Here are our weekly SEC Power Rankings.
We’ll start finding out even more this week, with three league games. Each is an intra-division matchup that should give us a solid idea of where each team stands.
14. Missouri (1-1)
Last week: 14th
The skinny: The defense was OK, but the offense stunk up in a home loss to South Carolina. In his past nine SEC games, Mizzou QB Drew Lock has nine TD passes and 12 interceptions.
13. Ole Miss (2-0)
Last week: 13rd
The skinny: It took a while to get going, but it was another impressive outing for the offense in a win over UT Martin. But there never was a question about that side of the ball. How will the defense fare this week when the Rebels play at California?
12. Vanderbilt (2-0)
Last week: 12th
The skinny: Vandy is 2-0 for the first time since 2011, and the defense and passing game(!) have performed especially well. But there will be a huge jump in competition this week when Kansas State comes to town. If Vandy can find a way to limit K-State’s rushing attack, this becomes a mighty interesting matchup.
11. Kentucky (2-0)
Last week: 11th
The skinny: UK has struggled somewhat in each of its first two games, and now things truly get interesting. The Wildcats are at South Carolina this week and welcome in Florida next week. Can they win either one? Something to remember: The last time UK finished above .500 in league play was 1977.
10. Arkansas (1-1)
Last week: 10th
The skinny: As it turned out, beating up on Florida A&M in the opener meant nothing. The Hogs couldn’t get their running game going against TCU, and the kicking game again was a disaster. While it’s early in the season, maybe having a bye week this week is a good thing.
9. Texas A&M (1-1)
Last week: 7th
The skinny: The Aggies didn’t exactly light it up against Nicholls; they had to score 10 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win against a FCS foe. The passing attack has not been impressive through two games, and the cornerbacks – wow, they are bad. A&M should prevail this week against UL Lafayette, but then comes a season-making four-game stretch: Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida.
8. Mississippi State (2-0)
Last week: 9th
The skinny: The Bulldogs started slow, then blew out a Louisiana Tech team expected to contend for the Conference USA title. That said, things start to get real this week, when LSU comes to town. If Nick Fitzgerald can somehow produce a big game …
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