Week three is now history. Plenty of storylines have been created and others vanished. Here is a look at our week four SEC Power Rankings.
Mettenberger has put things together in 2013.
1. Alabama 2-0, LW: 1, SEC: 1-0
Alabama, Texas A&M 2013 lived up to the hype and expectations. We knew that A&M’s defense would be a key and it was. The high scoring shootout showed that Alabama’s defense isn’t the brick wall of years past, but is still no slouch. Quarterback AJ McCarron also proved that he could get the job done in a high-pressure situation.
2. LSU 3-0, LW: 2, SEC: 0-0
There are always teams that start the season off hot but then fizzle out, I don’t think this is one of those teams. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is noticeably more mature than last year and has gotten in an early rhythm. The Tigers arguably have two of the nation’s top receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. SEC play begins for LSU this weekend at home against Auburn.
3. Georgia 1-1, LW: 3, SEC: 1-0
Head coach Mark Richt and the Bulldogs had the weekend off. Georgia will be looking to improve their defense, which is ranked 99th in points against. North Texas will be a fitting scrimmage before LSU travels to Athens on September 28.
4. Texas A&M 2-1, LW: 4, SEC: 0-1
As everyone that has a twitter handle has mentioned, the Aggies’ defense isn’t the greatest. What A&M lacks on the defensive side of the ball, they have on the offensive. Quarterback Johnny Manziel is the real deal and he can easily have this team back on track.
Marshall has led the Tigers to a 3-0 start.
5. South Carolina 2-1, LW: 5, SEC: 1-1
Last weekend’s win over Vanderbilt is something to build upon heading into this weekend’s bye week. South Carolina has taken a back seat to Georgia in the SEC East and it will take a lot of luck to get to the SEC Championship. The Gamecocks have UCF, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi State before tacking on Florida at home.
6. Ole Miss 3-0, LW: 7, SEC: 1-0
The Rebels get the weekend off to rest and focus on a September 28 matchup with Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Ole Miss is off to a great start, but the real test will come against the Crimson Tide.
7. Florida 1-1, LW: 6, SEC: 0-0
Getting a week off after a disastrous performance always helps. The Gators open up the SEC against Tennessee at home this weekend. I expect quarterback Jeff Driskel to be back to normal and get the job done in The Swamp.
8. Auburn 3-0, LW 8, SEC: 1-0
Gus Malzahn looks like a savior after leading Auburn to 3-0 beginning the season. The Tigers broke a 10 game SEC losing streak last weekend and Nick Marshall’s play on the game-winning drive was a big reason. LSU on the road is next and everyone will be watching.
Collins currently leads the SEC in rushing yards with 418.
9. Vanderbilt 1-2, LW 9, SEC: 0-2
Another tough break for the Commodores in the SEC. Although they are 0-2 in conference play, I still pick them ahead of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee because of the quality of play that they have shown. Vanderbilt plays Massachusetts on the road this weekend and will likely get back to .500 on the season.
10. Arkansas 3-0, LW 11, SEC: 0-0
Three wins to start out the season is always impressive, except for the Razorbacks. Their wins over Louisiana Lafayette, Samford and Southern Miss weren’t incredibly impressive. Running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams are the SEC's leading rushers. Rutgers on the road is next and the Scarlett Knights have a very competitive team this year.
11. Tennessee 2-1, LW 10, SEC: 0-0
Well the road trip up to Eugene, Oregon was embarrassing to say the least. Head coach Butch Jones and his team was out matched from the quarterback to the kicker. In the Volunteers’ defense, Oregon may be the best team in the nation.
12. Mississippi State 1-2, LW 12, SEC: 0-1
A loss in the closing seconds against Auburn was nothing but a heartbreaker for the Bulldogs. Backup quarterback Dak Prescott did about everything that he could do to start Mississippi State off with an SEC win. The Bulldogs have the talent to put other schools on upset alert.
13. Missouri 2-0, LW 13, SEC: 0-0
My lack of respect for the Tigers is mainly why Missouri is so far down the list. The Tigers seemingly have a cakewalk until they play Vanderbilt on the road for their first SEC game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Missouri was undefeated by then.
14. Kentucky 1-2, LW 14, SEC: 0-0
Things haven’t started the way that most Wildcat faithful had hoped, but this is just the beginning. Kentucky didn’t look completely terrible against rival Louisville last weekend. The Wildcats will have a week off before trying to bounce back against Florida at home.
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