Tide Bits Power Poll – Week 3

This thing is clear as mud right now…

1) Auburn Tigers (Overall 2-0, Conference 1-0) [Last week 1]– The defending conference champs stay in the lead spot again this week, but they’ll be tested this week with a trip to Manhattan, KS to face Kansas State.  The Tigers continue to do what they do and that’s run the ball and score points.

2) Texas A&M Aggies (2-0, 1-0) [2] – It’s so impressive to score 73 on some dude named Lamar.  Apparently Lamar’s buddies play defense about like South Carolina.  

3) Georgia Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0) [3] – The Dawgs enjoyed an off week in the pen after their beat down of Clemson and now look forward to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks.  The trip to Columbia should tell us whether or not UGA is the real deal or not in the SEC East.

4) Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0, 0-0) [4] – The two new Tide quarterbacks are operating the offense rather effectively so far, and that’s nothing but a good sign.  But we really won’t know what type of team this is until two weeks from now against Florida.  My guess is that this team, right now would struggle to beat Texas A&M and Auburn because questions on defense.  

5) LSU Tigers (2-0, 0-0) [5] – The Tigers smashed a non-conference opponent this past week, like most other teams in the league.  They put up some impressive rushing numbers, but then we remind ourselves that the numbers came against the state of Sam Houston and then we don’t know whether or not to be impressed.  Like Alabama, LSU has question marks at quarterback that remain to be answered.

6) Florida Gators (1-0, 0-0) [10] – The Gators ended their long losing streak with a bang by knocking out Eastern Michigan.  Any port in the storm, right?  But the Gators did take care of business and in the process looked better than most other East teams.  

7) Missouri Tigers (2-0, 0-0) [6] – Another ho-hum win for the Tigers.  They’ll be tested this week against Central Florida and we’ll start to see if they are for real or not.

8) Ole Miss Rebels (2-0, 1-0) [7] – The Rebel Black Bears hammered Vanderbilt, but fell a spot in the poll.  What gives?  Well, they didn’t hammer much of a nail when they hammered Vandy.  

9) Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-0, 0-0) [8] – The Dogs also fell a spot, but their fall was, perhaps, more justified after struggling a bit with UAB.  In my book, anybody that struggles with UAB should fall a bit.

10) South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) [12] – South Carolina stunk it up in the opener against A&M and didn’t look like world-beaters in a win over a decent East Carolina team.  This week, the season hangs in the balance as they hosted Georgia.  

11) Tennessee Volunteers (2-0, 0-0) [9] – Opening 2-0 is nothing new for the Vols and doesn’t guarantee a successful season.  But, as they say, it’s better than 0-2 or 1-1.  This week brings a trip to Oklahoma and we’ll see just how much progress Butch Jones’ team has made.  Something tells me Sooner coach Bob Stoops would like to deliver another beat down to an SEC opponent.

12) Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1, 0-1) [13] – The Razorbacks beat the crap out of Nichols State and tasted sweet victory once again.  The remaining three non-conference games aren’t gimmes.  A visit to Texas Tech is next week, followed by the Huskies of Northern Illinois, so if the Hogs hope to go bowling this season, it’s time to do work.

13) Kentucky Wildcats (2-0, 0-0) [11] – There is a wide gap between teams #13 and #14 in the SEC.  Mark Stoops has this team headed in the right direction, but it may take a while to get “there” and it most likely won’t be this season.  The ‘Cats travel to Gainesville this week and will likely receive a dose of reality.

14) Vanderbilt Commodores (0-2, 0-1) [14] – Inept.  Ugly.  Barely functional.  These are the words used to describe Vandy football this year.  Either James Franklin was a miracle worker or the new guy isn’t a good fit.