SEC Football Power Poll: Week 5

Posted on Oct 5 2012 - 12:29pm by Lacey Russell

1. Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC, 1st last week)
For the first time all season, Alabama trailed when Ole Miss took a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter. The Crimson Tide rebounded and went on to win 33-14 over the Rebels to remain undefeated.
This week: OPEN
2. LSU (5-0, 1-0 SEC, 2nd last week) 
For the second straight week, LSU didn’t play well, but they escaped with a 38-22 win over Towson. If they doesn’t step up their level of play this weekend, their 17-game regular season win streak could be in jeopardy.   
This week: at Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC), 2:30 p.m., CBS  
3. Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC, 3rd last week) 
Things got interesting in the second half, but Georgia held on for a 51-44 win over Tennessee last Saturday. The Bulldog offense has been electric this season and should receive their first test this weekend. 
This week: at South Carolina (5-0, 3-0 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPN
4. South Carolina (5-0, 3-0 SEC, 4th last week) 
The Gamecocks overcame a first half lull against Kentucky that saw the Wildcats take a lead into the locker room, but South Carolina came out firing in the second half on their way to a 38-17 win.
This week: Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPN 
5. Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC, 5th last week) 
The Gators got a week off last weekend to prepare for a big battle against LSU this weekend. The Gators have been better than anticipated so far and could make a big splash on Saturday.  
This week: LSU (5-0, 1-0 SEC), 2:30 p.m., CBS 
6. Texas A&M (3-1, 1-1 SEC, 7th last week)
The Aggies got their first SEC win since joining the conference in a 58-10 blowout of Arkansas. Quarterback Johnny Manziel has continued to impress, and Texas A&M looks like a solid team. 
This week: at Ole Miss (3-2, 0-1 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPNU  
7. Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 SEC, 6th last week)
After a disappointing loss to Florida a few weeks ago, Tennessee put up a better fight at Georgia last Saturday, but they were still unable to get the win thanks to four turnovers by Tyler Bray. 
This week: OPEN 
8. Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC, 8th last week) 
The Bulldogs had the week off last weekend after getting off to a 4-0 start this season. A favorable schedule sets up a potential for a good year as they get back to action on the road at Kentucky. 
This week: at Kentucky (1-4, 0-2 SEC), 11:21 p.m., SEC Network  
9. Missouri (3-2, 0-2 SEC, 9th last week) 
Missouri bounced back to get a 21-16 win on the road at Central Florida last weekend. They hope to keep that momentum going as they’re in search of their first SEC win since joining the conference. 
This week: Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2 SEC), 6 p.m., FSN 
10. Ole Miss (3-2, 0-1 SEC, 12th last week) 
Ole Miss lost 33-14 to Alabama on the road last weekend, but there’s no doubt they gained respect back with the way they played. It’s a step in the right direction for first year head coach Hugh Freeze. 
This week: Texas A&M (3-1, 1-1 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPNU 
11. Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC, 10th last week) 
The Tigers took their bye week to figure out mishaps that led to a 1-3 start on the year. With a struggling Arkansas team coming to town, it’s a big opportunity to get things back on track.  
This week: Arkansas (1-4, 0-2 SEC), 11 a.m., ESPN2 
12. Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2 SEC, 13th last week)
The Commodores were also off last weekend, and James Franklin looks to get his squad playing like they did at the end of last season when they head to Missouri looking for their first SEC win.
This week: at Missouri (3-2, 0-2 SEC), 6 p.m., FSN 
13. Arkansas (1-4, 0-2 SEC, 11th last week) 
There’s no doubt Arkansas needs something good to happen. The Razorbacks were blown out by Texas A&M 58-10 last Saturday and facing a struggling Auburn team gives them hope for a win. 
This week: at Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC), 11 a.m., ESPN2  
14. Kentucky (1-4, 0-2 SEC, 14th last week) 
Kentucky had a halftime lead over South Carolina, but the Gamecocks were too much as the Wildcats took a 38-17 loss last weekend. They need a big win, or it could be the end for Joker Phillips in Lexington. 
This week: Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network  
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