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SEC football is finally back and with that comes the return of the SEC power rankings. The opening week for the SEC resulted in some shocking upsets and some expected results.

Even though this was the SEC’s first week of games, it is technically Week 4 of the season due to the delay.

Here are the SEC power rankings following an eventful week of games.

#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)

Nick Saban and the Tide began their 2020 season with a road trip to face Missouri and were able to leave with a 38-19 victory.

Bama was starting the season without superstar QB Tua Tagovailoa who is now with the Miami Dolphins. However, Mac Jones had a solid outing as he finished with 249-yards and 2 TDs.

However, the TD damage was done by Najee Harris who rushed for 98-yards and 3 TDs in the blowout win.

It was the start to 2020 that we expected from Bama, but they will have their first true test next Saturday.

Week 5: vs Texas A&M

#2 Florida Gators (1-0)

The Gators enter the 2020 season as one of if not the favorite to win the SEC East and the offense looked elite in game 1. Defense, not so much.

The Gators’ offense put up an astounding 642 yards of offense as Kyle Trask threw for 416-yards and 6 TDs while the team added 196 yards on the ground.

As for the defense, the Gators allowed Ole Miss to put up 613 yards of offense themselves and were able to put up 35 points on the scoreboard.

Despite the defensive struggles, the Gators were able to come away with a 51-35 win over the Rebels.

Week 5: vs South Carolina

#3 Auburn Tigers (1-0)

The Tigers are primed to be one of the top SEC West contenders, but their performance last week wasn’t what Tiger fans expected.

On the bright side, Bo Nix looked to be much improved in the first start of his sophomore season as he had 233 yards and 3 TDs through the air while not committing a turnover.

It was obvious that Nix has a lot of chemistry with star receiver Seth Williams as the two linked up for 6 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TDs.

Auburn was beaten in total passing yards, rushing yards, first downs, total yards, and time of possession.

The difference was they won the turnover battle 3-0 which fueled their 29-13 win over Kentucky.

Week 5: @ Georgia

#4 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0)

The Bulldogs started their season on the road against Arkansas and things didn’t get off to the best start as they found themselves trailing 7-5 at halftime.

However, in the 3rd quarter the Bulldogs’ defense stepped up without the offense having success and came up with two INTs including a pick six to help Georgia pull away.

Kirby Smart finally settled with Stetson Bennett at QB and he finished with 211 yards and 2 TDs in the 37-10 win.

The Bulldogs better get their issues figured out quick as they face a top-10 team on Saturday.

Week 5: vs Auburn

#5 Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-0)

The Bulldogs might have had the most eye-opening week as most of the country didn’t expect they would be very good in year one under Mike Leach.

Well, they went on the road to face the defending national champions and came away with a massive 44-34 win.

The big story was the play of QB K.J. Costello who finished with 623 yards and 5 TDs. However, this performance also showed the catching ability of RB Kylin Hill who had 8 receptions for 158 yards and a TD.

The Bulldogs have put the rest of the SEC on notice after that game 1 performance against LSU.

Week 5: vs Arkansas

#6 LSU Tigers (0-1)

The Tigers kicked off their 2020 season as the defending national champions but became the first team since Michigan in 1998 to lose the season opener after winning the title.

The LSU offense couldn’t get their feet under them for most of the game despite putting up 34 points.

The Tigers are without Joe Burrow who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals and QB Myles Brennan looked uncomfortable out there as he finished with 345 yards 3 TDs and 2 INTs.

LSU’s defense didn’t have much of an answer for the Bulldogs’ offense as they lost the season opener 44-34.

Week 5: @ Vanderbilt

#7 Texas A&M Aggies (1-0)

The Aggies had a lot of hype around them heading into the 2020 season and are expected to be a top challenger for the SEC West.

However, the season opener didn’t go as planned as they were barley able to squeak by Vanderbilt in a 17-12 win.

A big issue for the offense was the 3 turnovers but the defense was able to force 2 themselves and kept the Vanderbilt offense in check to carry the Aggies to victory.

Week 5: @ Alabama

#8 Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)

The Vols entered the 2020 season as the No. 16 team in the country but were tasked with a tough road game against South Carolina.

The Vols played a very solid all-around game as they put up 394 total yards, 261 passing yards, and 133 rushing yards while the defense forced 2 turnovers to help them get the 31-27 win.

Tennessee has the pieces to put together a good season and it will be interesting to see how they look against a schedule that isn’t going to be easy.

Week 5: vs Missouri

#9 Kentucky Wildcats (0-1)

The Wildcats went into the season opener with a lot of national hype and a lot of people expected them to have a very good shot of winning the game against Auburn.

Kentucky outplayed Auburn in nearly every aspect as they had more first downs, total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, and won the time of possession 36 minutes to 23 minutes.

The problem was Kentucky couldn’t stop shooting themselves in the foot as they had 3 turnovers to 0 for Auburn making the difference in the game.

Terry Wilson did have a solid outing in his first game back in over 400 days as he had 239 yards, a TD, and an INT while also rushing for 42 yards. As the game continued, he only looked more and more comfortable.

Unfortunately, the Cats came up short in a 29-13 loss and will need to focus on ball security heading into game 2.

