There's a reason he's smiling - Dave Martin
And, of course, the Tide continue to roll.
We're way late on this. Forgive us. Anyway, here are the final SB Nation Blog Poll and SEC Power Poll results for the 2012-13 college football season.
As you may notice, the Rebels received one vote in this ballot thanks to the Mountaineers at Smoking Musket, who had the Rebels in as the #25 team in the country. West Virginia, I salute you. Also, someone voted Ohio State, a team which, while undefeated, was completely ineligible for postseason play, as the number one team in the country. The line of thinking there is that going 12-0 in the B1G without any consequences is somehow better than going 13-1 in the SEC, with that one loss coming to the #3 team in the country.
Analysis is here.
The final SEC Power Poll shook out thusly:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 112 points (unanimous first place)
2. Georgia Bulldogs, 101
3. Texas A&M Aggies, 99
4. South Carolina Gamecocks, 87
5. Florida Gators, 79
6. LSU Tigers, 74
7. Vanderbilt Commodores, 64
8. Mississippi Rebels, 55
9. Mississippi St. Bulldogs, 49
10. Missouri Tigers, 38
11. Arkansas Razorbacks, 30
12. Tennessee Volunteers, 28
13. Auburn Tigers, 14
14. Kentucky Wildcats, 10
HORRAY! WE'RE NOT LAST PLACE!
Really, there wasn't much ambiguity in the final pecking order of the SEC. There was Alabama, then the almost-champs of Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Georgia. Then there were the almost-champs-who-lost-their-bowl-games in Florida and LSU. Then the middle-of-the-pack teams, arranged via the transcendental property of college football wins (AN EXACT SCIENCE), with State taking up the rear because of their bowl loss. Then a trio of barely bowl ineligible teams before LOLburn and Kentucky.
So while the blogosphere comes up with an odd top-25 at times, the SEC blogosphere has a pretty good idea as to where the conference plays out when it's all said and done. When you're just paying attention to 14 teams who all play each other, it's a bit easier to determine who the better teams are.