FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas is ranked ninth in Week 5 of the SEC Country Power Poll of the 2017 season. The Razorbacks jumped three spots from their ranking after Week 4.
The poll consists of 27 voters from the SEC Country staff.
Arkansas beat New Mexico State, 42-24, on Saturday. The margin of victory may seem smaller than figured considering New Mexico State’s history, but it still beat the point spread and never truly felt like the Aggies had much of a chance.
Coach Bret Bielema’s team returns to SEC play in Week 6. Arkansas travels to Columbia, S.C., for a game against the Power Poll’s eighth-ranked Gamecocks. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. ET. South Carolina is coming off a 24-17 road loss to Texas A&M, a team that beat Arkansas by seven points in Week 4. South Carolina opened as a 1 1/2-point favorite.
The game is the most important of Arkansas’ season, frankly, and not because of the mantra of “the next one is always the most important.” The SEC is a bit of a mess in the middle of the conference. As you can see in the Power Poll, the top three teams are clear. The bottom two are also clear. Every team from 4-12 is tightly packed. At some point this season, they will start to separate. Arkansas-South Carolina is the sort of game that can create separation.
If Arkansas beats South Carolina, the Razorbacks would be near a lock for bowl eligibility, barring something crazy. The victory would be their third of the year and still one nonconference game against Coastal Carolina remains for a fourth. Arkansas then ends its season against Ole Miss and Missouri — the 13th- and 14th-ranked teams this week in the Power Poll. That would leave the Razorbacks with, at worst, a 6-6 record. Maybe not enough to keep Bielema around, but it would yield a fourth straight bowl for the school.
The lowest Arkansas was ranked in any pollster’s poll this week was 13th. The highest Arkansas was ranked was third. Votes are not made public except by the individual writer at his or her discretion.
Stick with SEC Country this week for the latest news and analysis on Arkansas’ matchup with South Carolina this weekend.
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Your Week 5 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (5 - 0)||351||27||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (5 - 0)||322||0||2||2||3|
|3||Auburn (4 - 1)||298||0||3||2||4|
|4||Florida (3 - 1)||265||0||4||4||5|
|5||Texas A&M (4 - 1)||223||0||8||4||13|
|6||Kentucky (4 - 1)||200||0||7||4||12|
|7||Mississippi State (3 - 2)||191||0||5||4||9|
|8||South Carolina (3 - 2)||135||0||11||7||13|
|9||Arkansas (2 - 2)||128||0||12||3||13|
|10||LSU (3 - 2)||115||0||6||7||13|
|11||Vanderbilt (3 - 2)||93||0||9||7||14|
|12||Tennessee (3 - 2)||81||0||10||6||13|
|13||Ole Miss (2 - 2)||49||0||13||7||14|
|14||Missouri (1 - 3)||6||0||14||9||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford ( SEC Country)
Ben Wolk ( SEC Country)
Brandon Walker ( SEC Country)
Chip Towers ( DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner ( SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh ( SEC Country)
Eric Bolin ( SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto ( SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Ken Bradley ( SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker ( SEC Country)
Lauren Shute ( SEC Country)
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Seth Emerson ( DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann ( SEC Country)
Trent Shadid ( SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi ( SEC Country)
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