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SEC Power Rankings Week 5

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Kentucky provides the one big mover this week.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

The SEC is starting to sort itself out, and it is becoming clear who is going to contend for division crowns. While there are the same old names at the top of the Power Rankings, one team is knocking on the door and demanding a seat at the table.

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 2-0)

Last Week- #1

The Tide left no doubt as they walloped the A&M in Tuscaloosa 45-23. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 387 yards and four touchdown. People are asking the question, why would Alabama ever run with a QB like Tua? Which is crazy considering the style of play we are used to from Nick Saban. Once again, the Tide made a top 25 team look completely inferior.

Week 5: vs. Louisiana Lafayette 12:00 PM on SEC Network

#2 Georgia Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0)

Last Week- #2

The Georgia Bulldogs own another road win in the SEC East as they went into Missouri and got the win 43-29. Don’t let the score fool you, it was closer than that through much of the game and it looked like the Dawgs were sleepwalking through some of it. Still, they were able to dominate their opponent and safely keep their place as the second best team in the league.

Week 5: vs. Tennessee time and TV TBD

#3 LSU Tigers (4-0, 1-0)

Last Week- #3

The Tigers took a week off from the SEC to play an inferior opponent and won 38-21 against Louisiana Tech. LSU is the early surprise in the West as they are knocking on the College Football Playoffs door owning two impressive wins over top 25 teams.

Week 4: vs. Ole Miss 9:00 PM on ESPN

#4 Kentucky Wildcats (4-0, 2-0)

Last Week- #6

The Cats took a major jump as they dominated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 28-7 at Kroger Field. Benny Snell and Josh Allen are the best in the SEC at their positions and the Cats have one of the better defenses in the conference as well. The Cats are for real and they will have another opportunity to prove the doubters wrong in Week 5.

Week 5: vs. South Carolina 7:30 PM on SEC Network

#5 Auburn Tigers (3-1, 1-1)

Last Week- #5

After being stunned by LSU, Auburn got the hapless Razorbacks at home and they took care of business 34-3. The story was the Auburn defense as they caused turnovers and held their opponent from getting into the endzone. The Auburn offense has some struggles and will have another week to get things figured out.

Week 5: vs. Southern Miss 4:00 PM on SEC Network

#6 Florida Gators (3-1, 1-1)

Last Week- #8

Florida looks like they’re getting things figured out with Dan Mullen. After losing to Kentucky in Gainesville, the Gators reeled off double-digit wins over Colorado State and Tennessee. Florida clobbered the Vols 47-21 in Knoxville as Feleipe Franks threw for three touchdowns and the Gator defense made Tennessee look extremely inferior. Dan Mullen is taking his team to Starkville in a game that will feature a very pissed off Mississippi State fanbase.

Week 5: at Mississippi State 6:00 PM on ESPN

#7 Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-1, 0-1)

Last Week- #4

The Bulldogs were served a big plate of humble pie as they visited Lexington and were beat down by UK. Nick Fitzgerald and Kylin Hill were held in check after being stars through week four. With Dan Mullen returning to Starkville, the Bulldogs have a chance to make themselves feel a lot better.

Week 5: vs. Florida Gators 6:00 PM on ESPN

#8 Texas A&M Aggies (2-2, 0-1)

Last Week- #7

Nobody said it was going to be easy, Jimbo. The Aggies have had some hard luck as they had to play both Bama and Clemson. While keeping it close with the Tigers at home, they were crushed by the Tide in Tuscaloosa. Kellan Mond was kept in check by Alabama’s defense and the Aggies never really had a chance. Good thing they play the worst team in the conference this week.

Week 5: vs. Arkansas 12:00 PM on ESPN

#9 South Carolina Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1)

Last Week- #11

The Gamecocks had an extra week to lick their wounds after the beatdown they took from Georgia in Columbia. They went down to Vanderbilt and completely took over the game and won 37-14. Jake Bentley looked good as he sliced the Dores for 261 yards and a touchdown. They are going to come in hungry against the Wildcats at Kroger Field.

Week 5: at Kentucky 7:30 PM on SEC Network

#10 Missouri Tigers (3-1, 0-1)

Last Week- #10

Drew Lock is really good. But his supporting cast isn’t. If Georgia had been playing a better team they would have been on upset alert. But the Tigers were turnover prone and their talent level just wasn’t up to par against the Dawgs.

Week 5: Off

#11 Ole Miss Rebels (3-1, 0-1)

Last Week- #13

The Rebs were able to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Tide by beating Kent State 38-17. Jordan Ta’amu threw for 442 yards and two touchdowns. But the Ole Miss defense gave up 17 points to a hapless Kent State offense. It’s going to be their Achilles’ Heel all season long and that’s why they will remain near the bottom of these rankings.

Week 5: at LSU 9:00 PM on ESPN

#12 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-2, 0-1)

Last Week- #9

Poor Vandy. A week after taking Notre Dame to the wire in South Bend, they came back down to earth as they were destroyed by South Carolina in Nashville. They looked like they were going to be a team to be reckoned with in the East but the 37-14 loss showed us that Vandy is still the same old Vandy.

Week 5: vs. Tennessee State 4:00 PM on SEC Network

#13 Tennessee Volunteers (2-2, 0-1)

Last Week- #13

The Tennessee Volunteers should get comfortable here. It was bad enough that they were humiliated by Florida, Jeremy Pruitt had a player quit on him in the third quarter. Like he quit the team and walked off the field. OOOOOF.

Week 5: at Georgia time and TV TBD

#14 Arkansas Razorbacks (1-3, 0-1)

Last Week- #14

I’m not being facetious here when I say that the Razorbacks may be finished winning football games. Their one hope is a game against Tulsa near the end of the season. Bad times. Bad times.

Week 5: at Texas A&M 12:00 PM on ESPN