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SEC Power Rankings: Week 1

Let’s take a look at where things stand.

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Happy football season, everyone! I’m the type of college football fan that consumes everything FBS, so I have definitely watched games the previous 2 weeks. It was not until this past Saturday that I really felt whole though.

The SEC is back and with a conference-only mega-slate for all 14 teams, there may never be a season where we have a more accurate set of power rankings. Still, it’s just week 1 for the conference. Everything we think we know is really something we believe.

Some of our beliefs were backed up by what we saw on the field. Some were challenged. Whatever the case, it is FAR too early to rank these teams 1 through 14. So instead, let’s put the SEC in tiers for this week.

And no, I did not forget that we do this gif style. Let’s do SpongeBob gifs today. I don’t think we’ve done that yet.

TIER 1 - PROBABLY PRETTY GOOD

Alabama

Wow, they look good! Particularly on defense. We had to get all the way to second half mop up duty before the flaws showed up. Mac Jones is a lot better than anyone gave him credit for.

Florida

Both Kyles thinking about the NFL Draft.

TIER 2 - MAYBE GOOD

Auburn

Auburn has some receivers, and with Chad Morris calling the plays, they should make life in the West hell for just about anyone. They also have Bo Nix (pictured above) playing QB, so who knows?

Tennessee

There were times on Saturday night that I really liked what I saw from Tennessee. I think Pruitt is a better coach than we realize. Guarantano found some new go-to targets and their line is LEGIT! Even still, it is hard to judge Tennessee early in the season and they needed the dumbest of dumb plays to put a not-very-good Gamecocks team away.

TIER 3 - IS TEXAS A&M

Texas A&M

The expectations were high, but at the end of the day, Kellen Mond is still Kellen Mond. Jimbo Fisher is still Jimbo Fisher. This team is only playing 10 games, but they will find a way to go 8-4.

TIER 4 - NOT GOOD, BUT CERTAINLY BETTER THAN EXPECTED

Mississippi State

I am as impressed as you are, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. They’re fun to look at, but really all Mississippi State proved so far is that LSU lost a lot of talent last year and that maybe installing the air raid won’t take as long to install as we thought.

South Carolina

Will Muschamp as a head coach and Mike Bobo as offensive coordinator didn’t give me a lot of confidence for this season, so look, the dumb mistakes pissed me off as much as they did you, but I genuinely wondered if the Cocks were going to be able to move the ball past the 50.

TIER 5 - WHAT...I DON’T...WHAT THE HELL AM I LOOKING AT?

LSU

CoAcH o Is ElItE. lSu Is JuSt GoNnA rElOaD.

Georgia

Now, I was told UGA was so stacked at QB that Jamie Newman opted out because there was no way he could compete. Could it be that the coach that looked at Jake Fromm and Justin Fields and said “I’ll take Jake Fromm” doesn’t know what he is doing with QBs?

Kentucky

I’m not ready to say Kentucky is bad or has problems. What I will say is for all of the SEC Network’s crowing about how much having Terry Wilson back would make Kentucky a dangerous, two-dimentional offense, he sure did miss a lot of open receivers.

TIER 6 - HEY, THOSE KIDS ARE OUT THERE GETTING EXERCISE. THAT’S GOOD!

Arkansas

For a short season, it sure is gonna be a long season.

Ole Miss

The best thing Lane Kiffin has ever done is that sideline money bag, because I mean...Ole Miss. You get it.

Missouri

So yeah, they looked not good, but Alabama is going to make a lot of teams look not good this year. I don’t know how many wins they’re gonna get, but the Mizzou defense may rack up a few manslaughter charges. THOSE BOYS HIT!

TIER 7 - YOU’RE BAD, BUT YOU’VE GOT MOXIE!

Vanderbilt

Could Vanderbilt actually win a game this year?