Matt Luke got off on the right foot with the Ole Miss faithful as he led his alma mater to a comfortable 47-27 victory against South Alabama at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night. But was it enough to impress the SEC Country Power Poll voters?
Apparently, there’s some work to be done, as the Rebels placed 12th in our first power poll of the season. Ole Miss ranked directly behind Texas A&M, which came in at No. 11 in spite of a historic collapse against UCLA, and in front of only Vanderbilt and Missouri.
Things went about as well as Ole Miss fans could’ve asked for with their interim head coach leading the Rebels for the first time. Sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson completed 28 of 35 passes for 429 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions. He found wide receiver A.J. Brown eight times for a school-record 233 yards receiving.
After the game, South Alabama’s Jeremy Reaves heaped praise on Brown and the other Ole Miss receivers, calling them “the best we’ve ever played.”
While Luke was excited to get the first win under his belt, he’s now out to prove he can handle the week-to-week grind of being an SEC head coach.
“It’ll be business as usual,” Luke said on Monday. “It’s very important this week that we create a standard about what we want a Sunday to look like. What we want a Tuesday practice to look like in preparation. This is the first true test, because you’ve had so long to prepare for the first game, but setting standards about each day of the week — this is what we expect. It’s not about this season, it’s about a program and setting standards for 15 years down the road, how you want to build your program and set standards on a day-to-day basis.”
SEC Country’s Power Poll, consisting of 26 voters, placed Alabama in the No. 1 spot, where the Crimson Tide were all last season. That’s no surprise.
Here’s a look at how the rest of the league filed in behind the Crimson Tide in the post-Week 1 version of the poll:
Your Week 1 Power Poll rankings
|1||Alabama (1 - 0)||338||26||1||1|
|2||Auburn (1 - 0)||297||0||2||4|
|3||LSU (1 - 0)||292||0||2||5|
|4||Georgia (1 - 0)||260||0||3||6|
|5||South Carolina (1 - 0)||203||0||2||11|
|6||Tennessee (1 - 0)||178||0||4||13|
|7||Arkansas (1 - 0)||165||0||5||13|
|8||Florida (0 - 1)||158||0||5||14|
|9||Mississippi State (1 - 0)||136||0||6||13|
|10||Kentucky (1 - 0)||113||0||6||14|
|11||Texas A&M (0 - 1)||75||0||7||14|
|12||Ole Miss (1 - 0)||60||0||9||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (1 - 0)||52||0||8||14|
|14||Missouri (1 - 0)||39||0||9||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Seth Emerson ( Atlanta Journal Constitution)
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