SEC Power Rankings: Week Two

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SEC Power Rankings: Week Two

While the top of the conference remained untested for the most part, several key games helped define a few teams and shake up the power rankings for Week Two.

 

1. Florida

The men of Troy couldn’t stop the brutal attack of the Gators as Florida rolled on 56-6. Tebow threw for 237 yards and four touchdowns with 71 yards and one score on the ground. 

We will begin to see the full strength of the Gator defense next week as they get their first SEC test against Tennessee.

 

2. Alabama

While the Crimson Tide let the game stay close early, they showed a great run defense while rushing for 275 yards themselves.

The biggest question mark is the pass defense, as they gave up 213 yards through the air to lowly FIU. 

Greg McElroy played a great game though with 241 passing yards and a touchdown, giving Tide fans hope for a special year.

 

3. Mississippi

Because of the early bye week, the Rebels didn’t get a chance to make any impressions.

Still basing a lot on expectations, Mississippi has a great chance to win the West. 

We won’t find out much about this team until late September, but until they prove the experts wrong, they stay at No. 3.

 

4. LSU

The Tigers never really got the offense rolling against Vanderbilt, as they underachieved for the second week in a row. 

Charles Scott has not been 100 percent yet, but by the time LSU enters the meat of their schedule, they should have a full arsenal of offensive weapons.

 

5. Georgia

In a wild game between the hedges, Georgia won a game in which they were outplayed in nearly every statistical category except their 252 kick return yards.

Joe Cox played solid, going 17-of-24 for 201 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

The biggest question mark for the Dawgs is their ground game, which has yet to get moving this year.

 

6. Arkansas

Although the Hogs had a bye week, they have a lot of weapons ready to strike in SEC play. 

The Razorbacks have a lot to live up to this year, and a home game against Georgia this upcoming week will be a defining game for both teams.

 

7. Auburn

For the second week in a row the Tigers put up impressive numbers on offense, gunning for 589 total yards, including 390 on the ground.

For the first time in school history they had two consecutive weeks with two rushers over 100 yards. That’s a lot of offense for a team that was supposed to be rebuilding in 2009.

 

8. South Carolina

Steve Spurrier finally found a quarterback who can run his offense as Stephen Garcia threw for 313 yards against the Georgia Bulldogs.

The special teams lost the game for the Gamecocks, but the sudden breakout game on offense was a ray of hope.

 

9. Tennessee

The Vol offense forgot to get off the bus this week as they put up only 208 total yards.  Next week doesn’t look promising either as Tennessee faces one of the best SEC defenses in Florida.

There is a lot of talent in Knoxville, but the experience is too thin to compete big time this year.

 

10. Vanderbilt

The defense played well Saturday, holding LSU to just 23 points, but the offense failed to maintain drives.

If Vandy wants to continue to be relevant in the SEC, they need to establish a solid passing game. 

This weekend’s matchup with Mississippi State should be a good opportunity to fix the offensive problems.

 

11. Kentucky

There was no game in Lexington this week, but we don’t need to see much more to know Kentucky will struggle on offense this year. 

Mike Hartline is a great quarterback, but the rest of the team looks very thin.

The Wildcats have one more game to try to figure everything out before it’s their turn to get spanked by the Gators in Week Four.

 

12. Mississippi State

The Bulldogs gave up 390 yards on the ground Saturday...need we say more?

Anthony Dixon will have a solid year for Mississippi State, but that may be the only bright spot in what could be a very long season for them.

Also See: ACC Power Rankings: Week 2

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