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SEC Football Power Poll: Week 4

1. LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 1st last week): A balanced offense and dominant defense led the way for the Tigers in a 19-6 Thursday night win at Mississippi State. Senior quarterback Jarrett Lee shined in the spotlight and completed 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford ran for a combined 157 yards on 35 carries. The defense limited Mississippi State to two field goals and just 193 yards of total offense. The defense got after quarterback Chris Relf throughout and held running back Vick Ballard to 38 yards on 10 carries. For the second time this season, LSU is a part of the ESPN College GameDay and ABC Primetime game of the week.

This week: at West Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN

2. Alabama (3-0, 0-0 SEC, 2nd last week): The Crimson Tide rolled to a 41-0 shutout of North Texas Saturday, the team’s first shutout since 2009. Junior running back Trent Richardson had another great game, going for 167 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown run. Sophomore Eddie Lacy was just as impressive, going for 161 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, including a 67-yard touchdown. It was the first time in program history the team had two 150-yard rushers in the same game.

This week: Arkansas (3-0), 2:30 p.m., CBS

3. Arkansas (3-0, 0-0 SEC, 3rd last week): The Razorbacks jumped out to a 24-0 lead on the Trojans of Troy and held on for the 38-28 win Saturday. With senior wide receivers Jarius Wright and Greg Childs out, fellow senior wide receiver Joe Adams stepped up with eight catches for 109 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Tyler Wilson bombed away for 303 passing yards and two touchdowns, while junior running back Ronnie Wingo Jr. rushed for a career-high 109 yards.

This week: at Alabama (3-0), 2:30 p.m., CBS

4. South Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 4th last week): The Gamecocks were tested for the second-straight week and came away with a 24-21 win over Navy. Sophomore Marcus Lattimore was the workhorse in the offense, carrying the ball 37 times for a career-high 256 yards and tying a career high with three touchdowns, including the game-winning score from seven yards out early in the fourth quarter. Senior Stephen Garcia was solid, completing 18-of-25 passes for 204 yards. The Midshipman option attack challenged the defense with 274 yards on the ground, but the Gamecocks’ defense held strong on the game’s final drive.

This week: Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPN2

5. Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 5th last week): Senior running back Chris Rainey carried the load on the ground and through the air and the Gators passed their first true test of the season, hanging on for a 33-23 win over Tennessee. Rainey was the leading rusher (21 carries for 108 yards) and receiver (2 catches for 104 yards), including a 83-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter to put Florida up 30-7. Senior quarterback John Brantley made enough plays through the air, passing for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

This week: at Kentucky (2-1), 6 p.m., ESPN

6. Auburn (2-1, 1-0 SEC, 6th last week): Up 14-0 in the first quarter in Clemson’s “Death Valley,” it looked like Auburn was on its way to its first signature win of the season. It was not to be, and in a reversal of fortunes from last year, Clemson won going away 38-24. Clemson sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, and the running game racked up 238 yards on the ground. The 17-game winning streak is over, and Auburn now looks to fix the defense ahead of a brutal October schedule.

This week: Florida Atlantic (0-2), 6 p.m., Fox Sports Net

7. Mississippi State (1-2, 0-2 SEC, 7th last week): Just as the defense struggled against Auburn, the offense struggled against LSU in a 19-6 loss Thursday night. Under head coach Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs are now 2-10 against the SEC West, with both wins coming against Ole Miss. Senior running back Vick Ballard could not find any running lanes, struggling to 38 yards on 10 carries. Senior quarterback Chris Relf, who started 9-for-11 for 78 in the first half, was just 2-for-6 for 18 yards in the second half and was benched for sophomore Tyler Russell late in the game.

This week: Louisiana Tech (1-2), 6 p.m., ESPNU

8. Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 SEC, 8th last week): The Volunteers could not find the answer for Florida running back Chris Rainey on defense and came up short, 33-23, in “The Swamp.” Down 16-0 in the second quarter, sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray rallied the offense with 288 yards and three touchdowns for the game. However, he also threw two interceptions, sophomore leading receiver Justin Hunter left the game with a knee injury and the running game struggled to negative yards on the ground.

This week: Bye, Next week: Buffalo (1-2), 11:30 a.m., CSS

9. Georgia (1-2, 0-1 SEC, 9th last week): The Bulldogs got a much-needed win, routing Coastal Carolina 59-0. Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray, who barely played the second half, was 18-of-26 passing for 188 yards. Freshman sensation Isaiah Crowell continued to lead the ground attack with 86 yards on 16 carries, while junior backup running back Carlton Thomas added 71 yards on 15 carries. The defense, beaten up with injuries, held the Chanticleers to 112 total yards.

This week: at Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 SEC), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network

10. Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 10th last week): The Commodores ride the momentum of a 30-7 rout of Ole Miss into their first road game and first true test this season at South Carolina. On offense, senior quarterback Larry Smith managed the game, completing 13-of-20 passes for 103 yards, and junior running back Zac Stacy ran for a career-high 169 yards on 11 carries in the win. On the other side of the ball, the defense continued to force turnovers and score points, returning an interception 52 yards for a touchdown Saturday.

This week: at South Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SEC), 6:00 p.m., ESPN2

11. Kentucky (2-1, 0-0 SEC, 12th last week): Junior quarterback Morgan Newton had his best game of the season, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns, but the Wildcats fell short to Louisville 24-17 Saturday. On the ground, the Wildcats’ offense stalled, gaining only 35 yards on 32 carries. Louisville, meanwhile, racked up 181 yards on 40 carries to set up three passing touchdowns for the Cardinals.

This week: Florida (3-0, 1-0 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPN

12. Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 SEC, 11th last week): Ole Miss was dominated in a 30-7 loss at Vanderbilt Saturday. The Commodores piled up 387 yards of total offense, including 281 yards on the ground, and the Rebels, outside of senior defensive end Wayne Dorsey, could not generate a pass rush. The Rebels gained only 85 yards on the ground, and junior quarterback Zack Stoudt was under constant pressure and threw five interceptions. It’s another must-win game this week against Georgia, a team very much in the same situation as Ole Miss.

This week: Georgia (1-2, 0-1 SEC), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network