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SEC POWER Rankings: Top Three a Step Above the Rest

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The cream of the crop is beginning to set itself apart. Meanwhile the best of the middle third is anyone’s guess, and the bottom third became even more muddled.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Alabama (5-0, 2-0) - It’s true. The Tide was down three points at home to Kentucky at one point in the game. If you ever believed the Twitter hype that the Wildcats ever stood a chance, lay down the bottle a little earlier this Saturday.
  2. Texas A&M (5-0, 3-0) - The game with South Carolina was closer than expected, but there’s no doubt the players were looking ahead to this weekend’s SEC home opener against the conference’s Cardiac Kids.
  3. Tennessee (5-0, 2-0) - Are the Vols going to complete the season a la 2013 Auburn? The Vols are winning games much in the same manner, waiting until waning seconds to make a move. Over the next two weeks, they’ll have a chance to vault up the rankings (@TAMU, vs. Alabama) and a favorable schedule down the stretch.
  4. Ole Miss (3-2, 1-1) - The offense is rolling now with a running game that finally showed up (263 yards and 4 TDs). Their loss to Florida State was made even worse this weekend, but the Rebs are still a force to be reckoned with in the West.
  5. Arkansas (4-1, 0-1) - Is it a trend if the Hogs have easily handled two non-conference opponents in a row? Who cares? It’s Bama week!
  6. Florida (4-1, 2-1) - For the second year in a row the Florida-Vandy game might go down as the worst SEC game of the year. The good news is the Gators left Nashville with a “W” and Luke Del Rio is back this week.
  7. Auburn (3-2, 1-1) - Here’s some fun trivia. Who has played more road games this season, Michigan or Auburn? Trick question. In a scheduling oddity for both squads, neither has left home all year. Auburn will travel to Starkville for a winnable game this weekend.
  8. LSU (3-2, 2-1) - It was quite a performance under the lights in Tiger Stadium, as the Bayou Bengals annihilated Mizzou behind 418 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
  9. Georgia (3-2, 1-2) - I talked with several people who were at the game and they all shared the same sentiment. Sanford Stadium went saw its most drastic momentum swing over a span of 10 seconds ever. “From the highest of highs to the absolute lowest of lows.”
  10. Mississippi State (2-2, 1-1) - At least this week Dan Mullen didn’t have to stress away years of his life engineering a comeback win over an FCS team.
  11. Missouri (2-3, 0-2) - The Tiger coaching staff was admittedly lost as they struggled to stop anything LSU wanted to do. They said they had no clue what to expect from LSU’s new offensive schemes. This was very, very evident.
  12. South Carolina (2-3, 1-3) - Saturday was a solid performance against a potent Texas A&M offense, which is more than some teams who have lost to the Aggies this season can say...
  13. Kentucky (2-3, 1-2) - Hopefully, Wildcat fans can hold on to the screenshot of leading Alabama, and it will still bring you joy for many years to come.
  14. Vanderbilt (2-3, 0-2) - The defense is shaping into a very good unit. The offense is horrendous. Such is the last two years for Commodore fans.