Ranking the SEC after Week 4
The top teams looked a little less powerful this past weekend, the middle tier beat each other up, and the cellar-dwellers kept on losing. With that, there was some shakeup in this week’s rankings. YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHERE I HAVE AUBURN.
1. Ole Miss (4-0)
The Rebels only beat Vanderbilt by 11, but Georgia only beat them 17. That was almost enough to drop them down, but the Dawgs haven’t played anybody, so we can’t move them up…
(Last Week: #1, beat Vanderbilt 27-16)
2. LSU (3-0)
…then LSU only led Syracuse by a touchdown in the 4th quarter, and only beat the Orange by 10, so I can’t move them up, either.
(Last Week: #2, beat Syracuse 34-24)
3. Georgia (4-0)
The Dawgs have beaten UL-Monroe, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Southern. I have no idea how good they are. We’ll know more after this weekend.
(Last Week: #3, beat Southern 48-6)
4. Alabama (3-1)
The Tide has a chance to move back up into the top tier of the SEC if they can knock of Georgia this weekend. SPOILER ALERT: they won’t.
(Last week: #5, beat UL-Monroe 34-0)
5. Texas A&M (4-0)
Following a near loss to SEC bottom-feeder Arkansas, the Aggies had to drop one spot this week. They are probably the hardest team to gauge, but it’s trending downward.
(Last week: #4, beat Arkansas 28-21)
6. Florida (4-0)
The Gators came back to beat Tennessee with my favorite score of all time, but are they really that good? They’ve struggled to beat East Carolina and Kentucky, but does a comeback win over 2-loss Tennessee mean anything? We’ll know more after they host Ole Miss this weekend.
(Last week: #9, beat Tennessee 28-27)
7. Mississippi State (3-1)
You’d think shutting down Auburn’s offense on the road would warrant a jump in the polls. Nope, Mississippi State’s offense was shutdown as well and the Bulldogs had every reason to lose.
(Last week: #7, beat Auburn 17-9)
8. Auburn (2-2)
The Tigers beat themselves, and would beat Mississippi State 8 times out of 10 this season. The only reason they are below the Bulldogs is because of the most recent, and only available score.
(Last Week #8, lost to Mississippi State 17-9)
9. Kentucky (3-1)
Let’s hold on before we jump on the Wildcat bandwagon. They could’ve beaten Florida, but is that a big deal? This week they knocked off Missouri, and we know that’s not a big deal.
(Last week: #11, beat Missouri 21-13)
10. Tennessee (2-2)
Everybody wanted Tennessee to be good this season. Tennessee thought they were going to be good this season. They just forgot that football games have a 4th quarter.
(Last week: #6, lost to Florida 28-27)
11. Missouri (3-1)
Losing to Kentucky was a long time coming. After holding on to beat UConn 9-6 the week before, Missouri really deserves to drop more, but we’ll wait until Vanderbilt beats them.
(Last week: #10, lost to Kentucky 21-13)
12. South Carolina (2-2)
I’m really down on the Gamecocks this year. Can you tell? I think it was just the first game. Oh, and giving up 52 to Georgia and losing to Kentucky. The battle for 11th place will happen this week as they travel to Columbia. The other one.
(Last week: #13, beat UCF 31-14)
13. Arkansas (1-3)
I honestly don’t think Arkansas is that bad. They could’ve beaten Texas A&M. But they didn’t. And they lost to Texas Tech… and Toledo… and their coach is Bert.
(Last week: #12, lost to Texas A&M 28-21)
14. Vanderbilt (1-3)
The Commodores have hung with Ole Miss and Georgia, but I don’t care. They are the worst (still bitter about 2008 and 2012).
(Last week: #14, lost to Ole Miss 27-16)