Monday, September 10, 2012
SEC Power Rankings: Week two
#1 Alabama (2-0)
Bama did nothing to unseat themselves from the top spot in the rankings with a win over Western Kentucky. It will be interesting to see the Arkansas team that shows up in this next match-up between SEC West opponents.
#2 LSU (2-0)
LSU handled a Washington team which some thought foolishly had a chance at an upset. The tigers show that they have no real weaknesses and they are going to be a team to contend with all year long.
#3 Georgia (2-0, 1-1)
Georgia manhandled Mizzou on Saturday showing that "Old Man Football" is the way to win in this league. They face tougher tests later in the season but the next two weeks are probably wins. Could UT and Georgia both be undefeated headed into their match-up? It's possible.
#4 Tennessee (2-0) +1
Tennessee moves up a spot not based on their stellar play against an over-matched opponent, but by virtue of Arkansas' lousy game against Louisiana-Monroe. This weekend will be the real defining moment to determine if they belong this high in the rankings.
#5 Florida (2-0, 1-0) +1
Florida may move up next week with a win over UT, or down on this list with a loss. I think 5th is a good place to put them until we know more about them which we will after this weekend. They impressed on defense, but gave up sacks against A&M. They are also down a few players this week which hurts.
#6 South Carolina (2-0, 1-0) +2
South Carolina's back up QB Dylan Thompson played well but they played East Carolina. Not necessarily a marquee opponent. I still think this is a little high for them, but they make sense here for now.
#7 Mississippi State (2-0, 1-0) +5
MSU drubbed Auburn, but Auburn looked terrible. Their QB played an awful game and their defense failed to stop MSU's more pro style spread approach this year. I don't know if Auburn is just that bad or MSU is that good, but they make sense for now at #7.
#8 Arkansas (1-1) -4
Arkansas may have been looking past Louisiana-Monroe to the Alabama game, but they lost their signal caller Tyler Wilson in the game. No timetable for his return, but it is clear he makes the offense go and clearly the offense is all they have. I give them the benefit of the doubt here somewhat because a healthy Tyler Wilson and they are a better team.
#9 Missouri (1-1, 0-1) 0
Missouri played well the first half and really started to hang with Georgia. The upset was looking likey, but their lack of depth showed big in the second half and I believe while they are not one of the worst teams in the league, they will struggle against teams with better depth.
#10 Texas A&M (1-1, 0-1) +1
A&M moves up simply because Vandy is moving down this list. They haven't shown yet that they can hang with even a mediocre SEC team for four quarters. But they aren't the worst team in the league.
#11 Auburn (0-2, 0-1) -4
Auburn looked inept on offense and it is clear they have real problems. They made Mississippi State look like a top 5 team in the SEC and I don't think they are. I didn't expect this fall but there's no question they are not good and their season may end badly.
#12 Ole Miss (2-0) +2
They played well against a UTEP team that gave a top 10 Oklahoma team a game. We will know a lot more about Ole Miss after they face Texas this weekend.
#13 Kentucky (1-1) 0
They beat Kent State and continued to show that Max Smith is a good enough quarterback to get something going this year. That may not be enough with a porous defense to beat even the lowest of the SEC teams they will face this year. They have another winnable game against Western Kentucky this weekend.
#14 Vanderbilt (0-2, 0-1) -4
Northwestern exposed Jordon Rodgers and the Vanderbilt offensive line this past weekend. I really thought Vandy would win that game but reality smacked them in the face. Same Ole Vandy.