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Team Speed Kills 2016 SEC Football Power Rankings: WEEK 12 EDITION

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NCAA Football: Mississippi State at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings!

This week’s power rankings are here.

The following SB Nation blogs participated this week:

A Sea of Blue

And The Valley Shook

Good Bull Hunting

In addition, nine TSK contributors partook, giving us a total of 12 pollsters.


14. Vanderbilt Commodores

(Score: 13.75; Highest Vote: 13; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 13)

“Just when they give you hope, they go all Vandy on you.” - ATVS

“Drop a game to Mizzou, and you go to the cellar.” - Chris Novak

13. Missouri Tigers

(Score: 13.33; Highest Vote: 13; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 14)

“Won the battle for the basement, so they get to come up the steps and like bubbles, find an unlocked door.” - ATVS

“The Cubs won a World Series, and Mizzou won an SEC game. What a world.” - Chris Novak

12. Mississippi State Bulldogs

(Score: 11.83; Highest Vote: 11; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: T-8)

“Theoretically, they can still finish 6-6, but it is a massive uphill climb. A streak of SIX consecutive winning seasons in Starkville is coming to a close, yet Bulldog fans are mad at Mullen. They should build him a statue. The last time State had six consecutive winning seasons, we were fighting Nazis in Europe.” - ATVS

“They looked like a damn Sun Belt team against Alabama.” - Chris Novak

11. South Carolina Gamecocks

(Score: 11.58; Highest Vote: 11; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 12)

“The Gamecocks are going to go 6-6, barring a disaster/miracle in the next two weeks. Muschamp gets a lot of deserved heat, but that is yeoman’s work.” - ATVS

“If you’re driving Bentleys, you’re in good shape. South Carolina might be in good shape riding with Bentley at quarterback in the future.” - Chris Novak

10. Kentucky Wildcats

(Score: 10.25; Highest Vote: 9; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 11)

“Consecutive losses to Georgia and Tennessee have brought the Wildcats back to earth, but they are an Austin Peay win away from bowl eligibility. Still a successful season.” - ATVS

“They very well could go bowling still. On the bright side, hoops season has arrived.” - Chris Novak

9. Arkansas Razorbacks

(Score: 8.41; Highest Vote: 6; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 4)

“The most up and down team in the SEC, they have a great chance to win their final two games and force their way into favorable bowl position. But they have to show up, which has been a real problem this year.” - ATVS

“I’m not sure I’m going to ever understand this team. They seem talented and yet, just so inconsistent...” - Chris Novak

8. Ole Miss Rebels

(Score: 8.25; Highest Vote: 6; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: T-8)

“After much gnashing of teeth, Ole Miss made the obvious decision to lift the redshirt off Shea Patterson. If he’s the player they think he is, he wasn’t staying four years anyway, so I fail to see what the big deal was. And after one game, he looks like the player they think he is.” - ATVS

7. Georgia Bulldogs

(Score: 8; Highest Vote: 6; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: T-8)

“Finally getting out of the morass at the bottom of the conference, the Auburn win gets them to .500 in SEC play. With two very winnable out of conference games left, Georgia can post the most unimpressive 8-4 record in school history. A definite theme this year.” - ATVS

“A good win against Auburn, but ‘Too Little, Too Late’ by JoJo should’ve been bumping in their locker room after the win.” - Chris Novak

6. Tennessee Volunteers

(Score: 6.5; Highest Vote: 4; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 7)

“All they have to do is beat Vandy and Mizzou. Which, given this crazy year, is easier said than done.” - ATVS

“Tennessee couldn’t possibly find a way to screw this up... could they?” - Chris Novak

T-4. Florida Gators

(Score: 5.66; Highest Vote: 6; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 6)

“An already anemic offense has been decimated by injuries. If they can find a quarterback in the couch cushions, they can upset LSU in Baton Rouge and win the right to get destroyed by Alabama in Atlanta” - ATVS

“Injuries have absolutely manhandled this team. Yet, a trip to Atlanta still awaits them if they can somehow take down LSU.” - Chris Novak

T-4. Texas A&M Aggies

(Score: 5.66; Highest Vote: 3; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 5)

“Yes, it is spiraling out of control, but they banked enough of a lead on the field that the crash is merely bad instead of catastrophic. Even if they lose their final SEC game, the Aggies will finish at 500 in conference and 8-4 overall. Hardly the Hindenburg.” - ATVS

“This all seems so... very... familiar.” - Chris Novak

3. Auburn Tigers

(Score: 4.41; Highest Vote: 3; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 2)

“Had the misfortune of finding Georgia on a day they figured things out. Even if they lose to Alabama, a strong contender for a top tier bowl bid, which is a hugely successful season.” - ATVS

“Gus has probably gotten himself off the hot seat and then some with this campaign. Even if they drop the Iron Bowl, this season has been very successful.” - Chris Novak

2. LSU Tigers

(Score: 3; Highest Vote: 2; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 3)

“Orgeron’s only loss was a tough one to Alabama, and he has the Tigers flat out murdering people right now. This team is one or two plays from the playoffs, but then again, if those plays don’t happen, Orgeron is still the defensive line coach.” - ATVS

“Is DACOACHO gonna get the Tigers a bowl of sugar?” - Chris Novak

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (12)

(First-Place Votes: 11; Last Week: 1)

“The Katie Ledecky of college football. They have now lapped the field.” - ATVS

“One of our pollsters cleverly voted Alabama #1 and the rest in last place. Can’t say I blame him, tbh.” - Chris Novak