We’ve made it, folks!

Next weekend, we’ll get to see 8-0 Georgia host 8-0 Tennessee in a game for all the marbles in the SEC East. The winner will have an inside track to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta and, also, a spot in the College Football Playoff.

The Vols looked like world-beaters against Kentucky on Saturday. Despite some third-quarter struggles, Georgia also looked elite in a big win over Florida.

Which team takes the No. 1 spot in this week’s SEC power rankings? Here’s how things shake out entering a super-important Week 10:

14. Vanderbilt (3-5 overall, 0-4 in SEC)

Previous ranking: 14
This week: OFF

Vanderbilt showed a bit of fight against Mizzou in Week 8. Coming off an open date in Week 9, the Commodores should be rested and ready to host South Carolina on Saturday. South Carolina just fell to Mizzou at Williams-Brice Stadium in Week 9, so perhaps the Commodores will be ready to pounce and score their first SEC victory since 2019? If not, it could end up being another winless conference slate for Vanderbilt.

13. Auburn (3-5, 1-4)

Previous ranking: 12
This week: 41-27 L to Arkansas

The Tigers just can’t hang with SEC teams lately. There are too many mistakes in crucial situations to pick up victories. Tank Bigsby makes big plays when he gets touches, but Bryan Harsin and the offensive staff are too inconsistent getting him the ball. The receivers can make some nice catches, but QB Robby Ashford can be erratic with his accuracy. The run defense is atrocious. There are too many holes in this squad for it to be competitive down the stretch.

12. Texas A&M (3-5, 1-4)

Previous ranking: 11
This week: 31-28 L to No. 15 Ole Miss

I liked what I saw from Conner Weigman in his first career start. He’s the future of the program and if the Aggies continue to put talent around him, he looks like a guy who can lead them to a national championship. But, this season has certainly not gone according to plan. That’s 4-straight losses for the Aggies and frustration with Jimbo Fisher is growing. Will this team even make a bowl game this season?

11. Mizzou (4-4, 2-3)

Previous ranking: 13
This week: 23-10 W over South Carolina

Mizzou finally put a strong 60 minutes together and earned a convincing win over a Power 5 foe. This was a tough road environment, but Brady Cook showed up to lead the Mizzou offense. Meanwhile, the Tigers’ defense continues to keep the team in almost every game it has played this season. The Tigers are learning how to not shoot themselves in the foot (though they still did it a couple of times on Saturday), and bowl eligibility is no longer a distant pipe dream.

10. Florida (4-4, 1-4)

Previous ranking: 9
This week: 42-20 L to No. 1 Georgia

Anthony Richardson took a hit to his leg on Florida’s first drive and wasn’t the same from that point on. He’s a dynamic player, but if he can’t scramble, Florida isn’t going to win many games. The Gators made it interesting in the third quarter, but the talent gap with the Bulldogs was evident as Georgia pulled away in the fourth. Billy Napier has issues on both sides of the ball to address moving forward.

9. South Carolina (5-3, 2-3)

Previous ranking: 7
This week: 23-10 L to Mizzou

The Gamecocks have some solid wins and some head-scratching losses. This defeat at the hands of Mizzou falls in the latter category. Spencer Rattler just isn’t where he needs to be as a quarterback for this team right now. The play-calling isn’t doing him any favors, either. Mizzou’s defense is good, yes, but the Gamecocks should have been able to put up more than 10 points.

8. Mississippi State (5-3, 2-3)

Previous ranking: 10
This week: OFF

The Bulldogs move up 2 spots by virtue of doing nothing. Not a bad week. Better than the past 2 weeks for Mike Leach’s squad, frankly. The high-powered offense has looked atrocious the past 2 games, accounting for only 23 points in losses to Kentucky and Alabama. But, the Bulldogs get a struggling Auburn team in Starkville this coming weekend. That could be a get-right game for Mississippi State.

7. Kentucky (5-3, 2-3)

Previous ranking: 6
This week: 44-6 L to No. 3 Tennessee

The Wildcats were absolutely dominated by the Vols on Saturday in Neyland Stadium. But, they can join the club, as that’s what Tennessee has been doing to a lot of schools this season. There are some major issues with this Kentucky offense that need to be addressed. Will Levis makes too many dangerous throws. But I’m not going to punish a team too much for losing to the juggernaut that is Tennessee.

6. Arkansas (5-3, 2-3)

Previous ranking: 8
This week: 41-27 W over Auburn

The off week was just what the Hogs needed. Sam Pittman’s squad looked healthy and absolutely dominated the Auburn defense. Jadon Haselwood had a big receiving day. Rocket Sanders went over the 1,000-yard mark on the season rushing. KJ Jefferson continued his strong play. A rested Arkansas squad will take on a tough Liberty team next week in an intriguing nonconference matchup.

5. Ole Miss (8-1, 4-1)

Previous ranking: 5
This week: 31-28 W over Texas A&M

It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. That’s all that matters, and now the Rebels have 8 of them. Quinshon Judkins is an electric freshman running back and right there with Arkansas’s Rocket Sanders as the best backs in the SEC. The Rebels ran for 390 yards as a team, with Judkins gaining 205 of those yards. Now, the Rebels enter a well-deserved week off with Alabama looming large on Nov. 12.

4. LSU (6-2, 4-1)

Previous ranking: 4
This week: OFF

LSU has a huge opportunity in front of it next weekend, hosting an Alabama team that has shown some weaknesses this year. The Tigers still control their own destiny in the SEC West, but this matchup against the rival Tide will determine whether that continues moving forward. If Jayden Daniels keeps playing like a fringe Heisman contender, the Tigers will at least have a chance to pull off the upset.

3. Alabama (7-1, 4-1)

Previous ranking: 3
This week: OFF

Like LSU, Alabama is also coming off an open date. The Tide should be fairly healthy heading into Death Valley. But, the defense is going to have to have one of its best performances of the year next Saturday in order to slow down Jayden Daniels. Gap discipline is going to be very important for the defensive front and CB Eli Ricks is going to have to continue his strong play from the Mississippi State game against his former squad.

2. Georgia (8-0, 5-0)

Previous ranking: 2
This week: 42-20 W over Florida

Things got a bit dicey for the Bulldogs early in the second half, but then they pulled away late. The running game is dominant when Georgia holds a lead in the fourth quarter. That’s Branson Robinson time. Also, when you have Brock Bowers on your squad, you’re going to make a lot of big plays. Now, the Bulldogs remain unbeaten and return to Athens, where they’ll await Tennessee next weekend. Speaking of the Vols…

1. Tennessee (8-0, 4-0)

Previous ranking: 1
This week: 44-6 W over No. 19 Kentucky

The Vols look like a complete team. This was the defense’s best effort of the season, forcing Kentucky and star QB Will Levis into a handful of turnovers. The offense continued churning along. Jalin Hyatt broke Tennessee’s single-season TD reception record and it isn’t even November yet. I know there have been a few Georgia fans upset the Bulldogs aren’t the No. 1 team in these rankings so far this season. Well, on Saturday in Athens, the score will be settled. The Bulldogs and Vols will square off for the top spot in my power rankings (and perhaps a few other accolades, too)!