The SEC strength rankings have changed significantly ahead of week five, with four undefeated teams currently in the top 10 by the Associated Press, with another in 14th position on the rise. Texas A&M bobbed in the wrong direction after an embarrassing loss to Appalachian State a few weeks ago, but consecutive wins over Miami and Arkansas returned Aggie back to contender status before Saturday’s game in Mississippi State.
This weekend, Arkansas takes on runners-up Alabama in a key SEC West showdown, while Ole Miss takes on Kentucky in a surprise undefeated team matchup. Mark Stoops after the last win, the Wildcats said his team needed to take better care of the football moving forward and continue to focus on performance. So far, the Kentucky season has been marked by a Week 2 victory in Florida.
Tennessee, who finished 8th this week after beating Florida for the first time in six years, has extra time to prepare for a trip to LSU on Oct. 8.
Here’s this week’s updated SEC rankings and our thoughts on each team:
14. Missouri Tigers (2-2)
Mediocrity cripples Eli Drinkwitz and Missouri. He’s 13-14 for 2.5 seasons, and Saturday’s loss to Auburn may have been the hardest to swallow considering how the game ended. How many times in the final moments have the Tigers lost their chance to win? The Tigers are now 2-9 on the road under his watch, and they still have Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee to play in their place this fall. In attack, the “tigers” do not know how to implement even the simplest games. Getting bowled right will be a tough task for the team we’ve chosen to sit out of the postseason this summer.
13. Auburn Tigers (3-1)
Despite a 17-14 win over Missouri, Brian Harsin’s run was terrible and Bruce Feldman revealed he could be sacked ahead of Saturday’s game if Auburn lost. There is simply no momentum in the program right now, and the rest of the season seems bleak with widespread issues with the quarterback, the weakest receiver group in the league, and a defense that pushed too far into the field this fall. The biggest problem is in recruiting, where the Tigers are currently lagging behind competitors in the West.
12. Vanderbilt Commodores (3-2)
Freshman quarterback A.J. Swann played confidently ahead of his first career SEC start against Alabama over the weekend, then a Crimson Tide locomotive slapped a Vanderbilt offense in the face and left the Commodores in an alley looking for their teeth. It was such an outing for Swann’s team during a 52-point beating. However, after five games, improvement is noticeable under Clark Lee’s sophomore management, and Vanderbilt has already surpassed his expectations for preseason wins. There’s a good chance the Commodores will win the league game this season and break a long SEC drift.
11. Gamecox of South Carolina (2-2)
South Carolina scored a season-high 56 points against Charlotte, and that’s not including a touchdown by Spencer Rattler. What does that say about the new Gamecocks quarterback and offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield’s confidence in the passing game? It is hard to say. South Carolina didn’t have to show it against the 49ers thanks to Marshawn Lloyd’s career-high drive, stepping to the side, cutting through defenders and jumping over them. The Gamecocks took another nap this weekend against South Carolina State before heading to Kentucky in hopes of winning their first SEC game since starting 0-2 against Arkansas and Georgia.
10. Florida Gators (2-2)
Anthony Richardson did his best to silence doubters as a passer during Saturday’s 38-33 loss in Tennessee, throwing for a career-high 453 yards and two touchdowns to keep the Gators within striking distance of the undefeated Volunteers. . However, Florida’s defense had no response to Hendon Hooker and the Tennessee offense, resulting in its second SEC loss to open Billy Napier’s season opener. This is one of the most dangerous 2-2 teams in college football, given that the losses came to a pair of unbeaten teams from the top 10. Florida has to win its next two games against Eastern Washington and Missouri before returning to the thick of things against LSU in the Swamp.
9. Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-1)
Still suffering from defeat on the road in LSU to open the SEC game, Mississippi State pulled themselves together and choked Bowling Green to avoid a week 4 hangover effect. The Bulldogs now have a golden opportunity to move up the league strength rankings. this weekend if they can beat Texas A&M in Starkville. This is the first of four straight games for the Bulldogs against top 20 opponents, such is Mike Leach’s life in college football’s most competitive league. Will Rogers is playing well at quarterback and this team should continue to do so.
8. LSU Tigers (3-1)
Brian Kelly noticed something else he learned about his team two weeks ago in a return win over Mississippi State, and it carried over into Saturday’s New Mexico lockout. The Tigers play with a sense of unity, especially on defense, as the early-season loss to Florida State and second-half execution and physicality were prominent. This team is two points away from undefeated and in the top 25, which is not bad for a new coaching staff in October. With Caishon Butte still covered by the opposing defense, Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr. took advantage of the receiver position.
7. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1)
Admittedly, there is not much difference between the SEC teams ranked 7th to 3rd in this week’s power rankings. Arkansas is a missed field goal, not an undefeated top 10 team, so I’ll just say it. However, Sam Pittman is not one to justify his team and understands that sometimes a game or two is the difference between good and great at the top of the standings. It will be interesting to see if the Razorbacks can shake off the loss to Texas A&M and beat second-place Alabama this weekend in their biggest home game in a long time.
6. Ole Miss Rebels (4-0)
So far, Ole Miss has managed to do what most of us have come to expect from the Rebels – rummaging through soft competition to come out 4-0 ahead of the SEC opener against Kentucky. Weaknesses are no longer hidden, this is important for Ole Miss. The ground game was one of the most exciting early in college football, with freshman Quinshon Judkins and TCU transfer Zach Evans each averaging over 6 yards per carry. Will that change amid a strong defensive front this weekend? We’ll have to wait and see.
5. Texas A&M Eggies (3-1)
If you watched Jimbo Fischer’s post-game press conference following Saturday’s win over Arkansas, you could see a coach who, despite the win, is still somewhat frustrated with widespread offensive performance problems. Yes, Max Johnson outplayed Haynes King this season and provides some stability as a quarterback, but there are still decisions and shots he would like to have in return that could stop this team from fighting for the SEC West crown. the fall. Losing playmaker Inias Smith this season to a lower body injury is a big deal for Aggie. That means Devon Achane and five-star freshman Evan Stewart are in for some new touches. Texas A&M has climbed several positions in the SEC rankings this week.
4. Kentucky Wildcats (4-0)
Like Ole Miss, Kentucky is a team we’ll be learning a lot about this weekend when the Rebels and Wildcats meet in Oxford. Before the start of the season, we mentioned that Kentucky’s schedule favored 10 wins if the Wildcats were injury free and as brutal ahead as we thought…