georgia (12 – 1) 260 20 3 1 1
2 Auburn (10 – 3) 232 0 1 2 3
3 Alabama (11 – 1) 228 0 2 2 3
4 LSU (9 – 3) 198 0 4 4 5
5 Mississippi State (8 – 4) 172 0 5 4 9
6 South Carolina (8 – 4) 150 0 6 5 12
7 Texas A&M (7 – 5) 137 0 7 5 10
8 Missouri (7 – 5) 121 0 8 5 10
9 Kentucky (7 – 5) 105 0 9 8 11
10 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 85 0 10 8 11
11 Florida (4 – 7) 62 0 11 6 13
12 Arkansas (4 – 8) 43 0 12 7 14
13 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 23 0 13 12 14
14 Tennessee (4 – 8) 4 0 14 12 14

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)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)

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2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Mississippi State is ranked (Week 13)

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Well, that’s one way to put a sour note to what was a promising season.

First, Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald went down early in the Egg Bowl with a leg injury. Then rival Ole Miss upset the Bulldogs to cap off Thursday. On Sunday, head coach Dan Mullen became the next Florida coach.

Bummer.

Thanks to some teams right behind them in the SEC Country Power Poll, the Bulldogs only fell one spot to No. 5 in the Week 13 edition. The 22 SEC Country voters moved Auburn into the No. 1 spot, knocking out Alabama for the first time in two seasons. The Crimson Tide are second, followed by Georgia and LSU.

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“Megan and I are very excited to get back to Gainesville and the University of Florida,” Mullen said in a statement released by Florida on Sunday. “I have such great memories of the championships we won during our time here and have a love for Florida. We are happy to be coming back to such a supportive administration, staff, student body and fan base, which is the premier football program in the country.

“We will give relentless effort in everything that we do on and off the field. Our commitment will match the passion that the Gator Nation has for this program.”

Mullen was the offensive coordinator/QB coach at Florida from 2005-08 under Urban Meyer. He spent the last 9 seasons at Mississippi State, where he led the Bulldogs to a 69-46 record (33-39 in the SEC).

Now, the Bulldogs have to find a coach. The university president said Sunday that they will move quickly in the search. Mississippi State will play in a bowl game.

Your Week 13 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREV HIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1 Auburn (10 – 2) 286 22 2 1 1
2 Alabama (11 – 1) 256 0 1 2 3
3 Georgia (11 – 1) 250 0 3 2 3
4 LSU (9 – 3) 220 0 5 4 4
5 Mississippi State (8 – 4) 187 0 4 5 8
6 South Carolina (8 – 4) 162 0 6 5 10
7 Texas A&M (7 – 5) 151 0 7 5 10
8 Missouri (7 – 5) 133 0 8 5 10
9 Kentucky (7 – 5) 107 0 9 6 12
10 Ole Miss (6 – 6) 103 0 11 6 13
11 Florida (4 – 7) 63 0 10 8 13
12 Arkansas (4 – 8) 47 0 12 8 14
13 Vanderbilt (5 – 7) 36 0 14 11 13
14 Tennessee (4 – 8) 1 0 13 13 14

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 Griffith (SEC Country)
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Sam Spiegelman
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)

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