SEC Power Rankings: Week 9

Josh Robinson had plenty of reasons to be happy after Mississippi State's victory. (Getty photo)

Josh Robinson had plenty of reasons to be happy after Mississippi State’s victory. (Getty photo)

There’s a major shakeup this week.
Not at the top, where just every team stayed the same, but from the middle down, thanks to the crazy East, where Georgia couldn’t take care of business.
Look for Ole Miss to fall a ways in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings and Oregon move into the top four.
Let’s get to this week’s rankings.

Mississippi State (No. 1 last week) – It certainly wouldn’t have won any beauty contests, but the Bulldogs remained undefeated and should stay on top of the CFP rankings. A tough home stretch remains with games at Alabama and Ole Miss.

Alabama (No. 2) – The Crimson Tide stayed out of the fray with an off week to prepare for Saturday’s prime-time clash at LSU. Amari Cooper still managed to catch eight passes for 186 yards and two TDs.

Auburn (No. 3) – Resilient? Or lucky? How many times can the Tigers pull out these kinds of games? They invented a new way Saturday with Kris Frost’s awkward and devastating – to Ole Miss – tackle of WR Laquon Treadwell. Auburn just keeps winning.

LSU (No. 4) – LSU’s kids have grown up enough to do some damage to Alabama’s CFP hopes, which is the game a lot of folks will be watching Saturday night. Anthony Jennings has stabilized the quarterback position during the Tigers’ three-game win streak.

Ole Miss (No. 5) – This is the time Ole Miss must prove the first seven games weren’t a fluke. Or the Rebels could fall apart. They’ll use the next two weeks to regroup, mourn and then finish strong. The losses of Treadwell this week and LB Denzel Nkemdiche are tough blows.

Missouri (No. 7) – Well look who’s in first in the SEC East. Somehow the Tigers (7-2, 4-1) have won three straight to move ahead of Georgia and into prime position to head back to the conference championship game. The schedule works out well for them, but Tennessee is scary.

Florida (No. 12) – Not many folks saw that coming. The Gators bludgeoned the Bulldogs to show they have a pulse. That huge win might have saved Will Muschamp’s job for another season, but I’m not sure that’s what Gators fans want.

Georgia (No. 6) – A reader asked why I had Georgia at No. 5, which was below LSU last week. This is why. The Bulldogs weren’t as good as many folks thought they were, despite those wins at Missouri and Arkansas. Georgia can still win the East, but needs help.

Tennessee (No. 11) – Butch Jones is turning things around, and appears to have found a quarterback to fit his style in Josh Dobbs, who passed and dashed (301 passing, 166 rushing) his way through South Carolina’s hearts. Tennessee (vs. Missouri on Nov. 22) could be Georgia’s hope the reaching the SEC title game.

Texas A&M (No. 10) – That suspension of Kenny Hill sure was convenient for coach Kevin Sumlin, who was searching for a reason to start freshman Kyle Allen at QB. The Aggies have a lot of other issues that will be compounded at Auburn on Saturday.

Arkansas (No. 13) – The Razorbacks are playing tough, but just can’t put together a complete game. They had no answers for the throwing of Dak Prescott in dropping yet another SEC game. That’s 17 in a row, going back to 2012.

Kentucky (No. 8) – This was a terrible way to christen Mark Stoops’ pricey ($3.6 million) contract extension. The Wildcats have struggled to find some offensive consistency after a strong start, but could help ruin Georgia’s season on Saturday.

South Carolina (No. 9) – It’s so bad at South Carolina that Steve Spurrier didn’t take questions after that overtime loss to Tennessee. I’ve never seen Spurrier rendered speechless, but that’s what four losses in five games will do to you.

Vanderbilt (No. 14) – I know it was Old Dominion, a first-year FBS program, but freshman Johnny McCrary might be the QB of the future at Vanderbilt. He tied a school record with five TD passes, which pretty much equaled how many TDs Vandy had all season.

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