Ranking the SEC after Week 2
The worst week in college football matchups didn’t turn out all too bad. Of course, Auburn’s big win over Arkansas State made me not care about the rest, but there were some games that were more interesting than they should have been.
After two weeks, I have no idea how good every team actually is. That’s why rankings these early are really stupid. You have no idea.
1. Alabama (2-0)
The Crimson Tide had no problem with the Hilltoppers, but Nick Saban apparently had a problem with Lane Kiffin. Next up are the Rebels that are going for three in a row. Will we have a new number one next week?
(Last week: #1, beat Western Kentucky 38-10)
2. Texas A&M (2-0)
We still have no clue what the Aggies really are. We’ll probably have a much better idea after this weekend.
(Last week: #2, beat Prairie View A&M 67-0)
3. Ole Miss (1-1)
Ole Miss, like Texas A&M, blew a lead in week 1, and then beat a cupcake in week 2. Their matchup with the Tide will give us a good idea about how good the Rebels really are.
(Last week: #4, beat Wofford 38-13)
4. Auburn (1-1)
What?! You homer! You beat Arkansas State! Yes, and probably should’ve beaten Clemson, too. In fact, if the same team played in week 1 that did in week 2, they probably would have by at least 10 points. Auburn leads the SEC in rushing, as they always should, and averaging their two performances together have looked better than everyone below them.
(Last week: #6, beat Arkansas State 51-14)
5. Florida (2-0)
A lackluster win over UMass and blowing out Kentucky doesn’t really mean much. Considering that we have no real data on Florida I can only put them as high as 5th. It’s just the rules.
(Last week: #7, beat Kentucky 45-7)
6. Georgia (2-0)
This is probably too high. We gave the Dawgs credit for beating North Carolina, but then they laid an egg against Nicholls. That would have easily trumped Alabama’s loss to UL-Monroe. Things usually unravel after performances like that.
(Last week: #3, beat Nicholls 26-24)
7. Arkansas (2-0)
Look, this world is giving Arkansas WAYYYYYY too much credit for beating TCU in overtime last Saturday. First, they beat Lousiana Tech by 1 point a week ago. Then they needed to block a game-winning field goal. Then as I said, they beat the “not as good as you think they were three years ago” Horned Frogs. Pump the brakes, America.
(Last week: #9, beat TCU 41-38)
8. LSU (1-1)
The Purple Tigers lost to Wisconsin and then struggled with Jacksonville State. Sure, Leonard Fournette didn’t play at all Saturday, but a QB switch and the fact that they don’t have a first down in the first quarter of two games this season suggest that things aren’t that great in Baton Rouge.
(Last week: #5, beat Jacksonville State 34-13)
9. Tennessee (2-0)
Not buying it.
(Last week: #8, beat Virginia Tech 45-24)
10. Missouri (1-1)
Eastern Michigan must be TERRIBLE.
(Last week: #11, beat Eastern Michigan 61-21)
11. South Carolina (1-1)
The bottom four could probably be in an order. I don’t know why South Carolina is at the top of these. They lost to the team that lost to South Alabama. I don’t know…
(Last week: #10, lost to Mississippi State 27-14)
12. Vanderbilt (1-1)
Vandy actually showed me something. Middle Tennessee State ain’t a bad little program, and the Commodores put it on them.
(Last week: #12, beat Middle Tennessee State 47-24)
13. Mississippi State (1-1)
The Maroons move up one spot for coming back after a terrible loss and handling South Carolina. But losing to South Alabama in game one will keep them down here for a while.
(Last week: #14, beat South Carolina 27-14)
14. Kentucky (0-2)
The only team in the SEC without a win, so they have to be here. Basketball is right around the corner. Sorta…
(Last week: #13, lost to Florida 45-7)