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SEC Power Rankings Week 4

Some big shakeups in Week 4 after one of the top teams drops a close one at the gun.

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Auburn Julie Bennett-USA TODAY Sports

There were some big shake ups in the SEC this week as we got a taste of what the West is going to be like this year. Right now it looks like the Alabama Crimson Tide and everyone else. But the LSU Tigers made a strong case to contend with a massive road victory.

#1 Alabama Crimson Tie (3-0, 1-0)

Last Week- #1

So much for a challenging road game. The Tide completely steamrolled the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, 62-7. With Tua Tagovailoa it seems as if Nick Saban is playing with a cheat code. And that defense? All they did was shut down one of the more talented and high powered offenses in the conference. I don’t see any teams challenging them in the near future.

Week 4: vs. Texas A&M 3:30 PM on CBS

#2 Georgia Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0)

Last Week- #2

For the third straight game the Dawgs put up 40 or more points against their opponent. Middle Tennessee State is a decent team but they didn’t stand a chance Between the Hedges. The 49-7 win was in large part due to the 261 yards on the ground put up by that impressive stable of running backs. Like Alabama in the West, I don’t see anything in the next few weeks that Bulldog fans should be worried about.

Week 4- at Missouri 12:00 PM on ESPN

#3 LSU Tigers (3-0, 1-0)

Last Week- #5

Ed Orgeron’s seat is cooling by the game. With a last-second field goal, LSU stunned the Auburn crowd on their home field 22-21. The Bayou Bengals now own two wins over top 25 teams, the most of any other team in the SEC. Their schedule is brutal but Coach O has this team believing and they get a week with a cupcake dessert for all of their hard work.

Week 4- vs. Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM on ESPNU

#4 Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-0)

Last Week- #4

MSU continues to roll along as they won 56-10 against a completely overmatched Louisiana team in Starkville. Nick Fitzgerald led the way with his arm and his legs as he had the most passing yards and rushing yards on the team. He’s been an absolute beast but he should get a challenge from a much-improved Kentucky team.

Week 4- at Kentucky 7:00 PM on ESPNU

#5 Auburn Tigers (2-1, 0-1)

Last Week- #3

The Tigers are still a good team but that loss against LSU had to be extremely deflating given the circumstances. They had them right where they wanted them on their home field and they would have been able to make the case to be in the top four. But now they will probably fall out of the top ten as LSU stole their opportunity.

Week 4- vs. Arkansas 7:00 PM on SEC Network

#6 Kentucky Wildcats (3-0, 1-0)

Last Week- #6

The Cats were able to cruise past visiting Murray State 48-10 thanks to an explosive third quarter that blew the game wide open. Terry Wilson continues his improvement and he is giving the type of quarterback play that they haven’t seen in a decade. With Mississippi State coming to town they will get the biggest test to date. It will all come down to if Kentucky’s offensive line can give playmakers Wilson, Benny Snell, AJ Rose, and Lynn Bowden time to operate.

Week 4- vs. Mississippi State 7:00 PM on ESPN 2

#7 Texas A&M (2-1)

Last Week- #7

The Aggies got a much-deserved break after taking Clemson to the wire in Week 2. The easily dispatched Louisiana Monroe 48-10. But things are about to get real again for the Aggies as they travel to Tuscaloosa to faceoff against perhaps what will be one of the all-time college football teams. Gulp.

Week 4- at Alabama 3:30 PM on CBS

#8 Florida Gators (2-1, 0-1)

Last Week- #10

A week after losing to Kentucky, the Gators bounced back with a nice win over Colorado State 48-10. Maybe the loss to the Cats was more about how good UK is instead of how bad the Gators are. They’ll get a chance to show their stuff against a rival team in the SEC that’s a bit down. If they struggle to beat or lose to Tennessee, then Dan Mullen may have to just scrap this season and look at the future.

Week 4- at Tennessee 7:00 PM on ESPN

#9 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-1)

Last Week- #10

It’s tough to look impressive in a loss but Vandy did that. They were down double digits early at Notre Dame but were able to fight back with a chance to win late in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t to be as they lost 22-17. Kyle Shurmur is the real deal and so is the Vandy defense. They’ll be contenders in the East.

Week 4- vs, South Carolina 4:00 PM on the SEC Network

#10 Missouri Tigers (3-0)

Last Week- #9

Yes, I know they are undefeated. But winning 40-37 at Purdue sent up some warning flags. Purdue’s offense has been pretty bad thus far and Missouri’s defense continues to be extremely suspect. Drew Lock and the offense is the real deal but what’s going to happen when they go against a legit SEC defense? I’m not sold on their resurgence.

Week 4- vs. Georgia 12:00 PM on ESPN

#11 South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1)

Last Week- #11

Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, the last thing we have to remember them by was that blowout at home vs. Georgia. Their game against Marshall was canceled because of the threat of hurricane Florence. They’ll have one more week to toil in defeat before getting another chance to put that awful game behind them.

Week 4- at Vanderbilt 4:00 PM on the SEC Network

#12 Tennessee Volunteers (2-1)

Last Week- #14

I was put on blast last week for having the Vols last in these power rankings. Well, congrats Tennessee! You’re out of the cellar. They won 24-0 over a dreadful UTEP team but the game wasn’t always pretty. They have a showdown vs. the Florida Gators that may give us a better picture if the week one debacle against West Virginia was the real Tennessee.

Week 4- vs. Florida 4:00 PM on ESPN

#13 Ole Miss Rebels (2-1, 0-1)

Last Week- #8

Ole Miss was serving us all a big old glass of fake juice as they were putting up big points against bad teams. After scoring on their opening play against visiting Alabama, they were embarrassed on national TV. We were all right to be skeptical of Matt Luke’s defense but we thought at least the offense was the real deal. Nope.

Week 4- vs. Kent State 12:00 PM on SEC Network

#14 Arkansas Razorbacks (1-2)

Last Week- #13

Not only are the Hogs at the rock bottom of the Power Rankings, but they’re at rock bottom of their program. Like worse than post-Bobby Petrino in the neck brace rock bottom. They just lost consecutive games to Colorado State and North Texas. By a combined score of 78-44. Ouch.

Week 4- at Auburn 7:30 PM on the SEC Network