Ranking the Southeastern Conference through three games in 2015…
1. Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss tops the KSR SEC Power Rankings this week after stunning No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Here’s a look at the current power shift in the SEC West:
2. Leonard Fournette
Representing LSU in the second spot, running back Leonard Fournette and his 229 rushing yards against Auburn. The sophomore sensation needed only 19 carries to set a new career high in yards, obliterating Auburn’s defense in the process. Fournette opened the game with a 79-yard run to the house.
He could not be stopped.
3. Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia’s rout of South Carolina was so bad, ESPN pulled it in the second half in favor of another game Saturday night.
South Carolina should’ve gone home once it saw the Georgia team buses arriving at the Dawg Walk prior to the game.
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) September 19, 2015
That was a pretty obvious clue to forfeit and get out alive.
4. Texas A&M Aggies
Five touchdowns for Kyle Allen in A&M’s 44-27 win over Nevada. You could’ve given me a million guesses and I couldn’t have told you who Texas A&M played Saturday. Had to look that one up.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide
Bama dropped ten spots to No. 12 in the AP poll this week, but wide receiver Parker Barrineau insists his Crimson Tide will make another appearance in the College Football Playoff at the end of the year. Barrineau sent this tweet immediately following the home loss to Ole Miss, Bama’s second loss to the Rebels in consecutive years:
Barrineau has zero receptions this season, matching last year’s season total.
6. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Mississippi State handled Northwestern State, 62-13, on Saturday. The Bulldogs are one strong gust of wind away from being undefeated on the season, with a marquee win over LSU on the resume. A game-winning field goal flew wide right in the Week 2 loss to the now eighth-ranked team in America.
Also, Northwestern is not a state. It’s a school in Louisiana, which is not a Northwestern state.
7. Tennessee Volunteers
After blowing a 17-0 first half lead in the home overtime loss to Oklahoma, Tennessee bounced back with a convincing win against Western Carolina. Next week, the Vols begin SEC play with a road test against the Gators in The Swamp and if Will Grier doesn’t look like Michael Vick again I will be very, very upset.
8. Florida Gators
Coming in at numero eighto is Florida. Florida won its billionth game in a row against Kentucky to leap the Wildcats in the rankings this week. The Gators needed a dropped first quarter touchdown by Dorian Baker to escape Lexington with a win.
9. Auburn Tigers
Once the sixth-ranked team in the entire country, Auburn almost dropped a home game to Jacksonville State and then spent most of last Saturday chasing Leonard Fournette around Baton Rouge. The Tigers are still 2-1 on the season, but there’s a real concern around the team this year.
It’s the Will Muschamp Effect.
10. Missouri Tigers
An SEC East title run is unlikely for this year’s Tigers, not if things don’t improve offensively. Mizzou is undefeated on the year but its last two games were uglier than a Mississippi State homecoming court. A one-TD victory over Arkansas State and a 9-6 win over UConn don’t exactly scream dominance in the non-conference slate. SEC play begins this week with Kentucky and the Cats are favored despite losing all three meetings with Mizzou since conference realignment.
11. Kentucky Wildcats
Here’s a sign of the positive change around the Kentucky football program: The Cats lost to Florida by five points after beating Steve Spurrier on the road and the sky is falling in Lexington.
Patrick Towles, are you going to play well against Missouri?
12. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech stole Arkansas’ spot in the SEC Power Rankings when its head coach, Kliff Kingsbury, murdered Razordbacks head coach Brett Beilema in his postgame press conference, following his team’s win over in Fayetteville.
13. South Carolina Gamecocks
Retire, Steve. It’s time.
14. Vanderbilt Commodores
Vandy got the first of its only two wins this season with a victory over Austin Peay. The Commodores will get one more against Middle Tennessee State, but will go winless in conference play for a 2-10 overall record.
On second thought, I like Middle Tennessee State to win that one in Nashville. Pencil me in for a 1-11 prediction for 2015 Vanderbilt.