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SEC Power Rankings: Clarity

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We have a much better sense of who’s a clear top team and who’s at the bottom

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14. Vanderbilt

The Commodores have now lost three conference games at home and are the only SEC team without a conference win so far. Oh and their next three games are against Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Uh oh.

13. Texas A&M

Scored just 43 at home against Missouri.

Yikes.

12. Georgia

Struggled to score in both their games this week. Averaging just over 50 points won’t win you many SEC games.

11. Arkansas

In a vaccum, two road losses to ranked teams isn’t the worst, but in the greater context things are looking pretty bleak for the Hogs.

10. Missouri

Got a badly needed win against Texas A&M. The bottom five teams in the conference are starting to have a pretty sizable gap from the rest of the pack.

9. South Carolina

Finally dropped a conference game, but the Gamecocks are still sitting there at 4-1 in the SEC.

8. Florida

After losing at Mississippi State, the Gators are at seven losses and it isn’t February yet. After they play Texas A&M on Tuesday the Gators have a brutal five game stretch that will be pivotal for their season.

7. Alabama

Nearly pulled a second monumental upset coming from behind in Knoxville. Bama can hang with anybody and that could be a big help in March.

6. Mississippi State

Got a nice win against Florida and cruised against Vandy. They’re back in good shape, sitting at 14-3 overall.

5. Auburn

Auburn is 4-3 in their last seven and now 2-2 in SEC play. They’re still easily a tournament team but those conference champion aspirations are slipping quickly.

4. Ole Miss

The Rebels took a step back against LSU but rebounded nicely at home. Terence Davis and Breein Tyree have developed into one of the best guard combos in the conference.

3. LSU

LSU should definitely be higher than 25th in the AP poll. They knocked off Ole Miss by double digits on the road and took care of business with a 22-point win over South Carolina.

2. Kentucky

That was a very good road win over Auburn. Now the Wildcats are back in the top-10 nationally.

1. Tennessee

The Vols are now the top ranked team in the nation. They’ve earned it after ripping through the conference in the last few weeks.