Here are this week’s SEC Power Rankings.
We’ve considered the season as a whole with these rankings, but we’re pretty sure some folks are going to be ticked off anyway.
14. Florida (3-6)
Last week: 14th
The skinny: At least the Gators showed a pulse in the loss to South Carolina. They have UAB this week, and what looked to be a “Just throw the helmets on the field and it will be over” game before the season is not. The Blazers are bowl-bound, and though their defense is nothing special, Florida’s offense is garbage.
13. Tennessee (4-6)
Last week: 10th
The skinny: Goodbye, Butch Jones. Yes, the program is in better shape than when he got there. But, my God, that was a low bar because his predecessor may have been the worst hiring in modern SEC football history, and his 2016 team underachieved, which set up this debacle of a season. Let’s put it this way: There certainly were times during his tenure when an opposing coach looked to the Tennessee sideline and said, “Wow, that is a talented team; we could be in trouble today.” But there never was a time when an opposing coach looked to the Tennessee sideline and said, “Wow, I’m worried about being outcoached by Butch Jones today.”
12. Vanderbilt (4-6)
Last week: 12th
The skinny: Everyone knows Tennessee is 0-6 in the SEC this season. Well, so is Vandy. In their six SEC games, the Commodores have surrendered an other-worldly 1,833 rushing yards – an average of 305.5 per game.
11. Arkansas (4-6)
Last week: 11th
The skinny: Butch Jones was 14-24 in his career in SEC play – and that’s better than Bret Bielema’s league record in the same amount of time (11-27).
10. Missouri (5-5)
Last week: 13th
The skinny: The Tigers have won four in a row. Granted, they have beaten no one of note (Idaho, UConn, Florida and Tennessee), but four wins in a row is four wins in a row. And given that Vandy and Arkansas remain on the schedule, Mizzou very well could be carrying a six-game winning streak into its bowl game.
9. Ole Miss (5-5)
Last week: 9th
The skinny: When QB Shea Patterson was lost for the season with a knee injury, we’ll admit it: We thought the season was toast. But as talented as Patterson is, the Rebels haven’t missed him. Jordan Ta’amu in his three starts since Patterson was hurt: 79-of-106 (74.5 percent), 1,168 yards and seven TDs.
8. Kentucky (7-3)
Last week: 8th
The skinny: At 4-3 in the league, the Wildcats are guaranteed at least a .500 finish in the SEC. But to stand out in UK football history, this team must beat Georgia on Saturday. Why? Because UK hasn’t finished above .500 in SEC play since 1977.
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