7. South Carolina (1-0)
Last week: 8th
The skinny: The defense made huge strides and shut down Missouri after a shaky start. The offense certainly wasn’t overly impressive, but two huge plays by Deebo Samuel turned the tide. Kentucky comes to town this week, and the winner stamps itself as a SEC East contender.
6. Florida (0-1)
Last week: 6th
The skinny: Florida’s game with FCS opponent Northern Colorado was canceled by Hurricane Irma, and it’s possible Irma impacts this week’s SEC East showdown with Tennessee, too. The cancellation of Northern Colorado game meant the Gators lost out on some key game reps for their offense.
5. Tennessee (2-0)
Last week: 5th
The skinny: The Vols beat up on FCS member Indiana State in a tune-up for their SEC East matchup with Florida – assuming Hurricane Irma doesn’t mess with the schedule.
4. Auburn (1-1)
Last week: 2nd
The skinny: My goodness, the offense was brutal. Horrible. Woeful. Rancid. The defense played lights out and certainly well enough for the Tigers to beat Clemson. But after the first quarter, the offense was non-existent. Where was Asa Martin? And the receiving corps appears overrated. Then again, when your quarterback is sacked 11 times, it’s hard to get anything going. Auburn has given up 14 sacks in two games. Last season, Auburn OC Chip Lindsey was OC at Arizona State, which gave up Pac-12-high 41 sacks.
3. LSU (2-0)
Last week: 4th
The skinny: The defense has allowed just 10 points in two games, but the offense still has work to do in the passing game. The question, then: Can the defense carry the offense in a game against a playmaking quarterback this week when the Tigers play at Mississippi State?
2. Georgia (2-0)
Last week: 3rd
The skinny: The defense led the way in a big win at Notre Dame. The Bulldogs may not have run as well as expected, but Georgia’s defensive front seven got the best of a highly touted Irish offensive line. OLBs Davin Bellamy and Lorenzo Carter played at a high level. The offense still has a lot of work to do in the passing game, but in the SEC East, a flawed team can win the division.
1. Alabama (2-0)
Last week: 1st
The skinny: Yawn. The Tide whipped Fresno State and should do the same this week to Colorado State, though CSU is better than Fresno. One thing is for sure: Alabama needs to continue refining its downfield passing attack.
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