College Football: SEC Team Power Rankings Going Into Week Two (With Video)

James Walker@BRJamesWalkerAnalyst IISeptember 8, 2010

College Football: SEC Team Power Rankings Going Into Week Two (With Video)

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    Jacksonville State? Really? Yes....really.

    The 2010 season is officially under way, and week one created more questions rather than answering the existing ones.  We knew going into the season that the Alabama Crimson Tide were the team to beat in the SEC and nationally, but now that week one is over that's about all we know about SEC Football circa 2010.

    Ole Miss embarrassed themselves and the SEC, LSU almost gave one away to North Carolina, and Florida looked more like FIU.  Other teams like Georgia, Auburn, and South Carolina were very impressive.

    The following is the state of the SEC after the first week of the 2010 season. 

    Note: This will be a weekly article for the entire 2010 season.  Be prepared to agree or disagree, but don't come weakly.  Be strong with your convictions, or back away from your keyboard.  Only the strong survive.

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No. 12: Ole Miss Rebels (0-1)

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    Take nothing away from Jacksonville State—they played Ole Miss in Oxford like it was the National Championship.  However, for the Rebels and Head Coach Houston Nutt, they will have to show the college football world that they can man up and come back from this embarrassing defeat.

    Next on the slate for Ole Miss is former SEC member Tulane.  Perhaps it's a good thing that the Rebels are on the road for this one.  However, if they return to Oxford somehow 0-2, then the Rebel faithful will be calling for Coach Nutt's head.

    Prediction: Ole Miss 30, Tulane 20

No. 11: Vanderbilt Commodores (0-1)

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    If you are a Commodore fan, then you should be thrilled that your team isn't ranked last in the power rankings.

    Vanderbilt looked like they were going to lose big at first, but came back and made it a contest later in the game.  When it was all said and done, the Wildcats of Northwestern held on and handed Vandy their first loss of the season.

    Next on the slate: LSU.  The Tigers come to Nashville this Saturday, and unfortunately for the Commodores LSU may want to show the world that last week's meltdown in the Georgia Dome was an aberration.

    Prediction: LSU 34, Vandy 10

No. 10: Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)

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    Coach Derek Dooley's debut as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers was a success as they rolled UT Martin 50-0.  They were the only SEC team to pitch a shut-out in their season opener.  The last time the Vols shut-out a team was Vandy back in 2003.

    Now the season really starts; Oregon comes calling on Knoxville this coming Saturday night.  Don't expect the same results, Vol Fan.

    The Ducks are expected to contend for the Pac-10 title this year especially since USC is ineligible.  Oregon is ranked No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 7 in the AP Poll.

    Prediction: Oregon 28, Tennessee 14

No. 9: Kentucky Wildcats (1-0)

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    Joker Phillips got his first win against in-state rival Louisville this past weekend 23-16.  New head coach Charlie Strong will have an uphill battle with this Cardinals team that is undersized with little talent.  Regardless for Kentucky a win is a win.

    Next on the docket—Western Kentucky at home.  Perhaps Joker can get his team to 2-0.  That has a nice ring, albeit a false-sense of security.  Kentucky's SEC schedule will start soon.

    Prediction: Kentucky 21, Western Kentucky 10

No. 8: Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-0)

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    Mississippi State looked very impressive against Memphis as they walked away winners, 49-7.  Backup QB Tyler Russell tied a school record of four TD passes in his debut.  The Bulldog offense finished with a total of 569 yards, just 27 yards from the school record.

    That being said, it was Memphis they faced.  The Tigers were 2-11 in 2009.

    Next up for Mississippi State: Auburn comes to Starkville this Thursday night, and the game will be on ESPN.

    These Tigers will be a much better team, but if Mississippi State can prepare and play like they did in week one, Auburn may be in for a surprise.  This game will be closer than some predict.

    Prediction: Auburn 21, Mississippi St. 17

No. 7: South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0)

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    Some felt that South Carolina could make a run for the SEC East this season.  After the Gamecocks dropped Southern Miss 41-13 on this past Thursday night, that case may have gotten an early push.

