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SEC Power Rankings 10/06/13




This was a great week for SEC football, a week where the men started to separate themselves from the boys. It was also a week where a few programs that have been down stepped up and played more competitively than expected.

We have a good deal of movement in this week's power rankings. As much fun as this week was, we probably saw more questions get asked than answered. I am ranking the teams based on where they deserve to be considering their body of work through yesterday.

1. Alabama  More style points for the top team in the conference. They did come against the worst team in the FBS and the Tide DID NOT cover, but at the end of the day, 45 - 3 is a good final score for national pollsters to see.

2. Louisiana State   The Bayou Bengals came out and did what they needed to do after an emotionally draining loss last week. They dominated a team that they were supposed to dominate. On the road. In the brutal SEC. Maybe it was "only Mississippi State"; but it was a great game for the Tigers, a statement game. Is it fair to move them ahead of a team they just lost to? Absolutely, especially cosidering how far Georgia shot up in perception after beating SC. The big story for the Dawgs was - "Yeah, but they lost a squeaker to a top 10 team on the road!". Goose, meet gander...

3. Georgia  The Georgia Bulldogs must be sleeping with a horse shoe, a four leaf clover and a rabbit foot. They really should have lost their game against Tennessee. Having a letdown after an emotional win is one thing, but almost losing to a team that got run out of the game against Oregon is quite another. Sure there were injuries, but based on yesterday, I am not so sure that UGA would be the highest ranked one loss team in the BCS standings at year's end if it comes down to it.

4. Florida  What an impressive win for Muschamp's squad yesterday! I ALMOST put the Gators at NO. 3; but they have not had a signature win. Yet. But they sure did put together an impressive win against an Arkansas team that is MUCH better than the won / loss record would indicate. Make no mistake, this was a rock solid win for Florida, a win that this team can and probably will build on.

5. Texas A&M  The Texas Aggies move up a spot in this poll with a week off. I know that I have the Aggies lower than most other polls. I also know that they had to face Arkansas on the road while Florida got the Hogs at home. I get it, but here's where I am on this; to BE the best, one must BEAT the best. Texas A&M just does not have a signature win. Yet. They will have plenty of opportunities to rise up in this poll, but to date, they have not looked as strong as the four teams ahead of them.

6. Missouri That's right - Mizzou is climbing the ladder. I would not have believed it at the beginning of the season, but here we are. What we don't know, is this a function of a ridiculously easy schedule, or are the Tigers for real? We will start to find out next weekend. Laugh if you want, but at this point in time, Mizzou has to be considered a legitimate contender for the SEC East. Based on what they have left on the schedule, I am seeing them in the Chik Fil A or Gator Bowl this year at a minimum.

7. Auburn Don't look now, but the Auburn Tigers are 4 - 1 and with W Carolina and FL Atlantic still on deck, six wins and a bowl game should be a lock, not too shabby for a team that failed to win a conference game last year. Based on what we have seen so far, Aubbie SHOULD be favored against Tennessee and Arkansas. That brings us to 8 potential wins. If they can pick off one of either aTm, UGA or BAMA... Get 2 of those and we may be looking at a Malzahn statue... OK, it ain't time to get carried away just yet, but give Gus credit for an amazing one year turnaround!

8. South Carolina  Oh how the mighty have fallen. From national title contenders to 4th best in the division? Sorry Gamecocks, that's how I see it in week 6. Is this due to injuries, has the team lost its heart or have we just witnessed a 3 week funk? The talent is certainly there and with games coming up against Florida and Mizzou the ship can be righted in a hot hurry; but after this past weekend, SC better not overlook the Vols. I've got to admit, I'm more than just a little surprised by what I have seen from this Gamecock team this year. it's almost like the whole team has mailed it in because of an emotional loss to Georgia.

9. Mississippi The Rebels have to be disgusted about falling back to the wrong half of the conference power structure. The season is not over and there are still big games left to be played, but this team needs a "signature win". They have LSU and aTm over the next 2 games. Based on what we have seen so far, it does not look like that "signature win" is coming this year. The rest of the schedule looks pretty manageable, but yesterday's loss at Auburn was a setback.

10. Tennessee  QUICK - who is the best 3 - 3 team in the SEC? That's tough. I have to call it a tie almost. The Vols sure did look impressive against one of the nation's top teams yesterday. Probably even more impressive than the Hogs against aTm, and that is why I will give UT the nod at this point. Tennessee may not make a bowl game, but their remaining schedule makes the postseason look fairly feasible and maybe even likely.

11. Arkansas  Arkansas showed a lot of heart against the Texas Aggies, but did not have enough in the tank as they faced a team with a real defense. The Razorbacks should feel good about the future, but this season looks like it will continue to be a long one. South Carolina is up next and the way I see it, they MUST win that game if they hope to make a bowl game. I just don't see it this year.

