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September 11, 2012

SEC Power Rankings ~ Week 2 edition

**All games Saturday … all times CT … all rankings/receiving votes from AP poll**

1) No. 1 Alabama (2-0); Last week, 1

Last week: beat Western Kentucky 35-0

The Hilltoppers covered! No respect, those Western Kentucky kids get. None. But seriously, Alabama is at least a two-touchdown favorite now, on the road, against a team which was ranked in the top ten before this past Saturday. The ’33rd NFL team’ jokes are warranted.

Next: at Arkansas (1-1), 2:30 p.m. | CBS 

2) No. 3 LSU (2-0); LW, 2

Last week: beat Washington 41-3

Somehow, it might benefit LSU to quietly take care of its business in the attention shadow of Alabama. Maybe take the pressure off some. Of course, it helps to play a dog schedule before starting SEC play.

Next: vs. Idaho (0-2), 7 p.m. | TigerVision PPV

3) No. 7 Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC); LW, 5

Last week: won at Missouri 41-20

Definitely the most impressive effort of any SEC team this past weekend. It’s not easy to finish the game with 24 unanswered points at Faurot Field.

Next: vs. Florida Atlantic (1-1), 6:30 p.m. | CSS

4) No. 8 South Carolina (2-0, 1-0); LW, 4

Last week: beat East Carolina 48-10

A nice bounce-back effort for the Gamecocks, and Dylan Thompson did play very nicely. But Connor Shaw still figures to retake his job when his shoulder heals.

Next: vs. Alabama-Birmingham (0-1), 6 p.m. | Fox Sports Net

5) No. 23 Tennessee (2-0); LW, 6

Last week: beat Georgia State 51-13

No reason to believe Derek Dooley’s squad can’t go and win double-digit games. Their receivers are bonkers. Knoxville is a worthy host for GameDay this weekend.

Next: vs. Florida (2-0), 6 p.m. | ESPN

6) No. 18 Florida (2-0, 1-0); LW, 7

Last week: won at Texas A&M 20-17

Those early stumblings against Bowling Green? Forgotten. The Gators are game.

Next: at Tennessee (2-0), 6 p.m. | ESPN

7) RV Arkansas (1-1); LW, 3

Last week: lost to Louisiana-Monroe 34-31 (OT)

Why not a further plummet? Let’s not forget that Tyler Wilson’s services were unavailable for the second half. Let’s not forget that there’s actually a chance ULM and Kolton Browning aren’t half bad. And let’s not forget it’s a loooooong season ahead. Plenty of time to make amends, but yes, any national title hopes are dashed.

Next: vs. Alabama (2-0), 2:30 p.m. | CBS

8) RV Mississippi State (2-0, 1-0); LW, 10

Last week: beat Auburn 28-10

Tyler Russell is effective in the passing game, and the defense swarms to the football. This won’t necessarily be the shining highlight of State’s season.

Next: at Troy (1-1), 6 p.m. | ESPN3 

9) Missouri (1-1, 0-1); LW, 8

Last week: lost to No. 7 Georgia 41-20

Where’d the offense go? Was it past James Franklin’s bedtime? So much for overcoming old-man football.

Next: vs. Arizona State (2-0), 6 p.m. | ESPN

10) Auburn (0-2, 0-1); LW, 9

Last week: lost at Mississippi State 28-10

See: Arkansas. In the “long season ahead” department. However, based on early returns, Auburn simply doesn’t pass the eye test. Drawing boards are for training camp, not mid-September.

Next: vs. Louisiana-Monroe (1-0), 11:21 a.m. | ESPN3/SEC Network

11) Texas A&M (0-1, 0-1 SEC); LW, 11

Last week: lost to No. 24 Florida 20-17

Down the road, the Aggies will regret letting this one slip away. Winnable game, and it doesn’t get much easier from here. (Well, except for this week.)

Next: at Southern Methodist (1-1), 2:30 p.m. | FSN

12) Ole Miss (2-0); LW, 12

Last week: beat UTEP 28-10

Now, uh, comes the hard part.

Next: vs. Texas (2-0), 8:15 p.m. | ESPN

13) Kentucky (1-1); LW, 14

Last week: beat Kent State 47-14

Let’s hope Joker Phillips shows his opponent due respect. (OK, we’re done with those puns now.)

Next: vs. Western Kentucky (1-1), 6 p.m. | ESPNU

14) Vanderbilt (0-2, 0-1 SEC); LW, 13

Last week: lost at Northwestern 23-13

Bit of a hangover after the South Carolina effort. By the way, for Northwestern and Vanderbilt kids, a “hangover” is when you feel pain the morning after you … ah, never mind. Don’t worry about it.

Next: vs. Presbyterian (1-1), 11:30 a.m. | CSS

-AB

4 Comments

  1. I think you should flip Auburn and Texas A&M. That’s my take.

    Comment by Stan McCullars — September 11, 2012 @ 9:55 am

  2. Yeah, don’t feel like you have to put Auburn ahead of A&M just b/c this is an AU blog– we can take it. Well, most of us can, anyway. ;)

    Comment by Tex — September 11, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

  3. Oh, I’m not. Believe me, I considered putting Auburn as low as 13. I just don’t think Texas A&M has necessarily shown much either.
    Thanks for reading
    -AB

    Comment by Aaron Brenner — September 11, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

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