Scott Moore: SEC Power Rankings
1. Alabama 1-0. Without No. 22 and Without No. 57, who are likely the two best players at their positions in the country, it could spell trouble for a defending national champ, but not the Crimson Tide. Bama was balanced in the pass and run and spectacular in execution (a Nick Saban staple) and appears ready and worthy of a number one ranking. Penn State will be a better test for the Tide this weekend, but Alabama was impressive and seems to be more deep, and talented and potent as ever. Favorite to win the West
22 South Carolina 1-0. The Gamecocks went out and got themselves some speed in the off season and although USM's performance against Cocky was abysmal, these Gamecocks are good on both sides of the ball. I picked South Carolina to win the East back in the spring and I am sticking with it until proven otherwise. The Gamecocks' most important game in the Spurrier era comes against UGA this weekend. The winner of this game will represent the East in Atlanta this season. Mark it down. Favorite to win the East
3. Georgia 1-0 Them Dogs are a nasty bunch up front with one of the best O line's in America, but the real question for UGA is the disposition of star receiver A.J. Green. His status for the remainder of the season is on thin ice as he could be this year's version of Dez Bryant. If the Dogs are going to win the East, they must have Green back on the roster ASAP or the Dogs will lose this weekend in Columbia. Once again. The winner of this game Saturday wins the East.
4. Arkansas 1-0. We all knew the Hogs were going to put up big offensive numbers but the next month of the season will indeed show us what the Razorbacks are made of.
5. LSU 1-0. Scratching our collective heads again. This has an all too familiar ring to it. LSU escapes luckily on the games final play. How often does this happen in the Miles era? Thank God for Patrick Peterson and 257 return yards or LSU loses to an out manned UNC team minus nine starters. Miles got out-coached again, but lives yet another day. Call me crazy but is it too early to put the Bayou Bengals on life support for the remainder of the season?
6. Auburn 1-0 The Cam Newton show got underway with lots of points, lots of yards, and lots of fireworks. If AU wants to climb any further, they better find a defense and find one fast. Auburn will be tested mightily on the trip to Starkvegas this week. Is an ambush waiting on treacherous Highway 82?
7. Mississippi State 1-0 State is one of the most improved teams in the SEC, but this game Thursday is make or break for MSU and AU; that's how huge this one has become. MSU is actually well coached under second year chief Dan Mullen and might be the surprise team in the SEC, although a brutal schedule may prevent eight or nine wins.
8. Florida 1-0. If Florida plays any of the above teams Saturday they lose. Period. The worst offensive performance I have seen out of top five team in a long time. The Gators were asleep at the wheel against a team that was 1-11 last year; 13 fumbles from a team two years removed from a BCS Championship. Tebow meant a lot to Florida the past few years, but I did not realize he meant that much. Florida is looking at at least three losses this season, and from what I saw Saturday, no way are the good enough now to get back to Atlanta. But that's why we have week two for improvement.
9. Tennessee 1-0 Seriously thought about putting UT higher, but you can't get too terrible excited about this score of this game. UT will have plenty of time in the next few weeks to see how far they really need to go as Oregon and Florida come to Neyland. You have to like Derrick Dooley for getting off to a great start and the Vols needed it. But there is a long way to go before the Vols are ready for prime time.
10. Kentucky 1-0 Joker Phillips and UK continue their winning ways and anything you beat your in-state rival to get this season started you have to be excited. No where to go but up for UK and to get there they need to end 25 years of frustration in Cat Land called "The Big Orange"
11 Vanderbilt 0-1. No disgrace losing to a middle of the pack Big 10-11 (what are they going to call that league with the addition of Nebraska). Vandy showed some heart and guts in this one and the Commodores are usually tough to fool with early in the year before depth issues kick it. At least they didn't lose to Jacksonville State, which is not in the category of a Miami of Ohio or Northwestern.
Which brings us to....
12. Ole Miss 0-1. Count on The Reverend Nutt to do this every year, a devastating loss that takes the air out before you even get a good whiff of the season. Last year it was at South Carolina, and this year it's good ol' Jax State. The Rebs certainly have a tough time with Gamecocks of all sizes. Houston Nutt called it "One of the toughest losses of my career, no question." It's too bad the Rebels tough losses don't come in big moments, but ones that lead to embarrassment.
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