Folks are having SEC-ond thoughts about the SEC after Shaky Saturday.
The national media and one outspoken Oklahoma coach took their jabs at the SEC after the Sooners pulled one out at Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri and Florida all struggled and Toledo stole the joy from Arkansas.
Really hard to make the "BEST from top to bottom" claim when you step out of the conf and lose to Toledo (at home) and need OT to beat JVST.
— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) September 13, 2015
The doubts showed up in the new AP poll, as Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi State plummeted from the rankings on Sunday.
Here’s how the SEC Power Rankings shake out this week.
1. Texas A&M (2-0, No. 1 last week) — Big wins mean plenty of opportunities for both quarterbacks. And backup linemen, running backs and practically everybody else. Keep in mind, the Aggies also started fast last year.
2. Alabama (2-0, No. 2) — Efficiency, thy name is Alabama. The Crimson Tide haven’t been spectacular, but Jake Coker appears to be settling in at quarterback. They might need all the points they can get with Ole Miss on the horizon.
3. Georgia (2-0, No. 3) — The Bulldogs found a way to win despite plenty of struggles of their own. Greyson Lambert and his receivers need to find a rhythm.
4. LSU (1-0, No. 10) — Brandon Harris said he was a different quarterback from what he showed in his lone start last season. He didn’t exactly prove that as the Tigers struggled to close.
5. Ole Miss (2-0, No. 7) — The Eagles sang “Life in the Fast Lane.” The Rebels might want to adopt it as their new anthem after dropping 73 on Fresno State. They’re averaging 74.5 points in two games, but Alabama looms.
6. Kentucky (2-0, No. 13) — Sept. 12 will be the Stoops’ family Festivus. Mark’s Wildcats snapped their 22-game road losing streak at about the same time Bob’s Sooners broke Tennessee’s heart.
7. Tennessee (1-1, No. 8) — The Volunteers have made great progress, and despite the loss to Oklahoma, showed that Rocky Top will once again be a rocky stop for visiting teams.
Some propaganda for ya'll: Bob Stoops now 6-4 vs. SEC, 3-0 vs. Ala, 2-0 vs. Tenn.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) September 13, 2015
8. Mississippi State (1-1, No. 6) — Either LSU’s defense is amazingly good or Mississippi State’s offense needs work. Probably a combination of both. It’s time for Dak Prescott to show some leadership.
9. Florida (2-0, No. 12) — It’s tough to defend Florida’s victory over East Carolina when Jim McElwain said he doesn’t think the Gators deserved to win. Welcome to the “Embarrassing Victory Club.”
10. Missouri (2-0, No. 9) — The run game is nonexistent, so the Tigers are ecstatic they still have Maty Mauk at quarterback and quality defenders. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be undefeated.
11. Auburn (2-0, No. 4) — The good news: The Tigers are 2-0. The bad news: There doesn’t appear to be any quick fixes at quarterback, where Jeremy Johnson keeps throwing to the guys in the wrong jersey.
12. South Carolina (1-1, No. 5) — Life could get ugly real quick for Steve Spurrier, especially if Connor Mitch is done for the year. It might be time to hold QB tryouts for the student body.
13. Arkansas (1-1, No. 11) — There were a lot of fans of the Razorback variety who didn’t agree with their Hogs being 11th last week. Guess what. They just dropped some more.
An unnamed Ohio State player when I showed him the Arkansas score started mockingly pumping his fists and chanting: "S-E-C! S-E-C!"
— Austin Ward (@AWardESPN) September 12, 2015
14. Vanderbilt (0-2, No. 14) — The more things change, the more they stay the same.