Aug 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Christion Jones (22) celebrates his punt return for a touchdown against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first quarter of the 2013 Chick-fil-a Kickoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

SEC Power Rankings After Week 1

1. Alabama (1-0)

The Crimson Tide did not look sharp in Week 1 on offense, amassing just 206 yards. Luckily they scored two special teams touchdowns and held Logan Thomas to just 5-26 for 59 yards.

Last week: Defeated Virginia Tech 35-10

This week: Bye

2. South Carolina (1-0)

All of the talk about the Gamecocks’ victory over UNC was the lackluster performance by Jadeveon Clowney. A stomach flu and a field temperature of over 100, he’ll be fine.

Last week: Defeated North Carolina 27-10

This week: at Georgia 3:30 p.m. CT

3. LSU (1-0)

I didn’t give LSU much credit coming into the season and I still don’t see them as a legitimate contender to Alabama, but the victory over TCU impressed me so I gave the Tigers a little bump.

Last week: Defeated TCU 37-27

This week: UAB 6:00 p.m.

4. Texas A&M (1-0)

Johnny Football has a lot he needs to change outside the sidelines, especially listening to his coach, but his play on the field looked even better than his freshman campaign.

Last week: Defeated Rice 52-31

This week: Sam Houston State 6:00 p.m.

5. Florida (1-0) 

To no one’s surpass the Gator offense was lackluster and the defense looked superb.

Last week: Defeated Toledo 24-6

This week: at Miami (Fl) 11:00 a.m.

6. Georgia (0-1)

There were tackling issues, blocking breakdowns and coverage meltdowns. To make matters worse, Malcolm Mitchell is done for the season.

Last week: Lost to Clemson 38-35

This week: South Carolina 3:30 p.m.

7. Ole Miss (1-0)

If the Rebels can find decent replacements for Denzel Nkemdiche and Aaron Morris and can get the corners healthy, they can make a lot of noise in the West.

Last week: Defeated Vanderbilt 39-35

This week: SE Missouri State 6:00 p.m.

8. Tennessee (1-0)

It was only Austin Peay but the Vols and their heralded linemen seemed to dominate.

Last week: Defeated Austin Peay 45-0

This week: Western Kentucky 11:21 a.m.

Aug 31, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorback defensive end Trey Flowers (86) reacts to a quarterback sack made by defensive end Chris Smith (42) during the second half of a game against the Louisiana Ragin

9. Arkansas (1-0)

No surprise that the Razorbacks opened up the Bret Bielema era with a huge ground performance, totaling 292 yards on the ground.

Last week: Defeated UL-Lafayette 34-14

This week: Samford 6:00 p.m.

10. Vanderbilt (0-1)

The Dores lost the game but they gained a lot of national respect for their speed, size and athleticism.

Last week: Lost to Ole Miss 39-35

This week: Austin Peay 6:30 p.m.

11. Auburn (1-0)

Who would have thought that the defense would be the story in a Mike Leech-Gus Malzahn contest? Wazzu held Nick Marshall under 100 yards passing and the Tigers held the Cougars to just 3 second half points.

Last week: Defeated Washington State 31-24

This week: Arkansas State 6:30 p.m.

12. Missouri (1-0)

James Franklin had the type of game that Tiger fans were dreaming of last season, passing for 318 yards and three touchdowns while running for 44 yards to boot.

Last week: Defeated Murray State 58-14

This week: Toledo 2:30 p.m.

13. Mississippi State (0-1)

The Bulldogs held the Cowboys in relative check on offense. Unfortunately they couldn’t muster a single threat on offense regardless of quarterback.

Last week: Lost to Oklahoma State 21-3

This week: Alcorn State 2:30 p.m.

14. Kentucky (0-1)

Mark Stoops won’t change things overnight and the Kentucky fans will have to be patient because 2013 will not be their year.


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