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SEC Football Power Poll: Week 7

1. LSU (6-0, 3-0 SEC, 1st last week): The Tigers scored on their second play from scrimmage — a 46-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jarrett Lee to junior wide receiver Rueben Randle —  and were off to the races, as they routed Florida 41-11 Saturday. The biggest fanfare came when freshman punter Brad Wing went 52 yards for a touchdown on a fake late in the first quarter, but was called back for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he raised his arms before crossing the goal line. Otherwise, LSU outgained Florida 453-213 and won the turnover battle with two interceptions of Florida freshman quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

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

2. Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC, 2nd last week): The defense was dominant and sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron had a career day to lead the Crimson Tide to a 34-0 shutout of Vanderbilt Saturday. The Crimson Tide limited the Commodores to eight first downs and 190 yards of total offense, including just 41 yards on the ground. Alabama knocked out Vanderbilt senior quarterback Larry Smith in the first quarter and then intercepted junior quarterback Jordan Rodgers twice. McCarron threw for a career-high 237 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-30 passing, and junior running back Trent Richardson went for 107 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

This week: at Ole Miss (2-3, 0-2 SEC), 5 p.m., ESPN2

3. Arkansas (5-1, 1-1 SEC, 3rd last week): Junior quarterback Tyler Wilson followed up his record-breaking performance against Texas A&M with another great passing game in an impressive 38-14 win over Auburn Saturday night. Wilson completed 24 of 36 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns and, at one point, completed 19 straight passes. Trailing 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Razorbacks blitzed the Tigers for 31 unanswered points, with the big play coming on a 92-yard touchdown run from senior wide receiver Joe Adams to put them up 28-14. Two fourth quarter interceptions sealed the win for Arkansas.

This week: Bye, Next week: at Ole Miss (2-3, 0-2 SEC), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network

4. Auburn (4-2, 2-1 SEC, 4th last week): The Tigers had success on the ground but could not stop the pass and had their own struggles through the air, as they lost 38-14 at Arkansas Saturday. Sophomore running back Michael Dyer led the way with 112 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, and Auburn, as a team, finished with 291 yards and two touchdowns on 52 carries. However, Arkansas threw for 262 yards, while junior quarterback Barrett Trotter had his worst game, completing only 6 of 19 passes for 81 yards with an interception. His backup, freshman Kiehl Frazier, did not fare much better, going 2-for-4 for 18 yards with two interceptions.

This week: Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPN

5. South Carolina (5-1, 3-1 SEC, 5th last week): On the field Saturday, the Gamecocks dominated the Wildcats of Kentucky with their largest margin of victory in a SEC game since joining the league in 1992. South Carolina outgained Kentucky 639-96 behind sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw, who completed 26 of 39 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore added 102 rushing yards on 22 carries and junior Alshon Jeffery caught six passes for 95 yards and two touchdown passes. Off the field, troubled senior quarterback Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the team after being suspended five previous times.

This week: at Mississippi State (3-3, 0-3 SEC), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network

6. Georgia (4-2, 3-1 SEC, 7th last week): Head coach Mark Richt got his 100th career victory, and the Bulldogs remain tied with South Carolina atop the SEC Eastern Division with a 20-12 win at Tennessee Saturday. With no LSU, Alabama or Arkansas on the schedule, the Bulldogs appear to be in the driver’s seat in the division if they can get past Florida in Jacksonville at the end of the month. Freshman running back Isaiah Crowell accounted for both touchdowns, as he rushed for 58 yards on 19 carries. The defense finished with three sacks and held Tennessee to negative yards on the ground.

This week: at Vanderbilt (3-2, 1-2 SEC), 6 p.m., Fox Sports Net

7. Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC, 6th last week): With senior quarterback John Brantley out with a sprained right ankle, freshman quarterback Jacoby Brissett made his first career start at LSU, as the Gators were outclassed in a 41-11 loss in Death Valley Saturday. Brissett completed eight of 14 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown but also threw two interceptions. On the ground, senior running back Jeff Demps was banged up, and the Gators managed only 113 yards on 32 carries. The defense was gashed against the run, giving up 238 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries. With Brantley likely out, Brissett is the starter for now with fellow freshman Jeff Driskel also trying to return from injury.

This week: at Auburn (4-2, 2-1 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPN

8. Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 SEC, 8th last week): The injuries continue to pile up for the Volunteers, as sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray left Saturday’s 20-12 loss to Georgia late in the fourth quarter. Bray, who will miss at least a month with a broken right thumb, joins sophomore wide receiver Justin Hunter on the Tennessee injury list. Before he left Saturday’s game, Bray completed 18 of 33 passes for 251 yards, and he will be replaced by senior quarterback Matt Simms going forward. On the ground, freshman running back Marlin Lane and senior running back Tauren Poole combined for just 15 yards on 14 carries, while the Volunteers finished with negative yards as a team.

This week: LSU (6-0, 3-0 SEC), 2:30 p.m., CBS

9. Vanderbilt (3-2, 1-2 SEC, 10th last week): The Commodores continue to struggle on offense, finishing with only eight first downs and 190 yards of total offense in a 34-0 loss at Alabama Saturday. Vanderbilt kept it close for much of the first half before Alabama wore them down in the second half. The opportunistic defense, which leads the nations with 14 interceptions, forced no turnovers and gave up 419 yards of total offense, including 237 through the air. When senior quarterback Larry Smith left the game in the first quarter, junior quarterback Jordan Rodgers came on and completed 11 of 18 passes for 104 yards but also threw two interceptions.

This week: Georgia (4-2, 3-1 SEC), 6 p.m., Fox Sports Net

10. Mississippi State (3-3, 0-3 SEC, 9th last week): The Bulldogs trailed winless UAB 3-0 at halftime before sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell replaced ineffective senior quarterback Chris Relf and rallied Mississippi State to a 21-3 win in Birmingham Saturday. Relf was six of 10 passing for 46 yards in the first half, while Russell was 11 of 13 passing for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. On the second possession of the second half, Russell led a seven-play, 89-yard touchdown scoring drive to give the Bulldogs a 7-3 lead. Senior running back Vick Ballard rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries to lead the way on the ground.

This week: South Carolina (5-1, 3-1 SEC), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network

11. Ole Miss (2-3, 0-2 SEC, 11th last week): The Rebels, namely senior running back Brandon Bolden, have had two weeks to rest and rehab after a 38-28 win at Fresno State. Junior quarterback Randall Mackey has also had an additional two weeks to get more comfortable in his starting role and prepare for Alabama, which ranks at or near the top of every measurable defensive statistic. Head coach Houston Nutt has five career wins over top-five teams. However, Alabama holds a 47-9-2 advantage in the all-time series, and Ole Miss has not won since the 2003 season.

This week: Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC), 5 p.m., ESPN2

12. Kentucky (2-4, 0-3 SEC, 12th last week): The Wildcats struck first with a field goal early in the first quarter, but it was all downhill from there in a 54-3 blowout loss at South Carolina. On offense, Kentucky managed only six first downs and 96 yards of total offense. Junior quarterback Morgan Newton completed only 4 of 20 passes for 17 yards with an interception and a fumble. His backup, freshman Maxwell Smith, was 0 of 4 passing with two interceptions. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, racked up 32 first downs and 639 yards of total offense. The bye week comes at a perfect time, as Kentucky looks to regroup heading into the second half of the season.

This week: Bye, Next week: Jacksonville State (4-1), 11 a.m., ESPNU