-You cannot separate the two best teams in the SEC. One pulled off a convincing win against a Power-5 opponent while the other scored a victory over a divisional foe. The Auburn Tigers are the only team that poses a threat to both Alabama and Georgia. Until then, these two teams will be listed A and B.
2. Auburn- This team defeated a CFB Playoff in Washington and overwhelmed and instate FCS team in Alabama State. The Tigers face off with the Bayou Bengals this Saturday though. This game almost always determines which team will contend in the SEC West.
3. Texas A&M- The Aggies came close to upsetting CFP contender, Clemson. Whether it was A&M having Jimbo Fisher being familiar with the Tigers or A&M having enough talent to make a run as a dark horse candidate in the SEC is unknown at this time but we will find out soon as they take the road to play Alabama on the 22nd, the Aggies conference opener.
4. LSU-The Tigers convinced the SEC that they will not be forgotten in the SEC West at least for the 2018 season. Many Tiger fans themselves were writing off the Tigers as being a bowl contender this season. The Auburn game will tell us everything.
5. Mississippi State-With two dominating wins with one over a down Kansas State team, the Bulldog defense looks ferocious but the offense leaves fans with more to be desired. They play Louisiana Lafayette this Saturday which should be an easy win to lad stats and get guys healthy.
6. Kentucky-Fresh off their 31 year monumental upset of the Florida Gators, the Wildcats look to catapult themselves into the next tier of the SEC East. Kudos to the Kentucky administration for never losing confidence in Coach Stoops. This could be the best Wildcat team in more than a decade.
7. South Carolina- Fresh off being eaten alive by the Georgia, all the Bulldogs left the Gamecocks with were just the bone off the body.
8. Ole Miss- The Rebels do NOT have a defense but what they do have is offense. The old saying is “offense wins games but defense wins championships.” That could not be a truer statement because the Rebels will not be playing in any championships for the foreseeable future. The Rebels have a nasty offense led by Jordan Ta’Amu, who is the best dual threat quarterback in the SEC and is complimented very well by his NWO (Nasty Wide Outs).
9. Florida- The streak is over! The 31 year stretch of the Gators chomping off the Wildcats is officially gone under first year head coach, Dan Mullen. Fans were clamoring for respect from the media but this “rebuild” could take longer than expected especially after falling to an average Kentucky team.
10. Missouri- As usual, the Tigers are putting together victories over overwhelmed FCS teams in their non-conference slate. This week, they will take on the 0-2 Purdue Boilermakers.
11. Tennessee- Off a tough loss in their first game against West Virginia, the Volunteers unleashed their anger on East Tennessee State 55-0. This week, Tennessee plays 0-2 UTEP in another rent-a-win.
12. Vanderbilt- The Commodores were tested early Nevada but prevailed after halftime. The game November 3rd vs Arkansas will show us who will be last place in the SEC this season.
13. Arkansas- What else can we say about the Hogs after their 18 point collapse against Colorado State?
The Hogs look to regain traction on the season in their final tune-up against North Texas before they take the road to play at Auburn.