Now that I’ve gotten a taste for all the SEC teams, it’s time for a Power Ranking special.
1. Alabama – Surprised? At home, they are probably a touchdown favorite against anyone in the country. The defense hasn’t lost a step despite the young secondary and Mark Ingram is running like a man on a(nother) mission.
2. Auburn – Auburn have the best player in the SEC, Cam Newton, and a very explosive offense. Defensively, they have a few holes but their offense and home crowd have been top-notch this season. They have a punchers chance against anyone right now, including Alabama at the Iron Bowl.
3. South Carolina – Marcus Lattimore has been tearing up the conference on the ground and Stephen Garcia hasn’t blown it just yet. Spurrier has been sending some recent jabs his way recently, so we’ll see how long it lasts. The defense has been as advertised and Alshon Jeffery is making things look easy. Though I think they’re better than Florida, the Gators may end up on top here as the Cocks have to face the top two teams from the West, Auburn (a close loss on the road) and ‘Bama (this week).
4. Arkansas – Ryan Mallet has done his best to take the Razorbacks to the top of the West but when push came to shove, Saban’s defense was better. Arkansas struggles to run the ball which makes it easier for teams to defend the best passer in the league. The defense is much improved from last season but still nothing to write home about.
5. Florida – The Gators haven’t found an offensive identity, partially to do with a lack of fundamentals i.e. snapping the ball. Blame it on the post-Tebow drop off if you want, but they are also badly missing Aaron Hernandez, Riley Cooper and Maurkice Pouncey. The defense has been keeping them in games but they won’t beat a team who doesn’t turn the ball over, which is pretty much everyone above them.
6. LSU – LSU is severely overrated from their #9 ranking. Offensively, Jordan Jefferson was replaced by Jarrett “Pick 6″ Lee in the last game and it was actually a marked improvement. Les Miles put on his dunce cap once again against Tennessee. His substitutions with Jefferson and Lee seemed random at best and was bailed out by SEC rookie Derek Dooley’s even poorer 13-man defense at the end of the game. The scene was mind blowing and his post-game defense of it was even worse. How he’s undefeated and Richt is winless in the SEC is unbearable.
7. MSU – This is the best team to come out of Starkville in a very long time. Dan Mullen has a good team that makes few mistakes. Get the man some better athletes and watch out.
8. Ole Miss – It’s tough to know what to make of Mississippi. They lost to Jacksonville St. and Vandy but rebounded to beat a decent Fresno State and man handled Kentucky. Unfortunately, after the bye week they face a murderers row: at Alabama, at Arkansas and Auburn. Looking at the other teams’ schedules, no one should really be overlooking the Rebs. Think they’ll be heading for a move down this totem pole as we move on.
9. UGA – This is probably a bit high for most people’s liking but the talent is there for Georgia and they’ve really just caught some horrible breaks. Three extraordinarily costly fumbles have taken them out of chances to win games. The defense hasn’t been good but they’re also young and out of position. After 5 games they’re getting to the point where the youth will become the experienced. With the nation’s top receiver back and getting into rhythm, Georgia could easily right the ship. The question is whether Coach Richt has lost the faith and control of his team. That will determine what direction Georgia heads from here on out.
10. Tennessee – Poor Tennessee. Their off season was excessively brutal and just when they get a chance to see the light, Coach Dooley outdoes the village idiot and 13 men end up on the field to defend the final play against LSU. They seem to be able to do things in spurts but lack of depth prevents them from sustaining much of anything. This team has show a lot more heart and determination than Georgia, and I would have switched the spots had Georgia not come out a 12 point favorite this week. (I know what you’re thinking: how is that effing possible? We’ll discuss it later in the week)
11. Kentucky – While UK has a better record than the two teams above them, the talent doesn’t quite add up. They’ve beaten three high-school teams and the SEC teams they’ve played have both put a hurt on the ‘Cats. The scoreline against Ole Miss is a bit deceiving as they managed to catch up in garbage time. They have a very capable offense with some incredible athletes but the defense is swiss-cheese like and they don’t seem to be able to sustain drives.
12. Vandy – Enough said.