After a down year as a whole last season, the conference looked to reassert itself as the most competitive conference in college football and outside of one team (*cough cough* Tennessee), they did just that.
It wasn’t just that teams from the SEC won, it was how they won, by absolutely obliterating opposing teams. This season there will be multiple teams jockeying for position in the rankings as this year’s conference could be the strongest the country has seen in a long time.
That being said, after watching the games this week, there is no doubt in my mind that one team will remain on top all season. Without further ado, here are my SEC Power Rankings going into Week 2.
1.) Alabama (1-0)
Two quarterbacks, no problem. The Crimson Tide dominated Louisville this past week. When you add Tua Tagovailoa to Nick Saban’s system it is simply unfair. What’s even scarier is that Alabama did not even play anywhere close to their full potential and they still demolished a competent Cardinals team. Can you only imagine what the final score would have been if they did not pull their Heisman hopeful QB, miss an extra point, and a short field goal?
Alabama kicks off this year’s power rankings, exactly where it ended last season’s at number one.
Week 2: vs. Arkansas State, 3:30 PM EST on ESPN2
2.) Georgia (1-0)
Yes, Georgia did not play a tough opponent Week One like the next two teams on this list, but that does not take away from the fact that they are the second best team in this conference. Jake Fromm is still a national championship caliber quarterback (even with Justin Fields gunning for his job) and more importantly for the Bulldogs, they demonstrated that their running attack is still one of the best in the nation.
The Bulldogs have their first real test of the season this week as they travel to Columbia to play the Gamecocks who look to be their biggest threat in the SEC East this season
Week 2: at South Carolina 3:30 PM EST on CBS
3.) Auburn (1-0)
The Tigers were in a position to make a statement early in the season for both themselves and the SEC. The Washington Huskies were ranked sixth in the nation and a neutral site provided the matchup with a playoff-like atmosphere. While their numbers from this game are far from flashy, they played the toughest opponent with the most playoff implications this week and came out with a win.
Week 2: vs. Alcorn State 7:30 PM EST on the SEC Network
4.) LSU (1-0)
There’s no question about it, Ed Orgeron is firmly on the hot seat this season as LSU has not been in the playoff conversation since his tenure at the university began. That being said, his team provided the country with the biggest surprise this week as they dismantled Miami. The defense was stout, Burrows was decent, and their running game flourished. If their offense continues to excel, the Tigers could have a chance to run the table this season.
Week 2: vs. Southeastern Louisiana 7:00 PM EST on ESPN 2
5.) Mississippi State (1-0)
Despite being without the talents of starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, the Bulldogs thrashed Stephen F. Austin 63-6. That is quite the start to Joe Moorehead’s tenure in Starkville.
The Bulldogs will look to continue to climb up the top 25 as they host Kansas State next week.
Week 2: vs. Kansas State 12:00 PM EST on ESPN
6.) South Carolina (1-0)
The Will Muschamp era is in full effect at the University of South Carolina as the Gamecocks are coming off a nine win season a year ago. A revamped offensive attack, one of the top wide receiver groups in the conference, a quarterback who looks poised to reach a new level in his game, and a defense that has consistently improved, has left many pundits picking the Gamecocks as a dark horse in the East.
The Gamecocks will undoubtedly be ranked for their showdown against Georgia, but it will be up to them to prove whether or not they belong with the top teams in the country. A win over the Bulldogs would not only catapult them in our rankings and the AP top 25, but it would go a long way in the battle for supremacy in the East.
Week 2: vs. Georgia 3:30 PM EST on CBS
7. Texas A&M (1-0)
The Jimbo Fisher era is officially underway in College Station and it was nothing but smooth sailing last week as they clobbered Northwestern State. Their first real test will come this week when Fisher will face an all too familiar foe as Dabo Swinney and Clemson come to town.
Week 2: vs. Clemson 7:00 PM EST on ESPN
8. Ole Miss (1-0)
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— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) September 1, 2018
The Rebels displayed that they still have the high-caliber offensive attack that they possessed under Hugh Freeze against Texas Tech, but what remains to be seen is if they have the defensive talent to compete in the West. Nonetheless, with an elite wide receiver core, the Rebels will be fun to watch this season.
Week 2: vs. SIU 4:00 PM EST on SEC Network
9. Florida (1-0)
Dan Mullen certainly brought his high-octane offense with him to Gainsville as the Gators torched Charleston Southern last week. However, the difficulty of play will increase this week as the Gators open up conference play against Kentucky this week.
Week 2: vs. Kentucky 7:30 PM EST on SEC Network
10. Missouri (1-0)
The Tigers are coming off of a season in which they made a surprise bowl appearance and much of that was a result of the play of highly-touted quarterback Drew Lock. Missouri still has holes in their defense that teams will exploit this season, but there is no doubt their offense is capable of putting up big numbers. Wyoming should provide Mizzou with a stiff test this week.
Week 2: vs. Wyoming 7:00 PM EST on ESPNU
11. Kentucky (1-0)
Game 1️⃣ Victory: ✅
The Wildcats looked atrocious in the first half against Central Michigan, but they were able to recover in the second half and get the win. The defense was impressive on Saturday, but like a couple other teams in the conference, it appears the Wildcats are in the midst of a quarterback controversy. Kentucky kicks off SEC play in Gainsville this week.
Week 2: at Florida 7:30 PM EST on SEC Network
12. Vanderbilt (1-0)
Derek Mason’s team displayed their defensive strength last week, as the Commodores made quick work of Tennessee Martin 35-7. Nevada should provide them with their first contested game of the season.
Week 2: vs. Nevada 12:00 PM on SEC Network
13. Arkansas (1-0)
The Razorbacks are in the middle of a regime change after deciding to move on from Bret Bielema. They took care of Eastern Illinois this past week, but they still have a lot of rebuilding ahead if they want to be competitive in the SEC.
Week 2: at Colorado State 7:30 PM EST on CBS Sports Network
14. Tennessee (0-1)
Week 2: vs. ETSU 4:00 PM EST on SEC Network
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