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Our updated SEC Power Rankings (and after the top 3, does it really matter?)

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Here are our updated SEC Power Rankings after the first week of October.

The season is half over, and it has become increasingly obvious that the SEC’s top three are a lot better than the other 11. It’s not a stretch to think that, like last season, 11 of the league’s 14 teams will win eight or fewer games.

14. Missouri (1-4)

Last week: 14th
The skinny: After a week off, the Tigers showed a pulse in a narrow loss at Kentucky. Does that say more about Mizzou or UK?

13. Ole Miss (2-3)

Last week: 13th
The skinny: If the Rebels don’t beat Vanderbilt this week in Oxford, an 0-8 SEC record beckons. Ole Miss last was winless in the SEC in 2008.

12. Arkansas (2-3)

Last week: 9th
The skinny: Yikes. The Hogs lost by 26 to South Carolina and now get Alabama and Auburn back-to-back. That’s not good.

11. Vanderbilt (3-3)

Last week: 12th
The skinny: Remember that 3-0 start that included a win over a ranked Kansas State team? We doubt anyone at Vandy remembers, either.

10. Tennessee (3-2)

Last week: 10th
The skinny: If the Vols lose at home to South Carolina this week, would that be the end for Butch Jones? A trip to Tuscaloosa follows the game with the Gamecocks.

RELATED: Why has Tennessee struggled so mightily thus far? Here are 5 reasons

9. South Carolina (4-2)

Last week: 11th
The skinny: The Gamecocks are at Tennessee this week. In one of the more interesting stats among current SEC coaches, South Carolina’s Will Muschamp is 5-0 as a head coach against the Vols.

RELATED: South Carolina goes on defensive to produce points in rout of Arkansas

8. Kentucky (5-1)

Last week: 7th
The skinny: UK also started 5-1 in 2014 – then lost its final six. That won’t happen this season. Well, it shouldn’t. The Wildcats are off this week, then play four winnable games in a row – Mississippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

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