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Woody's High Five: SEC Power Rankings Week 4

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Who else out there wanted the SEC to put another 15 minutes on the clock and see what the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas A&M Aggies could have done for an encore? Maybe college football needs to think about making some of these epic games like a rock concert. If they throw it down and rock the house, they should be allowed to come back out and perform some more! Right?

Well until that happens, we will just have to bask in the memories and the constant replays on that four-letter network which, in a way, is like an encore.

While we are waiting on that nonsense to sink in, let’s get ready to dig into the SEC conference rankings as we close the book on Week 3 and open up the previews for Week 4. Ole Woody Smalls thought the stats would really start to even out with the Top 25 this week, but when you have the idiot voters still picking the Ohio State Buckeyes as one of the top five teams in the nation, there are going to be issues.

And when this guy say issues, he means issues. Like South Carolina Gamecocks issues. We are three games into the 2013 season and Jadeveon Clowney has been a non factor for Steve Spurrier. In fact, the entire Gamecock squad has been less than electric. In the SEC, South Carolina is sixth or worse in every statistical category and are 35th or worse nationally. Their only saving grace is a No. 13 ranking in the polls and the sixth toughest schedule in the country. Other than that, this is a very disappointing team that is not playing to its talent potential.

The same goes true for the Crimson Tide. So they are 2-0 and they looked amazing for 25 minutes in holding on to beat the Aggies, but this team has some major issues statically. Bama is No. 1 in the polls, No. 2 in strength of schedule and No. 4 in scoring in the SEC, but that is it because the Tide is also No. 11 scoring defense, No. 12 in total offense, No. 10 in total defense, No. 13 in rushing, No. 10 in rushing defense, No. 10 in passing and No. 12 in passing defense. Nationally, Alabama is 73rd in passing, 74th in rushing, 24th in points scored and 74th in points allowed. Does that sound like the best team in the nation to you right now?

Well those numbers have both the Gamecocks and Tide close, but they are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the abacus that is Woody’s High Five. Click next to see who the SEC Top Five Power Rankings teams are for Week 4.

M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. Follow him @woodysmalls

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5. Georgia Bulldogs (18.13)

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Even with the week off, the Georgia Bulldogs at 1-1 remains at No. 5 in Woody’s High Five for Week 4. Their ability to stay put is due in large part to their No. 10 ranking in the polls and the fourth-toughest schedule in the nation. The Bulldogs are No. 2 in the SEC in total offense and passing, and are No. 20 nationally in passing. Georgia’s defensive rankings, which have them in the bottom three in every category in the conference, should improve after this week’s game with the North Texas Mean Green.

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4. Ole Miss Rebels (16.67)

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You knew the Ole Miss Rebels were going to find a way to get into Woody’s High Five for Week 4 after that 44-23 bashing of the Texas Longhorns. From a numbers standpoint, the Rebels are an interesting team as they come in at No. 4 in total offense and total defense in the SEC. But the one stat that is amazing is in rushing, where Ole Miss is at No. 3 in the conference. Think about all the great running backs in the SEC, and the Rebels are at No. 3. Wow! Ole Miss also comes in with the ninth-toughest schedule so far.

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3. Texas A&M Aggies (16.33)

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They may have lost the big game on Saturday, but the Texas A&M Aggies are a offensive machine who happens to have a hamster wheel as a defense as they find a home at No. 3 in Woody’s High Five for Week 4. A&M is No. 1 in the SEC in scoring, total offense and passing. But on the flip side of the ball, the Aggies are dead last in scoring defense, total defense and rushing defense. Nationally, Texas A&M is No. 4 in points scored and No. 108 in points allowed. When was the last time you saw that stat on a team who is No. 9 in the polls and has the No. 1 toughest schedule in the nation after three games? Just simply amazing!

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2. Missouri Tigers (14.47)

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Somehow, the Missouri Tigers are at No. 2 for Week 4 in Woody’s High Five. This is a testament to winning both of your first two games in grand fashion, taking a week off and letting two historically defensive-minded team ranked high nationally let a basketball game break out on a football field. The Tigers are just consistent as they are second or third in most every offensive category in the SEC and also find themselves pretty much at No. 5 in every defensive category in conference. Nationally, Missouri is No. 19 in rushing and No. 10 in points scored, which goes a long way in keeping them so high in the rankings for Week 4.

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1. LSU Tigers (14.07)

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Les Miles is no doubt all smiles right now as he has his LSU Tigers as a very interesting team statistically sitting at No. 1 in Woody’s High Five for Week 4. In the SEC, LSU is No. 3 in scoring, No. 6 in total offense, No. 8 in rushing and No. 5 in passing. On the flip side of the ball, the Tigers are No. 6 in scoring defense, No. 3 in total defense, No. 3 in rushing defense and No. 2 in passing defense. Nationally, LSU is No. 12 in scoring. Just an all-around solid performance against decent talent so far to open the season. And some stats that are making other teams in the SEC take note.