Wednesday, September 3, 2008

SEC Power Rankings: Week 1

After one week of play, here's a look at how this committee of one thinks the Southeastern Conference teams stack up. For other SEC power rankings, check out Chris Low at and our good friends at

1. Florida (1-0): The Gators smashed Hawaii 56-10 and while some questions remain about their defense, good luck finding a team that outscores them.

2. Georgia (1-0): The nation fell in love with Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford and the rest of the Bulldogs this offseason, and for good reason. However, they've already been decimated by injuries and face a brutal schedule, making a national title that much tougher.

3. LSU (1-0): Take that, Michigan. The Tigers trounced Appalachian State in week one and despite their inexperience at quarterback, could very well challenge for another SEC championship.

4. Alabama (1-0): Nick Saban is trying to downplay the Tide's 34-10 thrashing of Clemson, but not us.

5. Auburn (1-0): The Tony Franklin era got off to a somewhat shaky start, but with their defense, the Tigers have time to get their offense in sync.

6. South Carolina (1-0): Kenny McKinley and the rest of the South Carolina wide receivers are still upset that D.J. Moore called them "average" after the Commodores beat them 17-6 a year ago. Unless the Gamecocks find a quarterback, they won't even have a chance to prove Moore wrong tomorrow night.

7. Kentucky (1-0): Quarterback Mike Hartline looked iffy in his first career start, but the Wildcat defense proved that it's legit.

8. Ole Miss (1-0): The Rebels could turn out to be the surprise team in the SEC, but it's just not the same without Coach O.

9. Vanderbilt (1-0): Erin Andrews and the rest of the ESPN crew is coming to Nashville tomorrow night to see if the Dores can finally win a big SEC game at home.

10. Tennessee (0-1): While I almost always root for SEC schools in non-league games, I have to admit that I wasn't too heartbroken on Monday night.

11. Arkansas (1-0):
The Razorbacks barely got by Western Illinois, a good sign that it's going to be a long year in Fayetteville.

12. Mississippi State (0-1): The Bulldogs were terrible on offense in their 22-14 loss at Louisiana Tech, and it's hard to find a reason why they're going to get much better.

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