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Latest News’s Power Rankings – 9/4/12

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.

Here goes…


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.


Basement Contender

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.


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