You can make the case for either Alabama or Georgia for the top spot in the power rankings. The interesting thing is that these teams have only 3 top 25 BCS ranked wins between them. They both have had rather weak schedules. Regardless, they are the top two teams in the SEC and will likely meet in Atlanta in a few weeks.
1a. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1)
Alabama fans should be concerned regarding the last two weeks of football. The Tide defense has been exposed giving up over 400 yards of offense each game at the hands of LSU and Texas A&M. It was a reminder that this Alabama team is good, but the defense is not as good as last year’s team.
Ranked wins: #7 LSU, #21 Michigan
Key games remaining: #5 Georgia (assuming Alabama beats Auburn)
1b. Georgia Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1)
Georgia is playing good football in recent weeks, but the opponents haven’t exactly been stout. Ole Miss and Auburn have clearly been overmatched against the Dawgs, but does this mean Georgia looks this good in the SECCG? Probably not. With that said, Alabama looks beatable, and you have to give Georgia as much of a chance to win the SEC as the Tide.
Ranked wins: #6 Florida
Key games remaining: #4 Alabama (assuming Alabama wins the West)
3. LSU Tigers (8-2, 4-2)
If you’re an LSU fan, you’re really encouraged right now by the play of Zach Mettenberger. When he is on, he absolutely passes the eye ball test. He has a very strong arm and is capable of making throws all over the field. His last two games give evidence to the idea that it just took Mett a half a season to get settled in as the leader of this offense. LSU could steamroll the rest of their competition and roll into the 2013 season as the national favorites.
Ranked wins: #9 South Carolina, at #8 Texas A&M
Key games remaining: #21 Miss State
4. Texas A&M Aggies (8-2, 5-2)
The Aggies are riding high right now after the huge win in Tuscaloosa. Sumlin has this team playing great football, and he has a superstar quarterback leading the charge that might go all the way to the Fiesta Bowl. There aren’t enough things to say about how impressive the Aggies first year in the SEC has been. With Sam Houston State and Missouri left on the schedule, the Aggies should finish 10-2.
Ranked wins: #4 Alabama, #20 Louisiana Tech
Key games remaining: None
5. Florida Gators (9-1, 7-1)
Florida is one of the strangest 9-1 teams that I can remember..The Gators had an extremely impressive first half of the season with wins against current top ten teams like Texas A&M and LSU. The team has indeed regressed since the big win over South Carolina a few weeks ago. A turnover fest against Georgia has been followed up with two very ugly games against Missouri and LA-Lafayette. Florida was lucky to win both of those games. While they only have one loss, you have to drop Florida behind LSU and A&M with the way these teams are playing right now.
Ranked wins: #7 LSU, #9 South Carolina, #8 Texas A&M
Key games remaining: #10 Florida State
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