‘Bama still sits atop SEC Power Rankings

Alabama’s perfect season came to an end at the hands of Johnny Manziel

and Texas A&M. Was it enough to end the Crimson Tide’s run atop this

poll? Here are this week’s SEC Power Rankings:

1. Alabama (9-1, 6-1)

The

mighty have fallen, which damages the SEC’s chances for its seventh

straight national title. Alabama couldn’t deflate Johnny Football and

didn’t slow Texas A&M’s offense until the Aggies led 20-0. An

uncharacteristic three turnovers – including AJ McCarron’s first two

interceptions in more than a year – doomed the Tide.

2. Georgia (9-1, 7-1)

Finally,

a complete game from the Bulldogs. They had been impressive at times,

but put everything together against hapless Auburn. They didn’t have a

turnover, shut out the Tigers, had only three penalties, two backs

rushed for more than 100 yards and could have named the score. The

result: UGA is headed to the ATL for the SEC title game.

3. Texas A&M (8-2, 5-2)

Most

folks had the Aggies written off as another one of Alabama’s victories,

but Texas A&M did what it needed to do to upset the No. 1 team in

the land. Johnny Manziel, although a redshirt freshman, continues to

prove that he’s one of the nation’s top players by throwing for two TDs

and running for 92 yards in the huge win.

4. LSU (8-2, 4-2)

The

defense that allowed the late, game-winning TD in the loss to Alabama

wasn’t about to do the same against Mississippi State. The Tigers held

up and have a faint hope of returning to the SEC Championship Game, but

need a near-impossible event to happen: Auburn must beat Alabama for LSU

to have a chance.

5. Florida (9-1, 7-1)

Florida

needs to figure out its offensive issues against Jacksonville State

before it plays the high-flying Seminoles on Nov. 24. Jeff Driskel

sprained his right ankle in the Gators’ last-minute win over

Louisiana-Lafayette, but has tweeted he’ll be fine. Does that help or

hinder Florida’s offense? Backup Jacoby Brissett played well late.

6. South Carolina (8-2, 6-2)

The

Gamecocks struggled on the ground in their first game since star RB

Marcus Lattimore injured his leg, but they managed to score 38 points

against Arkansas. Then again, who doesn’t score 38 against the

Razorbacks? Like other SEC teams playing FCS opponents this week, the

Gamecocks should be able to work out their problems against Wofford.

7. Vanderbilt (6-4, 4-3)

With

four straight wins, including the come-from-behind bowl-clincher at Ole

Miss, the Commodores are one of the three hottest teams in the SEC.

James Franklin – the coach — has turned the program around in less than

two years, taking the Commodores to bowls in consecutive seasons for

the first time in school history.

8. Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3)

The

Bulldogs have shown they’re not ready to be included among the top tier

of SEC teams. They’ve lost three straight games and have tumbled from

the AP Top 25. Their defense has been picked apart by Alabama, Texas

A&M and LSU and now must prepare for Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson.

9. Missouri (5-5, 2-5)

James

Franklin – the QB – has done his best James Brown impersonation.

Remember when Brown would collapse on stage from apparent exhaustion and

a guy would walk up and put a cape on him before Brown would shake it

off and start singing again? Franklin has come back from shoulder

injuries and missed starts and rallied the Tigers past Tennessee with

his best game of the year.

10. Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4)

Forgotten

is the huge win at Arkansas just a little more than two weeks ago. The

Rebels have lost two straight and their defense collapsed in crunch time

against Vanderbilt. Ole Miss fans won’t be saying Olé if the Rebels

don’t find a way to win one of their final two games against LSU and

Mississippi State and reach a bowl.

11. Arkansas (4-6, 2-4)

The

Razorbacks can still salvage their season with wins at Mississippi

State and against LSU, but they haven’t been able to figure out how to

stop anybody in the SEC. Arkansas is thought to be looking at TCU’s Gary

Patterson to replace interim John L. Smith, who replaced Bobby Petrino.

12. Tennessee (4-6, 0-6)

The

big number being floated around Big Orange Nation these days is $5

million. That’s Derek Dooley’s buyout, and a price some boosters and

fans are ready to pay after they shed more Volun-tears on Saturday. The

Vols are 0-6 in the SEC this fall and 1-13 the past two seasons.

13. Auburn (2-8, 0-7)

Gene

Chizik would like to make another change at QB, but Cam Newton left

nearly two years ago. Georgia simply embarrassed the Tigers, leading

38-0 before the end of the third quarter. Alabama A&M, this week’s

opponent, probably won’t put up too much resistance, which is good for

the Tigers, because ‘Bama is next.

14. Kentucky (1-9, 0-7)

All

that matters in Kentucky is that the basketball team has already

equaled the football team’s one victory heading into Tuesday night’s

game vs. Duke. Oh, back to football. There’s no guaranteed victory this

Saturday, even though the opponent is Samford, a FCS team.