Week 9 SEC Power Rankings
Missouri Tigers Continue Climb in SEC Power Rankings
To say that this past week in the SEC was crazy would be a bit of an understatement as we saw four upsets of ranked teams including three in the top 10 in the AP top 25.
South Carolina lost to Tennessee on a last second field goal, Vanderbilt knocked off Georgia to drop them from the top 25, Auburn studded Texas A&M at home and Ole Miss thoroughly outplayed LSU at home.
Of course, the one constant in the SEC this season has been the stellar play of the two-time defending champions as Alabama played about as close to a perfect game as possible against Arkansas who continues to struggle.
For the first time in three weeks, a team from the east has played its way into top three of the power rankings because of a combination of upsets and continued stellar play. Furthermore, two of the top three teams in the conference power rankings began the season outside the top 10.
Forget about a crazy week, it’s been a crazy season in the SEC and the Week 9 power rankings reflect that.
14. Kentucky (1-5)
Thursday night's game at Mississippi State is the Wildcats best shot at an SEC win this year and a chance to get out of the basement of the power rankings where they've been all season long.
13. Arkansas (3-5)
Losers of five straight, Arkansas has been outscored 104-7 in its last two games.
12. Mississippi State (3-3)
Dan Mullen's team faces an absolute must-win to keep hopes of a fourth straight bowl game alive when they host Kentucky on Thursday night.
11. Vanderbilt (4-3)
The win over Georgia was huge and should mean the Commodores go bowling for a third consecutive year.
10. Tennessee (4-3)
Saturday's win over South Carolina was a monumental win for Butch Jones and Tennessee. The bad news is the Vols face the No. 1, 5 and 11 ranked teams in the next three weeks.
9. Florida (4-3)
The Gators began the season as the No. 10 team in the country. They're now the No. 9 team in their own conference. They've had more than their fair share of injuries and after losing two straight conceivably could lose four of their final five games of the season. A bowl berth is no sure thing.
8. Georgia (4-3)
What a difference a couple of weeks makes. Three games ago, Georgia beats LSU and in the three games since needed overtime to get by Tennessee and lost back-to-back games to Missouri and Vanderbilt. Add all the injuries on top and it's been an awful October for the 'Dawgs. They'll look to get healthy against a Florida team this weekend facing similar circumstances.
7. South Carolina (5-2)
South Carolina lost a bad one to Tennessee and also lost their quarterback for at least this weekend's game at Missouri as Connor Shaw sprained a knee and will give way to Dylan Thompson. South Carolina's chances at staking a claim in the east rest with this game and they have zero momentum for this road tilt.
6. Ole Miss (4-3)
I have Ole Miss ahead of South Carolina because of the strength of their win over LSU, and quality loss to Texas A&M where they lost on a field goal at the whistle and one possession loss at Auburn. This looks a lot better now than it did a couple weeks ago. Their toughest part of the schedule is in the rear-view and they will be favored in four of their final games with a great shot to get to eight wins.
5. Texas A&M (5-2)
The Aggies got a scare when Johnny Manziel left with a shoulder injury and his absence for a series proved costly as they went three-and-out and then Auburn went down and scored the winning touchdown. The 104th ranked defense of Texas A&M has given up 79 points in the past two games as they are a field goal at the whistle away from dropping two straight.
4. LSU (6-2)
Completely outplayed by Ole Miss on the road and the great defense we saw a week earlier vs. Florida was nowhere to be found as Bo Wallace and the Rebels did whatever they wanted against the Tigers. Zach Mettenberger is coming back to Earth too as he threw three first half interceptions.
3. Auburn (6-1)
The second biggest surprise in the SEC this season. Auburn is one bad first half at LSU away from a potential undefeated record. They came in at No. 11 in this week's AP top 25. What a difference a year makes in Auburn where they have doubled last year's win total and earned bowl-eligibility.