Since Mississippi State is the new No. 1 team in all the land, I figured they deserved the top spot in this week’s SEC Power Rankings.
Seriously, there was no other choice.
Not after the Bulldogs put a whoopin’ on then-No. 2 Auburn for their third victory over a top 10 team in as many games.
By the way, if you didn’t notice, there are five SEC teams in this week’s top 10.
On to to the power rankings.
Mississippi State (No. 2 last week) – The Bulldogs figure to have at least one more week to enjoy the rewards of their great start. They’re off this week before they play at much-improved Kentucky in two weeks. Dak Prescott is making a believer out of me.
Ole Miss (No. 3) – Mississippi’s magical carpet ride through the college football season also has taken a route through Oxford. The Rebels had the second most impressive win by taking care of Texas A&M behind the SEC’s most rambunctious defense.
Auburn (No. 1) – A week off is just what Auburn needs after its struggle in Starkville. I expect they’ll be just fine when South Carolina visits Auburn on Oct. 25, and add more pain to Steve Spurrier’s season.
Alabama (No. 4) – Penalties. Turnovers. Mental mistakes. Uncharacteristic errors are plaguing Nick Saban’s team, which still managed to defeat Arkansas. The man might spontaneously combust on the sideline if those problems are fixed. And soon.
Georgia (No. 6) – Raise your hands if you expected what the Bulldogs did to Missouri. Anyone? Anyone? I didn’t think so. What does Nick Chubb do for an encore?
Kentucky (No. 9) – Break up the Wildcats. Check that record. That 5-1 isn’t a mistake. OK, so they haven’t hit the rough part of their schedule. Check out the next four games: at LSU, Mississippi State, at Missouri and Georgia.
LSU (No. 8) – Les Miles’ magic returned at the perfect moment when LSU picked off Florida QB Jeff Driskell and turned it into the game-winning points. This isn’t Miles’ best team, but it’s still dangerous.
Texas A&M (No. 7) – In contrast to Miles, Kenny Hill’s magic has vanished. He looked like the best QB in the country through the first five games, but with five picks in the past two games, he might not be a good as we thought.
Missouri (No. 5) – What’s up with Maty Mauk? The QB who was so poised last year and in the win at South Carolina, was spastic and sporadic, throwing four interceptions in Saturday’s debacle. The Tigers need him to perform at the top of his game.
Arkansas (No. 10) – The Razorbacks are improved, but are too inconsistent to beat the big boys out west. The fact remains: Arkansas is 0-15 in the SEC the past two years, not winning a conference game since Oct. 13, 2012.
Florida (No. 11) – Will Muschamp looked like he was going to cry after this one. Who could blame him? The Gators were going one way one minute and then heading to another loss the next. I’m not sure if he survives this season.
South Carolina (No. 12) – The Gamecocks watched Saturday’s carnage, but the fact remains: They have a lot of problems on both sides of the ball. Playing Furman this week helps them ease into the second half of the season.
Tennessee (No. 13) – Justin Worley found a team to his liking – five touchdowns — in the Vols’ win over Chattanooga. Ole Miss will be the opposite. Tennessee is 0-2 in the SEC this season. Expect them to still be winless after their visit to Oxford.
Vanderbilt (No. 14) – Poor Vanderbilt. There’s not much to say here. The Commodores barely escaped FCS team Charleston Southern. I have a feeling Vanderbilt will stay in the cellar all season long.
Furman at South Carolina, noon, SEC Network
Texas A&M at Alabama, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Georgia at Arkansas, 4 p.m., SEC Network
Missouri at Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Tennessee at Ole Miss, 7 p.m., ESPN
Kentucky at LSU, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network