SEC Power Rankings, Week 6: Leaders make a strong statement

Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama and Georgia stood strong in Week 5, vanquishing upstarts Ole Miss and Arkansas. As SEC football play heats up, here's how the teams stack up in our weekly power rankings:

No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0)

Last Week: 1

This week: at Texas A&M

What to know: Two straight SEC road games ahead. Plenty of rat poison after polishing off Ole Miss. It’s just the sort of week that rekindles Nick Saban’s fiery moods. 

No. 2 Georgia (5-0, 3-0)

 Last Week: 2

This week: at Auburn 

What to know: Arkansas tried to outmuscle Georgia. So the Bulldogs flexed. Perhaps they can be beaten this season, but the Bulldogs can’t be bullied. 

No. 3 Kentucky (5-0, 3-0) 

Last Week: 9

This week: vs. LSU

What to know:  Raise your hand if you saw the Oct. 16 Georgia-Kentucky game as the decisive contest in the SEC East. Now take that hand and smack yourself for not telling the truth.  

Sep 25, 2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  The Auburn Tigers mascot, Aubie, performs before the game against the Georgia Sate Panthers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Auburn (4-1, 1-0)

Last Week: 8 

This Week: vs. Georgia 

What to know: Auburn has survived two weeks in a row, once with Bad Bo Nix, once with Exciting Bo Nix. Now the Tigers will need Super Bo Nix and perhaps 1984 Bo Jackson as well. 

No. 5 Ole Miss (3-1, 0-1) 

Last Week: 5 

This week: vs. Arkansas 

What to know: A loss to Alabama is something Lane Kiffin can weather. A year of popcorn jokes on Twitter may be more than he can psychologically handle.   

No. 6 Arkansas (4-1, 1-1)

Last Week: 3

This week: at Ole Miss

What to know: There was no shame for Arkansas in losing to Georgia at its own game. What will be interesting is this week’s clash of styles in Oxford, where someone who started fast will leave with a losing streak. 

No. 7 Florida (3-2, 1-2) 

Last Week: 4 

This week: vs. Vanderbilt

What to know: Nine tries in the red zone on a final drive has to be frustrating but does set a new record for not taking “ no” for an answer — until you take “no“ for an answer after all.   

Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers doesn't care about your criticism

No. 8 Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1) 

Last Week: 10 

This week: Idle

What to know: The more you think about it, the more that SEC apology letter for the officiating in the Bulldogs’ loss to Memphis seems, well, inadequate.

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No. 9 Texas A&M (3-2, 0-2) 

Last Week: 6

This week: vs. Alabama 

What to know: Undefeated Alabama might give Texas A&M one last shot at salvaging something from 2021, but so far the Aggies lead in the race for the SEC’s Most Disappointing Season. 

Loved ones take pictures of Tennessee and Missouri players following Tennessee's 62-24 win over Missouri at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

No. 10 Tennessee (3-2, 1-1)

Last Week: 12

This week: vs, South Carolina

What to know: Missouri had not given up 60 points at home since 1932, a stretch that has seen great offenses from vintage Nebraska and Oklahoma, Alabama and Florida, come through Columbia. So who finally did it? Tennessee. Not Peyton Manning-led Tennessee or even Alvin Kamara-Tennessee. This Tennessee, so kudos to the Big Orange. 

Kentucky fans celebrated beating Missouri.
Sept. 11, 2021

No. 11 LSU (3-2, 1-1)  

Last Week: 7

This week: at Kentucky

What to know: There are two O's in “Orgeron,” and there might be seven in the buyout clause in Ed Orgeron’s contract. If things don’t turn around soon, the LSU administration might write a check including all seven. 

No. 12 Missouri (2-3, 0-2)

Last Week: 11 

This week: vs. North Texas 

What to know: There may be an explanation to losing to Tennessee, but there is no sense in coming out for a home game looking like a team that had mass alarm clock failure and didn’t stir all afternoon.

No. 13 South Carolina (3-2, 0-2)

Last Week: 13 

This week: at Tennessee

What to know: Three non-conference wins, including one that went almost unnoticed against Troy on Saturday, is better than three losses. It’s going to tough for the Gamecocks to find more than one more victory, and even Vanderbilt isn’t guaranteed. 

No. 14 Vanderbilt (2-3, 0-1) 

Last Week: 14

This week:  at Florida 

What to know: Commodore hero and transfer portal exemplar Joseph Bulovas, the Alabama transfer, once again gave Vanderbilt what it needed to beat a non-conference opponent. An SEC win might require more leg power than that.