Somehow I feel like I know less about the SEC after week 3 than I did after week 2. Nobody is blowing out who they should. The bad teams look really bad then hang with the good teams. We know nothing. WE. KNOW. NOTHING. But hey, let’s judge performances on 1/4 of a resume.
Why am I doing this? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?????
1. Alabama (3-0)
They aren’t the first to do it this season, but coming back from 21 on Ole Miss is impressive. Did I just say that?
(Last week: #1, beat Ole Miss 48-43)
2. Texas A&M (3-0)
Yes, they beat Auburn and I still have no idea how good they are. Auburn’s D mostly held them in check, but was their D the reason they won?
(Last week: #2, beat Auburn 29-13)
3. Ole Miss (1-2)
I know the Rebels are 1-2, but their two losses involved big time collapses against good teams (yes, I still think Florida State is good). Does it make them bad? Maybe, but look at what the rest of the SEC has done.
(Last week: #3, lost to Alabama 48-43)
4. Auburn (1-2)
I don’t care about the record (see: Ole Miss), and I don’t care how mad you are that Auburn “should’ve” beaten Clemson and Texas A&M. I think Auburn is better than most if not all of the SEC East, which is most of the rest of this ranking. They have just played two top 10 teams, just like Ole Miss, and unlike the entire SEC East.
(Last week: #4, lost to Texas A&M 29-13)
5. Florida (3-0)
I won’t buy into the Gators until they play somebody, and that won’t change this week, as much as ESPN tries to tell you otherwise. And they just lost their quarterback (due to a malicious hit), so I’m not sure they’ll be this high the rest of the season.
(Last week: #5, beat North Texas 32-0)
6. Arkansas (3-0)
The Hawgs are much like the East. Yes, they beat TCU in double overtime, but they’ve played nobody, and even struggled mightily against one of those nobodies.
(Last week: #7, beat Texas State 42-3)
7. LSU (2-1)
I was ready to call LSU good again with the return of Fournette, but they let Mississippi State come back on them and make it way too interesting.
(Last week: #8, beat Mississippi State 23-20)
8. Georgia (3-0)
Skin of their teeth every week against teams that a good team would be blowing out.
(Last week: #6, beat Missouri 28-27)
9. Tennessee (3-0)
Not buying it.
(Last week: #9, beat Ohio 28-19)
10. Missouri (1-2)
They almost beat Georgia, but I think it’s just because their field is so weird, man.
(Last week: #10, lost to Georgia 28-27)
11. Mississippi State (1-2)
I guess I’ll get the Maroons out of the cellar for a win followed by a near comeback in Baton Rouge.
(Last week: #13, lost to LSU 23-20)
12. South Carolina (2-1)
I was surprised the Gamecocks were able to beat the Pirates of East Carolina, but I’ll reserve judgement until a few more games (this is a what’s wrong with me ranking the SEC in Week 3).
(Last week: #11, beat East Carolina 20-15)
13. Vanderbilt (1-2)
The Commodores spent specific time this off-season working on Georgia Tech’s option attack. It didn’t work.
(Last week: #12, lost to Georgia Tech 38-7)
14. Kentucky (1-2)
They won but they gave up 42 points to one of the the worst programs in FBS history.
(Last week: #14, beat New Mexico State 62-42)