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14. Florida Gators (LW: 11)
If they beat South Carolina next weekend, I’ll move South Carolina to fourteen. Losing to Missouri by 29 is terrible. Florida is in complete rebuild mode.
13. Arkansas Razorbacks (LW: 10)
They almost lost to Coastal Carolina. That's basically an L in my book.
12. Tennessee Volunteers (LW: 12)
They beat a decent Southern Miss team, but I would’t buy too much stock in to it. They still have to play Mizzou, LSU, and Vanderbilt. Two of those are basically guaranteed losses considering they can't score with Missouri, and LSU is just better. Vanderbilt is a toss up at this point.
11. Missouri Tigers (LW: 14)
They beat Florida which is meh, I guess. They do only have one SEC win at this point, but their final three games are all winnable. Wouldn’t be surprised if they went 2-1.
10. Vanderbilt (LW: 9)
They beat a non-conference opponent that isn't very good so I don't know what to think. They play Kentucky next week, which is probably a loss. It’s another regular season for Vandy.
9. Ole Miss (LW: 13)
Going on the road and beating one of the better teams in the SEC East would be considered a pretty good accomplishment to me. Ole Miss still has to play Texas A&M and Mississippi State, so I doubt they’ll be bowl eligible. They’ll most likely fall back down.
8. Kentucky Wildcats (LW: 8)
Yeah, a loss to Ole Miss basically guarantees them a third place finish unless they pull an upset against Georgia. It sucks, but it has been a pretty decent season for the Wildcats. They’ve been very up and down all year to me, I just don't think anyone really thought they would’ve finished around the 8-win mark.
7. Texas A&M Aggies (LW: 5)
Getting handed back-to-back losses by two touchdowns at home isn't good. Right now, it’s looking pretty impossible for the Aggies to get to in nine win mark. They played well against Alabama and beat a good South Carolina team. They, much like Kentucky, have had a very up and down season. I’ll most likely end up swapping them for the final poll.
6. Mississippi State Bulldogs (LW: 4)
Man, being that close in a game at home with UMASS isn't good. Mississippi State has had really good wins over Kentucky and Texas A&M, but it also got smacked by Georgia and Auburn. They play Alabama next week, and I wouldn’t be completely shocked if the Bulldogs kept it close.
5. South Carolina Gamecocks (LW: 6)
This is one of the few times a team will rise after a loss. Going on the road and playing it extremely close with the No. 1 team in the country while two of your top five players are out is something to be proud of. On Saturday, I really believe South Carolina proved that they are going to be a competitor for the top spot in the East for years to come. I’m disappointed in the loss, but I’m happy with the effort.
4. LSU Tigers (LW: 7)
I know, last week I said that LSU was better than South Carolina and I doubt that they would move. But has your team come within two touchdowns of the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the country? I doubt it. They held Alabama to 116 yards on the ground as a team, which I don't think anyone else can claim to have done. They have three very winnable games left, but they could fall a spot or two. Depends on the success of other teams more than their own. LSU won the yardage battle, won the TOP battle, and had more first downs. I’m going to give credit where credit is due.
3. Auburn Tigers (LW: 3)
Auburn is still very much in the race for the SEC West crown. If they beat Georgia next weekend, they get to play Alabama at home. They beat the living crap out of A&M in College Station, which is really hard to do. Next week’s game will be extremely interesting.
2. Georgia Bulldogs (LW: 2)
I think Jake Fromm pulled the ultimate Tom Brady this year. He’s extremely better than Jacob Eason, and it’s not even close. He posted a QBR of 94.2 against one of the better secondaries in the SEC. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined for 183 yards on 36 carries and I doubt they can complain about that. Now, Georgia is looking at a battle of the unbeaten teams in the SEC Championship. If they go on the road to Auburn and beat that team in a sound fashion, it would make the Bulldog resume look even better.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (LW: 1)
I’m not going to move Alabama from No. 1. They struggled against LSU, but won by two touchdowns and were up 21-3 until about a minute left in the third. I just think they’re going to out game plan and out coach just about every team they play. Unless you have a Deshaun Watson, you’re not going to beat this team. I think they have two very big challenges in the next three weeks with having to go on the road to Auburn and Mississippi State. Unless they lose one of those games, these rankings aren’t going to change.