12. Mississippi State At this point, six wins is still realistic. Does it hurt to play a top notch team and get your head handed to you - again? Sure it does, but the good news is that the Bulldogs have a real chance to climb out of the cellar this year. MS State SHOULD win the next 2 games and improve to 4 - 3. The big question is, will they be able to take a step up against stronger competition after that?

13. Vanderbilt My expectation at the beginning of the season was that we would see "the same old Vandy" this year. That may not have been fair, as this team MIGHT look a little better right now had they not been in the middle of such enormous distractions. But "ifs", "ands" & "buts" ARE NOT candies and nuts. And this season is what it is. The Commodores have to beat Tennessee, Wake Forrest and Kentucky to get to a bowl. It could happen, but I'd have to bet against it.

14. Kentucky  Another Saturday, another "moral victory". The Wildcats sure did play their hearts out against South Carolina, but once again, it was not enough. These guys have been pretty impressive with the amount of heart they have shown, which may surprise folks that I would say about the team I rank NO. 14 out of 14... There is a lot of football left to be played and Kentucky COULD get a bowl IF they beat EVERY team that it looks like they could have a chance against. It ain't happening, but don't be surprised if the Wildcats don't end the season ranked higher - I won't be,


47 Comments

I don't know that Florida has done anything to merit being that high

View PostFlyingEagle, on 06 October 2013 - 08:14 AM, said:

I don't know that Florida has done anything to merit being that high

What has anyone else done to jump them? Mizzu hasnt played anyone, ATM has beat anyone and the rest outside of Vandy and UK lack any seperation from each other. UK and Vandy have seperated them selves in a negative way.

View PostFlyingEagle, on 06 October 2013 - 08:14 AM, said:

I don't know that Florida has done anything to merit being that high

They looked pretty impressive.

Plus with the best defense in the country, that alone is enough to win them games
No matter what else anyone says about Malzahn. Auburn now plays with heart and desire.....

Which pleases me to no end!

View PostWDavE, on 06 October 2013 - 08:54 AM, said:

No matter what else anyone says about Malzahn. Auburn now plays with heart and desire.....

Which pleases me to no end!

Hate to say it, but I agree here. Auburn is showing a lot of heart and it's good to see the fans interested again. Past few years in Bama hasven't been the same. Part of what makes football season so great to me is the Alabama/Auburn rivalry and seeing the fans talk crap back and forth.
1. Alabama
2. Mizzou

The rest don't matter
I think we beat Directional Carolina in two weeks.  This week's game, while a loss, is enough to get the team and the fans to believe in what Butch is cooking at least for the next game.  Neyland will be rocking.
I wouldn't sleep on Auburn or Missouri.

View PostMizzou_Fan, on 06 October 2013 - 09:28 AM, said:

1. Alabama
2. Mizzou

The rest don't matter

Mizzou was impressive.  I have certainly revised my thinking about them (and eaten my crow).

View PostTheRealBrave, on 06 October 2013 - 11:20 AM, said:

I wouldn't sleep on Auburn or Missouri.

You can see Auburn's weekly progress under Malzahn.  They will return to contender status sooner than most expected.

View PostKneesInTheBreeze, on 06 October 2013 - 11:36 AM, said:

Mizzou was impressive.  I have certainly revised my thinking about them (and eaten my crow).



You can see Auburn's weekly progress under Malzahn.  They will return to contender status sooner than most expected.

Auburn's talent on D line is ridiculously good and to top it off Lawson and Adams are true freshman...
Oh how the mighty has fallen...we #14 now, just like in basketball. CJF going to USC...sure after last night and Vandy looking like a HS team on defense. Western Carolina might be his next stop!! We might not win another game! Yes, #14 we are
Ky and UT must be licking their chops and I don't blame them....Vandy has got some major problems!!
I think SC will beat UF, but other than that can't really disagree. Mizzou will beat the shit out of us because our defense is garbage. Both the tigers left on our schedule will kill us, but we'll probably handle everyone else....though lots of Gamecocks will have heart attacks along the way. Out scoring our opponents something like 57-0 in 1st quarters yet have to recover onside kicks in just about every 4th quarter.

Spurrier has finally realized that we probably won't get much better on defense. Luckily we have a great offense.
Dcbl, you're doing a fine job with these.  If I ever differ it's only minor.  Keep up the good work.

View PostMashGordon, on 06 October 2013 - 03:54 PM, said:

Dcbl, you're doing a fine job with these.  If I ever differ it's only minor.  Keep up the good work.

agreed, dcbl is a beast at power ranking the SEC without letting bias get the best of his rankings
I agree with your last statement about Georgia. There are no guarantees lotta football left but if Georgia wins the SECCG the seven year run is over. I believe even Louisville would find their way in before a one loss SEC.

