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SEC POWER Rankings: Vanderbilt Makin' Moves

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A byproduct of Auburn being terrible is Vandy is no longer the sole brunt of all SEC jokes.

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Last week saw Alabama fall from the top spot for the first time since last season. Vanderbilt had held its position in the cellar even longer, dating back to two seasons ago. But after a dismal performance by Auburn to start SEC play, the Commodores are no longer pigeonholed (POWERfully of course) at the bottom of these rankings.

1) Ole Miss (4-0)

It took some late special teams play to secure the win for the Rebels. A little bit of a let down was to be expected after their win in Tuscaloosa, and as good teams do, they found a way to win. The offense will need to be clicking on all cylinders soon as they visit Florida this weekend.

2) Georgia (4-0)

For all of you forgetting about the other running backs in the SEC, Nick Chubb is still out there. He carried for 131 yards and two scores on 15 carries. He also tied legend Herschel Walker's consecutive 100-yard game mark at 12 in the process. Oh and quarterback Grayson Lambert is 33-of-35 for 435 yards and five touchdowns in his last two starts. The Dawgs are look ready for Alabama's visit this weekend.

3) LSU (3-0)

Why the Tigers were playing in Syracuse is as good of a question as any this week. However, winner of "Best Leonard Fournette Tweet" goes to Grantland's Holly Anderson:

4) Texas A&M (4-0)

At least they covered for me... This makes four years in a row that the Aggies have beaten Arkansas. The Aggies look vulnerable to teams that can run the ball though even with possibly the best  combo at defensive end in the country. Freshman Christian "Captian" Kirk is going to be a menace for the SEC to handle over the next three seasons.

5) Alabama (3-1)

The quarterback situation is a wreck. However, the defense held ULM to 91 yards and zero points, Saban's 16th shutout as the Tide's head coach.

6) Florida (4-0)

The Gators are quickly becoming a team to reckon with. Coach Jim McElwain has athletes all over the field and passion back in the seats at The Swamp. The offense has work left to do as it will be thoroughly tested next week when Ole Miss comes to town, but the defense appears to be one of the top units in the SEC.

7) Mississippi State (3-1)

No matter how ugly and no matter how Auburn turns out to be, a road conference win is always welcomed. Dak Prescott played well, but the story is the defense who defined "bend but don't break." The Tigers had four trips inside the 10-yard line and came away with only nine points on three field goals. State looks better than many expected.

8) Tennessee (2-2)

Coach Butch Jones is getting absolutely killed for not trying for two points after scoring a touchdown that put the Vols up by 12 late in the fourth. He was never clear as to his decision-making in that situation. Jones said in his presser that his chart said to kick the field goal and that he trusted his defense to make the stops. Now we all want to see his chart, which is obviously different than every other coach's in America.

9) Kentucky (3-1)

After failing to defeat Florida last week, the Wildcats bounced back as they snapped their 18-game SEC losing streak. It's been a hot minute since Kentucky beat a top-25 team so good for Mark Stoops and his squad. You're still a basketball school.

10) Missouri (3-1)

You can get away with getting down early to Arkansas State. You can even get away with a single-digit point total when you get down early to UConn. But your can forget about escaping the clutches of the mighty Kentucky when it takes the lead.

11) Arkansas (1-3)

There's no explanation. I leave you with this, the sentiment of every Hog fan:

bielema doh

12) South Carolina (2-2)

After consecutive conference losses, the Gamecocks found themselves back in the win column with a victory over UCF. The Golden Knights are no real threat, losing last week to Furman, but the Gamecock defense threw a second half shutout. Freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez got his first start and gained 307 total yards.

13) Vanderbilt (1-3)

Despite the score, it never felt like the Commodores were going to upset Ole Miss in Oxford but gave the Rebel faithful a little scare nonetheless. It was still a solid performance by Vandy on the road. They didn't embarrass themselves, and in the biggest development of Derek Mason's tenure, his team moved out of the bottom of these rankings.

14) Auburn (2-2)

The environment down on The Plains is not what experts would call "positive." Only two years removed from an SEC Championship and national championship berth, times are tough. Auburn is to college football what the Florida Marlins are to baseball. Every 4-6 years you buy a championship team and hope it works out. During the interim coaches/mannagers are just hoping to hold onto their jobs