The staff here at Armchair All-Americans gives our SEC Power Rankings before we head into week three action.
Arkansas, along with Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas A&M could have all fallen in one of the spots from 11-14. Arkansas falls to last because of their very poor performance vs TCU this past weekend. TCU didn’t just beat Arkansas, they handled them 28-7. The game was never close and it was a home game as well for the Razorbacks. Arkansas just has yet to show me anything worth believing in.
Kentucky ranks at the 13 coming off a close win versus a very underrated EKU team. While Kentucky has played good enough to win, they still have a lot to prove with questions still left to me answered on the offensive side of the ball.
12. Missouri Tigers
While Missouri lost to South Carolina at home, they still have lots of potential for the season. If the tigers can find help on defense, they could shake things up in the next couple of weeks of SEC Play.
11. Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies are at 11 and barely hanging on. I am not ready to give up on Texas A&M just yet. They played an amazing first half versus UCLA and if they can find a way to play like that for four quarters, the Aggies could be very dangerous.
Vanderbilt is making their case for a possible cinderella in the SEC East race, but while in have them ranked at 10, I am not quite ready to hop on the bandwagon. We will find out what Vanderbilt is about this week when Kansas State comes into Nashville. If Vandy can pull this off, look for a lot of hype to begin for the Commodores.
I don’t care what the post-season situation is in Oxford, the Ole Miss Rebels are still very talented. With Shea Patterson slinging the ball and the defense playing well, expect a team with nothing to lose to ruin the SEC West race.
The Bulldogs are playing with a purpose to start the 2017 season. The offense under Nick Fitzgerald, as usual, looks very good. Dan Mullen will have his boys ready to play anyone this season and with a very favorable home schedule, MSU could be a very competitive team in the West.
Show me something, Florida. Show me a spark on offense and that old hard-nosed Florida defense. A lot of questions about Florida should be answered this Saturday; for the good or the bad. Since the Gators have won the East back-to-back, I am not ready to give up on them yet.
With an average performance versus Clemson, the Auburn Tigers proved two things: their defense is ,as advertised, very good and that their offense still has many questions to be answered. The offense can and will have to progress for Auburn to be a true contender in the SEC West.
What is not to like so far? All of the main functions of the offense are playing great and their winnings ball games. They’re 2-0 and have yet to even play a home game. The main question I have for the Gamecocks is in the secondary. If the problems in the secondary continue, it will comeback to bite them in a big game down the road.
Butch Jones has yet another talented team that is proving many wrong so far. The Vols have had their problems but continue to get better and have most of their answers on offense and defense. This team is dangerous. The run game behind John Kelly and the pass game with Quinten Dormady, the Vols are developing into a very good team. If the The Vols can grab a road win in Gainesville this Saturday, Tennessee will become a true threat.
The Bulldogs capped off a very impressive road win versus Notre Dame this passed Saturday and found many answers. They found their QB in Jake Fromm and some ballers on the defensive line. Look for Georgia to take charge of the East if they can beat Florida and Tennessee, and now USC.
2. LSU Tigers
Coach O continues to have his team playing with intensity and poise. The offense already looks very much improved on Matt Canada and the defense, as usual, is a problem for apposing offenses.
Shocked? Probably not. The Crimson Tide are in mid-season form and continue to separate themselves from the rest of the conference.