SEC football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Bulldogs get better?

Here's a look at where the Mississippi State Bulldogs rank in the SEC football hierarchy after the closure of the spring portal.
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Spring football has come to an end for programs across the nation. Of course, now, the spring is also a time when player movement occurs in an unprecedented way with the advent of the spring portal window.

This year, players were able to put their names in the portal beginning on April 16 and ending on April 30. Now, that the window has closed, only graduate transfers can enter the portal. Also, in the unlikely event that a coach leaves a program after April, a 30-day portal window opens for the players at that university.

While the players in the portal may not make their ultimate decisions as to where they will play next season for days or even weeks after the window's closing, we now have a better idea of what each team's roster might look like this fall. So let's make a way-too-early power ranking of the SEC football programs now that the portal window has closed.

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It is no shock that the Vanderbilt Commodores check in last in our power rankings. After all, Vandy is just 2-22 in SEC play over the past three years. What's more, the program hasn't had a winning season since 2013.

This offseason, Vandy saw some key players leave via the portal such as WR Landon Humphreys, a 4-star transfer according to 247Sports who has signed with Georgia. Also, wide receiver Will Sheppard, another 4-star transfer, has taken his talents to Colorado.

On the other side of the equation, the Commodores are banking on New Mexico State transfer QB Diego Pavia to captain their offense. They also hope that former New Mexico State offensive coordinator Tim Beck will help bring some life to that side of the ball as coordinator. Still, banking on New Mexico State additions to be the backbone of an SEC roster seems to be a stretch. That's why most aren't expecting much from Vandy in 2024.