ESPN power ranks the SEC's 14 teams ahead of Week 8
The top two teams in the SEC have clearly set themselves apart from the pack as they appear to be on a course to meet in Atlanta in December.
Alabama and Georgia, both 7-0, have answered each question posed to them this season, including most recently against overmatched foes. ESPN pegged them at the top of the league, and ranked all 14 teams through Week 7 in its latest power rankings.
Despite blowing a 20-0 lead in a loss at LSU, Auburn is listed as the third-best team in the SEC, followed by two-loss Texas A&M, which is trending up, Alex Scarborough and Sam Khan Jr. wrote, following a win at Florida.
Speaking of bounce back teams, LSU checks in at No. 5 after two straight SEC wins, while South Carolina is another team that notched a conference road win in Knoxville last week to improve to 5-2.
Three-loss Florida entered the bye week with plenty of questions and concerns on offense as the Gators will face a top-shelf challenge in Georgia next week. No word yet if they’ve ditched the uniforms that brought a heavy dose of criticism.
The teams ranked eighth and ninth in the SEC meet this week in Starkville as one-loss Kentucky will get arguably its toughest test of the season. Mississippi State will look to continue its momentum built with a big win over BYU.
The bottom of the barrel brings Ole Miss, which appeared to be lost at sea following losses to Alabama and Auburn, followed by Vanderbilt, which has dropped four straight, and Arkansas, which is 0-3 in SEC games.
The bottom two teams have a lot more questions than answers, and in Knoxville, most of that is centered on how long Butch Jones will be the coach. At Missouri, it’s can the Tigers find any sort of defense.
Here are the power rankings as ESPN sees them:
1. Alabama (7-0)
2. Georgia (7-0)
3. Auburn (5-2)
4. Texas A&M (5-2)
5. LSU (5-2)
6. South Carolina (5-2)
7. Florida (3-3)
8. Kentucky (5-1)
9. Mississippi State (4-2)
10. Ole Miss (3-3)
11. Vanderbilt (3-4)
12. Arkansas (2-4)
13. Tennessee (3-3)
14. Missouri (1-5)