Week 12 SEC football power rankings: How do teams stack up going into Cupcake Saturday?

Tommy Deas
The Tuscaloosa News

The more games are played, the more confusing SEC football teams seem to be, at least after locking Georgia into the top spot of the weekly SEC Power Rankings. There was a bit of drama and chaos in Week 11, but have no fear: Cupcake Saturday is coming with a weak slate of games this week.

Here are the rankings going into Week 12:  

No. 1 Georgia (10-0, 8-0)

Last Week: 1

This week: Charleston Southern

What to know: Tennessee proved a high-powered offense can score on Georgia. The Dawgs proved one can't score very much, and they have an offense of their own.

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No. 2 Alabama (9-1, 5-1)

Last Week: 3

This week: Arkansas

What to know: If beating a team called the Aggies was on the checklist, consider that one checked off. After its own cupcake against New Mexico State, the Crimson Tide is ready for some home-cooked barbecue.

No. 3 Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2)

Last Week: 4

This week: vs. Vanderbilt

What to know: Imagine the carnage that would have been unleashed on the visiting Aggies if Katy Perry had booked a return appearance in The Grove.

Singer Katy Perry tosses corn dogs as she shows her displeasure of Alabama being chosen as the favorite over Ole Miss during a telecast of ESPN's "College GameDay" in The Grove at the University of Mississippi on Oct. 4, 2014.

No. 4 Arkansas (7-3, 3-3) 

Last Week: 6

This Week: at Alabama

What to know: The Razorbacks have all the charm of a warthog at times, but they do know how to scratch and claw. Nobody said winning had to be pretty.

No. 5 Kentucky (7-3, 5-3) 

Last Week: 8

This Week: New Mexico State

What to know: The Wildcats schedule harder basketball games in November than this Vanderbilt-New Mexico State turn. No Final Four for the football team, but a sunny Florida bowl bid looks promising.

No. 6 Texas A&M (7-3, 4-3)

Last Week: 2

This Week: Prairie View

What to know: The Aggies are like Eddie Haskell. They put on a great face when everyone is watching, but turn your back for a minute and their true colors show.

No. 7 Mississippi State (6-4, 4-3)  

Last Week: 11

This Week: Tennessee State  

What to know: Those cowbells are annoying, but not nearly as annoying as trying to figure out exactly how good this team is or isn't on a week-to-week basis. 

No. 8 Auburn (6-4, 3-3)  

Last Week: 7

This Week: at South Carolina 

What to know: "I'm first-half Auburn, and I score at will and look like an SEC West contender." "I'm second-half Auburn, and I thought football games were 30 minutes."

No. 9 Tennessee (5-5, 3-4)  

Last Week: 5

This Week: vs. South Alabama

What to know: It should be smooth sailing for the Vol Navy from here. A strong finish and a bowl win and they might name a street after Josh Heupel in Rocky Top.  

No. 10 Missouri (5-5, 2-4)  

Last Week: 13

This Week: Florida

What to know: No pressure, Tigers – all you have to do is score 55 or so on Florida and hold the Gators under 70 to top Samford. Beat them and you're going bowling.  

No. 11 LSU (4-6, 2-5)  

Last Week: 9

This Week: Louisiana-Monroe

What to know: On the one hand, you have to credit LSU for playing hard with a lame-duck coach. On the other, 2019 seems like a lifetime ago.

No. 12 South Carolina (5-5, 2-5) 

Last Week: 10

This Week: vs. Auburn

What to know: South Carolina is one win away from bowl eligibility and a breakthrough first year for Shane Beamer. Auburn and Clemson look beatable, but it will take some doing.

No. 13 Florida (5-5, 2-5)  

Last Week: 12 

This Week: at Missouri

What to know: So this is what the Gators defense looks like without Todd Grantham. Who knew the embattled former UF defensive coordinator was actually a miracle worker?

No. 14 Vanderbilt (2-8, 0-6)

Last Week: 14 

This Week: at Ole Miss

What to know: Vanderbilt unveiled renderings this week of major planned facilities upgrades. Now Clark Lea needs to go to work on upgrading the product on the field. Don't expect either immediately.