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SEC Power Rankings for Week 3

Could LSU take down the Crimson Tide in the SEC West race?

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Texas Ronald Cortes-USA TODAY Sports

The Cats roll to their 2nd win of the season, while some of the SEC East bounces back from a shaky Week 1. In the West, LSU goes on the road and makes a huge statement.

So how do the SEC power rankings shake out after Week 2?

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

Last Week: #1

The Tide once again beat up on a lower opponent as they took down the New Mexico State Aggies 62-10.

It took the Tide all of 13 seconds to get on the board and this one was over early as it was 21-0 after the 1st.

So far, the Tide look to be the best in the SEC, but they are going to have more competition in conference play.

Week 3: @South Carolina

#2 LSU Tigers (2-0, 0-0)

Last Week: #3

To me, LSU has been the most impressive team in the SEC to this point. They took care of business in Week 1, cruising to a blowout win.

Then this week, they took a road trip to face the #9 Texas Longhorns, and they got another big win, 45-38.

Quarterback Joe Burrow is the real deal, as he was 31/39 for 471 yards and 4 touchdowns. It looks like the Tigers are going to be a real contender to challenge Alabama for the SEC West.

Week 3: vs Northwestern State

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

Last Week: #2

A week after the Bulldogs took down Vanderbilt, they faced the Murray State Racers and rolled to a huge win, 63-17.

While the Bulldogs didn’t lose, they are falling a spot in the rankings due to the strength of opponents faced. LSU just went on the road and beat a top-10 team and are the most impressive team so far.

Week 3: vs Arkansas State

#4 Auburn Tigers (2-0, 0-0)

Last Week: #5

Coming off a big time win over the Oregon Ducks, the Tigers did not have a very good performance against the Tulane Green Wave.

Freshman quarterback Bo Nix was 19/37 for 207 yards and a touchdown on the Tigers’ way to a 24-6 win.

I assume they were still feeling the effects of last week’s showdown. However, this was not the dominating performance I expected to see. But they got the win and will have one more lower opponent before the schedule gets tough.

Week 3: vs Kent State

#5 Florida Gators (2-0, 0-0)

Last Week: #6

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks did not have a very good performance against the Miami Hurricanes two weeks ago, but he came back this week and went 25/27 for 270 yards and two touchdowns.

The Gators did not get off to the best start, as it was 3-0 after the first quarter. However, they would get it rolling and took down the UT Martin Skyhawks 45-0.

Week 3: @Kentucky

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

Last Week: #4

The Aggies were faced with a very good chance to make a big statement in the college football world, but they fell on their face as they struggled with the #1 Clemson Tigers.

The Aggies had a very hard time moving the ball offensively, especially on the ground as they only had 53 rushing yards.

It was not a blowout, but the Aggies still fell 24-10 in a tough road environment.

Week 3: vs Lamar

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

Last Week: #7

What was supposed to be an easier week for the Cats turned into an ugly performance and a scary injury.

The Cats had way too many penalties that ended some very good drives that they were putting together. Plus, a second week with a fumble inside the 5-yard-line is unacceptable.

The worst news of all is the injury to quarterback Terry Wilson. Late in the 3rd quarter, Wilson was pulled down from behind and had to be carted off the field with a torn patella injury that has put an end to his season.

In the end, the Cats beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 38-17, but all of BBN is wondering how the team will look behind Sawyer Smith.

Week 3: vs Florida

#8 Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-0, 0-0)

Last Week: #8

The Bulldogs were looking to build off their lackluster Week 1 performance, and that is exactly what they did.

They faced off with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and were able to take care of business, 38-15, behind Kylin Hill and his 123 rushing yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Tommy Stevens had to leave the game early with an injury, so we will have to see what the status is for him going forward.

Week 3: vs Kansas State

#9 Missouri Tigers (1-1, 0-0)

Last Week: #9

We might have brushed off the Tigers a little too soon as they bounced back from the Week 1 loss with a dominating 38-7 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Quarterback Kelly Bryant looked a lot more comfortable in the Tigers’ offense on his was to a three-touchdown game.

WVU is not exactly filled with talent, but this was a performance that the Tigers needed to have in order to get rolling.

Week 3: vs Southeast Missouri State

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

Last Week: #10

The Gamecocks were in their first game without senior quarterback Jake Bentley, and they put on an absolute show offensively.

USC faced off with the Charleston Southern Buccaneers and dominated with a 72-10 win.

New starter Ryan Hilinski was 24/30 for 282 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in his first start.

Week 2 was a positive performance for the Gamecocks, but next week is a completely different monster.

Week 3: vs Alabama

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

Last Week: #13

Week 1 was a very poor performance for the Rebels, but they bounced back in Week 2 and took down the Arkansas Razorbacks 31-17.

Running back Scottie Phillips had a big game on the ground, rushing for 143 yards and two touchdowns for the Rebels.

This was a step in the right direction for the Rebels, but they still have a lot of work to do.

Week 3: vs Southeastern Louisiana

#12 Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1, 0-1)

Last Week: #12

It was another poor start to SEC play for the Razorbacks, as they suffered a 31-17 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels.

A shaky win in Week 1 against a lower opponent proved that this is going to be another long season for the Razorbacks.

Week 3: vs Colorado State

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

Last Week: #11

The idea of the Commodores being one of the more underrated teams in the SEC was short-lived, as it looks like it will be another poor season for Vandy.

Vandy took on the Purdue Boilermakers in Week 2 and lost 42-24.

It was a poor performance on the ground for Vandy, only having 71 yards rushing, but the passing game was stout, as they had 420 yards through the air.

Week 3: BYE

#14 Tennessee Volunteers (0-2, 0-0)

Last Week: #14

Well, the Vols backed up their embarrassing loss to Georgia State in Week 1 with another loss to the BYU Cougars in Week 2.

The Vols fell 29-26 in double OT and have gotten off to an 0-2 start for the first time since 1988.

The way it looks, the Vols are going to be at the bottom of these rankings all season.

Week 3: vs Chattanooga