SEC POWER RANKINGS – WEEK 2
Aaron Brenner, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
****All games Saturday … all times CT … all rankings/receiving votes from AP poll****
1) No. 1 Alabama (1-0)
Last week: won vs. No. 8 Michigan 41-14
Outrage over Bama unseating USC, even though the Trojans took care of business? What exactly did the defending champions do to lose the No. 1 spot in the first place? Always keep No. 1 as No. 1 until it loses, and there’s really no questioning that de-pantsing the prohibitive Big Ten favorite was the most impressive win anywhere in the country.
Next: vs. Western Kentucky (1-0), 2:39 p.m. | SEC Network
2) No. 3 LSU (1-0)
Last week: won vs. North Texas 41-14
The Honey Badger’s back on campus, but not back in uniform. Les Miles won’t commit anything long-term to Tyrann Mathieu, who you have to wonder whether he’ll go out as presumed for the 2013 NFL Draft if he sits out the entire season.
Next: vs. Washington (1-0), 6 p.m. | ESPN
3) No. 8 Arkansas (1-0)
Last week: won vs. Jacksonville State 49-24
No sense in waiting for Tyler Wilson and the Razorbacks’ offense, rolling it up on Jacksonville State. This week, they’ll provide Auburn fans a glimpse of what to expect in the Tigers’ home opener.
Next: vs. Louisiana-Monroe (0-0), 6 p.m. | ESPNU
4) No. 9 South Carolina (1-0, 1-0 SEC)
Last week: won vs. Vanderbilt 17-13
Maybe take it easy there on the run, Connor Shaw. Long season ahead. No more taking knees to your back, eh?
Next: vs. East Carolina (1-0), 11:21 p.m. | SEC Network
5) No. 7 Georgia (1-0)
Last week: won vs. Buffalo 45-23
Aaron Murray has the adoring respect of Gary Pinkel – “we watched film on him all summer”, Missouri’s head coach said – but he’ll have to continue working to be listed on the same line as Wilson, Shaw and A.J. McCarron to earn the “winner” tag.
Next: at Missouri (1-0), 6:45 p.m. | ESPN2
6) RV Tennessee (1-0)
Last week: won vs. North Carolina State 35-21
Who needs Da’Rick Rogers? Cordarrelle Patterson looks like one of those freaks of nature who only needs more time to coordinate with quarterback Tyler Bray and the Volunteers’ schemes.
Next: vs. Georgia State (0-1), 3 p.m. | Tennessee PPV
7) No. 24 Florida (1-0)
Last week: won vs. Bowling Green 27-14
Turns out the Georgia Dome gets support for more than one team named the Falcons. When the Bowling Green game was shown in the Georgia Dome during pregame warmups Saturday, every negative Florida play was met with cheers by both Auburn and Clemson sections. The Gators are, uh, not the most popular with either fan base.
Next: at Texas A&M (0-0), 2:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Last week: won vs. SE Louisiana 62-10
Ladies and gentlemen, your SEC scoring leader. Go figure the Tigers would take their high-powered offensive ways with them from the Big XII. How will they deal with defenses in their new league? We’ll find out in a splendid Saturday night showdown.
Next: vs. No. 7 Georgia (1-0), 6:45 p.m. | ESPN2
9) RV Auburn (0-1)
Last week: lost to No. 14 Clemson 26-19
Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler was asked cordially how he was doing Tuesday night before his interview with reporters. The answer: “could be better, could be worse.” Fitting.
Next: at Mississippi State (1-0), 11 a.m. | ESPN
10) RV Mississippi State (1-0)
Last week: won vs. Jackson State 56-9
Dan Mullen says his team wants to win the SEC West. You know, the same way the Charlotte Bobcats want to land the NBA title and Gilbert Gottfried wants to score Kate Upton. Mississippi State is 3-12 against its division under Mullen.
Next: vs. Auburn (0-1), 11 a.m. | ESPN
11) RV Texas A&M (0-0)
Last week: vs. Louisiana Tech ppd. to Oct. 13
So College Station was chosen over Columbia, Mo. for the site of College GameDay this weekend. The Aggies will have to take all the hoopla in stride as the league’s only team which hasn’t kicked off yet due to Hurricane Isaac.
Next: vs. No. 24 Florida (1-0), 2:30 p.m. | ESPN
12) Ole Miss (1-0)
Last week: won vs. Central Arkansas 49-27
Patterson wasn’t the only transfer to make an impact with his new team. Quarterback Bo Wallace was near-perfect, setting a school debut record with 346 yards from scrimmage. Rebs’ defense needs work.
Next: vs. UTEP (0-1), 6 p.m. | Fox Sports Net
13) Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-1 SEC)
Last week: lost to No. 9 South Carolina 17-13
The ability is there. The commitment is there. The want-to is there. It just seems like Vanderbilt football isn’t ever going to crack through that glass ceiling. Maybe when James Franklin is in Evanston, he can commiserate with Bill Carmody, Northwestern’s basketball coach, on the subject.
Next: at Northwestern (1-0), 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
14) Kentucky (0-1)
Last week: lost at Louisville 32-14
Joker Phillips bans Twitter for his players for a whole day before any opening kickoff. Policy on touchdowns and tackles unclear at this time.
Next: vs. Kent State (1-0), 6:30 p.m. | CSS