So, our voters have been starving for action but we've entered a bit of a dead period in the schedule for our SEC teams. Most teams are playing one game a week on the weekends as they finish up school, even if they're not there to play school.
But what has the week that was wrought in our rankings? There's not been much in the way of a shift, but our voters are seemingly now on board with the conference's only unbeaten team, while a preseason favorite is getting dinged for their complete inability to win. Enough jibber jabber, let's get to the rankings!
At the top of the rankings we've got the same three teams we've had all season with minimal movement. Which really speaks more to how our voters view the bottom of the conference than the top.
Still reigning supreme for the entire lifetime of this poll are the Wildcats of Kentucky. The Wildcats took down the Sun Devils of Arizona State after falling days earlier to UCLA, righting their season and all being right with the world. Coming soon for Big Blue Nation, a date with a sad, sad Ohio State (someone check on Clark Kellogg) and in state rivals Louisville the day after Noel.
Tied for second we've got the Aggies of A&M and the Commodores of Vanderbilt. Both teams have hit the skids a little but teams who are ranked get more credit than those that aren't, just ask Notre Dame. Both teams have bigger games on the horizon with the Aggies taking on former lawsuit threatening Big12 friend, Baylor, while Vandy gets a date with surprise Big 10 powerhouse Purdue in a game where both teams uniforms will look the same.
Rounding out Tier 1, welcome still unbeaten and still disrespected South Carolina. The Gamecocks still have yet to loose, but they still have yet to play anyone of any consequence and really won't until they enter SEC play. Frank Martin, time could be running out.
Tier 2 finally has some teams, thank you voters and thank you teams for differentiating yourselves in the slightest. Florida remains a stalwart in this tier and after a not so bad performance against the number 1 team in the country, remain a team our voters think have a shot come March.
Entering the second tier are Alabama and Ole Miss. 'Ole Miss has won a bunch of games in a row against a number of teams who you would recognize and not wonder what conference they're in. The Rebels have a nice game with Memphis but I wouldn't expect much to be gleaned from this game.
Bama has a date with Oregon (just a few votes out of the top 25) looms which should show how good this team is, or if they're just living off the ease of their schedule since the earlier part of their slate.
In Tier 3 we've got three teams who are kind of hanging out. LSU and Georgia have been disappointing all season and Auburn who's winning but WHO HAVVE THEY BEATEN?!
Auburn gets a chance to play Xavier who is great and who has beaten all the SEC teams they've played, so win this one for the conference Pearl. LSU is getting healthy and are on the precipice of all the greatness that we've come to expect, or they're not. Georgia continues to sputter through their season but have some fun games coming up with in state rival Georgia Tech and neighbor to the north Clemson.
The fourth Tier has shrunk, with the building of Tier 2 leaving only the Hogs and the Vols. While the Vols have an interesting game with Gonzaga on the horizon, Arkansas kind of moves their way through the rest of their schedule like a typical Mike Anderson does, no fuss no muss.
Finally, welcome to Tier 5 where last year's cellar dwellers continue to reside and continue to lose to the Power 5 teams on their schedule. Both Missouri and Mississippi State went on the road and got the crap knocked out of them by Arizona and Florida State respectively. For either of these teams to make a move, they'll have to beat a school without a directional component to their name.
||Rank||Ranking Last Week||Change||Highest Rank||Lowest Rank|
|Texas A&M||73||2nd (tied)||3rd||Up 1||2nd||5th|
|South Carolina||69||4th||4th (tied)||None||3rd||4th|
|Ole Miss||49||7th||10th||Up 3||6th||9th|
|Mississippi State||8||14th||12th||Down 2||13th||14th|
To the Rankings!
