SEC Football Power Rankings After Week 3

After another interesting weekend in college football, we are starting to see who are the contenders and who are the pretenders in college football. With that said, let’s see where each team falls in the SEC power rankings for Week 3.


14. Vanderbilt (Won against Northern Illinois 38-28)

A.J. Swann is the answer at quarterback for the Commodores. Down two scores in the third quarter, Swann led Vanderbilt on three straight scoring drives in the third quarter, putting the ‘Dores ahead for good. Vanderbilt’s defense still leaves a lot to be desired, but their offense may keep them in some games. Swann had 255 yards passing, to go along with his 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions.


13. Missouri (Won against Abilene Christian 34-17)

Missouri looked better against a much less talented program. Luther Burden had an impressive 78 yard punt return in the first quarter, to go with his six catches. Brady Cook looked solid against the Wildcats, throwing for 292 yards and three touchdowns, with zero interceptions. Missouri allowed 308 yards total offense to Abilene Christian, an FCS team, who has only been playing above the Division II level since 2013.


12. South Carolina (Lost to #1 Georgia 48-7)

Shane Beamer’s team was manhandled by the Bulldogs, in a game that was never close. Kirby Smart has simply reloaded and his defense made the Gamecocks offense look like baby chicks. Supposed Heisman “hopeful” Spencer Rattler looked rattled, throwing for just 118 yards and two interceptions. He was replaced by Luke Doty, who looked good in relief, going 5/8 with 76 yards and a touchdown on the only scoring drive of the day for South Carolina.


11. Auburn (Lost to Penn State 41-12)

The Tigers were the lesser of the two big cats on Saturday, as the Nittany Lions easily defeated Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Anders Carlson had two field goals and Robby Ashford had a passing touchdown in relief of T.J. Finley, who struggled against the Penn State defense. Auburn only had 119 yards rushing and never looked like a threat against James Franklin’s team. Bryan Harsin’s seat seems to be warming up as we speak.


10. LSU (Won against Mississippi State 31-16)

The Louisiana State University Tigers won a game that looks like they dominated. However, the domination only came in the fourth quarter. Losing 16-10, Jayden Daniels led the Tigers on three scoring drives in the final frame, running in a touchdown himself. Josh Williams and Armoni Goodwin each added a rushing touchdown, making the final score look like an easy win.


9. Mississippi State (Lost to LSU 31-16)

While taking an early, Mississippi State looked like a team who might jump into the top 25 this week. That was short lived. Jayden Daniels led three fourth quarter drives that allowed LSU to win a game where the Bulldogs had been in total control. Will Rogers did not have a typical game, throwing for only 214 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.


8. Florida (Won against South Florida 31-28)

Anthony Richardson continued to struggle Saturday night and Florida dodged a loss due to a botched late field goal attempt by the Bulls. The Gators’ quarterback threw two more interceptions and only had 112 yards passing. Trevor Etienne bailed out the Gators with a late touchdown, following an interception by Tre’Vez Johnson.


7. Texas A&M (Won against #13 Miami (FL) 17-9)

The Aggies switched quarterbacks, starting Max Johnson against the Hurricanes. Texas A&M basically led from start to finish, but never had a safe lead. Johnson threw a touchdown and was efficient with his throws. The Aggies defense allowed the Hurricanes to gain 392 yards, but only surrendered three field goals, while recovering a fumble on defense.


6. Arkansas (Won against Missouri State 38-27)

The Razorbacks were in trouble most of the night, with former coach Bobby Petrino leading his team into Fayetteville looking for an upset. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Razorbacks ever resembled a top ten team, out scoring the Bears 21-3 in the final frame. K.J. Jefferson had 385 yards passing, with two touchdowns and one interception. Raheim Sanders led the way on the ground with 167 yards and a touchdown.


5. Ole Miss (Won against Georgia Tech 42-0)

The Rebels dominated in Atlanta, in a blowout win against an underwhelming Yellow Jacket team. The quarterback revolving door continues to spin for the Lane Kiffin’s crew, with Jaxon Dart, Luke Altmyer rotating with Kinkead Dent all receiving time at quarterback. However, the Rebel running game is powerful, with Zach Evans leading a three-headed monster in the backfield. Evans, Quinshon Judkins and Ulysses Bentley IV each had two rushing touchdowns.


4. Kentucky (Won against Youngstown State 31-0)

The Wildcats recorded the first shutout of Coach Mark Stoops tenure at Kentucky, beating his hometown school in a game that was never as close as the score indicated. Will Levis had a good day, throwing for 377 yards and two touchdowns, but continues to struggle with turnovers. Kavosiey Smoke had 68 yards and one touchdown, but the offensive line continued to struggle. Kentucky’s defense was dominant, allowing only nine first downs, with zero third or fourth down conversions. The Wildcat defenders only gave up 192 total yards and were in complete control all day.


3. Tennessee (Won against Toledo 63-6)

Tennessee picked up a dominant win against Toledo, with LeBron James watching. Hendon Hooker threw for two touchdowns and almost 300 yards. Jaylen Wright ran in two touchdowns, adding 98 yards on the ground. Jalin Hyatt had a breakout game, with five catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns. The blowout win was tempered by the loss of Jabari Small and Cedric Tillman, who left the game with an arm and a knee injury, respectively.


2. Alabama (Won against Louisiana-Monroe 63-7)

Nick Saban clearly got his team’s attention this week. The Crimson Tide looked like their old self and throttled a lesser opponent in Tuscaloosa. Bryce Young had a good day, throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns, but was mired by two interceptions. Six players scored offensive touchdowns and three defensive players scored, as well. The Alabama defense looked very good, beating the team that handed Saban a loss in his first year as Alabama’s coach.


1. UGA (Won against South Carolina 48-7)

They easily covered the spread and Georgia continued to look like a repeat national championship is in their future as they dominated the Gamecocks. Stetson Bennett again performed well, throwing for almost 300 yards and two touchdowns, while running for another touchdown. Brock Bowers is an NFL tight end who is simply waiting to go pro. He caught five passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs looked dominant in every facet of the game and that likely won’t change any time soon.


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