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SEC Football Power Rankings After Week 4

Another weekend of football in the SEC and we now see pretty clearly who are the contenders and who are the pretenders. There are five undefeated teams left in the SEC. So, let’s see where they fall in the power rankings for Week 3:


14.Vanderbilt (Lost to #2 Alabama 55-3)

I debated putting Vandy at 14, but they have a better overall record than Missouri. What can you say when an undermanned Commodore team has to play Alabama in Tuscaloosa? Bless their hearts. A.J. Swann only threw for 115 yards and had -33 yards rushing. The only Vandy score was a Joseph Bulovas 40 yard field goal.


13.Missouri (Lost to Auburn 17-14)

Missouri lost in overtime in the most embarrassing way possible. As Nathaniel Peat broke free down the sideline, he stretched the ball out as he approached the goal line, hoping to end the game. Instead, he lost his grip on the ball and fumbled it into the endzone, where Auburn recovered. Anders Carlson kicked a field goal in overtime, giving Auburn the win. Eli Drinkwitz and his team have a long row to hoe, as the toughest games begin.


12.Auburn (Won against Missouri 17-14)

The Tigers were the greater of the two Tigers on Saturday. The Auburn Tigers beat Missouri in overtime, with Anders Carlson kicking the game winning field goal. Robby Ashford started in place of T.J. Finley and had a mediocre showing. He finished the day with 127 yards and zero touchdowns. He did add a rushing touchdown and 46 yards on 15 carries. Bryan Harsin’s seat cools ever so slightly.


11.South Carolina (Won against Charlotte 56-20)

Shane Beamer’s team sleepwalked through the first half against Charlotte, but came out of the locker room awake in the second half. The Gamecocks out scored the 49ers 36-6 in the second half, allowing Beamer to enjoy an easy win before playing in-state opponent South Carolina State. Spencer Rattler was again underwhelming, throwing for 187 yards, with no touchdowns. Luke Doty played in the second half and had one touchdown and one interception to go with 63 yards.


10.Florida (Lost to #11 Tennessee 38-33)

Anthony Richardson finally found his stride in the passing game, but it was not enough to lead the Gators to victory in Knoxville. Richardson had 453 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, on 24 completions. He also added 62 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Billy Napier’s team looked much improved from the previous three weeks, but the Vols’ offense had answers for every Gator score.


9.LSU (Won against New Mexico 38-0)

The Louisiana State University Tigers finally won a game that they actually dominated. Brian Kelly’s crew soundly defeated the New Mexico Lobos in convincing fashion, but had a scary moment along the way. Jayden Daniels was injured during the blowout, paving the way for Garrett Nussmeier to come on in relief. Daniels was rolling before the injury, completing 24 of 29 passes for 279 yards. Nussmeier went 9/10, with 135 yards and a touchdown. The LSU rushing attack looked good, with Noah Cain and Armoni Goodwin each rushing for two touchdowns.


8.Mississippi State (Won against Bowling Green 45-14)

Will Rogers had himself a day. Rogers completed 39 passes for 409 yards and six touchdowns against a vastly overmatched Eagles team. The game was never close, with Bowling Green only scoring one touchdown in each half. Mississippi State had 13 different players catch passes and Mike Leach’s offense looked like the old school Air Raid. Dillon Johnson had 57 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs, who have a big matchup coming up with Texas A&M.


7.Arkansas (Lost to #23 Texas A&M 23-21)

The Razorbacks looked good, but Texas A&M came up with several big plays to hand Arkansas a loss in Jerry’s World. K.J. Jefferson allowed a huge play for the Aggie defense, when he attempted to jump over a pile of blockers. In the attempt, he lost the ball to an Aggie linebacker, who then lateraled and the play resulted in an amazing fumble return for a touchdown. Jefferson finished the day with 2 passing touchdowns and 171 yards. He also added 105 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.


6.Texas A&M (Won against #10 Arkansas 23-21)

Aggies quarterback Max Johnson had a mediocre game, but Devon Achane led the way for A&M, rushing for 159 yards and a touchdown. Johnson completed 11 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. The Aggies defense made the play of the game, stripping Arkansas quarterback K.J. Jefferson and returning the fumble 97 yards for a touchdown. Arkansas kicker Cam Little missed a kick with just under a minute and a half left, securing the win for the Aggies.


5.Ole Miss (Won against Tulsa 35-27)

The Rebels looked lackluster in their win against the Golden Hurricane in Oxford. In a game that they were heavily favored in, Ole Miss let Tulsa hang around. Despite a 28 point second quarter, the Rebels only won by eight points, going scoreless in the second half. Quarterback Jaxson Dart had an average performance, throwing for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He did add 116 yards rushing on the day. Zach Evans had 48 yards and a touchdown, while Quinshon Judkins added 140 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.


4.Kentucky (Won against Northern Illinois 31-23)

Kentucky struggled against MAC favorite Northern Illinois, in a game that might had the Wildcats looking ahead to its matchup against Ole Miss. However, quarterback Will Levis looked dominant in the game, throwing for 303 yards and four touchdowns in the Wildcats’ win. The Wildcats also appeared to get the run game going, with Kavosiey Smoke running for 85 yards on 12 carries. Tayvion Robinson and Barion Brown each had over a hundred yards and two touchdowns for the Wildcats.


3.Tennessee (Won against #20 Florida 38-33)

Tennessee picked up a top 25 win against Florida, with Hendon Hooker throwing for 349 yards and two touchdowns against the Gators. Hooker also added 112 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. Tennessee seemed to be in control until a late Gator charge cut the lead to five points. After a recovering an onside kick, the Gators looked poised to beat the Vols again, but quarterback Anthony Richardson threw an interception that ended the threat.


2.UGA (Won against Kent State 39-22)

Every team has one game every season where they struggle with an inferior opponent and I am guessing that this was Georgia’s version of that game. Brock Bowers looked like a cheat code, scoring two touchdowns on two carries for 77 yards. He also had 60 yards on 12 catches. Stetson Bennett looked average for Georgia, completing 27 passes for 272 yards and one interception. Ladd McConkey had six receptions for 65 yards, but fumbled twice.


1.Alabama (Won against Vanderbilt 55-3)

Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide looked dominant from the start and this game was not close. Bryce Young continues to look like a Heisman winner, throwing for 385 yards and four touchdowns on 25 completed passes. Jamarion Miller had two rushing touchdowns and Ja’Corey Brooks had two receiving touchdowns for the Tide. The Alabama defense held Vanderbilt scoreless after allowing a first quarter field goal.



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