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The Polls Have Different Views Of The SEC

In most cases, the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll are similar.  You don’t tend to see big shifts in terms of who is ranked and where teams are ranked.  They’re not identical, but the two polls often share a similar look.

Not this week.  Not when it comes to the SEC.  Below you’ll see both polls break down the league’s teams through Week Two of the 2012 season.  Eight SEC teams received votes in the media poll.  Nine league members received votes in the coaches’ balloting.


AP Poll

1.  Alabama

3.  LSU

7.  Georgia

8.  South Carolina

18.  Florida

23.  Tennessee

… and others receiving votes…

27.  Arkansas

30.  Mississippi State


USA Today Coaches Poll

1.  Alabama

2.  LSU

7.  Georgia

9.  South Carolina

17.  Florida

21.  Arkansas

… and others receiving votes

28.  Mississippi State

29.  Tennessee

43.  Ole Miss





I'm not one for conspiracies, but is it possible that Tennessee got ranked by the AP simply because they play Florida this week?  I'm not talking about a big conspiracy but could the ESPN AP voters have tipped the scales to break Tennessee into the Top 25?


I thought the same thing.  I agree thought, most of the media would not want to help ESPN.

Bubba Gump
Bubba Gump

 @sec_fan I always think the teams getting on TV - all channels - gets some love that week in the polls. I do not think it is a conspiracy as much as media hype and familiarity of traditional games. The Vols and the Gators have been heated by their mutual success in the 90's that it may be "goodwill" carryover by older sportswriters. It would be interesting if somebody actually did a long term study to see if there was a correlation.


Any Vanderbilt students looking for a thesis topic! :)

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator



I don't think so.  If anything, most media members out there seem to dislike ESPN.


Very conspiratorial theory, though.  I hadn't thought of that one.


Thanks for reading,


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