The SEC was pretty sane for the most part until Week 8 happened. Six games, five upsets. Only Alabama stood as the team that did what they were supposed to (of course), and they did it to the tune of a 52-0 beat-down of Arkansas.
SEC roundup is a post that I hope to have published on the site each week throughout the year even as we change into each sport. I’m not sure if it will feature a consistent author or a round-table of them, but we’ll see if we can get these out as much as possible. For this first one I’m going to do it a little bit differently than I had planned and combine it with another post we had planned to do, Around the SEC, which is just a series of links and news from around the league.
I’m gonna take a stab at some power rankings. This is probably the most insane week to ever do SEC power rankings, so that’s why I’m gonna start now, ha.
1. Alabama (7-0, 3-0) – Easy pick. They’ve stomped everyone since playing A&M.
- Still ranked #1, and in the BCS as well.
- Nick Saban isn’t happy with their tackling (this is why they are nearly impossible to beat – they won 52-0!).
2. Missouri (7-0, 3-0) – Wow, can’t believe they are up here, but who else do you go with? Bama and Mizzou are the only two undefeated teams left. They’ve got a 2-game lead in the SEC East with South Carolina coming to their place this week. If they win that game it would be nearly impossible for anyone else to win that division. You have to hand it to Gary Pinkel – some thought he was on the hot seat and would get fired this year after just four or five wins.
- #5 in the BCS rankings. Again, WOW.
3. Auburn (6-1, 2-1) – Incredible. Ellis Johnson has really made a difference for their defense.
- #11 in the BCS rankings.
- Some videos of the Auburn celebration after Saturday’s win.
4. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2) – It’s Johnny Football, Mike Evans, Jake Matthews and a bunch of average players.
- #14 in the BCS.
- Aggie fans are playing the “what if” game regarding Auburn.
5. Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3) – I’m trying be some somewhat objective here.
- OM lineman botched the Gatorade shower when they couldn’t find Freeze.
- Next four weeks: Idaho, bye, Arkansas, Troy
6. LSU (6-2, 3-2) – They are going behind the Rebs since they just lost to them, and to be honest they haven’t really beaten anyone of significance – I’m not sure Auburn really a contender.
- #13 in the BCS.
- LSU defense looking for the swagger that they seem to have lost.
7. Georgia (4-3, 3-2) – They go behind LSU because they aren’t what they were just four weeks ago when they beat the Tigers. The injuries to key skill position guys on offense and what’s turned into a terrible defense has turned them into an average team.
- No longer ranked – wow.
- Richt says UGA will keep fighting until it’s over.
8. South Carolina (5-2, 3-2) – They’ve looked mediocre, dominant, really good, average. It’s hard to really get a guage on where this team is, but they have an absolute must win in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday.
- #21 in the BCS
- Spurrier says the Gamecocks thought they were too good to lose to Tennessee.
9. Florida (4-3, 3-2) – This offense is horrible, absolutely horrible. And in this year’s SEC all defense gets you 9th and all offense gets you 4th (Texas A&M).
- Off week to prepare for the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party.
- Muschamp has lost his first two games vs. UGA – if he loses a 3rd and this season continues to fall apart, well?
10. Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3) – Great win for the ‘Dores over UGA…it will probably be enough to catapult them to a third straight bowl game.
- Some analysis of the game from the Vandy perspective.
- There is no Vandy site on FanSided, hopefully that will happen soon.
11. Tennessee (4-3, 1-2) – Big win for Butch Jones. They almost beat UGA, and did beat USC.
- The Vols’ much improved defense is gaining confidence.
- How big was the win vs. South Carolina for UT?
12. Mississippi State (3-3, 0-2) – I hate to have us so low, but the fact is we don’t have the kind of wins all these other teams have.
- Video of Dan Mullen’s press conference on Monday.
- MSU and UK have met every year since 1990, so Mullen says we are “rivals”.
13. Kentucky (1-5, 0-3) – They land here only because UPig is so bad.
14. Arkansas (3-5, 0-4) – They are terrible, outscored 104-7 in the last two games and one of them was at home. If that ever happens, you automatically are last.
- It’s a bye week, so Bret Bielema is searching for answers.
- Just a note from me – be better beat them this year, I don’t care if it is in Arkansas.