View PostRammaJamma, on 06 October 2013 - 04:35 PM, said:

I agree with your last statement about Georgia. There are no guarantees lotta football left but if Georgia wins the SECCG the seven year run is over. I believe even Louisville would find their way in before a one loss SEC.
I don't think Louisville is a lock for anything. If Bridgewater goes down, they're done. And they still may lose a couple with him at QB.

A one loss UGA Is a fine candidate for the BCS NCG. Not sure any of the powers that be would want to see Louisville getting curb-stomped by Oregon as their title game. But that might just be me thinking that way.

If UL gets to the title game, the system will have completely failed.....even if they are undefeated.

View PostMizzou_Fan, on 06 October 2013 - 09:28 AM, said:

1. Alabama
2. Mizzou

The rest don't matter

Murray St, Toledo, @Indiana, Arky St, @Vandy. 5 pretty bad programs that any SEC school not named UK or Vandy beat 99 out of 100 times.

I really hope yall beat UGA next week. They are depleted on O and a healthy Franklin led O is a nightmare match up wise for UGAs D. Option, mis direction and outside speed kills them. Beat them and someone other than UK and we can talk about moving yall up the power rankings.

View Postsmokeyone, on 06 October 2013 - 04:49 PM, said:

Murray St, Toledo, @Indiana, Arky St, @Vandy. 5 pretty bad programs that any SEC school not named UK or Vandy beat 99 out of 100 times.

I really hope yall beat UGA next week. They are depleted on O and a healthy Franklin led O is a nightmare match up wise for UGAs D. Option, mis direction and outside speed kills them. Beat them and someone other than UK and we can talk about moving yall up the power rankings.
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It would be difficult for UGA to jump a one loss Clemson, OSU, Oregon, Stanford. Plus they would need to win out which I just dont see happening.

View PostMizzou_Fan, on 06 October 2013 - 04:51 PM, said:

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Thats the thing, beat UGA and its no longer a joke. Beat UGA and the east comes down to yall or Florida.

But yes I just read your post and as delusional as yall can be I didnt take it in context.

View PostThe Architect, on 06 October 2013 - 04:46 PM, said:


I don't think Louisville is a lock for anything. If Bridgewater goes down, they're done. And they still may lose a couple with him at QB.

A one loss UGA Is a fine candidate for the BCS NCG. Not sure any of the powers that be would want to see Louisville getting curb-stomped by Oregon as their title game. But that might just be me thinking that way.

If UL gets to the title game, the system will have completely failed.....even if they are undefeated.

I agree with allot of what you're saying but for some reason I see this year working out with more undefeated teams than usual. Bridgewater is getting love in the media plus last years sugar bowl. I could possibly see Oregon, OSU, OU, maybe FSU or Clemson... hopefully I'm wrong but a one loss SEC team may not carry the same weight.

View Postsmokeyone, on 06 October 2013 - 04:54 PM, said:

Thats the thing, beat UGA and its no longer a joke. Beat UGA and the east comes down to yall or Florida.

But yes I just read your post and as delusional as yall can be I didnt take it in context.

I agree we beat UGA and we really open up the East, but I don't remember hardly any Mizzou fans on here having any delusions recently.

View Postsmokeyone, on 06 October 2013 - 04:52 PM, said:

It would be difficult for UGA to jump a one loss Clemson, OSU, Oregon, Stanford. Plus they would need to win out which I just dont see happening.

There is a lot of football left

We would go ahead of an undefeated Louisville.

We MIGHT even jump a 1 loss Clemson - IF a. that loss is to SC, a team we beat or b. they lose or don't make their conference championship game (we are actually guaranteed to jump Clemson in scenario B )

we would for damn sure go ahead of a 1 loss Ohio State with their candy ass schedule

we probably go ahead of any big 12 school - like 99% chance that we do

HOWEVER, if Ohio State goes undefeated and Oregon has 1 loss, we have a better chance to miss the game

Oregon and Stanford are the only potential 1 loss teams ahead of us at this point, UNLESS that loss is the conference championship...

but being a one loss team kind of looks like a pipe dream after yesterday...

View Postsmokeyone, on 06 October 2013 - 04:54 PM, said:

Thats the thing, beat UGA and its no longer a joke. Beat UGA and the east comes down to yall or Florida.

But yes I just read your post and as delusional as yall can be I didnt take it in context.

View PostMizzouMark, on 06 October 2013 - 05:00 PM, said:

I agree we beat UGA and we really open up the East, but I don't remember hardly any Mizzou fans on here having any delusions recently.

Wait, delusional?

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