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Roll 'Bama Roll SEC Power Poll: Week Twelve


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As we head into the final weekend of the regular season, the SEC could not be more of a mess. Alabama's clearly the best team in the conference, and South Carolina is clearly the worst. Good luck sorting through the rest of it though.

Florida was supposedly the solid second option, but they've looked questionable at best the last few weeks, culminating in a near-loss to a now 2-9 Florida Atlantic team. Arkansas had been the hottest team in the conference, but Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs just put an end to that in a shootout in Fayetteville. LSU was considered one of the best teams in college football a few weeks ago; now there are reports that Les Miles will be let go at the end of the year.

It's been a crazy season in the SEC, and really, the conference has been as down as it's been in some time. Outside of the Crimson Tide, is there really any team that would warrant a spot in an access bowl outside of the SEC tie-in with the Sugar Bowl? Florida will probably occupy that spot, but good luck to the Gators trying to outscore Baylor, Oklahoma, or Oklahoma State in that one.

As always, the composite poll can be found over at Team Speed Kills.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide. Charleston Southern isn't a juggernaut by any stretch, but Alabama looked like they were playing against high schoolers on Saturday. No wonder the Buccaneers' head coach flat out told the press he would be protecting his starters for the FCS Playoffs.

2. Ole Miss Rebels. The Rebels have had an up-and-down season this year, but this is still the first time in school history they have beaten Alabama, LSU, and Auburn all in the same year. If not for a freak loss to Arkansas in overtime a few weeks ago, the SEC could legitimately be looking at a scenario where the SEC Champion would not only not make the playoffs, but would have a loss to the 3rd place team in the AAC West.

3. Mississippi State Bulldogs. Jim McElwain will likely win the SEC Coach of the Year award, but Dan Mullen should get serious consideration for it. The Bulldogs lost a ton of talent and experience from last season, yet they could possibly end this year with the same 10-3 record if they can best Ole Miss and win their bowl game. Dak Prescott isn't getting any Heisman talk at all, which is really a joke considering how much hype he got last season for lesser play.

4. Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs have now played two extremely fun and memorable games against both schools from the Magnolia State. Going even at 1-1 seems right considering neither team really deserved to lose to the other in either match-up. This is still a team no one really wants to play in November.

5. Florida Gators. Ever since Will Grier was suspended for a year the Gators have looked exactly like a Will Muschamp-led team. They are probably still a top-5 team in the SEC right now though. Maybe.

6. LSU Tigers. Things have definitely fallen apart for the Bayou Bengals in November, but a) they really weren't an elite team to begin with, and b) late-season collapses happen when teams with high expectations fall short. Les Miles being on the hot-seat is an absolute joke, but will likely lead to the most 'Mad Hatter' win of all time over Texas A&M this upcoming Saturday.

7. Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee finally got the Mizzou monkey off of their backs, though it wasn't a pretty win. Josh Dobbs hasn't shown the ability to really stretch the field in either direction, but his running ability combined with the talents of Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara form a potent rushing attack. The Vols have a very underrated defense as well.

8. Texas A&M Aggies. Kyle Allen makes this team so much better. He is absolutely the right guy at quarterback for Kevin Sumlin's team. Kyler Murray is a freak of an athlete, but a true Air Raid needs a quarterback who can throw the ball all around the field. A healthy, confident Allen makes this a much more dangerous team moving forward. Can the Aggies keep him that way?

9. Georgia Bulldogs. At least Mark Richt's near-loss to an inferior in-state school came against a good Georgia Southern team. Honestly, the Dawgs may be confused when Georgia Tech shows up and plays how one would expect the Sun Belt-associated Georgia squad to play.

10. Auburn Tigers. The Tigers have plenty of talent in certain spots, but this is a young team that lacks a leader at quarterback and the necessary depth to create a sound defense. The results? Some weeks it's the offense making plays to save the defense, and other weeks it's the opposite. This team should improve in the offseason, but they still have serious issues heading into the Iron Bowl.

11. Vanderbilt Commodores. Top 25 defense. Top 115 offense? Maybe? Either way, this is a much improved team under Derrick Mason here in Year Two. Mason will get a third year, but until his quarterbacks start putting up better stat-lines than the combined 5/16 for 23 yards and a pick like the one they had against one of the SEC's weaker secondaries Saturday night, they will struggle to win many games.

12. Missouri Tigers. Top 25 defense. Top 115 offense? Maybe? Wait a minute...

13. Kentucky Wildcats. Unlike a few of their SEC East brethren, the Wildcats actually made their non-conference cupcake look exactly like one. Kentucky's got a chance to finally beat Louisville and clinch their spot in a bowl game for the first time since 2010; they need to take advantage of this opportunity.

14. South Carolina Gamecocks. Yikes. This season couldn't get any worse for South Carolina fans. Well, unless Clemson wants to one-up their 63-17 beat-down from 2003.