Week One is in the books and we’re ready to unveil our Power Rankings for the Southeastern Conference. Rather than a 1-14 countdown, we break teams down into four categories based on how well they’re playing, what we’ve seen to date, and what we believe their ceiling to be.
National Title Contender
Alabama (1-0) – Are you kidding? Bama almost got caused us to start another category called “National Title Favorite.”
LSU (1-0) – The Tigers hammered North Texas as expected. They can still run the ball, play defense, and they even found a punt returner to replace Tyrann Mathieu.
Top 25 Contender
Arkansas (1-0) – The defense still needs some work, but as long as Tyler Wilson is upright, the Hogs will be a Top 25-caliber team.
Georgia (1-0) – If UGA can get past Missouri this weekend, they’ll find themselves the SEC East favorite as expected.
Mississippi State (1-0) – Jackson State was hardly a test, but until we see otherwise, Dan Mullen’s squad lands on the cusp of our Top 25 category. This week’s game with Auburn will tell us a lot more.
Missouri (1-0) – SE Louisiana was hardly a… wait, just wrote that above. Georgia on Saturday provides a litmus test.
South Carolina (1-0) – If Connor Shaw can stay healthy and Carolina can develop a passing a game, the Cocks have the defense to be a Top 25 team. If not, then all those preseason Top 10 predictions can probably be forgotten.
Tennessee (1-0) – With the exception of Alabama, no one had a better coming out party than Tennessee.
Bowl Game Contender
Auburn (0-1) – Ugh. The passing game was poor and the defense was shoddy. Still, the Tigers hung around with Clemson. Beat MSU on Saturday and we may move them up a category.
Florida (1-0) – Gator fans had better hope UF was going vanilla against Bowling Green on Saturday or else Will Muschamp might have another struggle on his hands this year.
Texas A&M (0-0) – Benefit of the doubt. They haven’t played yet, but Saturday — against Florida — will get an idea of what the Aggies bring to the SEC table.
Vanderbilt (0-1) – They’ve still got to get over the hump in close games, but Steve Spurrier’s “they don’t have any slow dudes like they used to” comment resonates.
Kentucky (0-1) – Yikes. If the defense doesn’t improve it could be an ugly, ugly year in the Commonwealth.
Ole Miss (1-0) – Hugh Freeze got his first win and Bo Wallace announced his arrival, but Central Arkansas threw all over the Rebels on Saturday. That doesn’t bode well for the future.