Arkansas has had a couple of close calls in recent weeks, which hugely benefits Ole Miss. The Rebels slide into the top five of Week 3’s SEC power rankings after shutting out Georgia Tech in Atlanta over the weekend.
There is going to be a lot of talk about the dynamic offense of any Lane Kiffin-coached team. Rightfully so too; Ole Miss has scored a whopping 129 points in three games. Equally as impressive is the fact that the Rebels have allowed just 13 points in that span. Ole Miss looks like one of the conference’s most complete teams thus far, although they have yet to be truly tested. The next couple of weeks will reveal a lot about the Rebels.
Has Josh Heupel returned Tennessee to its glory days? That much remains to be seen, but the Volunteers are flying high after starting the season 3-0. Tennessee has scored 156 points through three games. If the Volunteers can keep the ball rolling over the next three weeks, they will continue to climb the SEC rankings.
We’ll find out whether or not Heupel’s team is legitimate over the next three weeks. Tennessee may have the toughest three-game stretch in the country coming up with Florida at home, a trip to Baton Rouge and Alabama at home. The Volunteers have numerous chances to make a real statement in the SEC, and perhaps jump their neighbors.
Contrary to popular belief, these are not basketball rankings. John Calipari must be fuming with the way Mark Stoops’ squad has started the season. One of Kentucky’s toughest annual tests in Florida is already out of the way and the Wildcats have emerged unscathed.
Kentucky will be heading into the thick of the SEC schedule with all of the confidence in the world after starting the season 4-0. Georgia is still in the picture, so the Wildcats aren’t the favorites in the SEC East. That being said, Kentucky is slowly improving and becoming one of the best programs in the conference. No. 3 is likely the Wildcats’ ceiling in these rankings though.
Alabama is still one of the best teams in the country, despite coming in at No. 2 on this list. The Crimson Tide can hang with any team in the country as they proved against Texas. Alabama would have to do a lot—and get some additional help, likely from the SEC East—in order to jump the Bulldogs for the top spot in the SEC power rankings.
This ranking needs no justification. Georgia is far and away the best team in the country, nobody looks capable of even slowing down the Bulldogs at this rate.