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SEC Power Rankings - 11/11/12
1. Georgia - did what a top five team is supposed to do to an inferior opponent. Blew out their opponent early, and dominated them on both sides of the ball. In the process, the Dawgs secured their second consecutive division title and their place in the SECCG.
2. Texas A&M - What can you say about Johnny Manziel's effort except "brilliant?" It was the first time since freshman eligibility was re-instated in 1972 that a freshman QB had led his team to victory against a #1 ranked team. And they did it on the road, no less.
3. Alabama - For the second weak in a row showed that they aren't the unbeatable force some had billed them to be. They have weaknesses just like any other team, and TAMU exploited them. Now Alabama will have to delay their division clinch until next week in the Iron Bowl.
4. LSU - Avoided an emotional let-down and came out with a victory over a MSU team tat came to fight.
5. South Carolina - Despite being out of the hunt for the division, still played hard against a struggling Arkansas.
6. Florida - What the hell happened here? UF might be the only top 10 team in history to have struggled with two cupcakes in one year and still stayed in the top 10. Bowling Green we chalked up to being an early season game, but ULL? A week before FSU? Sure they were probably looking ahead, but the idea that it took a last second (literally) blocked punt to put this one away is crazy!
7. Mississippi State - Still lost, but looked MUCH better this week against LSU than they did against Alabama the week before.
8. Vanderbilt - There's something to be said for being the "best of the rest," I suppose. Vandy might not be capable of ever doing much more than making a bowl game and finishing with a winning record, but give James Franklin credit, he's doing that. Vandy gains bowl eligibility with a win over Ole Miss.
9. Missouri - Finally gets an SEC road win at the expense of the Volunteers. The Tigers won an offensive barn burner of a game that saw them hang 50 on UT in Neyland Stadium. Bad opponent, but a good win for Mizzou nonetheless.
10. Ole Miss - Very disappointing loss for the Rebels, who led the Dores at home 23-6 in the 3rd quarter. What should have been a win for bowl eligibility for the Rebs ended up being the same thing for the visiting Commodores instead, and now Ole Miss will have to get one against either LSU or rival Miss State to get to the post-season.
11. Arkansas - continues to look slightly better than they did earlier in the season, but not nearly enough to be competitive with a team as good as Carolina
12. Tennessee - Ouch. It's been another rough year for Volunteer fans, but giving up 50 to a conference newcomer whose only other SEC win was against Kentucky, is a tough pill to swallow. .
13. Auburn - Worst home loss to Georgia since... a long time. Tigers fans had largely exited the building before the 3rd quarter was over (many of them gone at halftime), a sign of a beleaguered fan base that hasn't had much to cheer about this season.
14. Kentucky - at least they've finally done the inevitable in ending the Joker Phillips tenure.