SDS will update the landscape around the SEC with power rankings every week, and even after just one week, they have changed.
Here’s a link to the preseason power rankings.
In the championship hunt
3. South Carolina
4. Texas A&M
During preseason, we discussed the narrow gap between Alabama and the SEC’s second best team, but now we’re talking about the hairline crack between Alabama and #6. It’s that close, and any six of these teams can hoist the hardware in Atlanta. LSU jumps up to #2 in this week’s power poll, followed closely by South Carolina. Texas A&M and Georgia are a lot alike, and Florida may have the best defense of the six. The SEC is wide open.
7. Ole Miss
With Thursday night’s win, Ole Miss cemented itself at #7, just ahead of Vanderbilt. Both teams are close to top 25 recognition, and neither team wanted to exit the loser. Did these two provide a top five game of 2013?
Want to see more
I want to see more of the above four teams. Arkansas played so well, and it’s clearly a new hard-nosed and physical era of power football under Bret Bielema. Missouri’s offense went off for 58 points and 694 total yards against Murray State. Auburn eeked out a win over Washington State, thanks to three INTs, and Tennessee won 45-0 against a very outmatched opponent. We’ll see all four in action this weekend in an effort to get more of a sample size.
13. Mississippi State
The most underwhelming offensive performance of the weekend went to Mississippi State. In fact, it picked right up where it left off last year – lethargic and unimpressive. Dan Mullen has to mix in some creativity, and he’ll have to do it without Tyler Russell this week because of an injury. Kentucky has lost two straight to Western Kentucky, and the Cats yielded 487 yards and 35 points.
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