Here are our updated SEC Power Rankings after three weeks of the season. There was a lot of movement in the rankings, and there could be even more this week — including potential a new No. 2 depending on what happens in Athens.
14. Missouri (1-2)
Last week: 14th
The skinny: Mizzou looked bad – pitiful, really – on both sides of the ball in a loss to Purdue. That Purdue has a first-year coach and Mizzou has a second-year guy – well, that’s not a good look for the Tigers. There are two winnable games left on the schedule (Connecticut and Idaho), but a winless league record is a distinct possibility, even in the SEC East.
13. Ole Miss (2-1)
Last week: 13th
The skinny: The Rebels are off this week after falling at Cal. The offense bogged down, and the Rebels cannot overcome that because the defense is not good. The first two games after the bye week: at Alabama and at Auburn.
12. Arkansas (1-1)
Last week: 10th
The skinny: Bret Bielema is feeling some heat, and he will be feeling a lot more if the Hogs lose to Texas A&M on Saturday. In that sense, think of it as the “Hot Seat Bowl” because A&M coach Kevin Sumlin isn’t exactly sitting pretty, either.
11. South Carolina (2-1)
Last week: 7th
The skinny: A home loss to Kentucky and WR Deebo Samuel is out for at least five weeks and might miss the rest of the season. It wasn’t a good Saturday for Will Muschamp. Oh, and by the way: For all the skill-position talent on the roster, the Gamecocks are 13th in the league in offense.
10. Texas A&M (2-1)
Last week: 9th
The skinny: The Aggies looked uninterested in the first half against UL-Lafayette, then woke up in the second half to win going away. How will they react this week against Arkansas? This is the start of an interesting four-week stretch for the Aggies, who have South Carolina, Alabama and Florida after the Hogs.
9. Vanderbilt (3-0)
Last week: 12th
The skinny: Vandy is 3-0 for the first time since 2011, thanks to an upset of Kansas State; that was the Commodores’ first win over a ranked non-conference opponent since 1946. They can make an even bigger statement this week when Alabama heads to Nashville.
8. Kentucky (3-0)
Last week: 11th
The skinny: The Wildcats won at South Carolina in a slugfest with the Gamecocks. This week, UK welcomes in Florida, which owns a 30-game winning streak in the series. A win this week stamps UK as a legit contender for the SEC East title. UK is seeking its first 2-0 start in league play since – get ready – 1977, which also is the last time the Wildcat finished above .500 in conference action. How good is Kentucky? We should truly start to find out this week.
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