Week one of college football is history. There isn’t a better way to commemorate such a spectacular opening weekend other than compiling power rankings. Here is a look at our SEC power rankings heading into week two’s action.
Odell Beckham Jr. and LSU come in right behind Alabama at No. 2.
1. Alabama 1-0
Alabama had noticeable trouble up front with the offensive line, but there are enough playmakers on that offense to compensate. They were still able to get the job done with a dominating run game mixed with their strong play-action attack. The Tide’s defense and special teams were the true difference against Virginia Tech.
2. LSU 1-0
LSU’s offense has a track record for being sub-par or marginal at best. The Tigers have changed that with the hiring of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. If head coach Les Miles gives Cameron full control of the offense, the sky is the limit.
3. Texas A&M 1-0
The Johnny Manziel drama continues to be a trend, but so has A&M’s successful play. It’s easy to say that there are distractions within the program, but until something drastic happens I’m counting on the Aggies to produce. All of the chips are on the table for a fierce showdown against No. 1 Alabama on September 14.
4. Georgia 0-1
Unfortunately for Georgia, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The Bulldogs almost got it done in Clemson, but were a missed field goal away from taking the victory. Georgia still has plenty of chances to prove its worth and this weekend’s matchup with South Carolina is a start.
Davis took control of the running game against North Carolina.
5. South Carolina 1-0
We all know that Jadeveon Clowney had a stomach virus in the season opener against North Carolina, so don’t expect his lack of playmaking to become a habit. I was also impressed with the running game that the Gamecocks leaned on with Mike Davis. South Carolina vs. Georgia has the makings for a true firework show.
6. Florida 1-0
The Gators had some trouble getting the engine started offensively. Running back Mack Brown shouldered the load and impressed while Matt Jones was out with a viral infection. Florida’s defense lived up to expectations and looked to be in mid-season form. This weekend’s game against Miami will answer most of the questions about the ability of Florida to be a true competitor this season.
7. Ole Miss 1-0
An early win in the SEC surely looks good doesn't it? The Rebels had to pull some tricks out of the bag, along with some highly-touted freshmen to get it done. Ole Miss' confidence is high, but after Southeast Missouri this weekend their schedule gets pretty rough.
8. Auburn 1-0
One thing is for sure; Auburn has an elite rushing attack. Nick Marshall will need to develop better in the passing game for the Tigers to legitimately compete in the SEC. There were some growing pains defensively, but in pressure situations they were able to come through. The next two games will say a lot about the team that Auburn has.
Grant turned heads with his performance on Saturday.
9. Vanderbilt 0-1
What a thriller to open the season for the Commodores in Nashville. The season opener could’ve gone either way and Vanderbilt knows it. Senior wide receiver Jordan Matthews had a breakout game and the nation is now paying attention. The ‘Dores will use the Ole Miss loss as motivation for the rest of the season.
10. Arkansas 1-0
Look at that, the Razorbacks are ahead in the winning column. Arkansas piled up impressive numbers by running the ball effectively. The defense also had success against a talented Louisiana-Lafayette offense. Arkansas will earn its true stripes when they take on Rutgers on September 21.
11. Tennessee 1-0
Well the Volunteers hung 45 points on Austin Peay and shut them out. Tennessee was certainly clicking on all cylinders, but the fun and games are over. Next up is a Western Kentucky team that already sent a first year SEC head coach home with a loss, and won’t have a problem with trying to do it again.
12. Missouri 1-0
Clearly the Tigers had their way with a significantly under matched Murray State team. Quarterback James Franklin put up 318 yards and three touchdowns. There were also 358 yards and three touchdowns accounted for on the ground. The September portion of the schedule looks fairly easy and a 4-0 start looks possible the Tigers.
13. Mississippi State 0-1
I’ll be the first to say that I expected more out of the Bulldogs on Saturday. Quarterback Tyler Russell and the Mississippi State offense looked completely shell-shocked. The defense played well, but Oklahoma State were still able to have their way rushing the ball. Alcorn State is next for the Bulldogs, so I would expect a win to be in their immediate future.
14. Kentucky 0-1
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers flat out beat Kentucky in every way last weekend. The Wildcats and head coach Mark Stoops has a long way to go to get this program turned around. If Kentucky loses to Miami (Ohio) this weekend, a certain downward spiral will occur.