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SEC Power Rankings: Now It's Getting Fun

And you thought you had the league figured out...

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Just as you think the top of the league is starting to separate itself from the pack, LSU and Georgia struggled on the road against inferior opponents. One of the abundant number of reasons to love SEC play.

1) Alabama (5-0, 2-0, SEC, Last Week: 1)- For being the best team in college football playing the worst team in college football, the Tide's game versus hapless Georgia State went just like you thought it might. What will Saban obsess over this week? The second and third teams managed only three points in the second half.

2) Georgia (4-1, 3-0, LW: 4)- Georgia has not disappointed the national audience this season, shorting no one of more late-game drama than any Bulldog fan wants to see. Aaron Murray is playing as well as any SEC quarterback, especially considering he is down his top three receivers and top two running backs.

3) LSU (5-1, 2-1, LW: 3)- Les Miles was just making sure you were paying attention. Up only five points going into the final period, the Tigers put together a 28-0 fourth quarter to put away Mississippi State easily.

4) Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1 LW: 4)- Did you hear Johnny Manziel's name mentioned once this week?

5) Florida (4-1, 3-0 LW: 7)- No doubt the Gators played well, but the Razorbacks also played horribly. Now the Gators are setting themselves up for a shot at Georgia for a trip to Atlanta.

6) Missouri (5-0, 1-0, LW: 8)- Undefeated and heading to Athens. It was SEC play that plagued the Tigers a year ago, but with the injuries sustained by Georgia this season you have to give Mizzou a chance.

7) South Carolina (3-1, 1-1, LW: 5)- There is some trouble brewing in Columbia between Jadeveon Clowney and Steve Spurrier, and this may be the most entertaining battle to watch in all of the SEC going forward, chiefly because I'm not rooting for the Gamecocks.

8) Auburn (4-1, 2-1 LW: 10)- Nick Marshal ran for 140 yards. Impressive. The Tigers beat a ranked team with their quarterback (the same Nick Marshall) passing for 93 yards... in four quarters. Even more impressive.

9) Tennesseee (3-3, 0-2, LW: 13)- The Volunteers have played their way into being the top team without an SEC win, though they came close on Saturday.

10) Ole Miss (3-2, 1-2 LW: 6)- Rebel fans are happy to get their team out of Alabama, where Ole Miss has lost its last two games. They will need to gather themselves on defense and do so quickly, as they will host Johnny Football in Oxford this weekend.

11) Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3 LW: 9)- The USC job is clearly distracting James Franklin.

12) Arkansas (3-3, 0-2, LW: 11)- All of the good Razorback fans thought they were building on after a respectful, yet losing, performance to the Aggies a week ago, is seemingly gone after a dreadful performance in The Swamp where nothing outside of the first quarter went right.

13) Mississippi State (2-3, 0-2, LW: 12)- The good is that you were in a slugfest with LSU. The bad is you had to play the fourth quarter where the hope of Dan Mullen saving your program was dashed.

14) Kentucky (3-3, 0-3 LW: 14)- A 21-point fourth quarter makes the bottom line a little easier on the eyes. A closer look at the box score, however, does not.


A native of Arkansas now calling the Hogs from yonder in Georgia, you can follow Graham on Twitter @grahamreaves or read his blog, On My Mind In Georgia.