Week 2 SEC Football Power Rankings: Bulldogs Lose Their Bite

Lake CruiseAnalyst ISeptember 5, 2011

Week 2 SEC Football Power Rankings: Bulldogs Lose Their Bite

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    Georgia probably wishes they had a prime Herschel Walker, left, and Evander Holyfield, right, on the field against Boise State.

    Louisiana State University looks like the SEC’s elite of the elite, but where did they rank on my list? Could an elite team other than Alabama slide up this first edition of power rankings to take the top spot? What about South Carolina and Mississippi State? Are they for real?

    The only way to find out the answers to these and more questions surrounding the elite SEC football league is to start the show and roll the slides. But, first, be sure to let me know about any lakes in your area needing a writing fisherman. I love to write lakeside, or Lake Slides.

    Enough luring from me, though, come and join the routine. Roll the hook, line and sinker; I mean the graphics…

12. Ole Miss Rebels: One of Two SEC Teams Who Lost to Start 2011-12

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    Mississippi started off the season with a graphic dud. So what’s new? The SEC is the best conference in the nation, but not because of Ole MILF (Mississippi I’d like to forget); I mean, Ole Miss. Next slide, pretty please...

11. Vanderbilt Commodores: They Beat Elon…Who?

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    The SEC’s barely FBS Commodores won like they’re supposed to, 45-14, in a forgettable game against an FCS college.

    The Elon Phoenix play in the Southern Conference, which features Georgia State, Chattanooga, Appalachian State and Samford. I’ll see how Vandy fares this weekend.

10. Kentucky Wildcats: Basketball Season Starts When?

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    The weakened Wildcats struggled against Western Kentucky—showing me exactly why Kentucky is an FBS basketball school. I’m sure the student body can’t wait for John Calipari to conduct a pep rally… for the Wildcats football team.

9. Georgia Bulldogs: Bitten by Boise State in Their Own Backyard

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    The Bulldogs need to rally with pep and bite back next game (vs. South Carolina). The SEC’s suddenly second most relevant Bulldogs (now behind Mississippi State) were embarrassed by No. 5 Boise State at the Georgia Dome. 

    Now we know why the big boys have been avoiding the Broncos for so long. Maybe Boise should move to the SEC and Georgia to the Big 12.

8. Tennessee Volunteers: Rocky Top Rolls

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    The Volunteers were on the move when they smashed Montana, but they were supposed to. Next…

7. Auburn Tigers: The Bama Bengals Appeared Bored Against Utah State

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    Who’s next for Auburn? It’s the SEC’s suddenly No. 1 most relevant Bulldogs football squad (Mississippi State).

    No. 23 Auburn struggled to beat Utah State, but wide receiver Travante Stallworth had four catches for 93 yards. That’s promising for a team with an outstanding tailback tradition.

    They’ll need all of their mystique next week at home.

6. Florida Gators: New Coaching Staff Starts Strong in First Game

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    Charlie Weis felt at home because of his resounding debut as offensive coordinator for Will Muschamp’s Florida Gators. The competition was Florida Atlantic, so temper your enthusiasm for now, Gators fans.

    Running back Chris Rainey scored a trifecta in three different ways—rushing, off a blocked punt return and receiving. He and running back Jeff Demps are reasons why Gator Nation enthusiasm is running rampant.

5. Mississippi State Bulldogs: SEC’s No. 1 Most Relevant Dogs Did it Big

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    The real Bulldogs boast last week’s best-performing SEC running back, Vick Ballard. He hit Memphis up for 166 yards and three touchdowns, pacing MSU to 309 yards rushing.

    Ballard scored on runs of 46, 66 and 1. He is now the nation’s fifth-leading rusher.

4. Arkansas Razorbacks: No Ryan Mallett, No Problem in Week 1

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    Ryan “Big Tex” Mallett was drafted by the Patriots and is studying under Tom Brady. Mallet’s understudy, quarterback Tyler Wilson, in his first career start, completed 18-of-24 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri State.

    It’s never Mizzou State, by the way, but the Razorbacks showed the team from the Show Me State a thing or two using a key player from the state of Missouri. Razorbacks running back Ronnie Wingo, Jr., left, is from St. Louis University High.

3. South Carolina Gamecocks: Loaded, Cocked, Aimed and Ready

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    With all the high talk about winning the SEC, the Gamecocks almost forgot to win their first game of the season. They eventually woke up and handily overcame the East Carolina Pirates. Up next, they’ll scrap it out in a cock and hound chase against Georgia.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide: Saban vs. Paterno Coming Up This Weekend

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    The Crimson Tide and Nick Saban are chasing history this season.

    Ranked No. 2, they have a legitimate chance to move past Nebraska and Miami on the list of teams having the most national titles since 1970: Nebraska, Alabama and Miami (Fla.) are tied with five, Oklahoma and USC have four, and Florida and Notre Dame have three.

1. LSU: Bayou Bengals Eat Duck Soup

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    The (4) LSU Tigers made sure (3) Oregon was 0-2 against their last two SEC opponents.

    While Auburn held the Ducks to 75 yards rushing in the national championship game, LSU won this one by disrupting the vaunted and vaulted OU offensive backfield.

    The Tigers forced four turnovers, including a fumble return for a touchdown. Their win was impressive enough for me to vault them over No. 2 Alabama...

    Here’s one for the vault. I’ve now come to the end of the first SEC power rankings of the season. Don’t forget to catch me next week on Bleacher Report’s Lake’s SEC List.

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