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SEC POWER Rankings: Alabama is Still Better than Everyone

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If the rest of the country is tired of this theme, imagine how SEC fans feel.

NCAA Football: Chattanooga at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Alabama (11-0, 7-0) - Chattanooga didn’t make it easy, but it appeared to be a classic “look-ahead” win before the most important game of the season for Bama.
  2. Auburn (8-3, 5-2) - The Tigers lived the opposite experience from Alabama. The defense pitched its first shutout since 2008 and the offense appeared to be clicking on all cylinders.
  3. Florida (8-2, 6-2) - Two SEC East titles in two seasons is a good start for Jim McElwain. It’s a shame that means playing Alabama again.
  4. (or 5). LSU (6-4, 4-3) - Losing at home after the all of the behind-the-scenes action leading up to the Florida game might be the end of head coach dreams for Coach O. Where LSU is on the final edition of the POWER Rankings will be determined by this weekend’s game with Texas A&M.
  5. (or 4). Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) - Winning at home is important to quieten the “Kevin Sumlin can’t coach in November” narrative. It is also imperative he wins to finish in the top four of the POWER Rankings.
  6. Arkansas (7-4, 3-4) - It’s good to see the offense as good as it’s been all season long. And of course the defense was just doing its thing, playing terrible.
  7. Tennessee (8-3, 4-3) - Butch Jones’ seniors “won the championship of life.” If you don’t think cynical college football fans aren’t having fun with that, think again.
  8. Georgia (7-4, 4-4) - In other odd college football things, Georgia wore their famed black jerseys to play… you guessed it, Louisiana-Monroe. At least the Dawgs won this time.
  9. Kentucky (6-5, 4-4) - Congrats to Mike Stoops on getting to a bowl game for his first time at UK. In other news, the basketball team is 4-0.
  10. Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5) - Derek Mason with an offense is a dangerous thing. Has Vandy ever scored 37 points in a conference game?
  11. Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5) - Hugh Freeze can convince himself that Chad Kelly’s injury led to losing during the last quarter of conference play. Everyone else knows there are bigger issues brewing in Oxford.
  12. South Carolina (6-5, 3-5) - Look at you, Will Muschamp. Bowling in your first year at South Carolina is commendable, especially considering the start of the season.
  13. Mississippi State (4-7, 2-5) - No defense led to no bowl game for the Bulldogs this season. The good news is that Nick Fitzgerald looks to have plenty of potential going forward.
  14. Missouri (3-8, 1-6) - The Tigers put up 37 points against Tennessee at Neyland, which probably says more about the Tennesse defense than it does the Mizzou offense. That’s no slight to Tennessee. Arkansas can give allow 37 points with no problem.