SEC football power rankings, Week Eight: Auburn moves up after road win
Chris Lee • 10/18/2021 in Football
Here's how we rank the Southeastern Conference's 14 football teams heading into Week Eight.
Derick Hall photo courtesy of Auburn athletics.
Here are SEC football power rankings heading into Week Eight games, with overall and SEC records in parenthesis.
1. Georgia (7-0, 5-0): The Bulldogs are the SEC's only team to gain over twice as many yards per game (430) as they allow (208).
2. Alabama (6-1, 3-1): 'Bama's plus-7 turnover margin leads the league, aided by a plus-3 in a blowout over Mississippi State.
3. Ole Miss (5-1, 2-1): QB Matt Corral (231 yards passing, 195 rushing) willed the Rebels to a win in Knoxville.
4. Kentucky (6-1, 4-1): The 'Cats couldn't run the ball at Georgia, but who does?
5. Auburn (5-2, 2-1): Bo Nix (292 yards passing, 42 rushing and three total touchdowns) was huge in the win in Fayetteville.
6. Arkansas (4-3, 1-3): The Razorbacks have played four of the AP's top 19 teams, plus Texas; the schedule eases up from here.
7. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2): The league's best running back duo (Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane) combined for 329 yards of total offense at Missouri.
8. Florida (4-3, 2-3): SP+ and ESPN's FPI still rank the Gators fifth and eighth, respectively, but a league-worst minus-7 turnover margin is UF's undoing.
9. Tennessee (4-3, 2-2): Lost in the ugliness of Saturday night was the fact the Vols played pretty well in a loss.
10. Mississippi St. (3-3, 1-2): The Bulldogs rushed for minus-1 yards and threw three picks in a blowout loss to Alabama.
11. LSU (4-3, 2-2): A week after rushing for 147 yards vs. Kentucky, Tyrion Davis-Price puts up a school-record 287 against Florida.
12. South Carolina (4-3, 1-3): Zeb Noland's only drive resulted in 75 passing yards and a last-minute win for the Gamecocks vs. Vandy.
13. Missouri (3-4, 0-3): Saturday's game was over when the Tigers fell behind 21-0 barely 13 minutes in.
14. Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-3): The Commodore defense forced four turnovers in Columbia, but couldn't get a stop at the end.