Here are the final SEC Power Rankings of the 2017 season.
14. Tennessee (4-8)
Preseason rank: 7th
The skinny: The Vols suffered the first eight-loss season in school history and finished winless in the SEC for the first time. The coaching search was a debacle, but at least UT seems to have ended up with a guy (Jeremy Pruitt) who can get the ship turned around.
13. Vanderbilt (5-7)
Preseason rank: 13th
The skinny: Vandy won one SEC game. But at least it was against Tennessee. Commodores fans can crow that Vandy has won four of the past six against the Vols.
12. Florida (4-7)
Preseason rank: 3rd
The skinny: Dan Mullen has a lot of work to do on an offense that has been rancid this entire decade; Florida is one of two SEC schools (Vanderbilt is the other) that has not averaged 400 yards per game in a season this decade.
11. Arkansas (4-8)
Preseason rank: 9th
The skinny: Chad Morris gets to try to pick up the pieces. The defense needs a massive talent infusion. Morris’ vast background in Texas should help the Hogs reel in more Lone Star talent.
10. Kentucky (7-6)
Preseason rank: 12th
The skinny: UK still hasn’t won eight games in a season since 2007. Ultimately, this season must go down as a disappointment for the Wildcats. The SEC East is as weak as it has been since the league went to divisional play in 1992 and UK still finished 4-4 in the conference.
9. Ole Miss (6-6)
Preseason rank: 14th
The skinny: It was a long year for the Rebels, but finishing .500 despite the distractions and winning the Egg Bowl made it somewhat satisfying nonetheless.
8. Missouri (7-6)
Preseason rank: 10th
The skinny: Mizzou had won six in a row going into the Texas Bowl, but an uninspired performance there resulted in a big loss to a mediocre Texas team. Looking ahead, how will Derek Dooley – who never has called plays or been a coordinator – do as OC replacing Josh Heupel?
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