Where every SEC team ranks in ESPN's updated SP+ rankings
One of the hottest teams in the SEC is not reflecting well in the latest SP+ ratings at ESPN.
Arkansas ranks just No. 78 in the country in the latest rankings, and 13th in the SEC. The explanation perhaps comes from Bill Connelly’s description of SP+, which is, “intended to be predictive and forward-facing. That is important to remember. It is not a résumé ranking that gives credit for big wins or particularly brave scheduling — no good predictive system is.”
Of the title contenders, No. 1 is Ohio State, Clemson is No. 2, Alabama is No. 3 and Georgia is No. 4. Connelly outlined how the latest rankings unfolded:
“Among teams that have played thus far, Clemson is the only one with a top-5 offense and defense, while, ho hum, Alabama only has an offense that grades out even better than Joe Burrow and LSU last year.
It’s early, and things can and will shift, but the Crimson Tide hanging 564 yards and 41 points on what is still easily the top defense in the country pushed them into lofty territory. For comparison, they managed 83 more yards, four more points and 0.9 yards per play more than what Joe Burrow and LSU did to Georgia last year. And this Georgia defense is more experienced and, on paper, better.
Alabama’s current offensive SP+ rating of 48.0 adjusted points per game grades out in the 99.8 percentile. In the last 15 years, only the 2017 and 2018 Oklahoma offenses have graded out better. (LSU was at 99.6.) We’ll see if the Tide can continue to clear this incredibly high bar, but what they’ve done so far this season is incredible.”
Here is where all the SEC teams are ranked:
18. Texas A&M
46. Ole Miss
53. South Carolina
63. Mississippi State
🎉 NEW SP+ RANKINGS 🎉
* Unbeaten Ohio State remains No. 1
* Clemson & Bama: tied for 2nd
* I guess ND’s been the 4th best team so far?
* 2020 Bama O > 2019 LSU O (SO FAR) (PLEASE DON’T YELL AT ME TOO MUCH)
* Auburn & Tenn: ⬇️⬇️⬇️
* SP+ hates the Hogs :(https://t.co/ijYlA3VU86
— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) October 18, 2020