SEC power rankings: LSU at Georgia this weekend
1. Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC; LW: No. 1) -- Like I said in the most recent Top 25 rankings, Nick Saban could have beat Colorado State 52-6, had he wanted to. Next up: vs. 21 Ole Miss, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).
2. LSU (4-0, 1-0; LW: No. 2) -- Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was the hire of the offseason. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger and running back Jeremy Hill are a deadly combination, and they're only going to get better with more time shared together. Also: Les Miles has not lost a game in September. Ever. Sorry, Dawg fans. Next up: at 9 Georgia, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).
3. Texas A&M (3-1, 0-1; LW: No. 4) -- Johnny gonna Johnny. Manziel is on pace to break his SEC record-breaking stat of 4,600 total yards by 104, while throwing 36 touchdowns in the process. It could happen. Next up: at Arkansas, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN 2).
4. Georgia (2-1, 1-0; LW: No. 3) -- Aaron Murray may have thrown for 408 yards and three touchdowns, but Georgia fans saw a handful of bad passes against North Texas, including an interception in the end zone. If the Bulldogs want to beat LSU this weekend, they need to have the Murray that dismantled South Carolina a few weeks ago. Next up: vs. 6 LSU, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
5. South Carolina (2-1, 1-1; LW: No. 5) -- After allowing 41 points to Georgia in a loss and 15 fourth-quarter points to Vanderbilt, the Gamecocks are on upset alert on the road against a quietly-good UCF team. Next up: at Central Florida, 12 p.m. ET (ABC).
6. Ole Miss (3-0, 1-0; LW: No. 6) -- Forget about building for the future, Ole Miss is built to win NOW. Hugh Freeze got an extra week to prepare for the top-ranked team in the nation; let's see what he does with it. Next up: at 1 Alabama, 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).
7. Florida (2-1, 1-0; LW: No. 7) -- Jeff Driskel is out for the season, but it couldn't have come at a better time. Junior Tyler Murphy takes over with absolutely no game experience, and his first three opponents are Tennessee (already won), Kentucky and Arkansas. This could work out in the Gators' favor. Next up: at Kentucky, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
8. Missouri (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 9) -- The SEC East is a combined 14-9, but Missouri is 3-0 and the last team from the division with an undefeated record. Sure, the Tigers have played Murray State, Toledo and Indiana, but they'll take it. Next up: vs. Arkansas State, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3).
9. Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-2; LW: No. 8) -- It was 10-7 before a 14-point fourth quarter helped Vandy take care of winless UMass. This certainly isn't looking like the same team that barely lost to Ole Miss in an exciting season opener. Next up: vs. UAB, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3).
10. Auburn (3-1, 1-1; LW: No. 10) -- No one expected Auburn to beat LSU, but no one expected it to start the year 3-0, either. They've got a terribly difficult conference schedule looming, but potential wins over Western Carolina, FAU, and either Arkansas or Tennessee will have the Tigers bowling. Next up: BYE
11. Arkansas (3-1, 0-0; LW: No. 11) -- We kind of have a feel for what kind of team Arkansas is this season. It was able to get by LA-Lafayette, Samford and Southern Miss, but a 21-point run in the second half gave future Big Ten member Rutgers the win over the Razorbacks. Next up: vs. 10 Texas A&M, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
12. Tennessee (2-2, 0-1; LW: No. 12) -- Freshman quarterback Nathan Peterman received his first-ever start against what could be the best defense in the nation (Florida). He went 4-of-11 for 5 yards and two interceptions while losing a fumble before injuring his hand. I think it's safe to say that counterpart Justin Worley would have got his job back, anyway. Next up: vs. South Alabama, 12:21 p.m. ET (ESPN3).
13. Mississippi State (2-2, 0-1; LW: No. 13) -- The Bulldogs have scored 23 combined points in their two losses to Oklahoma State and Auburn, and 113 in their two wins over Alcorn State and Troy. Next up: BYE
14. Kentucky (1-2, 0-0; LW: No. 14) -- Kentucky held its own against Louisville's high-powered offense, losing 27-13. Let's see what the Cats can do to what's likely the best defense in the country. Next up: vs. 20 Florida, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
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