SEC Power Rankings: Georgia looks more like pit bulls in guarding top spot
It's Georgia football and everyone else in the SEC, if the Bulldogs' rout of South Carolina on Saturday is any indication. But everybody else still has a place in the league, and the daunting task of assigning those places is ours.
This week, that means some separation in the Magnolia State between Ole Miss and Mississippi State, which were ranked back-to-back at No. 6 and 7 until coach Mike Leach's offense blew a tire in Baton Rouge.
On to the rankings:
Last week: 1
This week: vs. Kent State
What to know: Make it fair for the Golden Flashes this week - Brock Bowers takes them all on, 11 on one.
Last week: 2
This week: vs. Vanderbilt
What to know: Sound advice for Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea this week would include a little extra practice time covering punts.
Last week: 3
This week: vs. Northern Illinois
What to know: We're a quarter of the way into the regular season, and the Wildcats defense has allowed just two touchdowns. Stoops magic is real.
Last week: 4
This week: at Texas A&M
What to know: Sam Pittman escaped what would've been a Harley wreck of a loss to Bob Petrino-led Missouri State.
Last week: 5
This week: vs. Florida
What to know: After dropping Army and instead scheduling Akron for Week 3, Tennessee doesn't move an inch after a 63-6 win. These are power rankings, not pushover rankings.
6. Ole Miss
Last week: 8
This week: vs. Tulsa
What to know: A Lane Kiffin offense ran the ball 62 times in a rout of Georgia Tech. What is this madness?
Last week: 6
This week: at Tennessee
What to know: What's the over-under on Anthony Richardson interceptions this week, heading into a road game against a team that also wears orange?
8. Texas A&M
Last week: 9
This week: vs. Arkansas
What to know: Time to start holding the "Midnight Yell" at noon, instead.
Last week: 11
This week: vs. New Mexico
What to know: Mississippi State won the last time it played in Death Valley, and was favored to beat the Tigers for the first time in over two decades. It had to be righted.
10. Mississippi State
Last week: 7
This week: vs. Bowling Green
What to know: Of a crucial muffed punt in a loss to LSU, Leach said "I think I could do it if I practiced for two weeks." Who wouldn't want to watch that?
Last week: 10
This week: vs. Missouri
What to know: An ugly loss to Penn State won't be what gets coach Bryan Harsin canned, but the death march has officially begun.
12. South Carolina
Last week: 12
This week: vs. Charlotte
What to know: Georgia 48, South Carolina 7? Spencer Rattled, and so did the rest of the Gamecocks.
Last week: 14
This week: at Alabama
What to know: A 3-1 start gets the Commodores out of the cellar for a breath of air, just in time to visit Alabama.
Last week: 13
This week: at Auburn
What to know: It's the little things that get you dropped to the bottom after a win. Like being blown out by a Kansas State team that loses to Tulane a week later.
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