The Southeastern Conference didn’t have its best football weekend as the 2019 season opened. The most glaring takeaway — a gap between the six teams that everyone expected to be good, and everyone else. The good teams won. Three other teams won against so-so opponents, games that didn’t reveal very much. But there were four non-conference losses that may have revealed some ugliness, like blue jeans that don’t quite cover all the necessary areas. For some, that was just a glimpse. In at least one case, it was more like the overalls falling off and revealing orange boxer shorts that should have been thrown out in 2016.

This week’s poll (last week’s rankings in parentheses):

Rank

Team

Last Week

1

 

 1

Slow start, dominant middle (second and third quarters), then cruise home. Slightly different pattern for Nick Saban, Defender of Fun, but same result.

2

 2

Great to see Zamir White back in action for the Bulldogs. Like Alabama, the performance wasn’t perfect but the team talent is obvious.

3

 

 3

The Tigers came out with an overwhelming  fast-tempo attack. Illusion or reality? Texas will tell. Also, Ed Orgeron talking to a steer should be entertaining.

4

 4

The Tigers had the SEC’s best win, a come-from-behind victory over Oregon, without even playing all that well until the last two minutes. But when these things start happening for AU, they seem to snowball, sometimes for a whole season.

5

 5

This is it. The Aggies get their shot at the heavyweight champs: Clemson. So can Jimbo defeat Dabo in the Battle of The Bo’s? If they can, all the losses to Georgia State in the world won’t hush the SEC chants.

6

 

 6

Playing in Week Zero probably put the Gators under more of a microscope than was fair. They will be fine.

7

 12

Was Kentucky underrated in the first Power Poll? Possibly. On the other hand, the Wildcats had to fight tooth-and-claw with Toledo for four quarters.

8

 10.

Cowbell Nation is excited about grad transfer quarterback Tommy Stevens, who threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns in a game nobody saw. And the defense doesn’t sound like last year’s defense.

9

 7

I thought Mizzou would survive the bad scheduling decision to go to Laramie. Altitude, yes, but the Tigers also has turnovers and poor tackling and those will beat you even in a bathysphere.

10

 8

The Gamecocks gave away a game to Mack Brown.

11

 

 14

In the SEC’s Not-Very-Good Week, any win would be enough to pull out of basement and the Hogs did that. Next up: Ole Miss in a game that has to have a winner, I think.

12

 

 13

The step up in the rankings reflects two things. One, Memphis is OK. Two, others did worse. Still, Arkansas is a must-win for a .500 season in Oxford.

13

 

 11

The Commodores’ loss to Georgia wasn’t an embarrassment but Vandy has no SEC quarterback so what are they going to do without one?

14

 

 9

There is no sugar coating how bad UT’s loss to Georgia State was: it took a last-second touchdown to make the score respectable. There’s no way to go but up but 13th place seems a long way away.

 

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