Expert Revamps SEC Power Ratings
Our picks last week were only okay for the Pigskin Prognosticator, a yearly low of 8-4 that brings the record to 59-16 for the season.
South Carolina pulls the upset of the season in college football and another strange bounce of the ball down in the Swamp shakes up this week's power ratings in the SEC. The Crimson Tide no longer controls it's own destiny in the BCS ratings that come out later in this week and the Tide will also try and buck a rare trend under Coach Nick Saban.
Alabama has followed a loss with a loss all but once in the Saban era, but The Tide should be ready to bounce back Saturday night against the Ole Miss Rebels. With four teams from the SEC ranked in the top 10 I believe a one loss SEC team will still play for the BCS Title over an undefeated TCU or Boise State.
Problem is Oregon, Ohio State, Sparty, Nebraska or Oklahoma need to get dinged along the way in the next six weeks. Easier said than done but fate has a strange way of working out. All you have to do is look to The Hat at LSU.
Here are the SEC Power Ratings for Week 7:
1. LSU 6-0
A fake FG from 52 yards, the ball bouncing into the kicker's hands, breaks two tackles and gets the first down just so the drive can continue. You know the rest of the story, I said it last week and I will say it again, Les Miles just makes you laugh. We've talked about luck and being good and which is the better of the two. Bottom line is simple. LSU is 6-0 and is playing better on defense than anyone in the SEC.
2. Auburn 6-0
Auburn keeps on winning the close ones but we will find out a lot about Auburn this week when the Hogs high powered and improved defense comes to Jordan-Hare. Auburn now begins a tough gauntlet as well with Arkansas and LSU back to back. If the Tigers are legit. We will find out in the next 14 days.
3. South Carolina 4-1
The Gamecocks played the best game in school history on Saturday and like, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida and several others; added Alabama as their biggest win in school history. Had Carolina held on against Auburn, they would likely be number one in America right now. The Gamecocks still have Arkansas and Florida left on the schedule but a trip to Atlanta is in the cards.
4. Alabama 5-1
Hard to see the Crimson Tide in the 4th spot in the SEC but such is life in this conference if you lose a game. Alabama is still the best team in the conference but needs to improve before getting into a tough November slate. The Crimson Tide still controls it's own destiny in the SEC and that's what they need to worry about now. Alabama has not played a 60 minute game in 2010. When that happens, there isn't a team in the country that can compare.
5. Arkansas 4-1
Here are the Hogs -- fifth best team in the SEC and ranked just outside the Nation's top 10. A trip to Auburn this week with Arkansas winning the last three in this series. Arkansas' schedule is really about to get tough starting this Saturday but there is a lot of football to be played in the SEC West before we can declare a champ.
6. Florida 4-2
The Gators have been beat down badly by the SEC West the past two weeks and for the first time in the Urban Meyer era, the Gator's are reeling. Florida still controls its own destiny to get back to the SEC title game but with MSU coming to town there is NO room for error this week; only vast improvement.
7. Mississippi State 4-2
The Boys from Starkvegas are rolling along and suddenly have the confidence needed to go to the Swamp and pull the upset. State is a much improved ball club and there are rumblings behind closed doors in Starkville that Mullen might be on the UGA short list if things in Athens don't improve. A win at the Swamp and Mullen might be on a lot of peoples' short lists by years end.
8. Ole Miss 3-2
The Rebels lead the SEC in scoring offense now and have appeared to hit their stride after a very disappointing start, Ole Miss has not won in Tuscaloosa since 1988 and is catching the Crimson Tide at a very bad time.
9. Kentucky 3-3
The Wildcats just could not get Cam Newton stopped last week but the Kentucky offense is alive and well and clicking on all cylinders. Best news for UK is this: Midnight Madness is Friday night!
10. Georgia 2-4
A big win over struggling Tennessee was just what the Dawg faithful needed but arrest number 11 happened over the past few days, When the arrest report is longer than the depth chart on offense, you have major issues. The jury is still out on the future of UGA coach Mark Richt with this latest off the field incident, but we all know the bottom line. How do the Dawgs fare against Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech? What happens in those games and perhaps the police blotter will decide the future of Richt.
11. Tennessee 2-4
The Vols ran out of gas last week in Athens and have a week off before Alabama comes to town. The Vols have one guaranteed W left on the schedule with Memphis but other than that this season will go down as one of the worst in UT history,
12. Vanderbilt 2-4 Robbie Caldwell's future as the Commodores' head man will likely last until the end of the season but the Commodores can still cause some trouble for some of the other teams in the SEC before this season comes to a close.
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