SEC Football Rankings And Reactions, Week 10

    Week 10 SEC rankings and reactions: Florida took the SEC East, while Alabama took a massive step forward to taking the West.

    November 9, 2015


    SEC Football Rankings Week 10

    1. Alabama (8-1)

    W, LSU 30-16: It’s absolutely a thing of college football beauty when this team is frothing at the mouth. With two weeks off to prepare, the Crimson Tide were obviously out to get Leonard Fournette and end his Heisman chase – or at least slow it down. Derrick Henry was the star with his 210 yards and three touchdowns, but Jake Coker did his part, too, completing 18-of-24 passes for 184 yards with no picks. However, it was the defensive front that took center stage showing off all the impressive NFL talent that swarmed all over No. 7. Now it’s time to focus on Dak Prescott. Shut him down, shut down Mississippi State, move one step closer to the SEC title game.

    2. LSU (7-1)

    L, at Alabama 30-16: Just one defensive stop. Leonard Fournette ran for a score, and despite all the problems and all the issues throughout the game, LSU was right there. Down 14 with more than nine minutes to play, there was more than enough time to do something amazing. There was one problem – the defense couldn’t hold up to Derrick Henry and the Alabama power. The Crimson Tide blasted away for a 13-play drive that ground out the clock, and LSU’s offense never got back on the field. Now comes the power of Alex Collins and the Arkansas power game.

    3. Florida (8-1)

    W, Vanderbilt 9-7: Yuck. It doesn’t matter, but yuck. The Gators almost suffered one of the most embarrassing ways possible to end its run to the playoff, but they got the win. It might not have been pretty, but they’re in the show. Get there at 11-1, win the SEC championship, and they’re in – even if Vanderbilt almost pulled it off. Vandy might have a nice defense, but Florida only ran for 93 yards and a score. Considering the mobility of Treon Harris – he ran for 34 yards – that’s not okay.

    4. Arkansas (5-4)

    W, at Ole Miss 53-52 OT: Apparently, Arkansas is almost incapable of playing uninteresting games. The season should’ve been over. The Hogs were one Hunter Henry knee, one Alex Collins slip, one facemask penalty away from being 4-5 with a road trip to LSU up next and with Mississippi State and Missouri to finish. Now, not only are the Hogs almost certain to go bowling, but this is looking like a fun season with 170 points in the last three games. It’s not how anyone drew it up, but it’s been wild.

    5. Ole Miss (7-3)

    L, Arkansas 53-52 OT: Totally and completely lost in the insanity of the finish was the massive game from QB Chad Kelly. Had the Rebels held on, he’d have been the story after throwing for 368 yards and three scores, and running for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Unfortunately for him, the defense didn’t hold up its end of the bargain, and now the SEC West title dream is all but over. With LSU and a trip to Mississippi State to close out, just getting another win is going to be tough, much less jockey for bowl positioning.

    6. Mississippi State (7-2)

    W, at Missouri 31-13: Can we start to put Dak Prescott in the Heisman race? There’s no more valuable player to his team, comping up with 18 touchdown passes and just one pick, to go along with seven touchdown runs. Mississippi State isn’t in the running for much, so he’s not in the national spotlight, but that could change in a hurry if he goes off against Alabama. Over his last three games he threw for 347 yards and three scores against Louisiana Tech, 348 yards and three scores against Kentucky, and 303 yards and four scores against Mizzou. He’s on his game.

    7. Auburn (5-4)

    W, at Texas A&M 26-10: It might not be anything special, but the season is starting to become far better than it looked like it might have been a month ago. The Tigers weren’t explosive, but they were effective against Texas A&M with Jeremy Johnson doing a nice job of steadying the offense and complementing a defense that stymied the Aggies all game long. With three straight home games against Georgia, Idaho and Alabama to close, now it’s time to end with a few big statements. Want to change around the perception of the season? Win at least two of the last three.

