This football season, we are going to come up with our very own weekly Power Rankings for all SEC Teams. Before we get into the rankings, let me explain the way that they work. We asked everyone on our staff to rank all 14 SEC Football Teams where the team with the higher ranking would always beat the lower team (in their opinion). For example, the #5 team would beat the #6 team, and the #6 team would beat the #7 team, and so on and so forth. In other words, we completely threw the whole “who’s beaten who” thing out of the window (sorry LSU fans). I then take all of the rankings and find each team’s average ranking, then reorder them accordingly to make the final Power Ranking for that week. Now, here’s our Week 3 SEC Power Rankings:
1) Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama looked as impressive as ever when they went into Oxford and steam-rolled the Rebels this past weekend. With 306 passing yards and 210 rushing yards, the Tide rolled. Not to mention, the Alabama defense held one of the “nation’s most elite offenses” to just 248 yards of total offense. While the Tide don’t look unbeatable, they are clearly the best team in the country.
2) Georgia Bulldogs
Boy, oh boy Georgia’s offense looks elite once again. Sophomore QB Jake Fromm threw 12 passes with just two incompletions while backup RB Elijah Holyfield had a 100 yard game on the ground. Sure, they played Middle Tennessee State, but they looked impressive while doing so.
3) Mississippi State Bulldogs
This past weekend, an already explosive Mississippi State offense got even scarier. Senior QB Nick Fitzgerald seemed to finally find his groove throwing the ball, and backup running back Aeris Williams ran for 101 yards. With a great offensive mind like Joe Moorhead as head coach, the Bulldogs are a very dangerous team in the West this year.
4) LSU Tigers
LSU had a very impressive win at Auburn this previous weekend. Their offensive line played tremendously against an elite defensive front, and they had several explosive plays throwing the ball. Even though they beat a quality team, many people are still questioning the legitimacy of quarterback Joe Burrow.
5) Texas A&M Aggies
Coming out of this past weekend 2-1, the Aggies looked very impressive against UL Monroe. With new Head Coach Jimbo Fisher, the program looks promising. Despite a tough loss to Clemson last week, the Aggies came out focused this week and beat UL Monroe like a drum 10-48 as Junior RB Trayveon Williams accounted for 128 yards on the ground. We will see how they fare as Alabama welcomes them to Tuscaloosa this weekend
6) Auburn Tigers
The Auburn Tigers didn’t look very impressive against LSU. Their offense struggled to move the ball as they blew a 10-21 lead, and their defensive secondary looked confused at times. Although it was a great game to the finish, the sloppiness spoke more about Auburn than it did LSU.
7) Kentucky Wildcats
After getting an important win over Florida, the Wildcats took care of business this past weekend against Murray State. Quarterback Terry Wilson had an impressive game as he threw for 163 yards and picked up 80 more with his legs. Star running back Benny Snell is already looking forward to this weekend, as he called out an elite Mississippi State defense.
8) Vanderbilt Commodores
Vanderbilt shocked a lot of people this past weekend when they went to #8 Notre Dame and lost a close game 17-22. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur was the story of the game, as he completed 26 passes for 326 yards. Although the tough loss ripped the hearts out of many SEC fans, the Commodores may be better than everyone thought they would be.
9) South Carolina Gamecocks
Not much to say about the Gamecocks this weekend; their game was canceled due to the weather. However, I would like to ask everyone to keep victims of Hurricane Florence or anyone who was affected by Hurricane Florence in their thoughts and prayers.
10) Missouri Tigers
Oh my word, Missouri looks terrible. Yes, Quarterback Drew Lock is still very, very good, but I am convinced that their defense couldn’t stop a high school team. They gave up 37 points to Purdue, and they squeaked out a win because they made a field goal as the clock ran out.
11) Florida Gators
After being punched in the mouth by Kentucky, the Gators bounced back pretty well this weekend, routing Colorado State 10-48. Sure, they put a lot of points up on the board, but they still don’t match up to any good SEC Team.
12) Ole Miss Rebels
As it turns out, the Ole Miss offense isn’t as good as everyone thought, and their defense is quite possibly the worst in the SEC. After scoring on the first play of the game, the Rebels never found the end zone again. Honestly, they should be grateful that they only lost 62-7, because Nick Saban could have put up 100 points on them if he wanted to.
13) Tennessee Volunteers
Tennesee just flat-out isn’t very good this year. Jeremy Pruitt has seemed to whip their defense into better shape, but I would like to see their offense improve some more. They have a chance to move up in our rankings this weekend if they can pull off a win versus Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators (fingers crossed).
14) Arkansas Razorbacks
Well, it’s time for us to move Arkansas to the SEC East. I knew that they were bad, but I didn’t know that they were 27-point-loss to NORTH TEXAS bad. It’ll be a miracle if they don’t lose by 40 to Auburn this weekend.