Well, lookie there.
The SEC showed itself as well as could be expected in college football’s opening week. The league was almost perfect against its competition. Except LSU. Even Vanderbilt picked up a victory.
Alabama and Georgia looked like the two best teams in the country. Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Texas A&M could be in the conversation for a Top-10 spot. Even the mid-tier and bottom-tier teams – the Commodores notwithstanding – look like players. The league feels like a 13-bid league when bowl season rolls around.
With everyone winning, not much changed in the power rankings. Only Florida moved up a spot by virtue of its win over then Top-10 Utah. The question is who would drop to make room.
Take a look at the SEC Power Rankings heading into Week 2, when we’ll get some conference games to get things really moving.
1. Alabama (last week 1)
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They’re the title favorites for a good reason. Nothing changed after Week 1 in tossing a shutout.
2. Georgia (2)
Jan 1, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart looks on against Baylor Bears at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
It’s almost unfair the Bulldogs have to be No. 2. They looked amazing against Oregon.
3. Texas A&M (3)
Sep 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Andre White Jr. (32) and linebacker Aaron Hansford (1) in action during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The offense wasn’t quite as impressive as hoped – most of the glamor came from big plays, but a win is a win. Plus it was a shutout.
4. Arkansas (4)
Sep 3, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks tight end Trey Knox (7) secures a catch during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Not Arkansas’ best-looking game ever, but this is a team that used to lose games like Saturday’s against Cincinnati. By a lot.
5. Kentucky (5)
Sep 18, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis (7) lines up a pass during the fourth quarter against the Chattanooga Mocs at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
Will Levis is a potential No. 1 pick. He showed by in throwing for more than 300 yards in the opener.
6. Tennessee (6)
Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) throws a pass during an SEC conference game between Tennessee and Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
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You drop 59 points, you don’t drop in the power rankings.
7. Florida (8)
Florida Gators head coach Billy Napier thanks his team for a good scrimmage after Blue beat Orange 34-0 as the Florida Gators scrimmaged themselves during the annual Orange and Blue spring game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL, Thursday afternoon, April 14, 2022. [Doug Engle/Ocala Star Banner]2022
The Gators beat a top-10 team. That deserves a bump in the rankings.
8. Ole Miss (7)
Mississippi Head Coach Lane Kiffin returns to Neyland Stadium before an SEC football game between Tennessee and Ole Miss in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.
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At least one team had to fall for Florida to jump. We went with Ole Miss who was good, not great, against Troy.
9. Mississippi State (10)
Dec 26, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; A Mississippi State Bulldogs helmet on the field prior to the game between the Miami Redhawks and the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
They are who it appears. They can sling it, for sure. Will it be enough?
10. LSU (9)
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – APRIL 17: Myles Brennan #15 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to the spring game at Tiger Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Woof. Looks like LSU still has some issues after Sunday’s less-than-impressive performance against Florida State.
11. South Carolina (11)
Dec 30, 2021; Charlotte, NC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Juju McDowell (21) runs for a touchdown as North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Cedric Gray (33) defensive back Tony Grimes (20) defend in the second quarter during the 2021 Duke’s Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
It was a win, but it was Georgia State. Can’t give too much credit for that.
12. Auburn (12)
Oct 2, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; Auburn Tigers helmets sits on a crate during a game against LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Until Auburn beats a real team and proves itself, the Tigers are stuck toward the bottom.
13. Missouri (13)
LEXINGTON, KY – OCTOBER 26: Martez Manuel #31 of the Missouri Tigers reacts after a defensive stop against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first quarter at Kroger Field on October 26, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
All you can do is beat the teams in front of you. Mizzou did that in Week 1 against Louisiana Tech.
14. Vanderbilt (14)
Vanderbilt quarterback Ken Seals (8) throws a pass against ETSU during the fourth quarter of the game at Vanderbilt Stadium Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Look at Vandy getting a win. Against Elon. An FCS team. By 11.