Welcome back to my beloved SEC Power Rankings! These rankings are nothing except fact, and don't take them any other way. Just kidding, I know I’m a terrible writer. Anyway, let’s see how I piss you guys off this week.
14. Missouri Tigers (LW: 14)
Beating UConn doesn’t count.
13. Ole Miss Rebels (LW: 10)
They blew a ten-point lead at home to an Arkansas team that was playing its backup QB. They’ve lost Shea Patterson for the year, I think, but it likely wouldn’t have mattered. Whenever they get a new coach is when I’ll consider their chances of being relevant again.
12. Tennessee Volunteers (LW: 12)
Yeah, Butch Jones is still the head coach at Tennessee. I’ll bet money he’s fired January 1, since that’s the day his buyout decreases. I do think Tennessee played pretty well on the road against a good Kentucky team, but they haven't won a game in conference yet. That is really, really bad.
11. Florida Gators (LW: 9)
Wow, Florida actually fired Jim McElwain before Tennessee fired Butch Jones. I wasn't shocked about this: I always believed Jim piggybacked his success off of the recruits Muschamp had brought in before him, and that’s showing big time. That, and the lack of a good QB, brought his demise. At least we’ll have a Florida vs. Florida State showdown to look forward to now. Oh yeah, and they got beat by Georgia by 35.
10. Arkansas Razorbacks (LW: 12)
A must win game for ole Bret, the Razorbacks got it done on the road against Ole Miss. They still aren't a very good team, and they have to play LSU and Mississippi State. Those games most likely won't go over well for Arkansas.
9. Vanderbilt Commodores (LW: 11)
Vanderbilt played pretty well in Columbia. Carolina hasn’t given up more than 28 points, and the Commodores got pretty damn close with putting 27 on the Gamecocks. Kalija Lipscomb broke Rashad Fenton’s streak of no touchdowns given up in one and a half years, so props to him for that. I thought they played pretty good, but they didn't win.
8. Kentucky Wildcats (LW: 8)
Kentucky about crapped their pants at home to one of the worst teams in the SEC. I don't think they should move up or down after this game; they’re about right in the same place they should be. They still get to play Georgia, and I do think Vanderbilt may give them trouble. They do have three more winnable games, so the 9-3 mark is reachable for the Wildcats.
7. LSU Tigers (LW: 7)
They didn't play this week but they play Bama next week, so I don't think LSU should move. I think South Carolina is better but you could get pissed, I don't care.
6. South Carolina Gamecocks (LW: 5)
We played eh against Vanderbilt. Really good ground attack, I thought Bryan Edwards wasn't gonna get up when he got hit on that first drive, and the refs were really, really, bad. I still haven't forgiven the head referee for tackling Stephen Garcia at LSU, dude cost us the game. We play Georgia next week, and I have a really bad feeling about it. After Georgia, every game we should win except Clemson. I’m saying 8 wins, which no one can complain about.
5. Texas A&M Aggies (LW: 4)
The Aggies have quietly put together a pretty good season, and with only two tough games ahead of them. I think they’ll end up beating LSU or Auburn, not both, and going to a good bowl game. If they win the bowl game, that would put them at nine wins and Kevin Sumlin gets to keep his job. If not, there is gonna be a new head coach in College Station next year.
4. Mississippi State Bulldogs (LW: 6)
The Bulldogs have had two pretty dominating wins over the past two weeks: beating the brakes off of Kentucky and going to A&M and beating them by three touchdowns. Nick Fitzgerald is leading them in passing and rushing, which isn't a good sign. They only have one extremely tough game ahead of them: Alabama. I do think they’ll play Alabama close, but lose by two touchdowns. 9-3 seems right about right for them this year.
3. Auburn Tigers (LW: 3)
Auburn had a bye. Still have to play Georgia, A&M, and Alabama, so they might fall.
2. Georgia Bulldogs (LW: 2)
Georgia has been dominating this year, with its closest win coming at Notre Dame. Oh yeah, Notre Dame has been slaughtering people ever since then. The only real threat would be going to Auburn, but I don't know if Auburn has the offensive weapons to compete — I would say something like 31-21 Bulldogs for that one. South Carolina and Kentucky are their only other two conference games left, and neither of those teams pose a serious threat. It’s gonna be a showdown in the SEC Championship.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (LW: 1)
Alabama didn't play this week. However, I was extremely tempted to put Georgia ahead of them. Georgia actually has a win over a top-five opponent, and I think a lot of Alabama’s No. 1 ranking is name recognition. They just haven't had a real test all year: FSU is trash, and everyone else in the SEC except Georgia and Auburn are basically above average or average teams. I say this, and Alabama will end up beating Georgia by three touchdowns in the SEC Championship. I wouldn't be surprised if that Bulldog team gave them a run for their money.