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SEC POWER Rankings: Alabama Reigns; Auburn, Texas A&M Falter

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All is right back to usual atop (Alabama) and and at the bottom of the conference (Vanderbilt). Everything else is a royal mess.

NCAA Football: Auburn at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Alabama (10-0, 7-0) - Quarterback Jalen Hurts put his name in the hat for the Lamar “Heisman” Jackson Award, albeit a little too late. Unfortunately for everyone else in the conference, Saban has the quarterback position settled for the next two years.
  2. LSU (6-3, 4-2) - Speaking of names in the hat, Ed Orgeron is trying his best to keep his in for the head coaching job. The only bad news for the Tigers is that Leo Fournette is favoring his ankle again.
  3. Auburn (7-3, 5-2) - The Tigers’ bid for the playoff and SEC Championship game is over after a loss in Athens. However, now they have nothing more to lose and should play loose against the Tide, making things all the more entertaining.
  4. Florida (7-2, 5-2) - It was a familiar script in Gainesville with a stifling defense and ho-hum offense. Take the wins where you can, though.
  5. Texas A&M (7-3, 4-3) - You gotta believe with a healthy Trevor Knight, coach Kevin Sumlin wouldn’t have to worry as much that the naysayers are already bringing up his November record against SEC teams (3-8).
  6. Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) - Sure they just beat the team one spot ahead of them, but these rankings are based on the entire season’s worth of work. It was a good win in College Station, especially as the Rebs ushered in the Shea Patterson era.
  7. Arkansas (6-4, 2-4) - When you can’t stop a team from running the ball, LSU is not who you want to play.
  8. Tennessee (7-3, 3-3) - Now the Vols become the biggest LSU fans out there. If LSU can beat Florida next weekend and the Vols can win out (Missouri, Vandy), Tennessee will represent the East in Atlanta.
  9. Georgia (6-4, 4-4) - Kirby Smart knew how to slow down Auburn, and it showed. This is the sort of win that solidifies his hire in Georgia fans’ minds.
  10. Kentucky (5-3, 4-4) - Their brief run near the top of the East appears to be over, but a win over Austin Peay this weekend will send the Wildcats bowling.
  11. Mississippi State (4-6, 2-4) - They’d already blown their upset for the year one week prior over A&M, and it wasn’t a pretty day for the Bulldogs against the Tide.
  12. South Carolina (5-5, 3-5) - The Gamecocks are out luck for the SEC East bid to the SEC Championship game. It was still pretty cool to see the line of Florida players meet Will Muschamp after the game, proving how much he meant to them despite their struggles.
  13. Missouri (3-7, 1-5) - Playing Vandy is not usually how struggling offenses get back on track, but the Tigers bucked the trend this week.
  14. Vanderbilt (4-6, 1-5) - After losing this weekend, a bowl bid seems highly unlikely with remaining games versus Ole Miss and Tennessee.