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SEC POWER Rankings: Week 5

A lesson in more is not always better.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

If it seemed like half of the conference didn't play this week, you're right. Saturday was a slow day in the SEC. But what it lacked in quantity, the conference made up in quality with all four conference games coming down to the final minutes.

1) Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) Last week: 1- Coming off a bye week, is anyone not expecting a win from the Tide in Oxford?

2) Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0) LW: 2- Good teams find a way to win. You deserve this defensive line coach Terry Price.Get_down-_coach_price_telcoag_medium


3) Auburn (4-0, 1-0) LW: 3- The Tigers rolled over a non-conference team, but have the most difficult part of their schedule looming. The next two weeks include a home date with No. 15 LSU and a trip to Starkville.

4) Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0) LW: 4- Another SEC West team on a bye. This week is the biggest game in Starkville in recent memory, as the Bulldogs have a legitimate chance at breaking the Top 10 with a win over a beat up Texas A&M squad. From all the Arkansas fans, you're welcome.

5) Georgia (3-1, 1-1) LW: 7- So... Todd Gurley is good and freshman Nick Chubb isn't bad either. A much-needed bye week -- er, I mean Vandy is coming to Athens -- is on tap for the week ahead.

6) Ole Miss (4-0, 1-0) LW: 6- Struggling against Memphis (though they are an improved team) doesn't rally up immense confidence before welcoming Alabama and the Gameday crew.

7) Missouri (4-1, 1-0) LW: 13- How Mizzou continues to play below their competition for three quarters and rally to overcome their shortcomings in the fourth is amazing. In two years, the Tigers have beat every SEC East team.

8) Arkansas (3-2, 0-2) LW: 8- "They are we thought they were!" No it wasn't fun. A more veteran team would have finished the fourth. Alabama may win, as it usually does in Tuscaloosa, but it can't be looking forward to being punched in the neck over and over to get a 'W,' though. At least there's this: Punt_td_medium


9) Tennessee (2-2, 0-1) LW: 10- Yet another gutsy performance by the Vols, who fell just short in Athens. I would have liked to have seen the outcome if quarterback Justin Worley hadn't injured his elbow and been forced to ride the pine for three series. Clever, Smokey...



10) LSU (4-1, 0-1) LW: 11- Back on track with a dominating win over New Mexico State isn't enough to gain too much in the POWER rankings. Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris made his case to be the starter in weeks to come.

11) South Carolina (3-2, 2-2) LW: 5- "Hey Steve, how do you feel about blowing a 13-point lead with six minutes to go at home?"

12) Florida (2-1, 1-1) LW: 8- A needed bye week after being demolished in Tuscaloosa. They fall because you only get credit for one half of the score being close at Alabama for seven days.

13) Kentucky (3-1, 1-1) LW: 12- The Wildcats won a conference game for the first time in forever and are halfway to bowl eligibility. Don't be too impressed as their 10-point win is the smallest margin of loss handed to Vandy all season.

14) Vanderbilt (1-4, 0-2) LW: 14- The Commodores didn't win, but they did remain competitive on the road and cover the spread, ruining my parlay. In all honesty, it was stupid of me to ever trust Kentucky.