2012 College Football Rankings: Week 8 SEC Power Rankings

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10/18/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ SEC power rankings: Week 8

1. Alabama (6-0, 3-0; LW: No. 1) --
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel after last week's pounding: "That is maybe the best football team I've ever seen. ...I don't see a weakness." Thanks for stating the obvious, Gary. Gee wiz! Next up: at Tennessee, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).

2. Florida (6-0, 5-0; LW: No. 3) -- Jeff Driskel ran for 177 yards and three TDs Saturday in a 31-17 at Vanderbilt. He'll have to continue putting up similar numbers against South Carolina and Georgia the next two weeks in order to remain the No. 2 team in the Blog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Week 8 SEC Power RankingsSEC rankings and No. 2 in the BCS Standings. Next up: vs. South Carolina, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).

3. LSU (6-1, 2-1; LW: No. 4) -- The Tigers' defense will have to be at the top of its game to contain freshman phenom Johnny Manziel and the Aggie offense, and Zach Mettinberger will have to be good enough. Turnovers could and will decide the game. Next up: at Texas A&M, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

4. South Carolina (6-1, 4-1; LW: No. 2) -- South Carolina is 0-1 when facing quality defenses this season. It'll get another chance this weekend at the Swamp. Next up: at Florida, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).

5. Georgia (5-1, 3-1; LW: No. 5) -- The East is still up for grabs, and Georgia has a chance to shake off that blowout loss to South Carolina in two weeks when the Gators come to town. But let's hope the defense was the main focus during the bye week. Next up: at Kentucky, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (FSN).

6. Texas A&M (6-1, 2-1) -- Quarterback Johnny Manziel leads the SEC and ranks second nationally with 392.7 yards of total offense per game. His six touchdown performance against Louisiana Tech jolted him into this week's FanIQ Hunting the Heisman. Next up: vs. LSU, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

7. Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0; LW: No. 7) -- The Bulldogs gained some legitimacy after knocking off a Tennessee team that just wouldn't go away. But there are still many questions that surround them, and they won't be answered until October 27 (barring an upset). Next up: vs. Middle Tennessee State, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

8. Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2; LW: No. 9) -- A streak of 16 straight conference game losses was put to rest as quarterback Bo Wallace and the Rebels ran through Auburn, 41-20. Next up: BYE

9. Arkansas (3-4, 2-2; LW: No. 10) -- Look out for the Razorbacks, who have outscored their opponents 73-14 over the last two weeks. Tyler Wilson (5 TDs against Kentucky) looks back to form and the defense is actually making plays. Next up: BYE

10. Tennessee (3-3, 0-3; LW: No. 8) -- The Dooley era may be coming to a close sooner than we thought. That is, unless the Vols can shock the world and take out the No. 1 team in the country. Next up: vs. Alabama, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN).

11. Vanderbilt (2-4, 1-3; LW: No. 11) -- Vandy allowed 236 rushing yards last week to Florida. This shouldn't be a problem against an Auburn team that averages 125.5 yards per game on the ground (96th in nation). Next up: vs. Auburn, Saturday, 12:21 p.m. ET (SEC Network).

12. Missouri (3-4, 0-4; LW: No. 12) -- Two weeks should allow quarterback James Franklin enough time to fully recover from his ankle injury, and the Tigers will probably get their first SEC win when Kentucky comes to town October 27. Next up: BYE

13. Auburn (1-5, 0-4; LW: No. 13) -- Auburn is doing everything it can to beat out Kentucky and avoid finishing in the last spot of the conference rankings. That might not be enough. Next up: at Vanderbilt, Saturday, 12:21 p.m. ET (SEC Network).

14. Kentucky (1-6, 0-4; LW: No. 14) -- The Wildcats are ranked No. 3 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Wait, what? We're not talking about basketball? Next up: vs. Georgia, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (FSN).

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10/18/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

The funny thing is Pinkel didn't see last year's team. Most people focus on their opinion of Alabama not deserving a re-match against LSU. However,  if not for poor place kicking, that Bama team goes unbeaten and they are considered one of the greatest defenses of all-time.