SEC football Week Three power rankings: Arkansas makes a jump
Chris Lee • 9/13/2021 in Football
Here's our Southeastern Conference football power rankings after each team has played twice.
Sam Pittman photo courtesy of Arkansas athletics.
Here's how we rank the SEC's 14 football teams. Records, followed by last week's rank, are in parenthesis.
1. Alabama (2-0, 1): The Crimson Tide had another receiver emerge in freshman JoJo Earle (seven catches, 85 yards) vs. Mercer.
2. Georgia (2-0, 2): 539 yards of total offense and 56 points vs. UAB was a welcome site, especially with QB JT Daniels out.
3. Texas A&M (2-0, 3): The Aggies haven't looked like the league's third-best team so far, but it seems premature to move them down.
4. Ole Miss (2-0, 4): The Rebels averaged more yards per run (7.8) than pass (7.5) in a blowout of Austin Peay.
5. Florida (2-0, 5): Dan Mullen is sticking with Emory Jones as his starting QB, perhaps Anthony Richardson's leg injury contributed to that.
6. Auburn (2-0, 6): The Tigers scored 35 points in the third quarter against overmatched Alabama State.
7. Kentucky (2-0, 7): The polls don't have the Wildcats as a Top 25 team, but Jeff Sagarin does.
8. Arkansas (2-0, 8): The Razorbacks punted their first two drives, and then didn't again for the rest of the game in a 40-21 domination of Texas.
9. Mississippi State (2-0, 10): MSU forced three turnovers and had a kickoff return TD in a quality win over North Carolina State.
10. LSU (1-1, 8): Coach Ed Orgeron's offense struggled against McNeese in the absence of starters Austin Deculus, Cam Wire and Chasen Hines.
11. Missouri (1-1, 9): The Tigers' defense (29.5 points per game, 6.3 yards per play) needs to get better.
12. Tennessee (1-1, 12): Taking out sacks, the Vols allow just 2.8 yards per rush.
13. South Carolina (2-0, 13): The Gamecocks allowed just 268 yards and forced three turnovers (one, a pick-6) in a win at East Carolina.
14. Vanderbilt (1-1, 14): The Commodores survived a brutal first 28 minutes to get a road win at Colorado State.