For the first time since the Saban-ization of the SEC, Alabama-LSU was actually a really fun game! That certainly moved the top tier around some, but the rest of the SEC only features a few instances of team movement. At this point the races have essentially been decided and all we’re looking toward is a possible Georgia upset of LSU in the title game to throw a monkey wrench in the gears of the Playoff committee. Also, can Tennessee complete the Barry Odom-esque November rise by winning out? Regardless of your opinions of that happening (for me? bleh), it’ll at least be interesting to watch. TO THE POWER RANKINGS:
I still think Alabama is the better team (by the slightest of margins), but no doubt about it, LSU won on Saturday and is in the driver seat for the #1 Playoff spot. Don’t count Alabama out yet, though: the Playoff Committee’s S-E-C-B-I-A-S has a way of squeezing the Tide in at the last second.
Florida and Auburn are essentially the same, flawed, uber-talented team, while Georgia is still the top of the Tier II pecking order. They play such a boring style of a game but it works and can probably hang with the LSU Tigers for at least a little bit.
I’m not saying Missouri needs to win out, but it would certainly be a good idea for Barry Odom to add another notch in the oddly contested Florida series. Texas A&M had a glorified scrimmage against UTSA before taking the week off and closing with South Carolina, Georgia, and LSU. I feel confident that they won’t be peeking above Tier III.
Would someone please beat Tennessee? I’ve enjoyed Volunteer schadenfreude for too long to let them suddenly be good again and being a threat to the East. They do an excellent job of uglying a game up enough to keep it close; with the talent on hand that’ll definitely play for some wins. I still think there’s three bowl teams in this tier but none of the other four teams in this group is looking particularly healthy.
I was really hoping they’d keep Chad Morris til the end so we can say that we fired another Arkansas coach for losing to Missouri. Alas.