SEC Power Rankings: Week 6
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What a Saturday!
Six weeks of football are already in the books, and teams will begin to separate themselves from others. One ESPN talking head already has projected three SEC teams in the College Football Playoff.
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 6, according to our staff:
Projected out of a bowl game
14. Vanderbilt Commodores (1-5)
13. Tennessee Volunteers (2-3)
Vanderbilt lost yet another conference game against Georgia, and we’re beginning to wonder if the Commodores’ quarterback play is the worst in college football…Tennessee has an uphill battle to navigate to six wins in 2014. With the meat of the schedule ensuing following the loss to Florida, the Vols are likely to miss on their fourth straight bowl game. That’s astonishing.
Fighting for bowl eligibility
12. South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3)
11. Kentucky Wildcats (4-1)
South Carolina had a meltdown against Kentucky Saturday night, blowing a two touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Sitting 3-3 with tough games ahead, Carolina will be fighting for a bowl berth for the remainder of the season…Kentucky’s well ahead of schedule in the rebuilding process, and Mark Stoops has his boys playing inspired. The Wildcats need two wins to clinch a bowl berth in a season no one thought was possible.
Middle of the pack
10. Florida Gators (3-1)
9. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-2)
8. LSU Tigers (4-2)
7. Missouri Tigers (4-1)
Florida and Will Muschamp escaped a near loss in Knoxville after inserting QB Treon Harris into the lineup. The Gators aren’t a very good football team entering Week 7, but they sit 3-1 with the SEC East still in play and a struggling LSU team coming to town…Arkansas dropped from No. 8 to No. 9 during the bye week, and the Hogs return Saturday against Alabama…LSU all of the sudden looks young and exposed. The Tigers ran into a buzzsaw in Jordan-Hare Stadium, and LSU was thoroughly hammered on the national stage…Missouri moved up two spots this week during the bye week from No. 9 to No. 7. If Missouri wins the next two against Georgia and Florida, it could sew up the SEC East.
SEC West Sandwich
6. Texas A&M Aggies (5-1)
5. Georgia Bulldogs (4-1)
4. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-1)
Texas A&M ate humble pie against Mississippi State, and the Aggies were beaten in nearly every facet of the game. Against zone-read offenses that feature a running quarterback, the Aggies’ defense faces an uphill battle. This is still a good football team, despite being projected to finish mediocre in its own division…Georgia remains the SEC East’s favorite with the best player in college football. Saturday’s game against Missouri could decide the SEC East, but the passing game has to improve and fast…Alabama faltered on the national stage, and the Tide have lost to the last three ranked teams they’ve played. Don’t jump off the bus just yet, but the special teams play has to improve.
Magnolia State lockdown
3. Ole Miss Rebels (5-0)
2. Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-0)
What a day for the state of Mississippi! Ole Miss handled Alabama in impressive style, and the best defense in college football lives in Oxford. Bo Wallace has to play like that for the rest of the season…Mississippi State has the best player in the state in Dak Prescott, and he may be a top three player overall in college football. The Egg Bowl could essentially be a College Football Playoff elimination game.
A new No. 1
1. Auburn Tigers (5-0)
Just when everyone forgot about the Auburn Tigers, they destroyed LSU on the national stage. It wasn’t even close. The SEC’s biggest wrecking ball is catching fire on offense at the perfect time. Saturday’s game against Mississippi State should be epic.