SEC Power Rankings: Week 12
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Can you believe there are just two weeks left in the regular season? Although this year has flown by, it’s been grueling on so many levels for players, coaches and fans.
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 12, according to our staff:
Eliminated from bowl contention
14. Vanderbilt Commodores (3-7)
Vanderbilt had the Week 12 bye, and the Commodores return Saturday to face a road trip against an angry Mississippi State. The Commodores remain the SEC’s only team to be mathematically eliminated from bowl contention.
Still in bowl contention
13. Kentucky Wildcats (5-6)
12. Florida Gators (5-4)
11. South Carolina Gamecocks (5-5)
10. Tennessee Volunteers (5-5)
9. Arkansas Razorbacks (5-5)
Kentucky is the lowest ranked in a cluster of five-win teams. Along with Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas could all make bowl games and set an SEC record with 13 bowl eligible teams. Wouldn’t that be fitting for such a year filled with so much parity? Tennessee and Arkansas certainly look like two teams that are getting much better as the season progresses.
Aggies and Three Tigers
8. Texas A&M Aggies (7-4)
7. LSU Tigers (7-4)
6. Missouri Tigers (8-2)
5. Auburn Tigers (7-3)
Following Saturday’s loss, Texas A&M slides to No. 8 in this week’s power rankings. The Aggies lost another home game to an underdog in Missouri…When was the last time LSU was shut out? Yes, it was the 2012 BCS National Championship Game against Alabama. How bad can it get for LSU this season?…Is Missouri the quietest 8-2 team ever? The Tigers still control their own destiny to Atlanta, and Georgia must have Mizzou — a team the Dawgs shut out — lose one of its final two games. What a job Gary Pinkel is doing again this season…Where does Auburn go from here? Suddenly having lost two straight games, the Gus Bus seems to have a couple flat tires. The Tigers wouldn’t want to ruin Alabama’s chance at a national championship, would they? How will Auburn respond?
4. Ole Miss Rebels (8-2)
3. Georgia Bulldogs (8-2)
Ole Miss had a bye over the weekend, and the Rebels return to action against Arkansas Saturday in Fayetteville…Georgia hammered Auburn Saturday, and the Bulldogs racked up 289 rushing yards, with 288 of it coming from Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, who continues to be the best freshman in the SEC. The Dawgs are sitting and waiting on Missouri to drop another one before they can punch their ticket to Atlanta…will it happen? It’s a damn shame Todd Gurley’s season is over due to an ACL injury, and all of college football loses, not just UGA.
Two of the top four teams?
2. Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-1)
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1)
While Mississippi State lost to Alabama, the SEC won. With such a narrow margin of victory, Mississippi State could find themselves in the top four if the Bulldogs win out and finish 11-1. Dak Prescott didn’t have his best game and was careless with the football…Alabama is this week’s new No. 1 after beating top-ranked MSU. The bigger question is where the Crimson Tide will be ranked in the College Football Playoff’s third rankings Tuesday night.