SEC Power Rankings: Week 13

Georgia can still win the SEC East, but needs help from Arkansas. (Curtis Compton/Staff)

Georgia can still win the SEC East, but needs help from Arkansas. (Curtis Compton/Staff)

Rivalry weekend is here and neither division race has been decided. Missouri or Georgia can still win the East and the West will come down to Alabama or Mississippi State. It all starts back again when LSU plays at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night.

Alabama (No. 1 last week) – The Tide did what they needed to do, although sluggishly, against Western Carolina. There was a scary moment when Amari Cooper hurt his knee, but he should be fine in the tune up for next week’s Iron Bowl.

Mississippi State (No. 3) – Talk about taking out your frustrations. Poor Vanderbilt didn’t get the tag number of that truck. Dak Prescott worked out the kinks from the loss to Alabama and the Bulldogs regained some of their bite, just in time for the Egg Bowl.

Georgia (No. 4) – The waiting game continues for the Bulldogs and their fans as Missouri won again Saturday night. Since the Tigers play Arkansas on Friday, Georgia will know if they’ve won the East and a trip to the Georgia Dome before playing Georgia Tech.

Missouri (No. 5) – Five consecutive wins. Ten consecutive road wins. The Tigers act like they want to win the East instead of letting Georgia go to the SEC title game. One more test awaits: A home game against Arkansas. Both of Missouri’s losses have been in Columbia.

Auburn (No. 6) – It was scary for Auburn and its fans for a while, but the Tigers finally got their offense unstuck against Samford. They need to figure out how to fix their recent string of slow starts – that’s three weeks in a row — before heading to Tuscaloosa.

Arkansas (No. 11) – The Razorbacks might be the best team in the SEC right now. They’ve given up all of 10 points in their past three games, a streak that includes consecutive shutouts of LSU and Ole Miss. Georgia fans will be rooting hard for the Hogs on Friday.

Ole Miss (No. 2) – What’s going on with the Rebels? That team that showed up against Arkansas nowhere near resembled the group of players that started 7-0 and defeated Alabama. Injuries are starting to mount, which could be a reason Ole Miss is struggling these days.

LSU (No. 8) – Three-game losing streaks are rare at LSU. The Tigers haven’t had one under Les Miles. In fact, they haven’t seen one since 1999. Miles and LSU fans knew this could be a long season, but probably didn’t expect the potential of five losses after a 7-2 start.

Florida (No. 12) – Just think if the Gators put a stop to No. 3 Florida State’s 26-game win streak and hand them their first loss. That would be an amazing way to send out coach Will Muschamp. Do they keep him then? Just kidding. Also, Jeff Driskel looked good against Eastern Kentucky.

South Carolina (No. 10) – Five straight. That’s how many consecutive victories that the Gamecocks own against Clemson. Star freshman QB Deshaun Watson is expected back for the Tigers, which would be bad news for the Gamecocks’ riddled defense.

Tennessee (No. 7) – The Volunteers were in a great spot to not only help Georgia, but also qualify for a bowl, but couldn’t solve Missouri’s defense. They should be able to knock off Vanderbilt this week, so six wins and a bowl is a considerable step forward.

Texas A&M (No. 9) – Eight wins would be a strong showing for this young team, which has many freshmen in key positions. But the Aggies must defeat LSU to reach that level. The Tigers better block DE Myles Garrett, who owns the SEC freshman mark with 11 sacks.

Kentucky (No. 13) – The Wildcats have lost five straight, which has taken them to the verge of missing a bowl for the fourth consecutive season. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino doesn’t like Kentucky much, so the Wildcats could put him in a foul mood with a win.

Vanderbilt (No. 14) – Poor Vanderbilt. The Commodores have been totally outclassed in their past two losses. They’ll be one of possibly three SEC teams that won’t go to a bowl, and could keep Tennessee from the postseason with a win in the finale.


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