As has been well documented, this weekend was chaos. Any playoff prediction, Top 25, Power Ranking, (my betting picks) from last week is a trainwreck. Basically anything I wrote for the last two weeks or so should be considered utter garbage. Hopefully, they at least made you laugh here and there because the picks/rankings prove how little I thought I knew.
My abilties are best summarized in this GIF. Thanks to Nebraska OL Jake Cotton for his display:
KATY PERRY HAD A BETTER WEEK THAN I DID!
Now with even more confidence, this week's SEC POWER Rankings:
1) Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) Last week: 3- The Tigers will be tested on the road again as they travel to Starkville. Which team will show up? The team that played at Kansas State or the one who dismantled LSU at home. If being on the road is that big of deal for this team, it won't make the playoff cut. Props to tight end C.J. Uzomah for his "Lutzie" tribute for the deceased Philip Lutzenkirchen.
2) Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0) LW: 4- The Bulldogs have the two most impressive victories of SEC play on their resume. Beating Auburn this weekend would add No. 3. Dan Mullen is looking like the favorite for the Michigan job. Only joking Bulldog fans, but he's due a raise assuming the wheels don't fall off the wagon in the remainder of the season.
3) Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0) LW: 6- While the outcome of their win over Alabama is the takeaway from Oxford, the real story of the day is the journey of Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium's field goal posts. You knew it would get weird if the Rebels won, and boy did it ever.
4) Alabama (4-1, 1-1) LW: 1 - Hopefully the Tide can continue playing meh football away from Tuscaloosa for one more week.
5) Georgia (4-1, 2-1) LW: 8- My Heisman front-runner Todd Gurley, which based on current projection models means he will lose his starting role next week, has thrown the longest ball on the season for the Dawgs. Everyone picks on Vandy.
6) Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1) LW: 2- Smacked in the face on defense and offense. The one bright spot in the Aggies first conference loss was Speedy Noil, who had two scores on three touches including this gem:
7) Missouri (4-1, 1-0) LW: 7- After a bye week, the Tigers will host Georgia, pitting the two teams atop the East against one another.
8) Arkansas (3-2, 0-2) LW: 8- Only five more days to have the bitter loss to A&M on our minds. Now the Hogs could give Alabama back-to-back losses for the second time in a calendar year. End of a dynasty and time for Saban to take the Michigan job?
9) Kentucky (4-1, 2-1) LW: 13- Which seemed more unlikely at the beginning of the season: two consecutive SEC wins for the Wildcats or two Mississippi schools ranked in the Top 5? Both are realities in this upside down world we live in. Maybe we'll know the feeling one day. Here's the radio call from the UK Radio Network of the game-winning interception.
10) LSU (4-2, 0-2) LW:10- This is the worst defense Les Miles has had on the Bayou, and the offense is not much better, going a dismal 0-for-13 on 3rd down conversions at Auburn.
11) South Carolina (3-3, 2-3) LW: 11- Going into the season, this team was thought to be a dark horse title contender. Now the fans in Columbia are begging for Jadeveon Clowney to limp back from the NFL, torn meniscus and all.
12) Florida (3-1, 2-1) LW: 12- Beating one of your biggest rivals is one way to save your job. Going forward, what does Muschamp lose by starting offensive spark-plug true freshman Treon Harris over ninth-year senior Jeff Driskel? Quick answer: maybe his job. Muschamp's postgame interview is why everyone loves him.
13) Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) LW: 9- Week to week you're still unsure of what to expect out of the Vols. Those orange-and-white checkered overall wearing fans will have to wait at least another year to beat Florida. It's now been a solid decade since the last time that happened.
14) Vanderbilt (1-5, 0-4) LW: Where else?- While tailgating on Myers Quad in Athens on Saturday, standing in line for the Porta Potty (trying to really paint a picture for you), I asked a Vandy student who to watch for the Commodores. He couldn't put together an answer. Not because of what bourbon may have been running through his veins, but because there isn't one.