Luck Counts Little In Power Rankings

An 8-4 record for the Pigskin Prognosticator brings the season record to 51-12 overall which is indeed Red Hot and accurate -- like a summer weather prediction in Alabama. We can never predict, however, the way some programs continue to win in spite of themselves. See LSU and the Mad Hatter. In the immortal words of Seneca in Letters to Lucilius: "Luck never made a man wise."

Is it truly better to be lucky than good? You certainly need luck on your side, but can't rely on luck week-in and week-out when trying to win a championship. This is certainly the week that the luck of one or more Southeastern Conference teams may come to an end. Yes, it's great to be lucky; but it's better to have great offensive and defensive lines!

Here are this week's power ratings:

1. Alabama 5-0

The Crimson Tide continues to roll on, but Bama has yet to put together a full game. When it happens, it's going to be fun to watch for the Alabama Faithful and a horror movie for the opponent. Something tells me a break out game is on the horizon this week in Columbia.

2. Auburn 5-0

Right now the Tigers are playing with a lot of confidence and have a tough test in the Blue Grass State this week but once this hurdle is cleared, Auburn will be favored at home against the Hogs and the Bayou Bengals and suddenly what looked like a 10 win season, could turn into more.

3. Arkansas 2-1

Arkansas had a week off and now heads to not-so-defensive-minded Texas A&M in Dallas for what will be a huge day for the Hogs defense. Arkansas is much improved on the defensive side of the ball and will try to continue what should be a great season in the Ozarks.

4. Florida 3-1

The Gators get the Mad Hatter at home after a humbling loss to Bama this past week. The Gators will try to improve on offense and it might be difficult against a solid LSU defense. This becomes a huge game for both LSU and Florida as both are still trying to find an identity.

5. LSU 5-0

I am still trying to figure out what happened last week against UT but like the Ol' Ball Coach said earlier this week. "Of course we as coaches have learned that you can still win in this conference, and still be a dummy." He aaid it in classic Spurrier style and the funny thing is we all knew who he was talking about! LSU is hanging by a thread in a myriad of ways. This will be an interesting week for the Hat at LSU.

6. South Carolina 3-1 Spurrier will have the Gamecocks ready but the real question is will his quarterbacks respond to the pressure from the Alabama defense? Carolina has had a week off to get ready. Will it matter?

7. Mississippi State 3-2

State goes to Houston to face the Cougars without sensational QB Kase Keenum, and his absence will give the Boys of Starkvegas a chance to jump to 4-2. And then the Bulldogs can be considered to have a real shot at a nice bowl trip.

8. Ole Miss

Here comes The Rebs as suddenly Ole Miss has seemed to find its rhythm. Too bad the Rebels have to hit their stride after being eliminated for any real opportunities in the SEC West.

9. Georgia 1-4

UGA really took one on the chin this past week in Boulder and the "Most Underachieving Bowl " is next on the schedule with UT and UGA squaring off for pride only. UGA really should be in good shape this weekend, but a loss to a depleted and emotionally fragile Tennessee and Richt's future at Georgia would indeed be in peril.

10. Kentucky 3-2

The Wildcats got off the quick start but reality quickly has set back in after a loss at Ole Miss last week and AU coming to the Bluegrass State Saturday night. The Cats shocked the Tigers last year at Auburn, but a repeat performance might not be in the offering this time around.

11. Tennessee 2-3

Got to give Volunteers credit for the fight they have showed and certainly Derrick Dooley has the Vols playing with every ounce of fight they can muster. Even Custer finally ran out of ammo at Little Big Horn and was consumed by the adversaries. The way that game ended Saturday in Baton Rouge might result in Fort UT being overrun by the enemy for the rest of the season.

12. Vanderbilt 1-3

With the struggles of UGA and UT this season, the Commodores' stay in the basement of the SEC East could indeed come to an end!

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