The SEC rebounded from a rough opening week with 12 of its 14 teams winning in Week 2 (both losses were interconference games).
The competition level of opponents was, for the most part, not as high as Week 1, so that must be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s still an improvement for the conference. Some impressed more than others in their victories, which means there is plenty of movement happening in this week’s power rankings behind Alabama.
Because these are power rankings, I’m putting a lot of stock in week-to-week performances, which is why a team like Arkansas moves way up, Georgia moves way down and pretty much everyone else holds steady after playing mediocre opponents. These things will likely change pretty drastically again next week, so, enjoy this for now, Razorbacks.
|1||Alabama||Nick Saban was really mad that the Tide only beat Western Kentucky (a good Group of Five team) 38-10. Sorry, Nick, but you have to be worse than that to get me to move the Tide out of the top spot. Ole Miss this week though. What could go wrong?!||1|
|2||Arkansas||Yeah, this is an overreaction, and I don’t care. The Razorbacks dominated early, fell behind late, got the game to overtime by blocking a field goal and then won in double overtime. It was a wonderful game and this feels like how every Arkansas game is going to go this year. They’ll upset some folks, probably lose a game or two they have no business losing, but it’s going to be exciting if nothing else.||10|
|3||Ole Miss||The Rebels didn’t come out and thump Wofford like I expected them to, but it was never in doubt and they get in the win column after the disappointing FSU game. The Rebels also were probably looking ahead to Alabama’s trip to The Grove this weekend, where they look to upset the Tide for the third straight year.||3|
|4||Texas A&M||Just a destruction of Prairie View A&M. That’s a thing that happened this weekend. We didn’t learn anything from this, but at least they dominated a team they were supposed to. ::Turns to look at Georgia::||4|
|5||Tennessee||The Vols managed to look good but not great in a beat down of the Hokies. Virginia Tech kept turning the ball over and Tennessee’s fumble luck continued to astound. It was certainly a better performance from Tennessee, especially in the trenches. We’re two weeks away from a really tough stretch of games for the Vols where we’ll actually learn some things.||5|
|6||LSU||This team is turning to a guy that couldn’t keep the Purdue starting job for hope. It might work, but that’s less than ideal. The Tigers beat Jacksonville State at home.||6|
|7||Auburn||The Tigers gave Arkansas State a pretty good beating in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. The Red Wolves aren’t exactly known as a defensive juggernaut, so I still have reservations about Auburn’s offense, but at least the Tigers aren’t still trying to play three quarterbacks. Progress!||7|
|8||Florida||Watch out now. Florida’s offense looked legitimately good. It was against Kentucky, so who knows what that actually means, but the Gators did their job. It’s going to be another couple weeks before they play a team that can earn them a big move in the rankings, but so far so good in Gainesville.||8|
|9||Georgia||UGA tried its hardest to lose at home to Nicholls. I mean, the Dawgs gave it their all to screw that game up. Jacob Eason looked like a freshman, the offensive line couldn’t block, the defense looked bad and it was just generally a terrible showing. They can move back up soon enough, but for now the Dawgs need to sit in timeout down here and think about what they did.||2|
|10||Vanderbilt||The Commodores weres not happy about blowing the opener to South Carolina and took out that frustration on Middle Tennessee State by running up 47 points. I didn’t know Vanderbilt’s scoreboard could go over 30, but apparently it can. I still love this team, but that South Carolina loss is going to look really bad come bowl selection season.||11|
|11||Missouri||Speaking of offensive outbursts. MISSOURI’S OFFENSE IS UNSTOPPABLE! Well, so long as it’s playing against Eastern Michigan’s defense. The Tigers hung 61 on the Eagles, which I thought was illegal in Columbia, but apparently not. I don’t expect this to continue against quality opponents, but at least they were fun for a week and we will celebrate that.||12|
|12||Mississippi State||Look at you, Clanga. You did good! The Bulldogs handled South Carolina pretty easily on Saturday to avoid an 0-2 start at home. I still think it’s going to be a pretty long season in Starkville, but at least they won’t get shut out in conference.||14|
|13||South Carolina||The Gamecocks did not fare well in Starkville on Saturday and looked like the team we expected to see this year. The opener against Vandy might be an aberration — and one that’s going to haunt Vandy more than it will make SC feel good.||9|
|14||Kentucky||Thirty-one days until Big Blue Madness, ‘Cats. You’re so close to basketball season’s loving embrace.||13|
Source: CBS Sports / SEC Power Rankings, Week 3: Arkansas shoots to the top after taking down TCU