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SEC Football Power Poll: Week 8

In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian’s sports editor David Collier will rank the 14 Southeastern Conference teams. Opponents, game times and television networks are also included for each team.

 
1. Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC, 1st last week)
 
The Crimson Tide continue to show their dominance in the league, and they have another opportunity this weekend to prove their the elite team in the SEC against Mississippi State.
 
This week: Mississippi State (7-0, 3-0 SEC), 7:30 p.m., ESPN
 
2. Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC, 2nd last week) 
 
The Gators dominated South Carolina this weekend, and if they can get past a Georgia team that has looked unimpressive, Florida could see themselves in Atlanta come December.
 
This week: vs. Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) (Jacksonville, Fla.), 2:30 p.m., CBS
 
3. LSU (7-1, 3-1 SEC, 3rd last week) 
 
The Tigers rebounded from a rough start to get a big win on the road at Texas A&M last weekend, and although they've looked very beatable, they are still in control of their own destiny. 
 
This week: OPEN
 
4. South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC, 4th last week) 
 
The Gamecocks suffered their second loss in a row, and what once looked like a team destined for the SEC Championship Game, now looks like a team trying to find its way.
 
This week: Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC), 11:00 a.m., ESPN
 
5. Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC, 5th last week)
 
The Bulldogs struggled last weekend in their win over Kentucky, but they definitely have the talent to pull the upset in the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" this weekend.
 
This week: vs. Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) (Jacksonville, Fla.), 2:30 p.m., CBS
 
6. Mississippi State (7-0, 3-0 SEC, 7th last week) 
 
Dan Mullen has the Bulldogs off to a hot start, but they will get a huge test this weekend on the road at Alabama. The Bulldogs' fan base is excited and think this could be a special year.
 
This week: at Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC), 7:30 p.m., ESPN
 
7. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC, 6th last week)
 
For the first time all season, quarterback Johnny Manziel was contained as the LSU defense was caused disruption, resulting in the Aggies' second conference loss of the season. 
 
This week: at Auburn (1-5, 0-4 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPNU 
 
8. Ole Miss (4-3, 1-3 SEC, 8th last week) 
 
Coming off a bye week, the Rebels look to carry momentum from their conference win over Auburn as they head to Little Rock to face the Arkansas Razorbacks.
 
This week: at Arkansas (3-4, 2-2 SEC) (Little Rock, Ark.), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network
 
9. Arkansas (3-4, 2-2 SEC, 10th last week) 
 
The Razorbacks are also coming off an open week and have won their last two contests. Despite a lackluster start, John L. Smith has Arkansas playing with confidence.
 
This week: Ole Miss (4-3, 1-3 SEC) (Little Rock, Ark.), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network
 
10. Vanderbilt (3-4, 2-3 SEC, 11th last week)
 
The Commodores picked up their second consecutive SEC win against Auburn last weekend, and although they didn't start the season they had hoped, getting bowl eligible is within reach.
 
This week: Massachusetts (0-7), 6 p.m., FSN
 
11. Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC, 9th last week)
 
The Volunteers suffered another conference loss, but no one can blame losing to Alabama. However, Derek Dooley better get a impressive win soon, or it could be the end for him.
 
This week: at South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC), 11:00 a.m., ESPN
 
12. Missouri (3-4, 0-4 SEC, 12th last week) 
 
The Tigers look to get their first conference win in the SEC after getting a rough welcoming to their new conference. This weekend presents the best opportunity to get things going.
 
This week: Kentucky (1-7, 0-5 SEC), 11:00 a.m., ESPNU
 
13. Auburn (1-5, 0-4 SEC, 13th last week) 
 
Things can't get much worse for Auburn. A loss to Vanderbilt last weekend puts them at 0-4 in the SEC, and with their offensive woes, an upset this weekend looks unlikely. 
 
This week: Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC), 6 p.m., ESPNU
 
14. Kentucky (1-6, 0-4 SEC, 14th last week) 
 
The Wildcats played one of, if not their best games of the season in a loss to Georgia last Saturday. Things certainly are good in Lexington, but basketball season is one week closer. 
 
This week: at Missouri (3-4, 0-4 SEC), 11:00 a.m., ESPNU
 
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