SEC Power Rankings: Week 11
Previous Power Rankings:
Every week, SDS will poll its writers, and we’ll provide a collective SEC power rankings, instead of it coming from just one writer with one impression of every team. Here are the SEC power rankings after Week 11, according to our staff:
Eliminated from bowl contention
14. Vanderbilt Commodores (3-7)
With two games to play and needing three wins, Vanderbilt has officially been eliminated from bowl contention. How many changes will Derek Mason make to his staff this offseason? There’s a nice young nucleus of talent in Nashville, but some things have to definitely change.
Projected out of a bowl game
13. South Carolina Gamecocks (4-5)
12. Kentucky Wildcats (5-5)
11. Arkansas Razorbacks (4-5)
South Carolina enters Week 11 among three SEC teams projected out of a bowl game, outside of already-eliminated Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks enjoyed the bye week before traveling to The Swamp for Saturday’s game against the Gators…After starting 5-1, Kentucky has lost four straight games. The Cats haven’t won on the road this season and will face Tennessee and Louisville away from Lexington…Arkansas is the only SEC West team that likely won’t make a bowl game, and the Hogs return to action Saturday against LSU, needing to win two of their last three games to clinch a bowl berth. The Hogs opened up as favorites.
SEC East trio
10. Tennessee Volunteers (4-5)
9. Florida Gators (5-3)
8. Missouri Tigers (7-2)
Needing to win two of its last three games, Tennessee looks to be on the upswing with Josh Dobbs at quarterback. The Vols enjoyed the bye week before they return Saturday against Kentucky…Florida can still win the SEC East, despite being ranked behind both Missouri and Georgia. The Gators have to beat South Carolina Saturday, and Florida needs help with losses from UGA and Missouri. Is Will Muschamp actually going to save his job? Two words: Treon Harris…Missouri controls its own destiny in the SEC East now, and the Tigers have a big road game at Texas A&M Saturday that will help shape the SEC East.
Middle of the pack
7. Texas A&M Aggies (7-3)
6. Georgia Bulldogs (7-2)
Texas A&M did what most thought they couldn’t do and beat Auburn on the road. Some will say Auburn choked, but the Aggies were noticeably improved on both sides of the ball that helped propel them to victory…Georgia is still figured the best team in the SEC East, and the Bulldogs embarrassed Kentucky in Lexington. UGA now faces Auburn Saturday at home, and it should be an epic thriller between two two-loss teams.
SEC West trio
5. Ole Miss Rebels (8-2)
4. LSU Tigers (7-3)
3. Auburn Tigers (7-2)
Ole Miss throttled Presbyterian Saturday, and with TAMU’s upset win over Auburn, there’s still a fighting chance the Rebels can win the SEC West. Ole Miss heads into the bye week before facing Arkansas and Mississippi State to end the season…LSU let Alabama escape Saturday night with a boneheaded late-game penalty and kickoff out of bounds. Lost in all the craziness, Les Miles has done a terrific job with his young team this season…As awesome as Auburn’s win against Ole Miss was last Saturday, it was equally as heartbreaking against Texas A&M. Two fumbles in the closing minutes of the game can break a team’s will. Let’s see how they respond against Georgia on Saturday.
Remaining CFB Playoff contenders
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1)
1. Mississippi State (9-0)
It looked dim being down three with less than a minute to play, but Alabama found a way to escape Death Valley and make it four straight against the Tigers. The Crimson Tide have several issues overall, and there’s no time to emotionally recover from Saturday night’s win, because Mississippi State comes calling this week…And speaking of Mississippi State: the Bulldogs are the drama-free SEC team thus far. Say what you want about MSU, but they just keep on winning and remain in the driver’s seat for the SEC West and the College Football Playoff.