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SEC power rankings: LSU threatens Alabama for No. 1 after Florida win

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 10/14/2019 Tyler Horka, USA TODAY
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Is it Nov. 9 yet? 

Last year's Alabama versus LSU was billed up to be the game of the year in college football, but the Crimson Tide rolled the Tigers, 29-0. 

This year's edition seems to be better and better with easy passing week. No way the LSU offense gets shutout this time around, even in Tuscaloosa. 

Hurry up, October! The Tigers are ready to redeem themselves. 

1. Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC)

Last week: No. 1

If LSU quarterback Joe Burrow hadn't already had two Heisman moments in knocking off No. 9 Texas on the road and No. 7 Florida at Death Valley, then Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa would be all anyone is talking about. 

Tagovailoa added four more touchdown passes against Texas A&M to bring his season total to 27, which is two more than Burrow's 25. Tagovailoa also has only thrown one interception. Burrow has thrown three. 

Up next: Saturday vs, Tennessee, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN.

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2. LSU (6-0, 2-0 SEC)

Last week: No. 3 

The 2011 LSU-Alabama game was dubbed the "Game of the Century." It finished 9-6 in favor of the Tigers in overtime. This year's game could have that many points scored in the first five minutes. 

LSU averaged 10.6 yards per play and scored 42 points against a Florida defense that came into the game as arguably the best in the SEC. Alabama's defense has allowed 27.3 points in conference play. 

Have we mentioned that we're ready for Nov. 9's firework show at Bryant-Denny Stadium? 

Up next: Saturday at Mississippi state, 3:30 p.m., CBS.

3. Georgia (5-1, 2-1 SEC)

Last week: No. 2

The Dawgs' defeat to South Carolina is simply inexplicable, especially at home. They can't say they got caught looking ahead, either. Next on the schedule is a Kentucky team that South Carolina drilled by 17 a couple weeks ago. 

Georgia might even be over-ranked here. We'll find out in a couple weeks when the Bulldogs take on Florida. 

Up next: Saturday vs. Kentucky, 6 p.m., ESPN.

4. Florida (6-1, 3-1 SEC) 

Last week: No. 4

If LSU is truly one of the best teams in the country, and it's fair to confidently say the Tigers have proven as much thus far, the Florida is probably pretty dang good too. The Gators went toe-to-toe with the Tigers at Death Valley for most of the game. A costly interception in the end zone and a turnover on downs on their last possession proved to be the difference. 

Up next: Saturday at South Carolina, noon, ESPN. 

5. Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC)

Last week: No. 5

Auburn essentially has two bye weeks in a row to shake off the loss to Florida and prepare for a big game against LSU. The Tigers were off this past week and travel to Arkansas this week. 

Up next: Saturday at Arkansas, noon, SEC Network. 

6. Missouri (5-1, 2-0 SEC)

Last week: No. 6

Don't look now, but Missouri sits all alone atop the SEC East standings. 

Wait to look until the Tigers have to take on Georgia and Florida in back-to-back weeks on Nov. 9 and 16. For the time being, though, Missouri is still very much a contender in the division after taking care of Ole Miss, 38-27. 

Up next: Saturday at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m., SEC Network. 

7. Texas A&M (3-3, 1-2 SEC)

Last week: No. 7 

We'd say the Aggies earned a moral victory in scoring 23 points against Alabama while holding the Tide under 50 points, but then we realized A&M still didn't cover the point spread at home. A&M doesn't need moral victories anyway. It needs wins. 

Up next: Saturday at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network. 

8. South Carolina (3-3, 2-2 SEC)

Last week: No. 10

Will Muschamp's reward for beating No. 3 Georgia on the road? A home game against a No. 9 Florida team trying to rinse off the sting of defeat in Death Valley. After that, though, South Carolina gets Tennessee and Vanderbilt. 

Muschamp's win at Sanford Stadium could hold up as the best upset in the SEC this season, though, some fans in Columbia might be fine with coming back down to earth if the Gators come in and chomp on the Gamecocks this weekend. 

Up next: Saturday vs. No. 9 Florida, noon, ESPN

9. Mississippi (3-3, 2-2 SEC)

Last week: No. 9

Perhaps the last thing a rebuilding program needs is a quarterback controversy. That's what Ole Miss has with redshirt freshman Matt Corral and true freshman John Rhys Plumlee. The duo kept Ole Miss in its game with Missouri, though, so maybe head coach Matt Luke is onto something for the time being. 

Up next: Saturday vs. Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network. 

10. Tennessee (2-4, 1-2 SEC)

Last week: No. 12 

Good ol' Rocky Top, woo!

Tennessee picked up its first SEC win in nearly an entire calendar year with an upset of Mississippi State. It was a feel-good type of day in Knoxville, but now The Vols have to travel to Tuscaloosa. Goodbye, good feelings. 

Up next: Saturday at No. 1 Alabama, 9 p.m., ESPN. 

11. Mississippi State (3-3, 1-2 SEC)

Last week: No. 8 

Head coach Joe Moorhead inexplicably stuck with senior quarterback Tommy Stevens for the entire first half against Tennessee. Mississippi State subsequently scored three points and averaged less than four yards per play. 

If true freshman Garrett Shrader doesn't lead the Bulldogs onto the field against LSU, then expect the boos at Davis Wade Stadium to be louder than the cowbells. 

Up next: Saturday vs. No. 3 LSU, 3:30 p.m., CBS. 

12. Kentucky (3-3, 1-3 SEC)

Last week: No. 11

Kentucky got its first SEC win of the year, but it came against Arkansas -- a team that hasn't won an SEC game since Oct. 28, 2017. It was one of those wins that'll feel good for a few days if you're a fan of big blue until the Wildcats fall victim to Georgia in a game the Dawgs will certainly be playing angry in. 

Up next: Saturday at No. 10 Georgia, 6 p.m., ESPN. 

13. Arkansas (2-4, 0-3 SEC)

Last week: No. 13

Well, with that four-point loss to Kentucky, it's possible Arkansas will go two straight seasons without winning a conference game. The Razorbacks' next two opponents are No. 11 Auburn and No. 1 Alabama. After that comes probably the Hogs' best chance: a home game against Mississippi State. 

Up next: Saturday vs No. 11 Auburn, noon, SEC Network. 

14. Vanderbilt (1-5, 0-4 SEC)

Last week: No. 14 

UNLV snapped a four-game losing streak by thumping Vanderbilt by 24 points in Nashville. My goodness, that's bad. That's really, really bad. 

Up next: Saturday vs. Missouri, 4 p.m., SEC Network. 

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