Well, so much for all the “SEC is dead” talk. Sure, that’s a stupid conclusion to run to after only a week of games… but you can say the same thing about shoveling dirt on the conference’s reputation after a round of bowl game flops. The reality is that this is a conference that recruits too well to write off.
Anyway, on to the rankings. And, yes, I know it’s an exceedingly small sample size. Except for Vanderbilt.
- Alabama. The Process Abides.
- Texas A&M. It was staggering to see how well TAMU’s defense played. If that wasn’t a temporary illusion, you have to figure this team just inserted itself into the fight to win the division.
- Georgia. There’s vanilla, and then there’s the Georgia playbook against ULM. Still, there was no way to hide how fast and athletic this team looks.
- Ole Miss. I really, really like this defense.
- Auburn. Auburn beat a P5 team, but hardly looked like the team many pundits guaranteed would make the CFP. Gus has some coaching up to do with Jeremy Johnson.
- LSU. I had to put the Tigers somewhere.
- Arkansas. Played like a team that knows what it wants to do.
- Mississippi State. Put MSU in just about any other division in college football and you’d be taking them a lot more seriously. But there are enough flaws to make the Bulldogs likely to finish down in the SEC West.
- South Carolina. Spurrier squeezed as much as he could out of his team in beating North Carolina, with an assist from Larry Fedora’s playcalling. He’ll take it.
- Tennessee. Nice defense you got there, Vols.
- Missouri. Defense looked solid, but I’m not sure how far you can go in this day and age being offensively challenged.
- Florida. Before you get too OMG!!! about a 48-point win, remember that the Gators started last season with a 65-0 seal clubbing.
- Kentucky. A win’s a win, yes. But that defense sure looks like it needs a ton of work.
- Vanderbilt. At least they covered the spread.