SEC Power Rankings: A New No. 1

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A bit late with these. But good things come to those who wait, or whatever.

You might notice something odd at the top of my rankings. The No. 1 team in the land is not No. 1 in my book. Power rankings are different from polls, in that the bigger picture doesn’t carry as much weight as recent games. And frankly, when Florida and Alabama meet in Atlanta on Dec. 6, I’m taking the Gators.

So here we go:

Team (Pvs): Comment
1. Florida (2): The Gators’ strength of schedule – third. The Tide’s – 30th. And have you noticed what that offense has been doing to supposedly good SEC defenses? UF is averaging 48.6 ppg since the Ole Miss loss.
2. Alabama (1): Nothing against the Rollin’ Sabans, but I don’t think they’re even the second-best team in the country. Not now that Texas Tech has found a defense.
3. Georgia (3): That defense went in the crapper faster than a Taco Bell burrito.
4. LSU (4): Playing for the Cotton Bowl.
5. South Carolina (5): As good as the record is, the Gamecocks haven’t really beaten anyone besides Ole Miss.
6. Ole Miss (6): A win away from bowl eligibility, and 8-4 is realistic. Who’d’ve thunk it?
7. Arkansas (8): Can’t wait to see that running back, Michael Smith (112.4 ypg, first in the SEC).
8. Kentucky (9): Where’d that offense come from last week? Oh yeah, Georgia’s burrito defense.
9. Vanderbilt (7): Could win these next three, but probably won’t. Because it’s Vandy.
10. Auburn (10): I can’t believe 85,000-plus showed up to see the Tigers struggle against UT-Martin. UT-Martin!
11. Tennessee (11): That loss to Wyoming should drop the Vols to dead last, but they landed on …
12. Mississippi State (12): Sorry, that 34-3 shellacking in Knoxville is still too recent.

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11 Responses to “SEC Power Rankings: A New No. 1”

  1. carwwest Says:

    i agree with the rankings…i almost would like to put south carolina above lsu but i have to think if lsu had a QB, they would be in a tie or above bama right now…

  2. imabulldog Says:

    yeah Miles is stupid for not playing the Freshman, Jordan Jefferies.

    And I saw something about how to defend Cody for Bama…?

    -Easy, just smear Twinky Filling all over Arceto Clark’s uniform and let him chase him til he passes out

  3. tebmsu97 Says:

    I think Jefferson is getting the shot this weekend IMA.

    I couldn’t agree more with the rankings. Just plain sad that Tennessee sucks as bad as they do and we can’t jump them. Same with Auburn.

  4. darkcooger Says:

    It’s really shocking how bad the worst of the SEC is this year. I mean, we always have a couple of teams that struggle, but we have a LOT of struggling teams this year, and several that are just really, really crappy. Is the majority of the conference in a rebuilding phase or something? I mean, it’s par for Mississippi State, but some of the programs that are sucking it up this year are usually pretty good. What’s the deal?

  5. biloxi13 Says:

    It is damn travesty that Crxxm didn’t have this team more prepared in a season that could have been pretty special without even being anything but average. He easily could have had this team in a position to be 9-3 and in a nice bowl game. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda……..If my sister had balls she would be my brother. Let’s get to Hoops and to the Diamond sooner than later and end this nightmare of a FB season.

  6. deaddawg1 Says:

    The rankings are about right. The big question is who is No. 1. It really doesen’t matter since they will go head to head and settle the matter. So if you think Flordia, wait and see, if you think Bama, wait and see. The issue will be settled.

    I’m more concerned with the bottom. We are the last team in the conference and are not likely to improve that position. Are we content to remain in that level of performance? How much longer can we tolerate
    ineffective coaching and mismanagement of the football program? It’s time to rise up and demand a change. What have we got to lose? When you are on the bottom, there’s only one direction you can go. I don’ t think we will ever be among the top two or three programs in the SEC, but I think we deserve to be in the middle and at least considered a competitive player in the league. We are now looked upon as the doormat or a patsy for the other members of the SEC. Even Vandy, who shares our low esteem is likely to go bowling this year. Enough said.

  7. coldleftovers Says:

    Is it bad, that now all i can think about is grabbing a Taco Bell Burrito for lunch?

  8. Brad Locke Says:

    Don’t do it, cold! And nice blog. Indeed, RIP Don LaFontaine. “In a world…”

  9. desertdog2005 Says:

    I don’t really know what to say anymore….It is like we (MSU) are in a holding pattern. And until the end of the season all we can do it support the players for their hard work and dedication. Because honestly the players are still playing their hearts out. I know the O line has not been the big nasty it was last year and the D-I don’t think it has a pick 6 this season. Alot of what is being done to State this year is a direct reflection of last year. For instance to win we have to run-our WR’s are a skinny TE’s, slow and tall and do not make plays when the ball is near them. So what happens is team load the box with 8 or 9 guys. The defense is the same result from last year’s success. We had several pick 6’s and now teams are trying to max protect and run it down our throat’s. What makes it so frustrating is I can see this but we still come out with the 3-3-5 and put 6 guys in the box. That is giving the other team 5-6 yards. I still hope State beat U of Satan…I live in Ala and would love to express my cowbell this year after beating the #1 A$$–Saban in the country. GO DAWGS!

  10. bantyrooster1 Says:

    I’ve done some soul searching during the off week and just can’t find anywhere in my heart to believe that Sylvester Croom deserves another year. Everytime I start to consider what a great person he is, suddenly I see the number 3 flash in my brain over and over again. 3 is still the magic number for Croom. 3 wins in 4 of his 5 years just doesn’t get me excited about the future. I’m positive he’ll be given another year though due to the buyout clause and the fact that Miss State doesn’t want to deal with the NAACP this year. Also President Keenum doesn’t want to start off his time as MSU President by firing the first black head coach in the SEC. Croom could save face and gain a lot of respect if he just walked away. Do the right thing Coach, walk away. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out and this is one of those situations.

  11. SEC Power Rankings: Holding Steady « Inside Mississippi State Sports with Brad Locke Says:

    […] only so high – this year, at least. 3. Georgia (3): The Bulldogs’ defense wasn’t exactly Taco Bell last week, but then, it was facing Auburn’s Ryan’s buffet offense – a lot of choices, none of […]

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