Well boys, we had our fun. This is going to be the last installment of my terrible, yet beloved SEC Power Rankings. It was fun while it lasted, and it’s going to be back next year. Honestly, I might get fired. Let’s all hope for the best.
14. Tennessee Volunteers (LW: 14)
Tennessee just hired Greg Schiano to be their next head football coach. Tthey hired an ex Tampa Bay head coach, just not Jon Gruden. They make me laugh sometimes. Oh, and they got blown out by Vanderbilt at home. LOL.
13. Florida Gators (LW: 11)
Florida whiffed on Chip Kelly as their next head coach, and hired Dan Mullen. I don't know how exactly worried I should be about this considering he had one 10-win season at Mississippi State.
12. Arkansas Razorbacks (LW: 12)
Bret is gone and they lost to Missouri at home, so I have no desire to move them anywhere.
11. Vanderbilt Commodores (LW: 13)
Oh how I loved watching the battle of two 0-7 in the SEC teams in Vandy and Tennessee. Vanderbilt beat their tail, and it wasn't close at all. Props to you guys.
10. Kentucky Wildcats (LW: 9)
I’m still extremely bewildered by how Kentucky beat South Carolina. Anyway, Kentucky got the same thing Carolina was handed this weekend: a fat L. They got handled at home by Lamar Jackson, who has basically put up the same stats as last year except he hasn't won as many games. Kentucky went 7-5. I’m shocked.
9. Texas A&M Aggies (LW: 7)
It’s hard to not put A&M higher considering they played decently over the last few games. LSU did beat them soundly, but I doubt that was to anyone’s surprise. Kevin Sumlin was fired, just like the A&M AD said he would be if he didn't win nine games. I’m going to be very interested in who they decide to hire.
8. Ole Miss Rebels (LW: 10)
To my surprise, Shea Patterson going down really didn't hurt Ole Miss too much. I really thought they were going to struggle on offense without him, but they were only held to less than 30 points once in their final four games. They won three out of their last four, and beat a still pretty good Mississippi State minus Nick Fitzgerald on the road. I got a little bit of love for the Rebels.
7. Missouri Tigers (LW: 8)
Over their last six games, Missouri scored 45 or more in each one. Drew Lock broke the single-season passing touchdown record, so props to that kid. They also scored the most points on Georgia other than Auburn, so there’s that. I think this is probably one of the best 7-5 teams in the country.
6. South Carolina Gamecocks (LW: 6)
It’s taking everything in me not to absolutely drill into South Carolina right now. There are rumors about Kurt Roper’s dismissal, so that’s making me feel a little bit better about this team’s future. Honestly, they’re not worth the time. But, they did finish 8-4 and 5-3 in the SEC and second in the SEC East. So congrats, can’t wait to get embarrassed in the who-gives-a-rip bowl!
5. Mississippi State Bulldogs (LW: 5)
Nick Fitzgerald’s injury goes right up there with the worst things I’ve witnessed on live television right along with Marcus Lattimore against Tennessee and Gordon Hayward’s injury this year. I don't really know if Nick Fitzgerald would've made that big of a difference in this game, but he certainly would've helped. I pray this kid gets a speedy recovery, he’s a helluva guy!
4. LSU Tigers (LW: 4)
LSU has won every game since their Troy debacle except at Alabama. They beat Auburn, who is currently considered by some as the best team in the country. LSU seemed to figure it out and start clicking towards the end of the season, and Coach O is just one of those coaches that anybody would play for. Wish those guys success except when they play the Gamecocks.
3. Georgia Bulldogs (LW: 3)
They get to play a rematch of the game they played two weeks ago, and I doubt it goes well for them. They still very much control their own destiny in the CFB playoff and will be in if they win the SEC. I hate Auburn less than I hate Georgia, so I hope they get pummeled by the War Eagles. I doubt it will be 40-10 again, but it should still be a comfortable win for Auburn.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (LW: 1)
Well, Alabama’s undefeated season came to an abrupt halt after they went to Auburn and just got beat. Auburn seemed to be in control of this ball game for almost all of the second half, and Alabama was shook. I think Alabama still has an extremely good football team, but they’re going to need some luck to get back in the CFB playoff.
1. Auburn Tigers (LW: 2)
Auburn is getting hot when it matters. They’ve been blowing out opponents since their loss to LSU, and just beat the No. 1 team in the nation by two scores. Stidham proved me entirely wrong in me thinking that he wasn't that good of a QB, but Auburn’s defense is also responsible for a lot of their success. I think if they played Clemson now they would win soundly. Part of that is just that I hate Clemson and am still a little sour. Auburn, you’re most likely our only hope.