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Week 7 SEC Power Rankings

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A Change at the Top of the Rankings

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There is a new sheriff in town, at least when we are talking about the No. 1 team for the Week 7 SEC Power Rankings.

The Florida Gators have lost that honor by losing two out of their past three games. It’s not like the Gators have lost to easy competition because both Arizona and Kansas State are now ranked, but losses are losses.

The Missouri Tigers got a huge win over the Illinois Fighting Illini and are now ranked No. 7 in the country. Jabari Brown is back and he has been great in his first two games with the Tigers.

It is kind of hard to believe that it is already almost January and the Kentucky Wildcats do not have a single quality win. Well, Kentucky will have a shot at getting a big victory on the resume when it takes on the Louisville Cardinals in its next game.

SEC play is just around the corner and then we will really get to see how all of these teams matchup against each other. The top three teams in the conference are pretty obvious, but the order of them is still in question, while the rest of the teams in the SEC could really be ranked in any order.

Teams will be rapping up their final out-of-conference schedule games and then it will finally be time for SEC teams to go head-to-head, which means we will be one step closer to March Madness.

Read on to see the SEC power rankings.

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14. Auburn Tigers

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Record: 5-6

The only thing that the Auburn Tigers have on Mississippi State is one more victory. Other than that, this team has lost to some very easy competition this year.

However, it would be huge if Auburn could pull off an upset against Illinois or Florida State, but don’t count on it.

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13. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Record: 4-6

It is very evident that this is a rebuilding year for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, which means teams will look forward to playing them all season long.

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12. Georgia Bulldogs

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Record: 4-7

Well, the Georgia Bulldogs are back to looking like a decent team, after beating Mercer and the USC Trojans. This team is way too streaky and really needs to find its identity before it takes on the Florida Gators to open up their conference play.

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11. Vanderbilt Commodores

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Record: 5-5

Middle Tennessee has a great basketball team and the Vanderbilt Commodores barely lost to them. The Commodores will take on the Butler Bulldogs next and a victory in that game would be huge for Vanderbilt.

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10. South Carolina Gamecocks

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Record: 8-3

Until South Carolina plays some stiff competition, it is really hard to say how good of a team Frank Martin has. However, the Gamecocks are on a three-game winning streak, which is always a plus.

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9. Arkansas Razorbacks

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Record: 7-4

Looking back at Arkansas’ out-of-conference schedule, it has lost to some very good opponents, but a team should not be credited for its losses. Whether the case, the Razorbacks have a very strong team and should enter conference play on a five-game winning streak.

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8. Alabama Crimson Tide

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Record: 7-4

Yet another SEC team that went down to a mid-major opponent, the Alabama Crimson Tide are coming off of a loss against Mercer, and once again this game was at home for Alabama.

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7. Texas A&M Aggies

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Record: 8-3

A loss to the Southern University Jaguars looks absolutely horrible for the Texas A&M Aggies, especially since it was at home for the Aggies.

Texas A&M has a couple of questionable losses on the season, but it still has some very good players on its team.

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6. LSU Tigers

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Record: 7-2

The LSU Tigers could have used a victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles, but an 80-84 points loss isn’t the end of the world.

The Tigers will have a good record heading into conference play, but they still don’t have a big win on the resume.

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5. Ole Miss Rebels

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Record: 10-2

The Ole Miss Rebels just barely lost to a very pesky Indiana State Sycamores team in overtime. However, they rebounded by winning their past two games. The Rebels will have one more easy game left and then they will take on Tennessee on the road to open SEC play.

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4. Tennessee Volunteers

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Record: 7-3

The Tennessee Volunteers are another SEC team that got off to a bad start, but are streaking now. Tennessee has won three games in a row, along with a huge victory over the No. 23 Wichita State Shockers at the time.

The Volunteers will take on the Xavier Musketeers next, which would be a huge statement win for this well-rounded team.

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3. Kentucky Wildcats

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Record: 8-3

After a sluggish start, the Wildcats have won four games in a row, but no game will be bigger than the matchup between Louisville on Dec. 29. If Kentucky can pull off a victory in that game, the Wildcats will likely return back to an elite team in college basketball.

This team is way too talented to not compete for another SEC title.

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2. Florida Gators

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Record: 8-2

The Gators have been known for their well-rounded play all season long, but their bench play has disappeared in their last couple of games, which is what really separated them from opposing teams.

Florida does not need to panic whatsoever, it just needs to learn how to play better basketball on the road and Kenny Boynton needs to return back to elite status.

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1. Missouri Tigers

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Record: 10-1

Missouri got a huge win against Illinois, thanks to a great game by Laurence Bowers and Jabari Brown. Brown is already making a huge impact for this team and he has only played two games so far this season.

The Tigers will have another tough game against the UCLA Bruins next, which will be played at UCLA. If Missouri can escape that game with a victory, they will likely enter conference play as the best team in the SEC.

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