SEC POWER RANKINGS WEEK 4

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide: Finding a quarterback that could fit Lane Kiffin’s system was the only issue facing the most talented team in Football. Giving up 421 yards to SWAG Kelly was not ideal. Getting down 24-3 late in the first half was also not ideal. However Damien Harris dominated the second half and Alabama showed their prowess once again. The transformation Coach Saban has made from despising running quarterbacks to now witnessing his own in Jalen Hurts is truly astonishing.

2. LSU Tigers: The Tigers ran train on Mississippi State, and leading 23-3 late in the third, the Tigers simply took their foot off the gas. The LSU Tigers have one of the best secondaries in all of College Football, Ricky Jefferson, Jamal Adams, and Tre’Davious White are fantastic and LSU should cripple Sean White and Auburn’s offense this week. I don’t think Auburn will score more than 10 pts and the Tigers should win by double digits. That November 5th game in Death Valley vs Bama will still be monumental.

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3. Florida Gators: Once again, one of the best defenses in College Football. Even though playing UMass, North Texas, and Kentucky, holding those teams to 14 points in 180 minutes of Football is impressive. Expect the enigemic Joshua Dobbs to struggle mightily against this Florida defense and make it 12 wins against the Vols.

4. Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin finally is finding out how to win using a different formula: DEFENSE. Myles Garrett and Dashon Hall are wrecking offensive tackles left and right. This game in Arlington will be a slugfest between two 3-0 teams and the winner immediately becomes a contender against the Tide and LSU in the SEC West. Finally Arkansas is past the phase of losing to the Toledo’s and Texas Tech’s of the world early in the season. Speaking of Bert!

5. Arkansas Razorbacks: I was stunned this team held on in Fort Worth and beat the TCU Horned Frogs after one of the worst implosions of football I have seen in recent memory. The Hogs were beating TCU 20-7 early in the 4th quarter then proceeded to doink a chip shot field goal off the uprights then ¬†allowed 28 unanswered points to Kenny Hill aka Kenneth Trill and therefore should have left Fort Worth with their tail between their legs. Instead Austin Allen grew up and showed stones from an Allen kid in which we have not seen. Austin Allen facing a rowdy crowd and having no momentum to speak of, led a 4 play 58 yard drive to tie the game that would even make Elway’s ears perk up. Austin Allen capped off the drive hitting Keon Hatcher from 28 yards out and then hauled in a 2 point tying conversation on a freaking double reverse pass from Keon Hatcher to tie the game at 28. Then the Hogs proceeded to win the game in double OT thanks to 6 foot 10 SR tackle Dan Skipper getting his paws up to block a 28 yard FG that would have given the Horned Frogs the game. Anyway, the Arkansas TCU game was the game of the year so far in College Football and is a must watch if not watched yet. Arkansas, after giving up 196 yards in the last 11 minutes of the TCU game then proceeded to impressively shut out Texas State.What a rollercoaster ride so far for the natives of Fayetteville! The Razorbacks now go rambling back down to Texas with a pep in their step for the primetime kickoff in Jerry World vs the Aggies. ¬†I Cannot Wait!

6. Missouri Tigers: I will say it now! Drew Lock will be a better NFL QB then Jacob Eason. Drew Lock will be a top 10 pick in next years NFL draft. I have never seen such effortless arm strength at the collegiate level in a long long time. Mizzou with Lock under center is a sleeping giant. Josh Huepel the Offensive Coordinator from Oklahoma has made this passing attack into must see TV and has made the Mizzou offense into a juggernaut. Mizzou outgained the bulldogs on Saturday and outplayed the Bulldogs on Saturday. Nick Chubb was a non factor and the same defense that couldn’t stop West Virginia’s rushing attack happened to stifle one of the better backs in College Football. With the improved D line and Drew Lock who is already incredible, this Mizzou team should win every game after their road games at LSU and Florida.

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7.Ole Miss: What is up with the halftime speeches of Hugh Freeze or better yet the halftime rituals? Against Florida State and Alabama the Rebels have lost those two second halves by a combined score of 62-25. The Ole Miss defense seems to fall apart in second halves of games and right now they are a one dimensional team on offense with Swag. Win and lose via Chad Kelly. However expect the D line to play well and the Rebels to roll over the Dawgs at Vaught Hemmingway.

8. Auburn: Big game for Gus Malzahn even though I don’t think he should be on the hot seat. Any coach with this cropping of quarterbacks would not be successful and we saw how Gus took Nick Marshall and Cam Newton to national title games. Next year redshirt freshman 4 star QB Woody Barrett should be a good one for Malzahn and this season is a wash due to poor quarterback play not poor coaching. Would be a big mistake to give up on Gus.

 

Oct 24, 2015; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn reacts on the sidelines against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second half at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

 

9. UGA Bulldogs: After beating Nichols and Mizzou by a combined three points I am not too confident in Georgia’s chances to beat Ole Miss this Saturday. Nick Chubb was shut down by the Mizzou defense only rushing for 63 yards and Jacob Eason had to chuck the ball 55 times, the 55th throw happened to be epic as he hit Isiah Mckenzie on 4th and 10 for the winning score. Mizzou outplayed UGA and Drew Lock torched this secondary for 322 first half yards and three scores. If Ole Miss can stop Chubb like Mizzou’s effort Saturday then expect Swag Kelly to handle the Bulldogs Saturday.

 

Sep 17, 2016; Columbia, MO, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason (10) throws a pass against the Missouri Tigers in the second half at Faurot Field. The Bulldogs won 28-27. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

10. Tennessee Volunteers: I know the Vols have not lost yet. I know that a win is a win. Is it Ok to mention how skeptical I am of Butch Jones after the Vols hung on for another gritty win against an outmatched opponent? We saw how Miami dispatched of App State, and Tennessee has looked so shaky early on, specifically the most important Vol Player Joshua Dobbs.

 

11. Miss St. Will congratulate them for showing resiliency in Death Valley and fighting in the second half, now we see a bizarre matchup as the Bulldogs head up to Umass.

12. USC: Somehow held on after being massively outplayed by ECU, Mcelwain scored a couple of running touchdowns and Muschamp’s defense bent but did not break, give the Gamecocks credit for being 2-1 even with inferior talent.

13. Vanderbilt: Got thrashed by GA Tech on Saturday and Derek Mason is inept in coaching offensive football, hence Vandy should look elsewhere for a head coach that can coach both sides of the football.

14. Kentucky: Losing to southern miss, giving up 42 points to New Mexico State and getting blown out in Gainesville, it looks like Mark Stoops is just going through the motions and Lexington is counting down the days until Midnight Madness.

 

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