With just three weeks left in the regular season, the SEC is divided up pretty clearly. There’s a handful of elite teams, a few pretty good teams, a couple of average teams, and then there is everyone else.
Here’s how I am ranking the SEC after 8 weeks of play.
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (Last Week: 1)
Bama is beat up after playing LSU. The Tigers were able to move the ball on the ground and simply missed big plays in the passing game. It won’t be easy, but Mississippi State can win this game. I’m not saying they will, but there is plenty of reason to suggest their chances are much better than they were about a month ago.
#2 Georgia Bulldogs (Last Week: #2)
Georgia should win this weekend against Auburn, but it is no gimme. It’s enough of a toss up that Vegas made Auburn a slight favorite.
#3 Auburn Tigers (Last Week: #5)
I probably should have moved Auburn up about two weeks ago. Regardless, a good win over Texas A&M puts them where they belong. If Auburn were to win out, they would have the best chance of any two loss team to make it to the College Football Playoff.
#4 Mississippi St. Bulldogs (Last Week: #3)
A lackluster performance by the Bulldogs drops them down to 4. They might drop one more time, but I think as long as they win the last two games of the season, this is where they will ultimately end up.
#5 LSU Tigers (Last Week: #4)
LSU played a nice game against Alabama, but as usual, it wasn’t quite enough.
#6 South Carolina Gamecocks (Last Week: #6)
South Carolina doesn’t go down with a loss in large part to everyone else in this area losing as well. They also played Georgia really well, despite the final score.
#7 Texas A&M Aggies (Last Week: #8)
I really hate moving teams up when they lose, but with Kentucky’s performance on Saturday against Ole Miss, I feel that there isn’t much of a choice.
#8 Kentucky Wildcats (Last Week: #7)
This will be the worst 7-5 or 8-4 team in the history of college football.
#9 Missouri Tigers (Last Week: #11)
Barry Odom looked like a dead man walking earlier this season. Now, he looks like he might get his team to a bowl game behind the solid play of arguably the best quarterback in the SEC.
#10 Arkansas Razorbacks (Last Week: #9)
I really wanted to send Arkansas down the rankings for coming oh so close to losing to a bad FCS team, but I just couldn’t because of what all sits behind them.
#11 Ole Miss Rebels (Last Week: #10)
Despite how much you hate Ole Miss, you have to give this team credit. I would have thought they would have packed it in by now, but they haven’t. They aren’t going to get better any time soon, but they’ll keep trying.
#12 Florida Gators (Last Week: #10)
Florida is a really bad football team. Never thought I would type that.
#13 Vanderbilt Commodores (Last Week: #12)
Vanderbilt is also a really bad football team. At least they won this weekend, though.
#14 Tennessee Volunteers (Last Week: #13)
Vanderbilt is also a really bad football team. At least they won this weekend, though, but they still need to fire their coach.
That’s this week’s rankings. We’ll be back at it next week.