The SEC Power Rankings at this point in the season are Alabama and the field, but it’s still fun to rank the field.
The SEC Championship Game will be Alabama vs. Florida for the nine time in 26 years. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty bored with that match-up, especially since this figures to be a blowout like last year. And I’ve got severe Bama fatigue so I may pass on the SEC Championship Game for the first time ever.
As for the rest of the SEC, it hasn’t been a stellar year. No one outside of Alabama has more than eight wins – so in all likelihood no one other than Bama will be playing in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
14. Ole Miss – the Rebs finished tied with Missouri for the worst conference record at 2-6. They were outscored in their last two games 93-41 by Vanderbilt and Mississippi State – two teams with a combined record of 11-13 (6-10).
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13. Missouri – they were the worst team in the conference every week until the last because of some strong play down the stretch. The Tigers beat two bowl eligible teams: Vanderbilt and Arkansas in the final three weeks.
12. South Carolina – it was a limp to the finish line, but the Gamecocks did end up with a 6-6 record despite the 56-7 thumping from Clemson.
11. Mississippi State – the Bulldogs were team schizophrenia this year. Losses to South Alabama and Kentucky, then wins vs. Texas A&M and at Ole Miss.
10. Kentucky – nice way to end the season with the big win over Louisville. The Cats were 7-3 in the last 10 games.
9. Georgia – they did beat UK at UK in November so they are ahead of UK.
8. Tennessee – it’s been nearly a decade (2007) since this program won more than eight regular season games.
7. Texas A&M – I don’t know how you explain the constant free falls in November. They have been getting good recruits, they have all the facilities and everything at their disposal. Four straight eight win seasons has to be pretty disappointing.
6. Arkansas – team schizophrenia 2. Get killed one week, then have a nice win the next, then lose inexplicably….wash, rinse, repeat.
5. Vanderbilt – the ‘Dores are pretty good, especially down the stretch. They were in every single game this year, had a number of close losses and then got some rare victories like UGA and UT.
4. LSU – Coach O! I knew he would remain as head coach, it’s a perfect match. It’ll be a nice honeymoon this offseason then they’ll call for his head my midseason 2017.
3. Florida – two years straight Jim McElwain has guided a not that great Gator team to Atlanta.
2. Auburn – who else goes here? When Sean White and Kameryn Pettway were fully healthy this was a dangerous team that would’ve competed with Alabama. But without those two at full strength they were just another team in the jumbled up SEC.
HUGE MASSIVE GAP
1. Alabama – obviously.