If you didn’t love college football before Saturday, you should be passionately addicted to it now.
Five of the top 10 and 11 teams in the Top 25 lost over the week (remember No. 2 Oregon went down Thursday), including No. 3 Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M, which means a shake up in this week’s SEC Power Rankings.
Here we go.
Auburn (No. 3 last week) – The Tigers might be the best team in the country after devastating LSU. They’re running game isn’t as powerful as last year, but QB Nick Marshall is much more potent through the air.
Mississippi State (No. 4) – Dak Prescott certainly will rise in the Heisman race after his five-TD performance against Texas A&M. The tough life out West continues this week when Auburn visits.
Ole Miss (No. 5) – Another magnificent Magnolia State victory. The Rebels surprised me with their defensive ability when they throttled Alabama. Can they keep it up at Texas A&M this Saturday?
Alabama (No. 1) – The Crimson Tide’s once vaunted defense was confused by some of Ole Miss’ offensive formations and couldn’t stop the Rebels’ fourth-quarter rally. Bo Wallace might have played his best game.
Missouri (No. 7) – The Tigers enjoyed their day off to stay above the fray and continue their preparations for Georgia. DE Shane Ray (SEC leading eight sacks) is continuing Missouri’s strong sack lineage.
Georgia (No. 8) – As Todd Gurley goes, so go the Bulldogs. They won’t be surprising anybody with their offensive philosophy, at least not until WRs Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are fully recovered.
Texas A&M (No. 2) – This huge drop might be overreacting, but Kenny Hill was merely mortal at Mississippi State and the Aggies didn’t show much defensively. A quick rebound is needed with Ole Miss visiting on Saturday.
LSU (No. 6) – This isn’t next year, when LSU’s talented freshmen figure to be much improved. All those NFL losses have finally caught up to Les Miles, who might have his worst team since 2008 (8-5).
Kentucky (No. 13) – Break up the Wildcats. They hounded and harassed South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson and found a secret weapon in RB JoJo Kemp, who was a true Wildcat in the Wild Cat formation.
Arkansas (No. 10) – Just what Arkansas needs. Alabama will be angry and full of venom when it visits this weekend. At least the Razorbacks should be well rested for the onslaught.
Florida (No. 9) – We might have seen the end of Jeff Driskel. Coach Will Muschamp unwrapped freshman QB Treon Harris, who did enough to rescue the Gators in Knoxville. A controversy begins.
South Carolina (No. 11) – The good: The Gamecocks only have three SEC games remaining. The bad: They’ve lost three of their first five, with a trip to Auburn in three weeks. Steve Spurrier can still say they beat Georgia.
Tennessee (No. 12) – Butch Jones is doing good things in Knoxville. Really good things. The Vols are just too young and too beat up to play at the level he’ll have them before too long. Potential is there.
Vanderbilt (No. 14) – Vanderbilt is beginning to have a semblance of a running game, but not much else. Don’t expect many more victories out of the Commodores. So much for those consecutive nine-win seasons.
Georgia at Missouri, noon, CBS
Louisiana-Monroe at Kentucky, noon, SEC Network
Auburn at Mississippi State, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Chattanooga at Tennessee, 4 p.m., SEC Network
Alabama at Arkansas, 6 p.m., ESPN
LSU at Florida, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network
Charleston Southern at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m.
Ole Miss at Texas A&M, 9 p.m, ESPN