Week 6 SEC Power Rankings: New threats for Alabama
Six SEC teams are in the AP Top 25 Poll this week.
You-know-who is No. 1.
But Alabama is about to embark on a four-game stretch against three ranked teams and a fourth that very likely will be when they kick off Nov. 5.
Those challengers helped shake up the SEC Power Rankings entering Week 6.
Last week: 11
Skinny: Poor Ralph Webb; 12-of-32 passing and 3.7 yards per attempt are signs of an unimaginative offense that can’t execute much more than a handoff.
13. South Carolina
Last week: 14.
Skinny: The only thing that changed was the Gamecocks’ loss total, which grew by one.
12. Mississippi State
Last week: 13
Skinny: The idle Bulldogs didn’t do anything to move up. That’s how much South Carolina and Vanderbilt struggled on offense Saturday.
Last week: 12
Skinny: The idle Kentucky offense didn’t do much, but that was against Alabama. These four teams will occupy these four spots in some fashion for the rest of the season. They’ve, um, separated from the pack of mediocrity, but unfortunately got turned around and are heading the wrong way.
Last week: 6
Skinny: Missouri looked like a wide-eyed tourist walking into a jungle Saturday night. And LSU’s Tigers feasted in an ambush of emotional and offensive explosion. It won’t be like that every Saturday.
Last week: 10
Skinny: This just in: John Franklin III is fast.
Last week: 8
Skinny: Jim McElwain got a free pass last season after Will Grier was suspended. The Gators did just enough to hang on to the East, and everybody knew Treon Harris was not an SEC quarterback. With more offensive struggles this season and questions mounting about McElwain’s odd running back rotation, the honeymoon could be nearing its end. Luke Del Rio can’t get back in that huddle fast enough.
Last week: 7
Skinny: The kid did it again. Jacob Eason is something to watch. As long as he’s under center, Georgia will have a chance.
Last week: 5
Skinny: The Razorbacks didn’t do anything wrong to fall one spot. Other teams just did more against better opponents. Bret Bielema has a huge opportunity Saturday at home against Alabama.
5. Texas A&M
Last week: 3
Skinny: I predicted a sleepy performance Saturday at South Carolina, given when it and where it fell on the schedule. The Aggies won but hardly looked like world-beaters. They’ll move way up if they can take down Tennessee this Saturday.
4. Ole Miss
Last week: 4
Skinny: You could argue the Rebels deserve to be higher, and I would listen and perhaps even nod.
Last week: 2
Skinny: The Vols won it, lost it, won it again, on the road, all in the final 3 minutes. They won it without two of their best defensive players. They won it after erasing yet another double-digit lead. Troublesome slow starts are the only reason they slipped one spot this week.
Last week: 9
Skinny: The Tigers aren’t even one of the six teams are in the Top 25, but they showed Saturday night exactly what they can be with just a little bit of offensive imagination. That’s the type of performance I envisioned when I picked them in July to win the West. And Saturday’s 600-yard day was without Leonard Fournette.
Last week: 1
Skinny: A week after Alabama’s special teams beat Kent State 7-0, Alabama’s defense beat Kentucky 7-6. What more do you need to say? Nick Saban doesn’t even need an offense.
Explaining Alabama’s greatness is like covering Wilt Chamberlain during the 1961-62 season, when he averaged 50.4 points per game. By the end of the season, you’ve run out of ways to describe the dominance. You’re left with a final sentence like this: Chamberlain chipped in 68.
Chris Wright is Executive Editor at SaturdayDownSouth.com. Email him at email@example.com.