Our post-Week One Southeastern Conference football power rankings
Chris Lee • 9/6/2021 in Football
Here's how we rank the 14 teams after a week of play.
Christopher Smith photo courtesy of Georgia athletics.
1. Alabama (1-0): Perhaps lost in Bryce Young's spectacular day was a defense that allowed 4.8 yards per play to Miami.
2. Georgia (1-0): Speaking of defense, the Bulldogs gave up an astonishing 3.0 yards per play against Clemson.
3. Texas A&M (1-0): The Aggies had two 100-yard rushers (Devin Achane, Isaiah Spiller) and a 100-yard receiver (Ainias Smith) in a 41-10 victory over Kent State.
4. Ole Miss (1-0): The 355 yards allowed to Louisville don't tell the story, most came after the game was decided as the Rebels looked so much better on the defensive side
5. Florida (1-0): Emory Jones (4.2 yards per pass, one touchdown, two picks) has got some work to do to to hold off Anthony Richardson (seven carries, 160 yards).
6. Auburn (1-0): QB Bo Nix only misses two of 22 throws, and the defense holds Akron to minus-3 rushing yards.
7. Kentucky (1-0): We need to see more, but QB Will Levis (367 yards on 26 throws, four TDs, one pick) sure looked like the answer the 'Cats have needed for a while.
8. LSU (0-1): "Sissy blue" put up 470 yards and 38 points on the Tigers.
9. Missouri (1-0): Blaze Alldridge was tremendous, but after 475 yards and 27 first downs allowed to Central Michigan, the rest of the defense needs to figure out how to get off the field.
10. Mississippi St. (1-0): QB Will Rogers (39-of-47, 370) continues to be deadly accurate with the ball, and he came through in the clutch, too.
11. Arkansas (1-0): The Razorbacks survived a targeting ejection to leading tackler Grant Morgan to beat Rice going away in the second half.
12. Tennessee (1-0): Josh Heupel is an offensive-minded coach, but his defense (six points, 3.6 yards per play allowed to Bowling Green) got off to a nice start.
13. South Carolina (1-0): The Gamecocks survived illness to star RB Kevin Harris (who didn't play) and suspensions to five players to get a 46-0 shellacking of Eastern Illinois in coach Shane Beamer's debut.
14. Vanderbilt (0-1): The Commodores, 20-point losers to unranked FCS foe East Tennessee State, may have suffered the worst loss in program history--and for Vandy that's really saying something.