After just three weeks of play, the SEC has seen quite a few crazy twists and turns.
Auburn and Arkansas have officially bottomed out, as both preseason darlings have put on horrible performances two weeks in a row. Alabama has been toppled in September for the first time since the 2007 season. Steve Spurrier has apparently already been fired, according to many South Carolina fans, at least. Much has happened in a short amount of time. Which leads to one major truth: things are going to continue to change. Alabama had a rough night this past Saturday, but as we've seen before, the defending SEC Champs have a lot of football left to turn things around.
1. Ole Miss Rebels. You beat the champ, you get his spot. It's as simple as that. The Rebels continue to look the part of a legitimate SEC and playoff contender.
2. Georgia Bulldogs. The game against South Carolina is what it looks like when this year's Georgia squad brings their 'A' game, and it is scary. If Greyson Lambert can continue to play even close to the level he did on Saturday, this team has zero chance of not being in Atlanta come the first weekend of December.
3. LSU Tigers. The Bayou Bengals just bludgeoned and mauled the Tigers from the Plains on Saturday. That was an old school butt-kicking by Les Miles and his crew. It can't be certain, but Leonard Fournette is probably not a human being.
4. Alabama Crimson Tide. Predictably, the internet is filling up with all kinds of "THE DYNASTY IS OVAAAAA" click-bait articles right now. The bottom line is that Alabama, despite going minus-five in the turnover margin and being victimized by a miraculous touchdown pass that only Auburn could draw up, had multiple chances to beat the team now currently ranked #1 in this poll.
5. Texas A&M Aggies. A&M's been impressive for sure, but Arizona State is starting to look pretty soft. The Aggies have an unbelievable amount of speed and athleticism, but do they have the toughness to win big time battles in the trenches?
6. Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols are a good, young team looking to get over the hump and win a big game. They have another opportunity this weekend in the Swamp.
7. Mississippi State Bulldogs. Dak Prescott and company devoured one of the most delicious cupcakes out there in Northwestern State, which tells us absolutely nothing. They haven't had their season go up in flames yet, so they are holding serve here, the best of the middle of the pack.
8. Florida Gators. Will Muschamp apparently left his defensive coaching abilities in Gainesville, as the Gators defense completely stifled a pretty explosive Kentucky offense. There is still a lot of work to be done for Jim McElwain, but this team can hang with just about everybody on their schedule.
9. Kentucky Wildcats. Tough loss to Florida this past weekend, but Mark Stoops has this team headed in the right direction, which is something that can't be said for many of the teams below them on this list.
10. Auburn Tigers. Can someone check to make sure Auburn made it out of Baton Rouge alive?
11. Missouri Tigers. Before the season began, someone must have asked Gary Pinkel if there was any way he could make winning look even uglier. Consider that challenge accepted. Mizzou has no offense whatsoever.
12. South Carolina Gamecocks. Things are not looking good in Columbia, South Carolina. The wheels could start to come off pretty soon. The OBC has one last chance to turn things around.
13. Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs got clowned by Texas Tech, and then Bielema got schooled by Kliff Kingsbury in the postgame presser.
14. Vanderbilt Commodores. How bad has the bottom half of the SEC looked thus far this season? Let's put it this way: Vanderbilt winning a game or two in conference play isn't out of the question.