Here are this week’s SEC Power Rankings.
We’ve tried to consider the season as a whole with these rankings, but we’re pretty sure some folks are going to be ticked off anyway.
14. Florida (3-5)
Last week: 9th
The skinny: The season has spiraled out of control – completely. A team that should’ve beaten LSU and Texas A&M flat out didn’t show up against Mizzou, and was embarrassed. Presumably, the Gators will have a little more invested when they play South Carolina this week and Florida State in the regular-season finale. For now, though, they belong here.
13. Missouri (4-5)
Last week: 14th
The skinny: The rout of Florida was Mizzou’s first in conference play. Thing is, it also could be the first of four wins in a row in conference play, as the Tigers close with Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Arkansas. The bottom line: This team isn’t that good, yet could make a bowl.
12. Vanderbilt (4-5)
Last week: 13th
The skinny: The three remaining games – Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee – are winnable. Vandy also could lose all three.
11. Arkansas (4-5)
Last week: 11th
The skinny: A team that wins at Ole Miss shouldn’t have to rally to barely beat what had been a 1-7 Coastal Carolina team. It’s hard to imagine the Hogs beating either LSU this week or Mississippi State next week.
10. Tennessee (4-5)
Last week: 10th
The skinny: The Vols earned their first victory since September 23 by downing Southern Miss. As bad as this season has been, a bowl bid still is within reach. But a win over Mizzou this week is vital in that regard.
9. Ole Miss (4-5)
Last week: 12th
The skinny: OK, how does a team that loses at home to woeful Arkansas – blowing a 31-7 lead in the process – win at Kentucky, a team that technically still was alive in the SEC East race? Ahh, the mystery that is Ole Miss football in 2017. If this team could play defense – as in just a little bit of defense – it could be 6-3. The offense hasn’t missed a beat with QB Jordan Ta’amu replacing Shea Patterson.
8. Kentucky (6-3)
Last week: 8th
The skinny: Same old same old in Lexington. UK gets its fans’ hopes up, then the Wildcats crash and burn. Despite the loss to Ole Miss (blame it entirely on the defense – you know, the side of the ball that is Mark Stoops’ specialty), UK still has a shot at an eight-win regular season.
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