Despite LSU losing to Alabama, we keep the power rankings the same this week. Let’s dive into the teams to explain further.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0)
Alabama secured the biggest win of the year in probably the best SEC football game in recent memory. What a game. Anyone using the game at LSU as potential evidence that Alabama isn’t that good is nuts. Alabama is that good. LSU is just very good too. And Death Valley is unreal.
The close game benefits Alabama greatly. They were exposed just enough on defense to fix a few things and become all the more formidable for future opponents. The Tide should win out and play for the national championship. They should win the national championship.
Ranked wins: #21 Mississippi State, #7 LSU
Key games remaining: #16 Texas A&M
Did you know: At 9.1 points/game, Alabama is the only team in the country holding opponents to under 10 points a game.
2. Georgia Bulldogs (8-1, 6-1)
Georgia continues in the #2 spot with its recent win over Ole Miss. The game was sloppy at times, but Georgia proved they’re a much better football team. As we’ve said all year, this team is as talented as any team in the country. They’re just inconsistent. You’re not sure which Georgia team will show up each week.
Can they compete with Alabama? Yeah, I think so. I don’t think they can beat them, but they can play with them.
Ranked wins: #6 Florida
Key games remaining: No ranked teams
Did you know: Georgia’s offense averages 6.94 yards per play which leads the SEC and is 5th in the nation
3. LSU Tigers (7-2, 3-2)
LSU looked like LSU on Saturday against Alabama. They were physical, fast and confident. Even Zach Mettenberger was confident. This LSU team in its current form could probably beat any team in the country.
As I said weeks ago, the loss against Florida was the wake up game for this team. It hasn’t looked pretty continuously since then, but I think they’ve put it together. Despite having two losses and Florida beating LSU weeks ago, I put LSU ahead of Florida. I think if they played five times, LSU would win four of them. With Florida regressing offensively and LSU hitting on all cylinders, LSU stays at #3
Ranked wins: #8 South Carolina, at #15 Texas A&M
Key games remaining: #21 Miss State
Did you know: LSU is 115th in the country and last in the SEC in penalties committed with 75 total
4. Florida Gators (8-1, 7-1)
After Florida’s ugly win against Missouri, I started looking at numbers comparing the 2012 team to the 2011 team. Statistically, the two teams are extremely similar save one important area. Turnovers. -12 turnover margin in 2011 to +11 this year.
The Gators outstanding defense, the turnover margin and the toughness instilled by head coach Will Muschamp has banked an 8-1 record after 10 weeks. With two cupcakes ahead, the Gators are essentially guaranteed ten wins. It’s an amazing turn around and shows how small things can be a huge difference in the win/loss column. If I had to guess, this team isn’t as good as the record shows and last year’s team wasn’t as bad as the 2011 record showed. Regardless, the Gators are sitting at 8-1 and if they knock off the Seminoles, they might back into the BCS.
Ranked wins: #7 LSU, #8 South Carolina, #15 Texas A&M
Key games remaining: #10 Florida State
Did you know: Florida is 3rd in the country and 1st in the SEC in punting – averaging 46.08 yards per punt.
5. Texas A&M Aggies (7-2, 4-2)
Are the Aggies that good or is Mississippi State that bad? Probably both. If the Aggies lose out, this season has already been a success. The Aggies are a legitimate SEC team and have a legitimate star quarterback in Johnny Manziel.
Most don’t expect the Aggies to win in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, but “looking good” while losing (if there is such a thing) could be important.
Johnny Football vs the Alabama defense is must watch television.
Ranked wins: #21 Miss State, #20 Louisiana Tech
Key games remaining: #1 Alabama
Did you know: The Aggies are averaging 559.6 yards per game. No SEC team in last 5 years has finished averaging 500 yards of offense per game.
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