The Southeastern Conference is usually known for its strong defenses and 2010 does not seem to be an exception.
With the exception of LSU, no SEC team played a truly competitive opponent in Week 1, but apparently someone forgot to tell the Ole Miss Rebels and Vanderbilt Commodores that they were supposed to dominate.
Ole Miss was the unfortunate recipient of a Week 1 loss to Jacksonville State, the 2010 equivalent of Appalachian State as the Rebel offense turned the ball over several times, leaving the defense to defend a shortened field.
Vanderbilt was just picked apart by Northwestern and has no reprieve as they host LSU in Nashville in Week 2. The Commodores have a long way to go before they can be competitive in the SEC.
Week 1 is not usually a great test of a team's true strength as it is usually a warm-up game against an extremely inferior team, but performances can sometimes be indicative of things to come.
Overall, the SEC defenses did their jobs in Week 1, but again it’s difficult to tell if the defense causes the opponent to look bad or if the bad opponent causes the defense to look good.
Week 2 will probably be a better indication of what some of these defenses are capable of, but still, from weakest to strongest, I have attempted to rate the SEC defenses based on their Week 1 performance regardless of the lack of competitive opponents.
Did Tennessee’s blanking of Tennessee-Martin earn the Volunteers the No.1 spot? Is Arkansas return to glory and top the charts? Or will Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide continue in their championship form of 2009 and take home the Week 1 glory as the Power Defense?
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