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SEC Power Rankings: Four Games In

With four games in the books the SEC race is looking like it’ll be one that goes down to the wire. The league has caught a bad rap for some truly awful performances in the non-conference but for the most has shown that every team is vulnerable this year. So how do the rankings shake out so far? Here are my picks for the best teams in the conference through four games…

NCAA Teams:

1. Florida 4-0

Florida has been playing like not just one of the best teams in the SEC but one of the best teams in the country. The Gators are on a six game win streak and have yet to be challenged by any team in conference. Look to Florida to continue to climb the rankings over the next 6 games before the Cats come rolling into town. With all the other teams falling off the Gators could be the Cat’s only team to provide a resume building win.

2.Kentucky  3-1

So where should this Kentucky team fall? After four games it’s hard to say. Are they the team that nearly blew things against Vandy? Or are they the team that just trounced Auburn last night? The Cats could be among the 4-0 teams left if not for a monster game from Elston Turner which statistically I say we can just throw out. Until Ole Miss proves that they are better on Jan 29th don’t expect them to leapfrog the Cats.

3. Ole Miss 4-0

Ole Miss has been the surprise of  the SEC as they sit with just two losses on the year and are perfect so far in conference. Andy Kennedy’s team features high powered scoring ability in junior guard Marshall Henderson who is leading the league in scoring. His shot making ability has the Rebs ranked fourth in the nation in ppg and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mississippi climb into the top 25 after a couple of big wins this week. Still they needed overtime to beat Vandy and have lost to two bad teams in the non-conference. The jury is still out on Ole Miss being legitimate but they have been impressive so far.

4. Missouri 2-2

So Missouri is 2-2 which may make them look bad based on the eye test but those two losses come from SEC leaders Florida and Ole Miss. The Tigers have looked pretty strong at times this year and pretty bad in their two losses. There is little doubt though that they have performed better than the other eight teams in the conference, they have just played the tougher schedule so far.

 

Middle of the Pack:

5. Alabama 3-1

With football season over the Crimson Tide fans can now focus on basketball. Oh who am I kidding ‘Bama fans are more worried about signing day in a few weeks than their team off to a strong start in conference. The Cats head to Tuscaloosa to take on the Tide Tuesday. #alliteration

6.  Texas A&M 2-2

The Aggies haven’t come close to resembling the team that came into Rupp last weekend and left with a win. Elston Turner apparently met his monthly quota as he has struggled to break into double figures since that day. Only two weeks until The Big Blue has a chance to avenge their only SEC loss this season.

7. Arkansas 2-2

Arkansas holds wins over Vandy and Auburn, not exactly murderers row. The razorbacks probably are wishing they could have landed Archie Gooodwin right about now but that’s why they are Arkansas and we’re Kentucky.

8. Miss St. 2-2

The Bulldogs started off the year as one of the worst teams but surprisingly started out 2-0 in conference. Since then they’ve lost two and I expect that number to grow and they slide back down among the bottom feeders.

Bottom Feeders:

At the bottom of the SEC is a muddled mess of some of the worst teams from the BCS leagues. We all saw Auburn’s ability  last night but at least they have two wins. The other teams have managed to beat each other or LSU. Poor LSU, Johnny Jones clearly had his work cut out for him down in Baton Rogue.

9. Auburn 2-2

10. Tennessee 1-3

11.Vandy 1-3

12. Georgia 1-3

13. South Carolina 1-3

14. LSU 0-4

 

What do you think about the SEC? Would you have ranked it differently? Do I have the Cats too high? Let me know with some comments or on twitter @ACassady_KSR

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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17 Comments for SEC Power Rankings: Four Games In



  1. most ridiculous manner possible
    8:34 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    claiming UK as #2… UK is a big ‘ole number 2



  2. Phat Ho
    8:34 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    UK is probably 4th or 5th right now. All of their wins are against the “Bottom Feeders”…



  3. Svoboda
    8:38 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    This team needs to beat a real team before I am going to buy into any hype at all. yeah they can beat really crappy teams but have no good wins!



  4. TN Cat
    8:45 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    If we win at Alabama Tuesday, then we can claim one of the top spots. Until then, we are middle of the pack.



  5. just saying
    8:45 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    So Arkansas is #7 because they “have wins over Vandy and Auburn, not exactly murder’s row”, yet UK is number 2 with wins over…vandy (thanks Refs) and Auburn (and a horrible Tennessee at home). Hmmm…sounds biased to me



  6. mudcreekmark
    8:49 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    Weakest SEC that I can ever remember from top to bottom. It got bad in a hurry. I think one of the reasons is certain teams like LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State fired coaches that had their programs winning on a consistent basis hoping to catch up with UK and Florida.Stansbury and Goffried never had teams that looked this bad and Brady wasn’t the best coach but his teams had talent and were never this bad either.



  7. mudcreekmark
    8:51 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    Forgot about Arkansas and the debacle with Nolan Richardson. He probably deserved getting fired but they have been going down hill ever since.



  8. L1C4
    9:01 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    We beat Florida in Football. Will win the NCAA Basketball Championsip. What has the SEC won lately?



  9. burl
    9:15 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    8. yeah, we’ve all heard that “point blank period” stuff before.



  10. tom
    9:16 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    putting UK at #2, I think is premature. I don’t believe they have demonstrated anything that would, at present, move them out ofthe middle of the pack. We were lucky to barely beat an awful Vandy team. We lost, at home, to a very pedestrian A&M team and beat an average Auburn and Tennessee team.

    How can you say that the SEC race is going to go down to the wire? It looks as if Florida is going to run away with it.

    I love the Cats but you guys at KSR are such homers that your credibility goes out the window. But objectivity won’t become a reality now with Jones in bed with the UK Athletic Department by doing the pregame shows.



  11. wubwub
    9:18 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    Tennessee is 15 points better than Miss. St. and they have had the league’s toughest schedule, so they don’t really belong in the bottom feeders category. Still, understandable placement considering they have one less win than State. They’ll move up once their schedule softens up. Also UK at 2 is a dumb homer pick. Sorry, its Ole Miss until the rebs lose.



  12. Solo
    9:18 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4, are u serious? Let me think….oh, I know, the SEC has one the last championship in both basketball and football.



  13. Wilder Treadway
    9:33 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    Ole Miss is definitely higher ranked that UK right now



  14. brain
    9:34 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    ole Miss is #2.



  15. #Rise
    10:03 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    I would put us at 4 or 5. Florida, ole miss, Missouri and Kentucky.



  16. Rae
    10:15 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    8. Either IU or UL (maybe both) is going to have a disappointing season since both fanbases expect to win the title this year.



  17. Zac
    10:15 pm January 20, 2013 Permalink

    Ole miss is #2 and its not even a question right now. We have had one solid game away at Auburn but got beat by what seems to be an okay Texas A&M team at home and struggled to Vandy/Tennessee. No way in hell can you put us at #2 just because of a really good game recently because our team has shown thus far that they haven’t been able to sustain a stretch of play where we play solid night in and night out.

    #3/#4 sounds right about now.