SEC Power Rankings after Week 7: The craziest chaos yet

Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News

Say what you will about Week 7 in the SEC: It wasn’t boring. One football coach pulled off a major upset only to have his administration tell him “thanks, but start packing.” Another had to catch a golf ball and a water bottle just to get safely off the field in an orange-checkerboard stadium that shall remain nameless. Even Vanderbilt tried to upset the applecart. Georgia and a resurgent Alabama provided about the only taste of stability. 

No. 1 Georgia (7-0, 5-0)

Last Week: 1

This week: Idle

What to know: Georgia displayed more classic defense and isn’t going to lose to anyone that doesn’t have elite offensive playmakers, especially an elite quarterback.  

No. 2 Alabama (6-1, 3-1) 

 Last Week: 3

This week: vs. Tennessee 

What to know: There is no way to know what Nick Saban said to get his team’s attention, but he got it. Will Anderson Jr. almost turned Will Rogers into Last Will and Testament. 

VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE:Alabama football plays angry, pounds Mississippi State 49-9 with a vengeance

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No. 3 Kentucky (6-1, 4-1) 

Last Week: 2

This week: Idle  

What to know: It’s no shame to lose in Athens, but the SEC East race (such as it was) ended Oct. 16. It will be interesting to see if UK maintains its intensity.  

No. 4 Ole Miss (5-1, 2-1) 

Last Week: 4 

This Week: vs. LSU

What to know: With an offensive performance for the ages, Matt Corral should have been the only person playing out of his mind, but 100,000 fans on Rocky Top said, “Hold my beer” ... or, more precisely, “Dodge my beer."

REACTIONS:How Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss football players reacted to trash-throwing delay at Tennessee

VS. VOLS:Matt Corral runs for 195 yards, Ole Miss beats Tennessee as Vols crowd turns ugly at end

Trash litters the sidelines after it was ruled that Jacob Warren was a yard short of the first down marker on a 4th and 24 play during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Ole Miss at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Tennessee fans littered the Neyland Stadium field with debris for several minutes following Ole Miss' game-clinching defensive stop with 54 seconds to play.

No. 5 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2) 

Last Week: 7

This Week: vs. South Carolina 

What to know: It’s ironic that Saban took an “unranked” loss to Texas A&M when the Aggies now are playing at a top-15 level.  

No. 6 Auburn (5-2, 2-1) 

Last Week: 9

This week: Idle 

What to know: A manly win on the road at Arkansas. Bo Nix with stellar play. Two losses, both to top-10 teams. The voodoo brew is quietly stewing for the Tigers.

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BO NIX:Bo Nix played one of his best games in Auburn football's win at Arkansas

No. 7 LSU (4-3, 2-2)

Last Week: 12 

This week: at Ole Miss 

What to know: Millions of words will be written about Coach O. He was different, which writers love. Hopefully he will show up in Oxford and tell his old friend Lane to hold on to his popcorn shrimp.

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No. 8 Florida (4-3, 2-3)

Last Week: 6 

This week: Idle

What to know: An alligator and a tiger walk into a bar. The alligator says, “You going to stop for a minute?” The tiger walks on and says, “Have you stopped anyone all season?”

No. 9 Tennessee (4-3, 2-2)

Last Week: 8

This week: at Alabama 

What to know: Actually should be ranked lower, but unlike a mustard bottle from the upper deck there is nowhere left to fall. 

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Mississippi State coach Mike Leach reacts to a replay on the stadium monitor during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Alabama in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Alabama won 49-9. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

No. 10 Mississippi State (3-3, 1-2)

Last Week: 10 

This week: at Vanderbilt

What to know: The Bulldogs had a plan for Alabama. Maybe it will work better against Vanderbilt.   

VS. ALABAMA:Mississippi State football knocked around early and often in loss to Alabama

GRADES:Mississippi State football's offense earns season-low grade from lopsided loss to No. 5 Alabama

No. 11 Arkansas (4-3, 1-3) 

Last Week: 5 

This week: vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 

What to know: The schedule has worn Arkansas down from a mighty boar to a shoat. Pine Bluff will be welcome relief.  

LOSS TO AUBURN:Arkansas loses third consecutive game, can't stop Auburn big plays

No. 12 Missouri (3-4, 0-3) 

Last Week: 11 

This week: Idle 

What to know: Quietly playing worse defense than Florida, if that's possible. 

No. 13 South Carolina (4-3, 1-3) 

Last Week: 13 

This week: at Texas A&M

What to know: The Battle for The Basement is settled. Things get tougher.

No. 14 Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-3)

Last Week: 14

This week: vs. Mississippi State 

What to know: So close against South Carolina, but with five SEC games remaining the pickings may be mighty slim.

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