SEC Power Rankings: Week 5

Quan Bray helped balance Auburn's running game with his big-play ability at receiver. (AP photo)

Quan Bray helped balance Auburn’s running game with his big-play ability at receiver. (AP photo)

No surprises among the first six mean nothing changes at the top. The Best of the West again fill the first six spots in this week’s power rankings. It probably won’t be that way next week after Alabama plays Ole Miss, LSU visits Auburn and Texas A&M travels to Mississippi State on Saturday.

Alabama (No. 1 last week) – Nick Saban will have his Crimson Tide well rested and eager for their visit to the 11th-ranked Rebels. “College GameDay” will be there, so it must be an important game.

Texas A&M (No. 2) – What a scary day for Aggies fans, but their team came through unscathed and still undefeated. The West gauntlet doesn’t let up with a trip to Starkville on the itinerary.

Auburn (No. 3) – The Tigers ran the ball, as usual, but Quan Bray put the boom in the beatdown of Louisiana Tech with a trio of big plays. Don’t think Auburn is about to abandon its running game, though.

Mississippi State (No. 4) – That win over LSU is in the past. The Bulldogs have had two weeks to prepare for the next test: Texas A&M. Dak Prescott is playing as well as any QB in the conference.

Ole Miss (No. 5) – Preoccupied? Maybe. That’s the way the Rebels played in their win over Memphis, which is improved, but shouldn’t have proven that difficult. Anyway, they’re 4-0 for the first time since 1970.

LSU (No. 6) – Freshmen are taking over in Baton Rouge. Leonard Fournette has gradually taken over the RB position and now Brandon Harris is excelling at QB. Will he start at Auburn on Saturday?

Missouri (No. 11) – Go figure. Lose one week at home to Indiana and then go on the road and score two late TDs to knock off South Carolina. Missouri has two weeks to prepare for Georgia’s visit.

Georgia (No. 8) – Nothing like a scare, but there are going to be other finishes like that for these Bulldogs. There are too many holes to survive some of the games remaining on their schedule.

Florida (No. 9) – Did the Gators put their bye week to good use? If not, don’t be surprised if their trip to Knoxville ends in disappointment.

Arkansas (No. 10) – The Razorbacks showed some pluck in their OT loss to Texas A&M and served warning they could be a factor in the West race. If not a contender, certainly a spoiler.

South Carolina (No. 7) – Two SEC losses means the Gamecocks could be out of the East race, but only one ranked team remains on their schedule. So, maybe not.

Tennessee (No. 13) – The Vols are growing up fast, but a lot depends on QB Justin Worley. They’re a different team without him on the field. They need to protect him against Florida.

Kentucky (No. 12) – Woe be the Wildcats. South Carolina is going to be in a fowl (See what I did there?) mood on Saturday. Kentucky is improving, but not quite there yet.

Vanderbilt (No. 14) – It’s going to be a long season in Nashville. Touchdowns will be a struggle, no matter who plays quarterback.



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