SEC Power Rankings: Lattimore, South Carolina Jump to No. 2
1. Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC; LW: No. 1) -- Nick Saban does wonders with off weeks. We'll see how the Tide come out on the road to a Missouri team that has lost its last two of three. Next up: at Missouri, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).
2. South Carolina (6-0, 4-0; LW: No. 4) -- The Gamecocks are currently on a school-record 10-game winning streak and are ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll for the first time since 1984. Next up: at LSU, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).
3. Florida (5-0, 4-0; LW: No. 5) -- Mike Muschamp's front seven has been outstanding, and its dominance showed as LSU was held to just 42 rushing yards. Next up: at Vanderbilt, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
4. LSU (5-1, 1-1; LW: No. 2) -- Zach Mettenberger has a chance for rebuttal as the Tigers host South Carolina in Death Valley. He was only 11-of-25 for 158 yards and an interception in his first national stage debut, but could turn that around if the line holds up against Clowney and Co. Next up: vs. South Carolina, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).
5. Georgia (5-1, 3-1; LW: No. 3) -- The Bulldogs have the SEC East's easiest schedule from here on out, but they're still 2-8 against ranked teams since the beginning of 2010. Next up: BYE
6. Texas A&M (4-1, 2-1; LW: No. 6) -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is the talk in College Station after he lifted his team to a comeback win over Ole Miss. He leads the SEC with 356.0 total yards per game and the Aggies' lone setback was by three points to Florida. Next up: at Louisiana Tech, Saturday, 9:15 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
7. Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0; LW: No. 7) -- In come the Vols, who are the Bulldogs' first real test. If quarterback Tyler Russell can orchestrate long, sustained drives and keep the Tennessee offense off the field, they'll win handily. Next up: vs. Tennessee, Saturday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
8. Tennessee (3-2, 0-2; LW: No. 8) -- QB Tyler Bray brings in his high-powered offense to a stadium that has not faced a legitimate contest all season. Next up: at Mississippi State, Saturday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
9. Ole Miss (3-3, 0-2; LW: No. 10) -- The Rebels have lost 16 straight conference games but you have to believe that streak will end soon. Next up: vs. Auburn, Saturday, 12:21 p.m. ET (SEC Network).
10. Arkansas (2-4, 1-2; LW: No. 12) -- I'm not sure where the Razorbacks' stellar defensive performance against Auburn came from (five turnovers, 3.5 sacks), but my guess is that coach Smith told everyone to "smile" while doing it. Next up: vs. Kentucky, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (FSN).
11. Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2; LW: No. 13) -- Vanderbilt is a middle-of-the-pack team this year. That's good news for a team that's only made the postseason once since 2008. Next up: vs. Florida, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
12. Missouri (3-3, 0-3; LW: No. 9) -- This is a shot in the dark, but I'm thinking the Tigers' best chance for their first SEC win isn't against the Tide (who are coming off a bye). Next up: vs. Alabama, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).
13. Auburn (1-4, 0-3; LW: No. 11) -- Coach Gene Chizik is 17-14 without Cam Newton and is now known as the guy that lost to John L. Smith. Next up: at Ole Miss, Saturday, 12:21 p.m. ET (SEC Network).
14. Kentucky (1-5, 0-3; LW: No. 14) -- Freshman quarterback Patrick Towles was impressive in his debut vs. Mississippi State, but is out this weekend with an ankle injury. Story of UK's life. Next up:at Arkansas, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (RSN).
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