SEC Power Rankings: Week 2

Amari Cooper has 25 catches in two games. (AP photo)

Amari Cooper has 25 catches in two games. (AP photo)

There’s not much movement in this week’s SEC Power Rankings, since the biggest challenge for just about every team was signing those big payout checks. The carnage was shown in some of the scores:

  • Florida 65, Eastern Michigan 0
  • LSU 56, Sam Houston State 0
  • Texas A&M 73, Lamar 3
  • Arkansas 73, Nicholls State 7
  • Ole Miss 41, Vanderbilt 3

Oh wait. That last one was a SEC game.

You get the drift. On with the rankings.

1. Texas A&M (No. 1 last week) — No let down here. Like we expected one. Kenny Hill has seven TD passes and zero picks in his first two starts.

2. Georgia (No. 2) — The Bulldogs stay right where they were after their off week. I wonder where they’ll be after Saturday’s game at South Carolina.

3. Alabama (No. 4) — Amari Cooper is averaging 12.5 catches a game. That’s 150 receptions over a 12-game season. Yeah, he’s just that good.

4. Auburn (No. 3) — Tre Mason? Who? It’s not that easy. Auburn fans will never forget Mason, but Cameron Artis-Payne is off to a strong start.

5. LSU (No. 5) — That was a glorified scrimmage for the Tigers, who got a long look at freshman RB Leonard Fournette (13 carries, 92 yards).

6. Ole Miss (No. 7) — Strong all-around showing by the Rebels against Vandy. They could be 4-0 heading to Alabama on Oct. 4.

7. Mississippi State (No. 6) — Lots of offense and points, but the defense was victimized by big plays. The Bulldogs need to shore up that side of the ball.

8. Tennessee (No. 8) — Efficient, if not spectacular. The Vols got their running game going. Watch out for freshman RB Jalen Hurd.

9. Florida (No. 12) — Big points and big yards, but can the Gators keep it up against top competition? They play Alabama in two weeks.

10. Missouri (No. 10) — The Tigers put the emotional homecoming for coach Gary Pinkel and Maty Mauk to rest. Mauk is growing up quick.

11. Arkansas (No. 9) — Officially, the Razorbacks ended their 10-game losing streak. Unofficially, does beating Nicholls State count?

12. South Carolina (No. 13) — A lackluster performance over East Carolina doesn’t help the Gamecocks too much. Mike Davis showed some signs of life.

13. Kentucky (No. 11) — It could go downhill from here. Kentucky took a step backward in a win over Ohio and has Florida up next.

14. Vanderbilt (No. 14) — No wonder James Franklin left for Penn State. This could be one tremendously long season for the Commo-snores.

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