Week 5: vs Ole Miss

#10 South Carolina Gamecocks (0-1)

The Gamecocks kicked their season off with a tough home matchup with Tennessee and came up just short in a 31-27 loss.

South Carolina did most of their damage through the air passing for 290 yards and a TD, but they finished their drives on the ground rushing for just 89 yards but 2 TDs.

The difference in this one was the fact that USC turned it over 2 times and Tennessee didn’t turn it over once.

Week: 5 @ Florida

#11 Ole Miss Rebels (0-1)

We didn’t know what to expect from the Rebels, but I don’t think anyone expected that offense to look as good as it did especially against Florida.

Despite losing the game 51-35, the Rebels’ offense put up 613 yards with 443 coming through the air.

The problem for them in this one is the fact that their defense gave up 642 yards with 446 coming through the air.

It will be interesting to see if the Rebels can keep their high-powered offense going in game 2.

Week 5: @ Kentucky

#12 Arkansas Razorbacks (0-1)

The Razorbacks were tasked with a difficult matchup with Georgia who is expected to contend for the SEC East.

However, they were able to take a 7-5 lead into halftime. The problem was in the 3rd quarter their offense still couldn’t get going and threw 2 INTs including a pick six that allowed the Bulldogs to pull away.

In the end, the score was a little lopsided as they fell 37-10 but this game was closer than it looks until the turnover bug hit.

Week 5: @ Mississippi State

#13 Missouri Tigers (0-1)

The Tigers were going to have to put together a perfect performance to get a win in the season opener against Alabama and they were unable to do that falling 38-19 to the Tide.

Missouri was able to find some success through the air as they had 253 yards passing and a TD. However, they couldn’t stop the Alabama offense as they gave up 414 total yards.

Week 5: @ Tennessee

#14 Vanderbilt Commodores (0-1)

Vanderbilt was projected to be the worst team in the SEC per usual, but they were almost able to pull off a monster upset in the season opener.

The Commodores were only down 7-5 at the half against Texas A&M and trailed 12-14 heading into the final quarter.

However, they were not able to put any more points on the board and gave up a FG on their way to a slim 17-12 loss to the Aggies.

Week 5: vs LSU


Now, looking at the latest top-25 polls, it’s no surprise to see Kentucky isn’t ranked in either poll. The Wildcats did receive four votes in the AP Poll and 17 votes in the Coaches Poll.

Mississippi State, who Kentucky plays in two weeks at Kroger Field, is now ranked 16th in the AP Poll and 14th in the Coaches Poll. They play Arkansas next week, so there’s a very good chance Mike Leach will have a top-25 team in his return to Lexington.

Other teams on Kentucky’s schedule include matchups with Alabama (2), Florida (3), Georgia (4) and Tennessee (20/21).

AP Top 25 Poll

1 Clemson Tigers

2 Alabama Crimson Tide

3 Florida Gators

4 Georgia Bulldogs

5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

6 Ohio State Buckeyes

7 Auburn Tigers

8 Miami-Florida Hurricanes

9 Texas Longhorns

10 Penn State Nittany Lions

11 UCF Knights

12 North Carolina Tar Heels

13 Texas A&M Aggies

14 Oregon Ducks

15 Cincinnati Bearcats

16 Mississippi St. Bulldogs

17 Oklahoma State Cowboys

18 Oklahoma Sooners

19 Wisconsin Badgers

20 LSU Tigers

21 Tennessee Volunteers

22 Brigham Young Cougars

23 Michigan Wolverines

24 Pittsburgh Panthers

25 Memphis Tigers

Others receiving votes: Virginia Tech 195, Louisiana-Lafayette 126, Minnesota 110, Southern Cal 104, Kansas State 60, SMU 37, Marshall 31, Baylor 22, Iowa 16, Utah 14, Virginia 12, Arkansas State 11, UAB 5, Washington 4, Kentucky 4, Louisville 4, Army 3

Coaches Top 25 Poll

1 Clemson Tigers

2 Alabama Crimson Tide

3 Florida Gators

4 Georgia Bulldogs

5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

6 Ohio State Buckeyes

7 Auburn Tigers

8 Miami-Florida Hurricanes

9 Texas Longhorns

10 Penn State Nittany Lions

11 North Carolina Tar Heels

12 UCF Knights

13 Texas A&M Aggies

14 Mississippi St. Bulldogs

15 Cincinnati Bearcats

16 Oklahoma Sooners

17 LSU Tigers

18 Wisconsin Badgers

19 Oklahoma State Cowboys

20 Tennessee Volunteers

21 Michigan Wolverines

22 Brigham Young Cougars

23 Virginia Tech Hokies

24 Memphis Tigers

25 Pittsburgh Panthers

Others receiving votes: UL Lafayette 108; Minnesota 106; Southern Methodist 46; Kansas State 33; Iowa 32; Virginia 29; Baylor 25; Marshall 22; Kentucky 17; Arkansas St. 16; Boston College 9; South Carolina 6; Nebraska 4; UAB 3; Coastal Carolina 3; Army 3; Louisiana Tech 2; Mississippi 1.