SEC Power Rankings: Week 3

LSU players have had plenty to celebrate so far this season. (AP photo)

LSU players have had plenty to celebrate so far this season. (AP photo)

Not surprising, there’s some movement in this week’s SEC Power Rankings. South Carolina’s win over Georgia means the SEC West – again not surprising – controls the top six spots.

1. Texas A&M (No. 1 last week) – Kenny “Trill” Hill is better than Johnny Manziel. That’s premature, but the Aggies’ new QB has 11 TD passes and no picks. Very impressive.

2. Alabama (No. 3) – Maybe Amari Cooper should be the Heisman favorite. Like Hill, he’s off to a stupendous start with 33 catches in three games.

3. LSU (No. 5) – So LSU loses a bunch of defensive players to the NFL. Like it matters. The Tigers haven’t allowed a point in 10 quarters heading into this week’s game against Mississippi State.

4. Auburn (No. 4) – The Tigers stayed right where they were after spending Saturday watching other teams. They play at Kansas State in a rare Thursday night game featuring an SEC team.

5. Ole Miss (No. 6) – It’s been an impressive start for the Rebels, who will take next week to rest after dismantling their first three opponents. Bo Wallace has looked good so far.

6. Mississippi State (No. 7) – The schedule takes a sudden turn for the worse on Saturday at LSU. Like Wallace, QB Dak Prescott hasn’t had much trouble with these early opponents.

7. South Carolina (No. 12) – South Carolina moved ahead of Georgia on this list, but I’m not sure the Gamecocks are better than the Bulldogs. They certainly have improved tremendously since the opener.

8. Georgia (No. 2) – The Bulldogs have been in this position before and why they’re here now. Georgia lost to South Carolina in both 2011 and ’12 and ended up in the SEC Championship game both years.

9. Missouri (No. 10) – Missouri’s start is partly a product of – shall I say – an easy schedule. UCF was good last year, but lost QB Blake Bortles to the NFL. Indiana won’t offer much of a challenge.

10. Florida (No. 9) – Hey, Saturday’s 3OT win over Kentucky was rough and ugly, but the Gators are undefeated. For at least five more days. Alabama is next.

11. Arkansas (No. 11) – We’ve got to think of a nickname for Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, who have combined for 733 yards rushing after their big games at Texas Tech. Ideas?

12. Kentucky (No. 13) – Kentucky is improving, but ran out of steam late in The Swamp. QB Patrick Towles quickly is developing into an exciting SEC QB.

13. Tennessee (No. 8) – That lack of depth on both lines was highly evident in the loss to Oklahoma. Especially on the offensive side, where the Vols struggled to find room to roam against the Sooners.

14. Vanderbilt (No. 14) – Somehow, someway, the Commodores pulled it out. They’ve started three QBs in three games, but Patton Robinette moved the ball against UMass. A win is a win.


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