SEC power rankings entering Week 11: Alabama ... and a race for second
Well, that was interesting.
Texas A&M won’t have to answer any more questions about why it deserved to be part of the Final Four, ranked above Washington, Ohio State or Louisville.
Welp, that was quick. pic.twitter.com/VR97apJiCS
— Saturday Down South (@SDS) November 5, 2016
No, Tuesday night, the Aggies might experience the biggest second-week fall among contenders in CFP rankings history.
In 2014, Ole Miss fell from No. 4 to No. 11 in 2nd CFP Poll. Last yr, No. 2 LSU fell from No. 2 to No. 9 in 2nd CFP Poll. A&M will drop more
— Chris Wright (@FilmRoomEditor) November 5, 2016
The Aggies experienced a similar — though admittedly less painful — drop in the Week 11 SEC power rankings.
Last week: 14
Skinny: The first SEC team eliminated in the race to six wins, Mizzou can’t turn the page toward 2017 fast enough.
Last week: 11
Skinny: Another valiant effort from Vandy, which took advantage of Sean White’s early absence to put a serious scare into SEC West contender Auburn.
Last week: 8
Skinny: The gap between No. 8 and No. 12 is minimal, but the Wildcats had everything it could have possibly wanted: a night home game against a struggling club in which a victory would have ended all kinds of negative streaks. Instead, the Wildcats could only come close.
Last week: 10
Skinny: The new-look Vols did to Tennessee Tech what they should have done to Appalachian State and Ohio: Dominate an inferior opponent start to finish. Tennessee’s not done. They’re not who we thought they would be, but they’re not done in the East.
10. Mississippi State
Last week: 13
Skinny: Let’s not overreact too much. Early start time against a clearly unmotivated opponent was the perfect scenario for a huge upset, but credit Dan Mullen’s bunch for delivering the SEC’s biggest of the year and ending Texas A&M’s title hopes.
Last week: 12
Skinny: Jacob Eason wasn’t great, but he was great late. He hit Isaac Nauta for 29 yards to set up Georgia’s go-ahead touchdown, and after Kentucky kicked a field goal to tie it, led Georgia 67 yards to set up a game-winning field goal on the final play. The victory ended a two-game losing streak and kept the Bulldogs’ bowl hopes alive.
8. South Carolina
Last week: 9
Skinny: Want a storyline? Will Muschamp can become bowl eligible next Saturday … by beating his former employer … at The Swamp. Speaking of that game, Jake Bentley is better than any quarterback Florida has.
Last week: 5
Skinny: In case there was any doubt about the gap between the East and West, Arkansas gave us a 21-point reminder. Would it shock anybody at this point if South Carolina goes into Gainesville and knocks out the Gators?
6. Ole Miss
Last week: 7
Skinny: The Rebels rallied … but the issue is that they had to rally against Georgia Southern. The bigger issue is the status of Chad Kelly, who needed an MRI after suffering a knee injury.
Last week: 6
Skinny: For whatever reason, Vegas and ESPN’s FPI liked the Gators on the road to knock off the Razorbacks. I wrote Saturday morning that I couldn’t understand why, and Saturday afternoon, Arkansas showed us why the computers got it oh, so wrong. The gap between the East and West is real and really big, and it’s why the first East team listed in this poll shows up at No. 7: They’d finish last in the West.
4. Texas A&M
Last week: 3
so much everything at stake, the Aggies picked the worst time imaginable to lay an egg. Ranked No. 4 in the CFP rankings, the Aggies’ loss to Mississippi State is without question the worst in the Kevin Sumlin era.
Last week: 4
Skinny: The Tigers gave Alabama fits and made Jalen Hurts looked mortal for most of the game. Key word being “most.”
Last week: 2
Skinny: The Tigers struggled without starting quarterback Sean White, who sat out the first half against Vandy recovering from undisclosed injuries. Kamryn Pettway was a monster again and became the latest Tiger to crash the 1,000-yard barrier in a season.
Last week: 1
Skinny: Where would the Tide be without Jalen Hurts? Not undefeated. Not No. 1. The freshman made the biggest plays in the biggest moments of the biggest game of the year. His stat line will never wow you in a Lamar Jackson kind of way, but all he does is win.
Chris Wright is Executive Editor at SaturdayDownSouth.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @FilmRoomEditor.