SEC Power Rankings after Week 10
SEC Week 10 did little to shake things up in the league. Georgia took care of Florida, Auburn stumbled through a win, and the league’s worst teams looked awful. But 10 weeks into the season, here’s our current SEC Power Rankings:
14. Arkansas (2-7, lost to Mississippi State 54-24)
In a season of low points, this absolute bludgeoning by one of the weakest teams in the SEC is a leader in the clubhouse for the lowest. Guaranteeing a win at home and then losing by 30 is the sort of thing a coach might do before he gets fired.
13. Vanderbilt (2-6, lost to South Carolina 24-7)
Vandy followed a surprising win over Missouri (and a bye week) by absolutely not showing up offensively in this game. What an underperforming group the Commodores offense has been.
12. Mississippi (3-6, lost to Auburn 20-14)
The glass is half full because the Rebels ran the final play of this game from 35 yards out with a chance to win the game. It’s half empty because they were outgained 507-266, which is probably a better indicator of the gap between these two teams.
11. Mississippi State (4-5, beat Arkansas 54-24)
Now this is the Mississippi State offense we all signed up for: 460 rushing yards and a decent passing game. THAT will work. Will it carry over to the rest of the season?
10. Missouri (5-3, off)
Nobody ahead of Missouri did anything awful, so we’ll have to leave the Tigers in place during this off week. Maybe Georgia will be sluggish next week … but it probably won’t much matter.
9. South Carolina (4-5, beat Vanderbilt 24-7)
A frustratingly solid win for the Gamecocks, because this was kind of the polar opposite of the Tennessee game. If South Carolina plays like this for the next two weeks, this team could yet gain bowl eligibility.
8. Tennessee (4-5, beat UAB 30-7)
The Vols forced four UAB turnovers and cashed in opportunities for points. But they also outgained UAB just 302-237. And 3.1 yards per carry won’t cut it from here on … though it might if the defense keeps getting turnovers.
7. Kentucky (4-4, off)
UK doesn’t move on the off-week. The Wildcats’ game next week against UT will set somebody on the path to bowl eligibility and make life a bit more complicated for the other team.
6. Texas A&M (6-3, beat Texas-San Antonio 45-14)
This one was never in doubt for the Aggies, and they did a good job imposing their will on a weaker team. The remaining schedule will present a tougher challenge, and will determine where in the middle of the SEC pecking order the Aggies finish.
5. Auburn (7-2, beat Mississippi 20-14)
On the one hand, the Tigers assured themselves of a winning season. On the other, they greatly struggled to put away a mediocre Rebels squad at home despite almost doubling them in total yardage. Good work in the air by Bo Nix, but 3.6 yards per carry on the ground was pretty ho-hum.
4. Florida (7-2, lost to Georgia 24-17)
All year long, an inconsistent ground game has been a red flag for Florida. In this one, with 19 carries for 21 yards, it finally doomed UF. The Gators have probably overachieved, but they’ll need some big help to win the East now.
3. Georgia (7-1, beat Florida 24-17)
This game didn’t feel quite as close as the score, and UGA was remarkably solid throughout the game. Offensively, the Bulldogs were efficient (12 for 18 on third down) and defensively, they kept Florida in front of them. It wasn’t a glamorous win, but it keeps UGA in the CFP hunt.
2. Alabama (8-0, off)
Go ahead, Nick. No rat poison here. Time to show us what you’ve got.
1.LSU (8-0, off)
How will the Tigers react to wearing a bullseye? Since the Orgeron Era began, LSU seems to have kind of played from a mild underdog’s position. Not this week. Everybody knows how good both of these teams are. What will that mean for the Tigers?