SEC Power Rankings: Week 7
LSU's Role Reversal, Georgia's Near Fall and Alabama Continues to Roll
This past Saturday gave us the most SEC on SEC action we have seen all season long with six games featuring two from the nation’s premier football conference. We saw a couple blowouts, an upset and one near upset of the year in a Week 6 that has seen a big fluctuation in the middle class of the conference.
The best game of the weekend was a bit of a surprise as Tennessee almost pulled off the monumental upset over Georgia, as they were five seconds away from the upset and a few inches from at least double overtime. The best game on paper entering the weekend was Auburn hosting Ole Miss, and the home team looked impressive on defense en route to the win. That was a mild upset, but the game I thought had the potential for an upset was anything but as Florida manhandled Arkansas in Gainesville.
LSU continued their offensive assault at Mississippi State and Alabama barely broke a sweat vs. Georgia State, but Kentucky made South Carolina sweat to escape with a victory over the one-win Wildcats. The team who made the biggest statement of the entire weekend though was Missouri, who improved to 5-0 with a beatdown over Vanderbilt.
Texas A&M was idle this weekend, so they were vulnerable to getting jumped in this week’s power rankings, but could any of the teams ranked below the Aggies make a move?
Check out this week’s SEC power rankings and let me know in the comments who is ranked too high or too low. I'll have an updated SEC power ranking every Monday morning, so be sure to keep tabs as the season progresses.
14. Kentucky (1-4)
Last week: Kentucky lost to South Carolina 35-28
The Wildcats have been in the basement of these rankings all season long, and with the schedule only getting tougher, they will be here for the foreseeable future.
This week: Kentucky hosts Alabama
13. Mississippi State (2-3)
Last week: Mississippi State lost to LSU 59-26
The game was actually much closer than the final score would indicate as it was a five-point game entering the fourth quarter. State is much better than their 2-3 record would indicate, but could find a fourth consecutive bowl berth difficult to come by with a tough November schedule. Although, don't discount this team with Dak Prescott at the helm.
This week: Mississippi State hosts Bowling Green
12. Vanderbilt (3-3)
Last week; Vanderbilt lost to Missouri 51-28
The Commodores were thoroughly outplayed by Missouri, who could be this year's Vanderbilt as a team who jumps up and surprises everyone en route to nine wins. I'm just not impressed with this team and they are definitely lacking something. What that is exactly lies on James Franklin, and things can go south in a hurry here with a daunting schedule on the horizon if he doesn't figure it out.
This week: Idle. Host Georgia Oct. 19
11. Tennessee (3-3)
Last week: Tennessee lost to Georgia 31-34 (OT)
The Vols were five seconds away from a massive win over the Bulldogs, who forced overtime, and then were inches away from at worst forcing double overtime. It was a moral victory, but alas it still counts as a loss.
This week: Tennessee hosts South Carolina
10. Arkansas (3-3)
Last week: Arkansas lost to Florida 30-10
Arkansas is halfway through its stretch of four straight top-20 opponents, and the Hogs are 0-2 in that string. They are a much better team at home than on the road, and will need better play from quarterback Brandon Allen to get back to the form they showed during their 3-0 start.
This week: Arkansas hosts South Carolina
9. Ole Miss (3-2)
Last week: Ole Miss lost to Auburn 30-22
The Rebels are halfway through a four-game stretch through the top four teams in the SEC West and a really a daunting five-game stretch to open the season. The good news is that they get to come home. The bad news is that two top-10 teams await. A split would go a long way towards getting momentum into the second half of the year.
This week: Ole Miss hosts Texas A&M
8. Auburn (4-1)
Last week: Auburn defeated Ole Miss 30-22
This team didn't have a single SEC win last season and they already have two by the first Saturday in October. Gus Malzahn is doing a heck of a job and is getting strong play from a young defense.
This week: Auburn hosts Western Carolina
7. Missouri (5-0)
Last week: Missouri defeated Vanderbilt 51-28
The schedule hasn't been exactly a murderers row, but I'm buying this team as a contender in the east race. We'll see how legit that proclamation is in the next three weeks against the "big three" in the east.
This week: Missouri travels to Georgia
6. South Carolina (4-1)
Last week: South Carolina defeated Kentucky 35-28
In a surprising move, Connor Shaw played through an injury that was supposed to sideline him for 2-3 weeks and Jadeveon Clowney didn't play through his sore ribs in a game that was much closer than it should have been.
This week: South Carolina travels to Arkansas
5. Florida (4-1)
Florida defeated Arkansas 30-10
I'm buying this Gators offense led by quarterback Tyler Murphy, who is turning Solomon Patton into a nice weapon in the passing game.
This week: Florida travels to LSU
4. Texas A&M (4-1)
Last week: Idle
Texas A&M got to rest up last week after their street fight with Arkansas the week prior.
This week: Texas A&M travels to Ole Miss
3. LSU (5-1)
Last week: LSU defeated Mississippi State 59-26
This was a competitive game for the first three quarters, but then the Tigers poured it on in the fourth quarter and scored the game's final 31 points.
This week: LSU hosts Florida
2. Georgia (4-1)
Last week: Georgia defeated Tennessee 34-31 (OT)
Georgia won the game in dramatic fashion and you can make the case it wouldn't have been that close had Georgia had their full arsenal of skill players, as they were down their top two running backs and three wide receivers.
This week: Georgia hosts Missouri
1. Alabama (5-0)
Last week: defeated Georgia State45-3
Another week, another Crimson Tide blowout win. I get the feeling this team is on cruise control until Nov. 9 when they play LSU.
This week: Alabama travels to Kentucky
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