Dodd's Power Poll: SEC scores like everyone else; UCLA joins rankings
Even the beat-you-down SEC has joined the nationwide scoring parade. ... And, after a huge rally at Nebraska, welcome to the poll, UCLA.
It was not a good day for the SEC. It was a fantastic day for the SEC.
Wait, it was both.
Good for ratings, bad for traditionalists. You may have noticed the league staged another one of those games of the millennium on Saturday. Alabama, ascending to No. 1 in this week's Power Poll and Texas A&M (No. 6) combined for 13 touchdowns. Thirteen! While the likes of Vince Dooley and Gene Stallings may have winced, for the rest of us it was nothing more than the PS3 imitating life.
The national offensive explosion has infected even the staid, traditional SEC. The average game in the conference Saturday averaged 57.5 points. The national average through three weeks is slightly more than 51 points.
Another national scoring record was broken last year. Teams are scoring about four touchdowns per game. There were 25 touchdowns in the three SEC conference games this week. Again, Just about average at 8.3 per game. In five of the SEC's eight games, at least 58 combined points were scored.
The four teams in the top 11 of this week's Power Poll -- Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia -- are all among the top 24 in scoring offense. Put that in perspective: The high-scoring Big 12 has four in the top 50 at this point.
The scoreboards aren't going to stop changing anytime soon. This week's Power Poll, and a welcome to UCLA:
|Week 2 Power Poll|
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (2): One of the most storied programs on earth gave up the most total yards and most points in a win in its 119-history. Takeaway: Tide could win it all again.
2. Oregon Ducks (3): The nation is going to have stay up later. Marcus Mariota is making a Heisman run himself. The Ducks are No. 2 in scoring and total offense after obliterating Tennessee Volunteers .
3. Ohio State Buckeyes State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> (1): Do we have a quarterback controversy in Columbus after another strong outing by Kenny Guiton in place of injured Braxton Miller ?
4. Stanford Cardinal (4): A suddenly tasty Week 4 matchup with fortunate Sun Devils, who squeaked by Wisconsin Badgers .
5. Clemson Tigers (5): Credibility Alert! Tigers face an ACC road test Thursday at upset-minded NC State.
6. Texas A&M Aggies (8): In two career games, Johnny Incredible has torched Bama for 907 yards in total offense and accounted for seven touchdowns. If you're like me, you're hoping for a rematch. If you're not, let's step outside.
7. Louisville Cardinals (6): In rivalry game, Cards looked clunky for the first time this season against Kentucky Wildcats .
8. Florida Gators State (7): Jameis Winston has thrown 45 passes and missed on only five. Gave Noles fans something to drool about in home opener vs. Nevada Wolf Pack .
9. LSU Tigers (9): Zach Football just doesn't seem to fit. Still, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger continues to impress.
10. UCLA Bruins (NR): Look who owns LA. A 28-0 run at Nebraska Cornhuskers left the Fightin' Pelinis searching for answers.
11. Georgia Bulldogs (10): Watching the SEC East world go bye. North Texas Mean Green awaits next Saturday.
12. Oklahoma Sooners (14): How did Trevor Knight ever get near the field? Blake Bell throws for 400 and four touchdowns against Tulsa Golden Hurricane . Notre Dame Fighting Irish next in two weeks.
13. Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (12): Off this past week. Probably won't know much more about Canes until Oct. 5 against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets . Savannah State and South Florida Bulls are next.
14. Oklahoma State Cowboys (13): 14. Oklahoma State (13): It could be worse. There could be six parts to the SI series. (Fifth in the series hits this week.)
15. Michigan Wolverines (11): The headline "Wolverines survive Akron Zips " was not considered in any newsroom before Saturday's squeaker.
16. South Carolina Gamecocks (15): Please keep it on the field, Spur Dog. Until recently, Coach Superior owned the state and The State. Continued petty nonsense with journalists overshadows Connor Shaw 's three TDs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores .
17. Northwestern Wildcats (16): Let's stop kidding ourselves. Pat Fitzgerald would fit perfectly at either USC or Texas.
18. North Dakota State (17): Over/under on 'Fargo' references this week on Gameday?
19. Florida Gators (19): Remember when a Florida-Tennessee contest used to mean something?
20. Ole Miss Rebels (22): Since we're discussing potential Mack Brown replacements, what about Hugh Freeze at Texas?
21. Washington Huskies (21): Kiss the ring of Bishop Sankey . Two-hundred plus against Illini.
22. UCF Knights (NR): Mentor beats student as George O'Leary knocks off Bill O'Brien and Penn State Nittany Lions .
23. Baylor Bears (24): Since we're discussing potential Mack Brown replacements, what about Art Briles at Texas?
24. Arizona State Sun Devils (25): Still checking to make sure Sun Devils actually won in freaky late Saturday ending.
25. Wisconsin Badgers (18): Spike the ball on that play, Joel. Spike the ball, then kick the field goal!
Also receiving love: Minnesota Golden Gophers , Northern Illinois Huskies , Maryland Terrapins , Notre Dame, Arizona Wildcats , Texas Tech Red Raiders , Auburn Tigers .
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