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

SEC Power Rankings coaches

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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