SEC Power Rankings entering Week 10
Four SEC teams were off Saturday.
Well, seven if you include Missouri, Georgia and Tennessee.
A wild Saturday led to a massive overhaul in the Week 10 SEC Power Rankings.
Last week: 13
Skinny: The Tigers continue to fall and the primary reason is they can’t tackle anybody. After holding Georgia to 101 yards rushing in Week 3, the Tigers have allowed three of their past four opponents to top 300 yards rushing. The one team that didn’t get to 300 finished with 287. Kentucky ran for 377 against the Tigers on Saturday.
13. Mississippi State
Last week: 14
Skinny: There wasn’t much the Bulldogs could have done against FCS Samford to sway this voter. Their performance wasn’t much of a confidence booster heading into next week’s date against Texas A&M.
The good news is they scored 56 points against Samford. The troubling news? They gave up 41. How many will Trevor Knight, Jalen Hurts, Austin Allen and Chad Kelly put on this defense in the final month?
Last week: 8
Skinny: The offense is broken, and the biggest issue — up front — isn’t easily fixable. The Bulldogs have at times been unstoppable on the ground and through the air, but never both in the same game. And recently, not either in a single game.
Last week: 12
Skinny: The Commodores were off Saturday, hopefully preparing for Auburn’s reinvented, rejuvenated run game. Georgia Tech ran wild on the Dores in Week 3, but Vandy has been better since. It kept Georgia and Florida under 100 yards. Keeping Auburn under 100 for a half would be a major accomplishment.
Looking ahead, the Commodores (4-4) face Mizzou in Week 11. If they beat Mizzou, Vandy could go bowling at 5-7 because of their strong APR score.
Last week: 5
Skinny: The Vols are so battered, they hardly resemble the team we expected to see. Literally and figuratively.
9. South Carolina
Last week: 11
Skinny: Will Muschamp got his signature win in Year 1, the 24-21 stunner Saturday night over Tennessee. And just like that, with games against Missouri and Western Carolina remaining, a bowl seems more likely than not for the 4-4 Gamecocks.
Last week: 10
Skinny: These Wildcats are doing things few in this program have. They’ve won 4 SEC games, just the fifth time that’s happened since 1977. They are running at will. With five wins and Austin Peay looming, only an unthinkable upset will prevent them from going to a bowl. But they woke up Sunday in second place in the SEC East. They’re dreaming much bigger than a bowl game, starting in Week 10 against Georgia.
7. Ole Miss
Last week: 9
Skinny: The Rebels entered the season wanting to be the best team in the country. Now they’re merely the best 3-5 team in the country. Stick them in the East, however, and they might be runaway division champs.
Last week: 7
Skinny: So much drama involving the teams above and below the idle Razorbacks, who will resume play Saturday against Florida in a game that will impact the SEC East one way or another.
Last week: 6
Skinny: The Gators’ defense can play with anybody in America. That offense, though … it has some serious Big Ten first-gear qualities to it. But Tennessee’s loss means the East is all but theirs.
Last week: 4
Skinny: The idle Tigers get their chance to move up next week when they host Alabama.
3. Texas A&M
Last week: 2
Skinny: The Aggies didn’t do anything wrong, but degree of difficulty has to count for something, and New Mexico State didn’t offer much resistance Saturday.
Last week: 3
Skinny: The surging Tigers ambushed Ole Miss, producing the most impressive victory in Week 10 and were rewarded thusly. How much longer until OC Rhett Lashlee becomes a serious LSU candidate? Auburn could be riding an eight-game winning streak heading into the Nov. 26 Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa.
Last week: 1
Skinny: Alabama’s third Game of the Year is Saturday night at LSU. Bring ear plugs — the kind the military uses on aircraft carriers.
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