SEC Power Rankings: Week 7
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Can you believe it’s already Week 8? This season is flying by, and it’ll be over before you know it. With the Magnolia State now shining brighter than any college football state, the SEC West’s dominance is very apparent and starting to shake its way out.
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 7, according to our staff:
Projected out of a bowl game
14. Vanderbilt Commodores (2-5)
13. Tennessee Volunteers (3-3)
Vanderbilt eeked one out against Charleston Southern Saturday. Otherwise, we could potentially be talking about first-year coach Derek Mason being fired after the season…Tennessee’s final score was convincing over UTC, but the offensive line woes probably won’t allow the Vols to reach a bowl game.
12. South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3)
11. Missouri Tigers (4-2)
10. Florida Gators (3-2)
9. Kentucky Wildcats (5-1)
South Carolina returns to action Saturday against Furman before heading to Auburn. Can the Gamecocks reach six wins in 2014?…Missouri looked awful against Georgia Saturday, and now the once-top 20 Tigers are sitting 3-2 with a trip to Gainesville looming. Still, the Tigers’ schedule remains favorable the rest of the way…Florida should have beaten LSU and handed the SEC East at least a win against the West. Instead, they gave the game away, and the Gators may be in need of a quarterback change…Kentucky continues impressing everyone, and the Cats are right in the mix of the SEC East race. Sitting 5-1, most thought UK would amass five wins the entire season. The Wildcats have some great young talent.
Middle of the pack
8. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-3)
7. LSU Tigers (5-2)
6. Texas A&M Aggies (5-2)
Arkansas may miss on a bowl game, but the Hogs could be better than half of the eight-win teams in the country. The fact still remains: Bret Bielema is winless in SEC-play, and until he secures that first victory, many will still doubt whether he can win in Fayetteville…LSU escaped The Swamp with a narrow last-second victory over Florida, in which the Gators basically gave the game away. But credit LSU for taking it, and that’s totally a Les Miles win…Texas A&M has been exposed two straight weeks before a trip to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama. If the Aggies’ run defense doesn’t tighten up, the Crimson Tide may rush for 250 against them.
UGA saving face
5. Georgia Bulldogs (5-1)
4. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-1)
3. Auburn Tigers (5-1)
Georgia torched Missouri in Columbia without Todd Gurley, and QB Hutson Mason, RB Nick Chubb and the defense answered the much-needed call. It was an emotional victory and one that should help this team believe it can win the East, with or without its best player…Alabama escaped a narrow win over Arkansas, and the defense really answered the call, holding the SEC’s premier running game under 90 yards. The Crimson Tide look like they have some issues to work out…Auburn dropped its first loss of the season against the now No. 1 team in the country. The Tigers aren’t out of it by any means, but the SEC’s toughest road lies ahead.
Magnolia State dominance
2. Ole Miss Rebels (6-0)
1. Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-0)
The cream has risen to the top, and Ole Miss and MSU are on top of the world. Regardless of which team you think is better, nobody in college football saw it coming. Riding an emotional high from beating Alabama, Ole Miss stepped into a hostile environment and took care of business against Texas A&M. Many thought the Rebels would flounder their opportunity, but think again. This team is elite…Mississippi State is in rare college football air after beating its third straight top 10 opponent. MSU deserves to be the No. 1 team in the country, and Dak Prescott continues to solidify himself as the Heisman frontrunner. Gazing at the schedule, MSU is set up to start 9-0 heading into the game against Alabama.