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SEC POWER Rankings: East No Comparison to West

The deeper we get into the conference schedule, the more true it becomes: the East is no challenge to the West.

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  1. Alabama (9-0, 6-0) - It wasn’t their most impressive performance of the season, but winning at night in Death Valley rarely is.
  2. Auburn (7-2, 5-1) - A slight scare against Vandy hopefully will mean the Tigers won’t get caught looking towards the Iron Bowl and end up losing before now and then. On the road in Athens should keep them plenty preoccupied.
  3. Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2) - No. 4 no more! Granted, the Playoff Committee awarding the Aggies the fourth spot was a little presumptuous. A&M still has plenty to play for despite a loss to Mississippi State.
  4. LSU (5-3, 3-2) - So much for that offensive creativity... And so much for the hopes of Coach Orgeron landing that dream job in Baton Rouge.
  5. Arkansas (6-3, 2-3) - How does one team underogo such a transformation as to allow 600+ yards one week and two weeks later 12 yards? I get that it’s November, and that’s the best of time to be a Hog fan, but come on... Also of note, an Arkansas loss in November could keep the Razorbacks’ opponent out of the SEC Championship Game.
  6. Florida (6-2, 4-2) - What a heinous day all the way around for the Gators. From the first offensive play (a pick 6), it never got better. The SEC Championship isn’t looking as likely now with a date at LSU looming.
  7. Tennessee (6-3, 2-3) - A trip to Atlanta is still in the cards for the Vols, which is much bigger news than the 55-0 win over Tennessee Tech.
  8. Ole Miss (4-5, 1-4) - The Rebels finally got a win, but it came at the cost of Chad Kelly’s ACL. This season can’t end soon enough.
  9. Georiga (5-4, 3-4) - Back to over .500 and one win from eligibility, the Bulldogs’ chances of a bowl game are sitting pretty. It’s been three years since Auburn beat Georgia, so the party in Athens this weekend could be fun.
  10. Mississippi State (4-5, 2-3) - It seems as if postseason play is out of the question with their remaining schedule (@ Alabama, Arkansas, @ Ole Miss), but that didn’t stop the upset-minded Bulldogs. Good on Dan Mullen for getting his team to fight for a win over the No. 4-ranked team.
  11. Kentucky (5-4, 4-3) - What could have been... A win would have put the Wildcats tied for the SEC East lead. Now they’ll look to a win over either Tennessee or Austin Peay for a bowl berth.
  12. South Carolina (5-4, 3-4) - And speaking of bowl berths, what a streak for Will Muschamp. That’s three consecutive wins. Only one more (most likely over Western Carolina in two weeks) and the Gamecocks are bowling in his first season, quite a feat considering the lack of talent in the program when Muschamp took over.
  13. Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-4) - This team will be so good when it can score points. The real quesiton is, when does a Derek Mason-led team learn to do that?
  14. Missouri (2-7, 0-5) - After dropping their contest with South Carolina, the Tigers will be out of a bowl for the second year in a row.