    8. Texas A&M (6-3)

    L, Auburn 26-10: Get ready for more inconsistencies. Kyler Murray was so solid against South Carolina, and so bad against Auburn, that it’s going to be a rough last few weeks. But if the coaching staff sees it, and if it thinks Murray might really be the star to work around, then just keep throwing him out there and take whatever happens. The Aggies are going bowling, but the SEC West title is gone, so all that matters is how much experience the young star can get for next year. Losing three of the last four, though, is rough no matter what.

    9. Tennessee (5-4)

    W, South Carolina 27-24: Tennessee just isn’t doing anything easy. The Vols are struggling way too much to put together a full four quarters – getting bombed on by South Carolina in the third – and what should’ve been a home game layup turned out to be a fight. The rushing offense has been among the best in the SEC thanks to Joshua Dobbs, but it’s been hard to take control of games and put them away, and parts of the great receiving corps have been invisible for far too often. With North Texas up next, Tennessee will go bowling, but with Missouri and Vanderbilt to close out the SEC season, 8-4 wouldn’t be bad.

    10. Georgia (6-3)

    W, Kentucky 27-3: So Jeremy Pruitt is about to be pushed out? Kentucky came up with three points, the passing game completed 9-of-23 passes for 101 yards, and the ground game ran for 79 yards. This was a statement performance after the loss to Florida, and now it’s time to exhale. The SEC East race is over, the Dawgs are bowl eligible, so now it’s just about having fun. If they can get the linebackers and front seven to play like they did against UK, they’ll stuff Auburn, stop Georgia Tech, and finish with a solid 9-3 regular season. It might not be what UGA fans were hoping for, but this should be another not-that-bad campaign – partly due to Pruitt.

    11. Kentucky (4-5)

    L, at Georgia 27-3: Kentucky ran into a very, very well-motivated Georgia defense. The offense was a complete and utter disaster, with Patrick Towles coming up with an awful game and the running attack going nowhere. It’s not going to get easier next week against a nasty Vanderbilt defense that’s somewhat quietly having a huge season, but that’s a must-win just to stop the slide. On a four-game losing streak, the team is getting worse at the wrong time, but Towles has to be better and more consistent to pull the O out of this. Just get the win – UK will beat Charlotte, so the bowl issues and concerns can be over with a win. With the way the Cats are playing, it’s going to be like pulling teeth.

    12. Vanderbilt (3-6)

    L, at Florida 9-7: If only Johnny McCrary could’ve completed a pass or two. The Vanderbilt defense did everything it needed to do against the Gators on the road, but the offense just couldn’t get anything moving. McCrary completed 3-of-14 passes for 30 yards – with one of those completions coming at the end – mainly because the receiver just couldn’t get open against the tremendous Florida secondary. With this defense, though, can the Commodores beat Kentucky at home next week? Absolutely, but McCrary needs to do something to keep the attack moving.

    13. Missouri (4-5)

    L, Mississippi State 31-13: Now what? Missouri has much bigger issues to deal with than just figuring out BYU – will it have a team to put on the field on Saturday? In terms of the football team, it’s an absolute disaster offensively, failing to do anything throwing the ball with Drew Lock still not able to find his footing. The defense couldn’t stop Dak Prescott and the Mississippi State passing game, but few teams can. There’s still a chance to go bowling by winning two of the final three games with BYU, Tennessee and at Arkansas to finish, but that’s hardly top-of-mind at the moment around the football program.

    14. South Carolina (3-6)

    L, at Tennessee 27-24: Perry Orth hasn’t been bad. South Carolina is just playing out the string of a lost season, but the play of Orth hasn’t been too lousy with 200 yards or more in three of the last four games with a season-high three touchdowns against the Vols. He might not have been accurate enough, but he helped keep the Gamecocks alive. Losers of four of the last five games, at least they’re competitive with three of the losses by a touchdown or less. Forget about winning the final three games to get bowl eligible, but if they can beat Florida and/or Clemson to screw up a dream season, it’ll salvage something.

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