On one hand, Kentucky is 4-0 heading into October. This is a huge positive for a Wildcats program looking to turn itself into one of the perennial powerhouses in the SEC East. On the other hand, Kentucky struggled to put away Northern Illinois at the weekend. This is the same Huskies team that was beaten by double digits by Vanderbilt at home. This is also the same Wildcats team that went into the Swamp and beat Florida by 10.
Kentucky cannot afford to take anything for granted right now. The Wildcats remain amongst the SEC’s top dogs at the moment, but they need to be careful going forward.
Similar to Kentucky, Ole Miss struggled against a non-conference opponent it should’ve easily taken care of by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. I praised the Rebels defense last week for giving up just 13 points through three games. How do they repay me for my generosity? You know, by giving up 27 points to Tulsa.
Ole Miss failed to score a single point in the second half, which should be incredibly worrying for fans as the Wildcats stroll into town this weekend. The Rebels have what it takes to be one of the best teams in the country under Lane Kiffin, they need to play with some consistency though if they want to come out of the SEC West relatively unscathed in a few weeks.
Tennessee squeaked out a win over Florida in the mid-day CBS featured game last Saturday. The Volunteers’ offense looks to be one of the best in the country so far. They’re only continuing to climb the polls, despite being a questionable defensive unit.
Tennessee now has a bye week to prepare for a trip to Baton Rouge before it takes on the Alabama Crimson Tide. The next two weeks could make or break the Volunteers’ season.
Alabama tossed aside Vanderbilt last weekend—as if anybody expected anything different. The Crimson Tide is still waiting to be tested this season by an SEC opponent. Texas gave Nick Saban and Co. all it could handle, but the Tide managed to escape Austin unharmed. The team from Tuscaloosa is on a collision course with the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC title in a few months barring some upset losses.
Georgia is the biggest benefactor of the power rankings not allowing for a “1A” and “1B.” If so, the Bulldogs would have shared the top spot with the Crimson Tide. Kirby Smart’s crew looked less than convincing last weekend against a bad Kent State squad. Luckily for Georgia, it faces some of the SEC’s bottom dwellers before Florida and Tennessee face off against the Bulldogs.
Georgia will be just fine, it just can’t afford to have sluggish performances if it wants to fend off Alabama for the top spot in these power rankings or the real rankings.