SEC Power Rankings: Final regular season edition
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Can you believe the college football regular season is already over? Alabama and Missouri will do work in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Saturday.
Every week, SDS has polled its writers, and we’ve provided a collective SEC power rankings. Here are the SEC power rankings after Week 14, according to our staff:
Out of a bowl game
14. Vanderbilt Commodores (3-9)
13. Kentucky Wildcats (5-7)
Vanderbilt and Kentucky are the SEC’s only two non-bowl teams. Vanderbilt is dangling close to irrelevancy after the James Franklin era, and Derek Mason has to make some changes in Nashville…Is Kentucky’s season a success? On paper, the Cats finished 5-7, but is that good considering they started 5-1? Kentucky was so close against Louisville.
SEC East bowl eligible trio
12. Tennessee Volunteers (6-6)
11. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6)
10. Florida Gators (6-5)
It sure wasn’t pretty, but Tennessee edged out Vanderbilt to get its first bowl game berth in four seasons. Now, 6-6 in 2015 will get folks talking about Butch Jones, but 6-6 in 2014 is called progress…South Carolina finished the season exactly the way it started: giving up too many yards and too many points. The Gamecocks’ offense and defense left fans scratching their heads again Saturday…The Will Muschamp era at Florida is officially over, and what an appropriate way to go out against FSU: excellent defense, bad offensive execution and costly special teams play. The Gators couldn’t turn four Jameis Winston INTs into a win. Another frustrating loss for the Gators.
SEC West trio
9. Texas A&M Aggies (7-5)
8. Arkansas Razorbacks (6-6)
7. LSU Tigers (8-4)
Texas A&M and Kevin Sumlin will get a top flight defensive coordinator for 2015, and the team is packed with young talent. The Aggies finished about where we thought they would prior to the season: 7-5. Things have to improve on defense starting next year…Arkansas narrowly missed upsetting Missouri Friday, and the Hogs are happy to be going bowling. Progress was made in Bret Bielema’s second season, and Arkansas will be an interesting team to watch during bowl season…LSU finished strong by beating Texas A&M Thursday night, and Leonard Fournette continued to show why he’s going to be dominant. All the pieces are in place outside of the quarterback.
Second tier foursome
6. Georgia Bulldogs (9-3)
5. Auburn Tigers (8-4)
4. Ole Miss Rebels (9-3)
3. Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2)
RELATED: Ellis Johnson fired at Auburn
That was a bad loss for Georgia Saturday. The Bulldogs fumbled twice in the red zone, didn’t recover a squib kick and shouldn’t have made their own squib kick in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs finish having lost to South Carolina, Florida and Georgia Tech in the same season…Auburn’s offense was firing on all cylinders against Alabama, but unfortunately, the defense couldn’t stop, well, anyone really. With Ellis Johnson out, Will Muschamp could be the sole target for the Tigers…Ole Miss won the game they had to win this season: the Egg Bowl. The shutout against Arkansas is a distant memory, as well as losses to Auburn and LSU…Ten wins is overachieving on average at Mississippi State, but losing the Egg Bowl puts a damper on the great season, especially with a College Football Playoff bid on the line. Dan Mullen didn’t take it too well either.
2. Missouri Tigers (10-2)
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
RELATED: SEC Championship Game betting odds
Missouri surged up the power rankings this week after finishing as the SEC East’s only 10-win team and will play Alabama in the SEC Championship. Can Missouri hang? The Tigers’ players love being underdogs and will give the Crimson Tide all they want. Gary Pinkel previewed the SEC Championship today…Alabama escaped the brutal SEC West cannibalism with just one loss, and the Crimson Tide gear up for an underrated Missouri Saturday in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide are the favorite to win the College Football Playoff. Nick Saban also previewed the SEC Championship today.