SEC Power Rankings: Alabama stands alone at the top

Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News

Late Saturday night, the Alabama football team had only one mountain left to climb. The Crimson Tide had an SEC championship, a historic 11-0 season in the league and an assured No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. All that was left was a No. 1 ranking in the prestigious SEC Power Rankings. So it is now a grand slam.

1. Alabama (11-0) 

The best test was the last test. The next test would have been easier with a healthy Jaylen Waddle and Landon Dickerson, but Alabama will be favored to win it all. 

2. Texas A&M (8-1)

Despite the pain of finishing in the agonizing No. 5 spot, the worst place to be in the CFP rankings, the Aggies had a season to be proud of.

3. Florida (8-3) 

You can’t ignore the three losses, but a Gators team with all its offensive weapons activated could beat anyone in America on the right night. 

4. Georgia (7-2) 

The Bulldogs quarterback situation in a league with (presumably) no Mac Jones, no Mond and no Trask will be one of the main questions of 2021.

5. Auburn (6-4) 

Gus Malzahn had his quirks. Auburn fans that I respect felt he had run his course. He is now rich beyond the dreams of avarice. He will coach again if and when he wants.

Dec 19, 2020; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin looks at the video board during a time out against LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

6. Ole Miss (4-5) 

In one year in Oxford, Lane Kiffin built a great offense, stimulated interest in the program and entertained on social media. But could he wander elsewhere so soon?

7. Missouri (5-5) 

Mizzou was in that misty realm between “relevant” and “not really relevant,” which was better than expected. 

8. LSU (5-5)

The two wins at the end improved Ed Orgeron’s postseason prospects but there still seems to be a bubbling pot of uncertainty in Baton Rouge – and it’s not the gumbo.

9. Kentucky (4-6)

From here, the rankings are full, of teams asking (to themselves, at least) if it was worth it. Kentucky would be a “maybe.”

10. Arkansas (3-7) 

The 2020 season probably was worth it for Arkansas because the program at least restored some sense of direction.

11. Mississippi State (3-7)

Maybe it was an extra ration of grog, I don’t know. Somehow Mike Leach avoided mid-season mutiny on the pirate ship and ended with some respectability.

12. Tennessee (3-7) 

The season has come to a merciful end. 

13. South Carolina (2-8)

The season has not come to a merciful end.

14. Vanderbilt (0-9) 

Good luck, new guy.

Reach Cecil Hurt at cecil@tidesports.com or via Twitter @cecilhurt