SEC football power rankings, Week Nine: Rebels keep foothold at No. 3
Chris Lee • 10/25/2021 in Football
Matt Corral photo courtesy of Ole Miss athletics.
Here's how we rank the SEC's 14 football teams heading into Week Nine. Overall records, followed by conference records, are in parenthesis.
1. Georgia (7-0, 5-0): None of the Bulldogs' five remaining opponents are ranked in either the AP or Coaches' polls.
2. Alabama (7-1, 4-1): The Crimson Tide enjoyed a 574-346 edge in total offense in 52-24 romp over Tennessee.
3. Ole Miss (6-1, 3-1): Ole Miss ran for 266 yards vs. LSU, and only needed 24 of those from quarterback Matt Corral.
4. Kentucky (6-1, 4-1): Next up: Mississippi State in Starkville, where the Wildcats have lost four straight in the series since their last win in 2008.
5. Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2): The Aggies obliterated South Carolina until Jimbo Fisher called off the dogs.
6. Auburn (5-2, 2-1): The Tigers close with five straight SEC games, including three against teams ranked in the top 14 of both polls.
7. Arkansas (5-3, 1-3): The Razorbacks led Arkansas-Pine Bluff 45-0 at half before winning 45-3.
8. Florida (4-3, 2-3): Coach Dan Mullen isn't saying whether he'll start Anthony Richardson or Emory Jones at quarterback vs. Georgia this week.
9. Tennessee (4-4, 2-3): The Vols hung in against Alabama for three quarters before it got ugly.
10. Mississippi St. (4-3, 2-2): The Bulldogs out-gained Vanderbilt, 522-155, in a 45-6 bludgeoning of the Commodores in Nashville.
11. LSU (4-4, 2-3): After rushing for 454 yards the past two games, Tyrion Davis-Price had just 53 on 17 carries vs. the Rebels.
12. South Carolina (4-4, 1-4): Starting quarterback Zeb Noland threw for 30 yards on 12 attempts before being replaced in the rout in College Station.
13. Missouri (3-4, 0-3): Statistically speaking, the Tigers are the Power Five's worst defense in yards allowed per game, per rush and first downs allowed.
14. Vanderbilt (2-6, 0-4): How big is the gap between the Commodores and the rest of the league? Vandy's a 17-point home underdog to Missouri on Saturday.