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SEC POWER Rankings: Arkansas, Auburn Climbing; Bama Coasting

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All of a sudden the game in College Station isn’t the only game that matters this weekend.

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  1. Alabama (7-0, 4-0) - Knowing the trend of Nick Saban-coached teams in big games, what did you expect?
  2. Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0) - You had the week off and watched the massacre on Rocky Top. Hope you’re ready for some football!
  3. Arkansas (5-2, 1-2) - The conference record isn’t indicative of how well this team has managed the first half of the season. Bret Bielema may never beat TAMU or Bama, but man oh man is it fun watching him beat Hugh Freeze.
  4. Tennessee (5-2, 2-2) - Alabama just Alabama’d you so hard. Arkansas fans know this feeling all too well.
  5. Florida (5-1, 3-1) - The Gators know two things very well: defense and special teams. Scoring 40 points is a welcomed surprise.
  6. Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2) - Standing at .500 half way through the year and all the off-the-field issues (based on truth or not), Hugh Freeze’s seat isn’t quite the temperature as his name would suggest.
  7. Auburn (4-2, 2-1) - Gus Malzahn appears to have done enough this year to drive his BMW i8 around The Plains for yet another season to most of the outside world. However, with Auburn’s impatience with coaches, he could be gone by Halloween, too.
  8. LSU (4-2, 2-1) - Tied at 10 with Southern Miss at the half is not the way to get that pesky “Interim” title removed, Ed. Coming out of the locker room and throwing up a a 28-spot in the third quarter after an abysmal start is though.
  9. Kentucky (3-3, 2-2) - Tied for second in the division is exactly what I predicted a month ago after an embarrassing 0-2 start because SEC East.
  10. Georgia (4-3, 2-3) - “It’s fine. Mark Richt lost to Vandy, too. Twice! It’s cool. No I’ll never miss the consistency of 10 wins. It’s cool. It’s a process. It’s cool. Of course Kirby isn’t Muschamp reincarnate. It’s cool.” - UGA fan
  11. Missouri (2-4, 0-3) - Keep leaning hard on those wins over Eastern Michigan and Delaware State. The good news is the Tigers still have Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
  12. Mississippi State (2-4, 1-2) - Traveling to Provo, Utah was a no-win situation for the Bullodgs. Hopefully Dan Mullen was at least able to do some serious crootin’ in Central Utah, a well-known hotbed of talent.
  13. Vanderbilt (3-4, 1-3) - Winning in Athens was the first time Derek Mason has ever won a conference game outside the friendly confines of Vanderbilt Stadium. In some circles this could be bad news because it gives the administration leverage in defending not firing him.
  14. South Carolina (2-4, 1-4) - With a bye and the mighty Minutemen of Massachusetts coming to Columbia this could be the longest stretch of not losing the Gamecocks experience until the end of the season. Beware though, these are the same Minutemen that pushed Mississippi State late in the fourth and boast a win over Florida (International).