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SEC power rankings, Week 4

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims Saturday against Southern Miss.
Photo by Kevin Cox, Getty Images.

Last weekend mostly gave us a dreadful slate of Southeastern Conference football games, save that epic South Carolina-Georgia game. Still, that was enough to cause some moderate shake-ups my my power rankings this week, so here they are.

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims Saturday against Southern Miss. Photo by Kevin Cox, Getty Images.

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims and the Crimson Tide cruised Saturday but will have a real challenge against Florida this Saturday.
Photo by Kevin Cox, Getty Images.

1. Alabama (3-0): I’m keeping Alabama here almost by default until another team proves it is better, or unless Florida come to Tuscaloosa and make things interesting this weekend.

2. Auburn (3-0): A road trip to Kansas State on Thursday begins what should be the most brutal 10-game stretch of games that any team in the country will face this season. I’ll say it now: if the Tigers somehow end the reason with just two losses, they’ll more than likely deserve a playoff berth.

3. LSU (3-0): Granted, the Tigers played cupcakes the last two weeks, but LSU hasn’t allowed a point in nine quarters now.

4. Texas A&M (3-0): The Aggies are out-scoring opponents just over 40 a game so far.

5. Georgia (2-1): I know, I know… South Carolina beat Georgia last weekend, and ranking them ahead of the Gamecocks goes against everything I generally try to do when I put my rankings together . But the Bulldogs have trouble there every year, and I just can’t shake the notion that they’re the better team.

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace.

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace tossed four touchdowns last Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette.

6. Ole Miss (3-0): The Rebels, who’ve out-scored teams by 101 points, get a week to rest before facing a surprisingly tough Memphis squad.

7. South Carolina (2-1): The way the Gamecocks got their act together between the opening game disaster and the upset win over Georgia show why Steve Spurrier’s a Hall of Fame coach.

8. Missouri (3-0): The Tigers surprised everyone last year because they got pressure with two fantastic defensive ends who’ve now graduated. Guess what? Mizzou’s 3-0 and ends Shane Ray and Markus Golden rank 1-2 in the SEC in tackles for loss.

9. Mississippi St. (3-0):  After a mediocre showing vs. UAB, some thought the Bulldogs would get upset in a road trip to South Alabama. A 35-3 blowout later, it looks as if that was just an off-week for MSU.

10. Arkansas (2-1): The fact that the consensus last-place pick in the West went to Lubbock and pounded Texas Tech just proves how unbelievably tough that division is.

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley led the Vols against No. 2 Oklahoma Saturday night.  Photo by Brett Deering, Getty Images

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley led the Vols against the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners Saturday night in Norman.
Photo by Brett Deering, Getty Images

11. Tennessee (2-1):  The Vols took their lumps in Oklahoma, as expected, but that’ll happen to a lot of teams in Norman this year.

12. Florida (2-0): Coach Will Muschamp might have survived the weekend as coach if the Gators had fallen to Kentucky, but it was probably a good thing he didn’t take any chances.

13. Kentucky (2-1): One lingering question from the weekend: Does the fact that UK nearly beat Florida prove that Kentucky’s better, or just confirm fears that the Gators aren’t any good?

14. Vanderbilt (1-2): It’s amazing how far the VU program has fallen 10 months: The Commodores needed a shank of a chip-shot field goal to avoid going to overtime against lowly UMass.