Ranking the SEC after Week 2


The second week of the 2015 football season wasn’t the greatest for the SEC. We finally got some conference games that ended up being a little surprising. Then a few out-of-conference games were really surprising.

But I won’t just be ranking the SEC based off of week two. These rankings will be solely based on what we’ve seen as a whole, not just what we just saw.

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1. Alabama

The Tide has played two teams you’ve heard of and the games have never been in doubt. They stay at the top FOR NOW. (Last week: #1, beat Middle Tennessee State 37-10)

2. Texas A&M

The first game on the new Kyle Field saw Texas A&M put 56 on Ball State, but that defense gave up 20 in the 2nd half. The Aggies are hanging on to the 2nd spot, but for how long? (Last week: #2, beat Ball State 56-20)

3. Ole Miss

The Rebs have scored 70+ points in both games this season. The defense seems stout. Are things this good in Oxford? Not yet. Check the competition. (Last Week: #5, beat Fresno State 73-21)

4. LSU

The Purple Tigers have only played one game this season in which they looked dominant in the first half, but almost let Mississippi State off the hook at the end. They only moved up because two teams had to go down. (Last Week: #6, beat Mississippi State 21-19)

5. Georgia

At the half, the Dawgs only led the worst team in the SEC by a score of 14-6. It didn’t get much better from there. You semi-struggle to put Vanderbilt away and you might not be that good. (Last Week: #4, beat Vanderbilt 31-14)

6. Auburn

In week one, Auburn was a team that made a ton of mistakes and was still able to beat an ACC team on a big stage. In week two, Auburn made less mistakes, but looked very uninspired against FCS Jacksonville State. Either way, the Tigers are 2-0. (Last Week #3, beat Jacksonville State 27-20)

7. Tennessee

The Vols had a chance to move way up this list had they held on to beat nationally-ranked Oklahoma. Instead they gave up the biggest lead in Neyland Stadium history to lose to the Sooners. Almost, Volunteers. (Last week: #8, lost to Oklahoma 31-24)

8. Florida

In their last three games, the Gators have beaten East Carolina by a touchdown twice. Maybe Florida isn’t close to being back. (Last week: #9, beat East Carolina 31-24)

9. Mississippi State

Mullen’s Maroon’s were able to shut down LSU in the 2nd half and had a chance to beat the Tigers on a game-winning kick. But in true Mississippi State fashion, they had a delay of game penalty that made the kick a little tougher. (Last week: #12, lost to LSU 21-19)

10. Missouri

Missouri traveled to Arkansas State. That’s grounds for removal from this ranking, but I decided to keep them in because they at least won. Wait, it was only by a touchdown? Maybe they should be gone. (Last week: #10, beat Arkansas State 27-20)

11. Arkansas

The Hawgs looked impressive in week one. But they were playing UTEP. They backed it up with a heartbreaking loss after a hard fought battle. But they were playing Toledo. Tumble, Hawgs, tumble. (Last week: #7, lost to Toledo 16-12)

12. Kentucky

A sign of life from Lexington. The Wildcats were able to knock out South Carolina’s QB-1 and subsequently knock off the Gamecocks in a game that wasn’t as close as the score. (Last week: #13, beat South Carolina 26-22)

13. South Carolina

The Gamecocks looked unimpressive in a win over North Carolina in week one, and now lost to Kentucky. You can’t get much worse, can you? (Last week: #11, lost to Kentucky 26-22)

14. Vanderbilt

Wait, yes you can. You can lose to Western Kentucky. And sorry, hanging with Georgia doesn’t get you out of the cellar. (Last week: #14, lost to Georgia 31-14)