When looking ahead to the week two schedule of games in the SEC, it would have been an assumed safe bet that not much would change in this week's power poll. Well, college football cares not for your order and logic. After (gleefully) watching Auburn get taken to overtime by Jacksonville State, things were already bound to get shaken up. But then Arkansas was stunned by Toledo and Missouri and Florida both needed big plays down the stretch to hold off Arkansas State and East Carolina, respectively, and things went totally bonkers in regards to ranking these team.
However, that is exactly what will be attempted below:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide. Just another typical polite blowout for Nick Saban against a cupcake opponent. Much like when your dad used to let you score a few baskets in the driveway playing some pick-up hoops.
2. Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs took care of business against an underrated defense. The passing game definitely needs some work, but the run game is as good as everyone thought it would be.
3. Ole Miss Rebels. While a number of other SEC teams have looked awful against their cupcakes, the Rebels have been destroying them like an elite SEC team should. This week's match-up with Alabama will be huge. We will find out just how good Swag Kelly really is.
4. Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies had a 40 point lead on Ball State before anybody in College Station could even break a sweat. Looks like A&M was severely overlooked this preseason compared to some other SEC West "powers".
5. LSU Tigers. Looks like the same old Les Miles-led LSU squad this year. Run the football, tell the quarterback not to screw it up, play good defense, and rely on some late-game antics to lock up the win. For the record, that's certainly not a bad thing.
6. Tennessee Volunteers. After watching Bowling Green eviscerate Maryland and Tennessee go toe-to-toe with Oklahoma, it's pretty clear that this is the #2 team in the East. The Vols played well Saturday, they just haven't had the late-game experience that is necessary to pull off big time wins against power programs.
7. Auburn Tigers. Woof. What the heck was that, Auburn? I realize the Tigers were missing a few key players, but yeesh. Regardless, I still think this is a dangerous team, but Jeremy Johnson has to improve by a lot in a short amount of time.
8. Mississippi State Bulldogs. People were giving State a hard time for winning handily on the road against Southern Miss last week. Yeah, I think Bulldog fans are the ones laughing now. The 4th quarter of the LSU game showed that Dak Prescott won't let this team flounder like many thought they would.
9. Missouri Tigers. Winning by a touchdown against a Sun Belt team apparently nets you a top ten spot in this week's power poll. S-E-C, S-E-C, S-E-C
10. Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats may not be flawless, but they do have a win over another conference opponent, and they have shown the ability to both jump out to large leads over decent teams and hold off comeback attempts. Don't be surprised if this team finishes 3rd in the East.
11. Florida Gators. The Gators were really sloppy and undisciplined against the Pirates, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Jim McElwain's got his work cut out for him scrubbing that Will Muschamp stank off of this team.
12. South Carolina Gamecocks. I kept trying to talk myself out of the idea that the Gamecocks were destined for a 6-6 season this year, but the truth is, that's exactly what they are headed for. Just look at their roster; it's a world away from when they had guys like Clowney, Shaw, Lattimore, Gilmore, Ingram, Quarles, etc.
13. Arkansas Razorbacks. The Razorbacks had a ton of issues against Toledo this past weekend but the most troubling one has to be the 3.3 yards per carry stat. If the Hogs can't run the football against the Rockets, what are they going to do against SEC defenses?
14. Vanderbilt Commodores. As bad as a bunch of other teams looked this weekend, at least Vandy continued to prove that they can play some defense.