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SEC Power Rankings: Week 3

KSR’s SEC Power Rankings return this week with some drastic changes from a week ago. Those changes are in part because I took over the role as ranker for this one, but also because of some very notable wins (and losses) across the conference.

1. Alabama (3-0)

Beat Colorado State, 41-23; Previous Week: 1

Alabama is in the top spot in the power rankings for one more week before it drops a couple spots next week after a loss at Vanderbilt.


Kind of.

2. Mississippi State (3-0)

Beat LSU, 37-3; Previous Week: 6

Mississippi State jumped all the way up to No. 2 from No. 6 after blowing out LSU, last week’s No. 2, in Starkville.

Nick Fitzgerald is the real deal and will enter the Heisman race if he has another big game this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to Georgia.

3. Georgia (3-0)

Beat Samford, 42-14; Previous Week: 3

Georgia didn’t do much to improve its stock after beating an FCS team (and failing to cover), but 3-0 is 3-0 and that win at Notre Dame is still one of the SEC’s best out-of-conference performances this season.

4. Vanderbilt (3-0)

Beat Kansas State, 14-7; Previous Rank: 10

Vanderbilt? At fourth? Yep. The ‘Dores saw a huge jump in the rankings after upsetting No. 18 Kansas State for the program’s first win over a ranked non-SEC opponent in 71 years. Vandy is now 3-0 for the first time since 2011 with its sights set on Alabama.

Defensive lineman Nifae Lealao said, “Alabama, you’re next.”

Easy there, bud.

5. Kentucky (3-0)

Beat South Carolina, 23-13; Previous Rank: 12

Another team with a huge jump up the rankings is Kentucky following its win at South Carolina as a touchdown underdog. The Gamecocks crowd was at its best and Carolina’s captains wouldn’t shake hands before the game, but UK dominated from start to finish — if we consider the ‘start’ as being after the Cats allowed a TD on the first play of the game and then turned it over twice.

6. Florida (1-1)

Beat Tennessee, 26-20; Previous Rank: 8

Did you see that Hail Mary? Wow, what a finish.

7. Tennessee (2-1)

Lost to Florida, 20-26; Previous Rank: 7

Did you see that Hail Mary? Wow, how do you let the receiver get behind you? Idiots.

8. Auburn (2-1)

Beat Mercer, 24-10; Previous Rank: 4

Auburn’s only loss was at Clemson, so its resume still looks good; however, the product Auburn has put on the field for three straight weeks, has not.

9. LSU (2-1)

Lost to Mississippi State, 3-37; Previous Rank: 2

LSU’s loss to Mississippi State was its worst to an unranked opponent since 1943. Coach O is now on the hot seat, and that saddens me.

10. South Carolina (2-1)

Lost to Kentucky, 13-23; Previous Rank: 5

The Deebo Samuel injury is a tough one to swallow. You gotta feel for that guy and the team that will move on without its star player.

11. Arkansas (1-1)

No game; Previous Rank: 9

Arkansas had the week off, so it drops two spots for resting. Want to move up? Beat A&M in Jerry World this weekend.

12. Ole Miss (2-1)

Lost to California, 16-27; Previous Rank: 11

Note to all SEC schools: if you’re going to travel across the country to face a second tier Pac-12 team, don’t lose.

But if you do lose, at least look like you’re capable of playing competitive football.

13. Texas A&M (2-1)

Beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 45-21; Previous Rank: 14

Sure, Texas A&M beat Louisiana-Lafayette by 24; but did you know A&M trailed at the half? Throw in the Aggies’ Week 1 disaster and then a close one against Nicholls in Week 2, and it’s the beginning of the end for Kevin Sumlin. Might as well go ahead and fire him if you ask me.

14. Missouri (1-2)

Lost to Purdue, 35-3; Previous Rank: 13

Missouri is an embarrassment to the league. Can we ship it back to the Big 12 until it remembers how to play football?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for SEC Power Rankings: Week 3

  1. Catsby80
    3:12 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    I have a strong suspicion that the fella from Vandy is going to regret making that statement on Saturday around 7 o’clock. “Never poke a sleeping bear” – Galileo, or something.

    • Eazy
      3:23 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      For sure. They’ll lose but Vandy is much better this year.

  2. Eazy
    3:23 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    Ole Miss had a good chance to win the game. And Cal is the 6th best team in the PAC 12. Ole Miss is a cellar dweller. No shame in that loss.

  3. Eazy
    3:24 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    I agree with the rankings. UK will be nationally ranked next week.

  4. AGSlater
    3:26 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    Lets hold our horses here. #5 ahead of LSU, Florida, Tenn, Auburn? How about we beat Florida first. KSR chests are out a little too much after beating Carolina. The offense is still mediocre at best. One step at a time.

    • Eazy
      3:29 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      The national pundits all have us in the 5-8 range so it not like it’s crazy. Our defense is really good and the offense is improving. Much better overall football team than those clowns in Louisville.

    • Eazy
      3:31 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      Oh, and for the record UK is ahead of Auburn, LSU, and Tennessee in the standings, too.

    • TBW3011
      6:13 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      Love your enthusiasm, but pointing to standings 1 game into conference play doesn’t exactly mean much. Lol

    • Kernel Sanders
      4:09 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      I’m not all gloom and doom, but cmon Eazy, is being ahead in the standings after 1 conference game meaningful? I’m by no means a Butch Jones fan, and I think some coaching decisions hurt UT at Florida, but Tennessee never gave up in that game and lost on a 1,000-1 Hail Mary at the buzzer. In the Swamp. Kinda shocked UT tumbled so far in the polls. Of course FL is short a bunch of players too, which hopefully will still be the case Saturday….

    • foamfinger
      4:13 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      I think they pulled back the offense near the end of the 3rd quarter. We were moving very well until then. I guess we aren’t trying out hand against Florida.

    • bailey000
      7:34 am September 20, 2017 Permalink

      If we would have lost to USC and they would have been #3 everyone would have been okay with it. Instead, we dominated every aspect of the game and we aren’t good enough for #5??? Why?? We are solid football team that improves every week. When you have talent and discipline you will have success.

  5. WizardWCN
    4:07 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    We play 5 of the top 7, but the good news is we are also one of the top 7.

  6. BluKudzu
    4:11 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    Just a quick comment about Coach O at LSU……Everywhere he has been, the school’s had been put on probation, our has seen the program slide to much lower levels.
    He was hired to build a program to beat Bama. It is just a matter of time.

    • foamfinger
      4:15 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

      I agree. He’s trying to change the culture there and the offensive roster may not be what it needs to be to play OC Canada’s style of football. Or not used to it yet.

  7. CatesDuncan
    4:33 pm September 19, 2017 Permalink

    Mississippi State beat LSU 37-7 not 37-3 🙂