SEC Power Rankings: Week 8

Blake Sims helped turn around Alabama's offensive issues by throwing for 268 yards and three TDs on Saturday. (Getty)

Blake Sims helped turn around Alabama’s offensive issues by throwing for 268 yards and three TDs on Saturday. (Getty)

I usually write a few sentences to lead into the weekly SEC Power Rankings, but this morning, here’s loyal reader PigIron’s own rankings, as he posted in the comments of another post.

Read his and then you can compare his to mine.

PigIron’s SEC Power Rankings: 1. Mississippi State; 2. Ole Miss; 3. Alabama; 4. Auburn; 5. Georgia 6. LSU; 7. Missouri; 8. Texas A&M; 9. Kentucky; 10. South Carolina; 11. Arkansas; 12. Florida; 13; Tennessee; 14. Vanderbilt.

A strong list. Here is mine:

Mississippi State (No. 1 last week) – The leader of the SEC pack still has a treacherous road, with games remaining against Alabama and Ole Miss. The Bulldogs also better be wary of Saturday’s game at Kentucky.

Ole Miss (No. 2) – The Rebels will receive the prime time treatment with their visit to LSU (7:15 p.m. ESPN). Ole Miss will need another excellent defensive showing to continue its best season in 50 years.

Alabama (No. 4) – The rumors of the Crimson Tide’s demise were greatly exaggerated. They had the most dominant victory over a quality team in the SEC this season and should score another knockout in Knoxville.

Auburn (No. 3) – Gus Malzahn had a week to stew about Auburn’s loss to Mississippi State, but he said last week that he expects the Tigers to “rebound in a positive way.” Agreed. Sorry South Carolina.

Georgia (No. 5) – The Bulldogs have a smoother road to the SEC championship game after navigating two could-have-been-tough road games and seeing Florida’s ineptitude. They have an extra week to prepare for the Gators.

LSU (No. 7) – These Tigers showed some teeth in dismantling Kentucky, but will they have enough for the best defense in the SEC? They’ve rebounded well since that loss at Auburn, which could mean a long night for Ole Miss.

Missouri (No. 9) – Another team with another nice bounce back after the debacle against Georgia. The Tigers scored about 457 different ways against Florida and need to keep winning to keep pace with the Bulldogs.

Kentucky (No. 6) – Talk about a detour in the road to respectability. The Wildcats weren’t even a speed bump to slowing up LSU. They were road kill. And now they get to welcome No. 1 Mississippi State to Lexington.

South Carolina (No. 12) – Furman was just what South Carolina needed to snap its two-game skid. The Gamecocks better enjoy it because a trip to Auburn awaits, but Mike Davis is getting warmed up.

 Texas A&M (No. 8) – Ouch. A Kevin Sumlin-coached team had never been shut out before Saturday. Defense hasn’t been the only problem for the Aggies. Kenny Hill doesn’t look like the same QB he did earlier this season.

Tennessee (No. 13) – It’s tough to figure out the pecking order among the bottom four or five teams. Tennessee has looked good at times this season, but not Saturday, when little went right.

Florida (No. 11) – Have we seen the last of Will Muschamp at Florida? The Gators’ defense remains stout, but that’s it. Execution is lacking in all other phases and the question now remains if Muschamp will still be the around in two weeks.

Arkansas (No. 10) – The desire is still there. The Razorbacks don’t like the burden of their 15-game SEC losing streak, which they demonstrated by not quitting in their loss to Georgia. Expect more misery for the time being, though.

Vanderbilt (No. 14) – A solution at QB would be nice. Johnny McCrary rallied the Commodores in their win over Charleston Southern, but none of the four who’ve played this season have been overly effective.


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