SEC Power Rankings: The Big 5


Next week, we will rank the teams and do a feature article on recapping the season with rankings, expectations, etc. This week, however, we’re going to stick with the Big 5.

Last week’s Big 5 – and South Carolina – all took care of business against worthy foes this weekend. With six 10-win teams, we can relish in just how good this conference has been this season, along with having the likely Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

Let’s get down to business:

1a. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1)

Alabama was expected to dismember Auburn in the Iron Bowl, and they did just that with their 49-0 drubbing in Tuscaloosa. It became the final straw in the Gene Chizik era, as he was canned Sunday. The Tide have won back-to-back 49-0 games in the last two weeks against lesser opponents. Alabama’s offense remains extremely balanced, as they threw for 216 yards and ran for 267 yards Saturday. However, Bama lost to the most explosive offense this season in Texas A&M. Georgia may not have Johnny Manziel, but they are just as explosive and balanced as Texas A&M. Alabama has a serious week ahead of them.

Ranked wins: #7 LSU, #19 Michigan

Key games remaining: #3 Georgia (SEC Championship)

1b. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1, 7-1)

If there was any talk about Georgia stumbling before Alabama to in-state rival Tech, it went right out the window when the Bulldogs scored rushing touchdowns on their first three drives of the game, helping to lead to a 42-10 mule kick over the Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs are an interesting team, and I’m not sure they have played their best game yet. On paper, this bunch is so talented but usually don’t play up to their potential. The easy schedule helped propel the Dawgs to Atlanta, but that’s football. Georgia is peaking at just the right time, and against an overrated Alabama defense, this could be something special to watch – it almost sets up perfectly for the Bulldogs. This could be Georgia’s year!

Ranked wins: #4 Florida

Key games remaining: #2 Alabama (SEC Championship)

3. Florida Gators (11-1, 7-1)

You want to talk about resume? Florida has the best resume in the country. If not for a complete meltdown against Georgia with five turnovers, the Gators could be sitting 12-0 and headed to Atlanta this week. But credit Georgia for taking care of business in Jacksonville. Florida dominated three quarters in Tallahassee, only letting FSU have a glimmer of hope in the third. The Gators have beaten four top teams in America, with two wins coming on the road at Texas A&M and Florida State – two of the toughest places to play in all of college football. Florida just may have the best defense in the country, and it took a rivalry game for the Gators to play their best football. I’m not sure many thought they had it in ‘em.

Ranked wins: #7 LSU, #10 South Carolina, at #9 Texas A&M, at #13 Florida State

Key games remaining: None

4. Texas A&M Aggies (10-2, 6-2)

Johnny Manziel wrapped up the Heisman this weekend with his with his 439-yard five-touchdown performance against fellow SEC newbie Missouri. Manziel sliced through Mizzou’s defense like a hot knife through butter. The Aggies finished the regular season with the highest rated offense in the SEC, scoring 44.8 points per game – good for third overall in the country. The job Kevin Sumlin has done week-to-week in his first year in the SEC is remarkable and should be celebrated by the Aggies. TAMU has the best player in the country and arguably the top defensive player in the SEC in Damontre Moore.

Ranked wins: at #2 Alabama

Key games remaining: None

5. LSU Tigers (10-2, 6-2)

LSU is almost boring to watch. They have future NFL talent all over the defense, with a pocket passer and a run-heavy offense. Zach Mettenberger hasn’t progressed as many thought he would throughout the season. I thought he took a step back Friday against Arkansas. He had the Mettenberger early-season blues, where he held on to the ball too long and was overshooting receivers. LSU is lucky to have beaten Arkansas, but we did see the catch of the year from Jarvis Landry. The Tigers await their final bowl destination of Capital One, Outback or Chick-fil-A. A 10-win LSU is used to playing for BCS bowls, but not this year.

Ranked wins: #10 South Carolina, at #9 Texas A&M

Photo Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Key games remaining: None



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  • I just had a thought (and I may be late on this): for all the people who bitch and moan about the SEC’s dominance and how it was SEC vs. SEC last year and how close it was to being SEC vs. SEC this year, when the playoff system comes around, it could be very likely that you’ll see even more SEC vs. SEC MNC games. If two SEC teams make it to the 4-team playoff (which could have been the case in multiple years recently) and don’t play each other in the first round, there’s a good chance the SEC teams in their respective games to meet in the MNC. Anyway, just something I think will be hilarious to watch as it plays out in the years to come. If it happens, you will likely see a movement for a return to the BCS or yet another system.

    • I really dont like the way they are talking about the play off system lately. They talk about doing away with the rankings and letting the play off be between the conference champions of the big conferences and I don’t necessarily like that. Someone please correct me if I am wrong about the way it will work but it makes me angry when the 5 teams up there could probably beat Notre Dame!

      • I think they should do a 10 team playoff with two brackets and kind of make it like the nfl. but they should keep the rankings.

        • Think 8 teams would be the max…ya don’t want it to be just like the NFL because then the games wouldn’t matter as much. I like the idea of a 7 team playoff with #1 getting rewarded with a bye week. Use the BCS rankings to seed the bracket and all 5 BCS bowls get a game. You would need to start a couple weeks earlier but I think having a month long layoff is ridiculous anyways.

        • Anything more than 4 teams and you will lose the excitement of last Saturday. Do we really care if Oregon and Kansas State win or lose if the NCG is not on the line. 4 teams dilute it but 4+ removes it. BTW, Roll Tide!

        • Yeah I definitely don’t have an issue with just 4 teams…but I fear it will eventually expand regardless

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