    The long awaited premiere of RB Marcus Lattimore did not fail to impress as he ran for two TDs.  Now that Spurrier has a running game for the first time since his arrival in Columbia, the Gamecock Nation may finally get what they've dreamed for since joining the SEC.

    Next up for the Gamecocks: Coach Spurrier's most hated team—the Georgia Bulldogs.

    Spurrier will put his best game plan of the season in order to take down the Dawgs.  Coach Mark Richt better prepare for a war.

    Prediction: South Carolina 31, Georgia 28

No. 6: Auburn Tigers (1-0)

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    Junior College transfer and former Florida Gator Cameron Newton made his long-awaited debut in Jordan-Hare Stadium, and he didn't let the Tiger faithful down.  Newton passed for 186 yards and rushed for 171 including a 71-yard TD run in the second quarter.  Screams for "Heisman" can now be heard down on the Plains.

    Not so fast, Auburn fan.

    Auburn did their best to give the game away to Arkansas St. when they fumbled twice to start the second half allowing the Red Wolves to cut the score to 35-23.  The final score was 52-26.

    Next for Auburn is Mississippi St. in Starkville.  Tune in Thursday night because this will be a good game.

    Prediction: Auburn 21, Mississippi St. 17

No. 5: LSU Tigers (1-0)

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    LSU fans are still counting their lucky stars that they escaped the Georgia Dome and a late-fourth quarter rally by the North Carolina Tar Heels.  Up 30-10 to start the fourth quarter, the Tar Heels scored two unanswered TDs and drove down to the LSU six-yard line before time ran out.

    QB Jordan Jefferson continues to struggle, but was 15 of 21 for 151 yards, and the LSU defense held North Carolina to 24 yards rushing.

    Next for the Tigers of LSU—a road trip to Nashville to face Vanderbilt.

    Will a sense of urgency for Coach Les Miles to prove his critics wrong drive LSU through Vandy as if they were standing still?  Yes.

    Prediction: LSU 34, Vandy 10

No. 4: Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0)

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    Fayetteville, Ark. was treated to a rout when the Razorbacks defeated the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 44-3.  Heisman Trophy candidate QB Ryan Mallett threw for 301 yards and three TDs in the blowout.  Mallett also threw his longest TD pass as a Razorback completing 85 yard bomb to Joe Adams in the second quarter.

    Arkansas started off poorly but recovered nicely as the score illustrates. 

    Next up: Louisiana-Monroe—another walk in the park. 

    Prediction: Arkansas 55, Louisiana-Monroe 7

No. 3: Georgia Bulldogs (1-0)

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    Without WR A.J. Green, QB Aaron Murray passed for three and rushed for one TD in the blowout against the Rajun Cajuns.  Now that the preseason warm-up is over, they travel to Columbia to face the OBC and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

    The Georgia-South Carolina game has the potential to be a offensive shoot-out.  Tune in to ESPN2 at 12 noon this Saturday.  This game will not disappoint.

    Prediction: South Carolina 31, Georgia 28

No. 2: Florida Gators (1-0)

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    I struggled to keep Florida at the No. 2 position, but I remembered that the Gators are infamous for playing their season openers half-asleep.  They made the Miami RedHawks look like the old Miami Hurricanes last week.

    QB John Brantley switched to short-stop due to Mike Pouncey's inability to snap the ball.  Pouncey switched from Guard to Center replacing his twin brother who now starts in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    If the Gators struggle against this week's opponent South Florida, then trust me they will slide down the scale quickly.

    Prediction: Florida 35, South Florida 14

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)

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    Roll Tide!  San Jose State knew they had no shot going in to Tuscaloosa, but they're still wondering what hit them. 

    Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram didn't play, but Trent Richardson filled in nicely rushing for two TDs and QB Greg McElroy threw for 218 yards.  WR Julio Jones proved again he will shine on Sundays in the future.

    Next for the Crimson Tide is the Nittany Lions of Penn St—the game of the week in the SEC.  This game will not be as close as some think. 

    Prediction: Alabama 34, Penn St. 14