It was a pretty predictable week in the SEC as all of the teams that were favored won on top of the fact that we had five teams on bye weeks, but we did learn a few things from the weekend. For one, Kentucky was exposed as possibly the most overrated 5-1 team in the country after being thumped 45-7 by Mississippi State in Starkiville. Also, LSU continued to roll after a rocky 3-2 start to the season, but have no won three conference games in a row after dominating Ole Miss in Oxford. To make matters worse for Ole Miss, they learned that they will be without quarterback Shea Patterson for the rest of the season after suffering a torn PCL in his knee this past Saturday. With just over a month remaining in the regular season in college football, things are starting to take shape in the SEC, well except for the bottom half, which is a complete mess.
14. Missouri (Last week: 14)
The Tigers actually played well this past weekend in their 68-21 win, particularly quarterback Drew Lock, but let’s not ignore the fact that they played Idaho. Missouri won this game like any SEC team should, but their record is still 2-5 and are in real danger of not winning a conference game this year. Let’s see if they can perform like that against SEC teams before we start moving them up.
13. Arkansas (13)
Arkansas was dominated by Auburn at home Saturday 52-20 where they only scored one offensive touchdown, and that was late in the fourth quarter. The Razorbacks sit at 2-5, with wins over Florida A&M and New Mexico State, and are in danger of going win-less in the conference with their only winnable SEC games remaining being at Ole Miss next week and Missouri to close out the season. This may be the worst Arkansas team in the past decade, and I’d be shocked if Bielema is still around next year.
12. Tennessee (11)
At this point it seems like at any minute you are going to hear the news that Tennessee has fired Butch Jones, and if the Vols lose to Kentucky this weekend, it could be the end. The Vols were pummeled 45-7 in Tuscaloosa Saturday, and added to their streak of fourteen quarters without an offensive touchdown. The Vols have an opportunity to finish strong with games against Kentucky, Southern Miss, Missouri and Vanderbilt remaining on the schedule, but none of those are sure things at this point.
11. Ole Miss (10)
The biggest issue that Ole Miss has had so far this season has been stopping the run, and it was put on full display Saturday night when Derrius Guice put up 276 yards on the ground on 22 attempts, averaging 12.5 yards per carry. To make matters worse for the Rebels, the team learned Sunday morning that star quarterback Shea Patterson will be out for the season with a torn PCL in his knee. The reigns will be turned over to junior college transfer Jordan Ta’amu, who played well Saturday, completing 7 of 11 of his passes for 78 yards, however it won’t be easy for a guy who has only thrown eleven passes in the SEC in his career.
10. Vanderbilt (12)
The Commodores were on a much needed bye week this week, and were moved up simply due to the need to move other teams down. Vanderbilt will get an opportunity to bounce back this weekend at home against Western Kentucky after dropping their last four games.
9. Kentucky (7)
The Wildcats entered Starkville Saturday sitting at 5-1 and having hopes of a nine or ten win season, but by the time the game was over the Cats had been beaten up and down the field to the tune of 45-7, and looked like the worst 5-1 team in the country. The Kentucky defense struggled to cover the mediocre receivers of Mississippi State, and got exposed up front against the Mississippi State running attack. Stephen Johnson also struggled to find consistency against a Bulldog defense that hounded him all game long, and shutdown the Kentucky rushing attack. With the meat of their schedule coming up, I don’t see this team being much better than 6-7 wins.
8. Florida (9)
Florida is coming off their bye week and will face a tough match up against Georgia this Saturday. The Gators are coming off two tough losses at home to LSU and Texas A&M, but with a schedule that features Missouri, South Carolina, UAB and Florida State, the Gators can still get to 6-7 wins with am eleven game schedule.
7. South Carolina (9)
The Gamecocks are coming off their bye week sitting at 5-2 with an excellent opportunity to get their sixth win this week against Vanderbilt at home. Will Muschamp has really done a great job with this South Carolina team, especially after the loss of Deebo Samuel early in the season. This team does however have the meat of their schedule coming up with games against Georgia, Florida and Clemson still remaining.
6. LSU (6)
I’m still not sold on this LSU team. It is easy to look at their last three games and say they have turned the corner, but let’s not pretend that Florida and Ole Miss are good football teams. Yes I know they beat Auburn, but I put a lot of that game on Gus Malzahn and the Auburn coaching staff. This team still lost to Troy and got pummeled by Mississippi State, let’s see if they can keep this level of play up first.
5. Texas A&M (4)
The Aggies are coming off their bye week this week and will host Mississippi State in what should be a great game in College Station. Kevin Sumlin has done a fantastic job of weathering the storm after the loss to UCLA, and has the Aggies sitting at 5-2. Freshman quarterback Kelen Mond has continued to improve each and every game this year and has proven that he can win in the SEC.
4. Mississippi State (5)
The Bulldogs got back to what they do best this past weekend by running the football effectively in their 45-7 win over Kentucky. Mississippi State gashed Kentucky for 282 yards on the ground and totaled 441 yards of offense to Kentucky’s 260. State controlled both lines of scrimmage from start to finish, and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had one of his best games of the season. Fitzgerald completed 18-26 of his passes for 155 yards and a touchdown, Fitzgerald would also add 115 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
3. Auburn (3)
Auburn was able to bounce back after their loss to the hands of LSU last week by controlling the game against Arkansas from start to finish Saturday. The Tigers piled up a total of 629 yards with 345 of those yards coming on the ground, while also holding Arkansas to just 334 total yards. Kameron Pettway also had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 90 yards on just eleven carries and three touchdowns.
2. Georgia (2)
The Bulldogs were able to rest up on their bye week this week with their annual rivalry game against Florida looming this Saturday. Georgia will look to continue to make their push for an undefeated regular season, and a chance for a College Football Playoff bid with games against Florida, South Carolina, Auburn, Kentucky and Georgia Tech remaining.
1. Alabama (1)
The Tide continued their dominance over the SEC following their 45-7 winover Tennessee in Tuscaloosa Saturday. Alabama was able to build a 28-0 lead in the third quarter and give Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a chance to run the offense in the second half. The Tide mounted 604 total yards of offense including 272 on the ground and 332 through the air, while holding the Vols to just 108 total yards.