Points were distributed 1st = 14, 2nd = 13, 3rd = 12, 4th = 11, 5th = 10, 6th = 9, 7th = 8, 8th = 7, 9th = 6, 10th = 5, 11th = 4, 12th = 3, 13th = 2, and 14th = 1
Five wins in a row, including two over ACC foes. The Tide looked shaky earlier in the season but this team has shown some residency as of late. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)
I, Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez, known do hereby solemnly swear to stop doubting Alabama if they manage to beat Oregon. (College and Magnolia)
Nice recent run by Bama. They appear to have put an ugly start completely behind them. (Good Bull Hunting)
At least they'll be over .500 when SEC play starts. (Dawg Sports)
They didn't lose this week. In the bottom half of the SEC, that's cause for celebration. (Good Bull Hunting)
The Hogs have an attendance problem apparently which means there are things to do in Fayettvile. I know, I'm as surprised as you are...(Rock M Nation)
The initial excitement of Bruce Pearl has met the inevitable reality of Auburn basketball. (Dawg Sports)
To be fair, you can probably rank teams 6 through 12 in any order you want. Auburn just has the most recent loss to a mid-major. (Anchor of Gold)
Somewhere there are Auburn fans that want Cinmeon Bowers to just score and run back up the court without excitement...and please if you don't mind get off their lawn and turn off your rock and roll music. (Rock M Nation)
Their defense can carry them, but their offense will continue to be limited until they can find a reliable outside shooter. (Anchor of Gold)
Failed their midterm exams, but OSU and Florida St should provide a slightly easier second bite at the nonconference apple. (Good Bull Hunting)
Florida's two losses in a row are like Episode 2 and 3 of the Star Wars prequels, sure they weren't as bad as they could have been but in the end you'd have rather spent that money on a bunch of White Castle. (Rock M Nation)
Yante Maten has more than replaced Marcus Thornton... which makes it so hard to figure out what's wrong here. (Anchor of Gold)
Mark Fox needs to avoid a fifth straight loss to in-state rival Georgia Tech if he doesn't want to have his seat get hot. (Dawg Sports)
If you told people that recently Georgia Tech made it to the NCAA finals, they'd be as likely to believe you as a Star Wars nerd believe Greedo shot first. (Rock M Nation)
The match up against Louisville looks to be the most competitive game left on Kentucky's schedule. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)
If A&M or Vandy had run the table, the #1 spot might be up for consideration. But as things currently stand UK still rules a surprisingly weak group. (Good Bull Hunting)
Still waiting for them to look like a championship team. (Anchor of Gold)
The basketball fan in me dies a little every time an amazing Simmons effort is wasted in a loss. (Good Bull Hunting)
Got eight votes in the coaches' poll this week, or one less than unbeaten Little Rock. In other news, you can probably disregard the coaches' poll. (Anchor of Gold)
One win over Gardner Webb and LSU fans act like the Tigers are SEC contenders once again. Perhaps they will grow into contenders but this team hasn't proven anything. There's a chance to make a statement against Wake and Vanderbilt later on but the losses to NC State and Marquette will continue to haunt them. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)
Mississippi State lost to the Fightin' Roos of Mizzou Kansas City. Congrats Mizzou Columbia, we have a new 14th place and it's not you. College and Magnolia)
Bad. Ugly. Terrible. However you want to describe MSU, it isn't pretty. State fans hope Gavin Ware's injury isn't too serious, otherwise this will turn into another nightmare season for Mississippi State.(For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)
Should adidas or the Bulldogs be asking for a refund on that ugly shirt of a Christmas present that has been Ben Howland? (Dawg Sports)
Good news Mizzou fans, somebody lost to UMKC and it wasn't you! (Anchor of Gold)
These are not the Tigers you were looking for...(Rock M Nation)
They've lost to all the major programs they've played so far, but get two chances for a W coming up with NC St and Illinois this week. I think they'll get one. (Dawg Sports)
Really intrigued by their upcoming trip to Memphis. (Good Bull Hunting)
Build solid record vs weak non conference slate? Check. Now time for hovering around .500 in conference in the patent pending Andy Kennedy 100 Year Plan. (Dawg Sports)
Not sure yet if the Stefan Moody Show is a real NCAA contender, but they'll at least be fun to watch. (Anchor of Gold)
The lone undefeated team in the SEC. The Gamecocks have poise and haven't had trouble putting away inferior opponents. Unfortunately, that is all South Carolina's non-conference schedule is composed of, a lot of mediocrity. Beat Clemson and we'll learn more. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)
It's easy to make fun of the Gamecocks for having far and away the weakest schedule in the SEC but they have two wins in the RPI top 50 and they weren't particularly close. It may be time to take them seriously. (College and Magnolia)
Frank Martin, congratulations! You've successfully graduated from the Mike Anderson school of nonconference scheduling! Tell him what he's won Johnny! An all expense paid trip to NYC for the post season NIT! (Rock M Nation)
Rick Barnes clearly picked up a thing or two from Mack Brown at Texas because a Punter is his best offensive option. (College and Magnolia)
Put up a great fight against Butler but it just wasn't enough. I think the Vols have the ability to surprise some SEC teams this season. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls)
Kevin Punter could be the most improved player in the SEC. Who is Kevin Punter? (Dawg Sports)
Why they can't have nice things: a McDonald's All-American leaves the program after a month because Billy Kennedy isn't playing him. (Anchor of Gold)
The game in Tempe appears to be a bad dream. Massive game coming up against Baylor. (Good Bull Hunting)
Let's just hope no one lets Kevin Sumlin near Danuel House or Alex Caruso...(Rock M Nation)
After losing three of four, it was time for the Dores to take ten days off. Maybe a game against the Wofford Terriers will get them back on track. (College and Magnolia)
Has been off for a whole week, if you consider finals at Vandy a week off. (Anchor of Gold)
They're flooding the market with good losses, but they do eventually need to beat one of these good teams. (Good Bull Hunting)
And that will conclude week 6. Thankfully the slow weeks end soon and we can get into the meat of the conference season where SEC basketball things happen, which will invariably be weird and wonderful!
Enjoy the games all!