SEC Power Rankings: Ranking every SEC team after Week 6
Wow, what a weekend that was!
In the SEC alone, we had a 52-51 game between Ole Miss and Arkansas that ended with a failed 2-point conversion try.
We also saw No. 1 Alabama lose for the first time since 2019. Georgia’s defense looked elite once again. Dan Mullen gave a fiery halftime interview.
It was a busy week. And it had major implications for the power rankings.
Here’s how we rank all 14 SEC squads following Week 6:
14. Vanderbilt (2-4 overall, 0-2 in SEC play)
Previous ranking: 14
This week: 42-0 L to Florida
Next week: at South Carolina (3-3)
The Commodores have played 2 SEC games this year. They’ve been outscored 104-0. That’s embarrassing. Yes, it has been against Georgia and Florida, but it’s still unacceptable. Kudos to Clark Lea’s squad for winning 2 nonconference games this year, but this program still has a long road to respectability.
13. South Carolina (3-3, 0-3)
Previous ranking: 12
This week: 45-20 L to Tennessee
Next week: vs. Vanderbilt (2-4)
The Gamecocks were dominated by the Vols. Not to the extent of Mizzou last week, but it was still an ugly game. The Gamecocks’ offense is a disaster. Until they show some signs of life on that side of the ball, it’s going to be tough to move them out of the No. 13 spot in these power rankings.
12. Mizzou (3-3, 0-2)
Previous ranking: 13
This week: 48-35 W over North Texas
Next week: vs. Texas A&M (4-2)
This was a better effort from Mizzou. Yes, I know the final score doesn’t look that great. But the Tigers held a 31-7 lead at halftime. The defense fell apart a bit with the backups in the second half. Depth has always been a problem for that unit. Fortunately, the offense showed some signs of life. We’ll see if the Tigers can build off of this small amount of momentum moving forward into a tough home game vs. Texas A&M on Saturday. Texas A&M just knocked off No. 1 Alabama. Could a letdown game be in the works?
11. LSU (3-3, 1-2)
Previous ranking: 10
This week: 42-21 L to No. 16 Kentucky
Next week: vs. Florida (4-2)
Does this team even want to play anymore? Derek Stingley Jr. and now, sadly, Kayshon Boutte, are out. The defense is awful. Coach Ed Orgeron is on a scorching hot seat. With a home game against Florida next weekend at Death Valley, things could get a lot worse for this team before they get any better.
10. Auburn (4-2, 1-1)
Previous ranking: 7
This week: 34-10 L to No. 2 Georgia
Next week: vs. Ole Miss (4-1)
I thought maybe the Tigers would be the team to score more than 13 points against Georgia. How wrong I was. Georgia’s defense remains elite. This next game won’t be easy for Bryan Harsin’s squad, either. It’s never easy to go from facing an elite defense to an elite offense. But the game is at Jordan-Hare Stadium. We’ll see what happens in that big-time SEC West matchup.
9. Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1)
Previous ranking: 8
This week: OFF
Next week: vs. Alabama (5-1)
Mississippi State was off this weekend. We’ll see if the Bulldogs were paying attention to what Texas A&M did to Alabama. The Bulldogs beat the Aggies a couple of weeks ago, so it’s not crazy to think Mississippi State could pull off the upset of the Tide! It’s not likely, but it’s not impossible, either.
8. Tennessee (4-2, 2-2)
Previous ranking: 9
This week: 45-20 W over South Carolina
Next week: vs. Ole Miss (4-1)
OK, this offense is for real. Yes, the Vols have done it against Mizzou and South Carolina the past 2 weeks, but those were teams that they struggled to beat in recent years. This weekend, we’ll see if the defense is legit when Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin come to Rocky Top for what’s sure to be an intense game.
7. Arkansas (4-2, 1-2)
Previous ranking: 4
This week: 52-51 L to No. 17 Ole Miss
Next week: vs. Auburn (4-2)
I like the guts it took to go for 2 after scoring the late touchdown, but obviously, the play didn’t work out for the Hogs. Still, that was an exciting game all-around. I was less-than-impressed with the Arkansas defense, which is supposed to be its calling card. They’ll have to get that figured out before hosting Auburn this week.
6. Texas A&M (4-2, 1-2)
Previous ranking: 11
This week: 41-38 W over No. 1 Alabama
Next week: at Mizzou (3-3)
When you beat the No. 1 team in the country, you jump from No. 11 to No. 6 in these rankings. No, this Aggies team isn’t fully fixed. Yes, those were still unacceptable losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State. But, for 1 week, Jimbo Fisher’s squad can feel good about itself. Now, just imagine how much better this win would feel if the Aggies hadn’t blown games the previous 2 weeks …
5. Florida (4-2, 2-2)
Previous ranking: 6
This week: 42-0 W over Vanderbilt
Next week: at LSU (3-3)
Yes, this team still has problems. Dan Mullen is quick to admit that. But the Gators still won 42-0. That’s better than struggling to beat Vanderbilt. Now, they face a really tough road test at LSU. The Tigers are struggling, but they’re still going to be dangerous in Death Valley. This will be a great test for the Gators as they try to prove the loss at Kentucky was just a blip.
4. Ole Miss (4-1, 1-1)
Previous ranking: 5
This week: 52-51 W over No. 13 Arkansas
Next week: at Tennessee (4-2)
The Rebels’ offense was great Saturday. The defense, not so much, but it made the key stop when it needed to. That was a huge win over Arkansas, and a great momentum victory for Lane Kiffin and his offense. Matt Corral is back in the Heisman race and the Rebels remain one of the better teams in the SEC.
3. Kentucky (6-0, 3-0)
Previous ranking: 3
This week: 42-21 W over LSU
Next week: at Georgia (6-0)
Raise your hand if you thought before the season that Kentucky would be 6-0 heading into a showdown in Athens. OK, well, my hand most certainly isn’t up. I thought Kentucky wouldn’t be great this year. How wrong I was. This team can hang with Georgia. I don’t think the Wildcats will win on Saturday, but I think it will be a close, low-scoring game when 2 great defenses meet.
2. Alabama (5-1, 2-1)
Previous ranking: 1
This week: 41-38 L to Texas A&M
Next week: at Mississippi State (3-2)
It actually happened. Alabama actually lost. The Tide fell to an unranked opponent, which never happens. Nick Saban lost to a former assistant, which had literally never happened. But the Tide still showed a lot of fight in a tough road environment. And this is still an elite team. Alabama still has a clear path to the Playoff (win out). I expect them to bounce back next week in Starkville.
1. Georgia (6-0, 3-0)
Previous ranking: 2
This week: 34-10 W over No. 18 Auburn
Next week: vs. Kentucky (6-0)
Georgia was probably going to move up to No. 1 anyway after a dominant win over a ranked team on the road. But Alabama losing at Texas A&M sealed the deal for Kirby Smart’s crew. The Bulldogs are the best team in the country without a doubt, and they’re not even at full strength yet. That’s a scary thought for future Georgia opponents.