SEC Power Rankings: Week Two

Isaac ScheidtCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 05:  Aaron Hernandez #81 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during the game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

With the opening weekend of college football behind us, several teams have made moves in the power rankings. Week one is typically not as revealing because many teams usually are hard to read early, but several SEC teams have shed light on their future and given reason to either doubt or trust. 

Here are the latest power rankings for the SEC.

1. Florida

The Gators showed no signs of weakness and put up PlayStation numbers in their "scrimmage" Saturday. The running game was huge, amassing 369 yards with three players over 75 yards.

2. Alabama

The Tide rolled on Saturday night as the defense held Virginia Tech to 155 total yards and Mark Ingram rushed for a buck-fifty. Nick Saban's team sets up well now for a run at another SEC West Championship.

3. Mississippi

Ole Miss took care of business Sunday afternoon with a very balanced attack on offense. The defense gave up a lot of yards, and Jevan Snead did not play his best, but for the first game of the year, the Rebels looked good.

4. LSU

Despite a slow start on offense and a no-show from star running back Charles Scott, the Tigers played well in a very distant road game. Jordan Jefferson lived up to the hype, but the defense has a long way to go if there is a chance for an SEC Championship.

5. Vanderbilt

The Commodore defense blanked Western Carolina, and the offense went for 620 total yards. The rushing game was the most impressive part and will be needed when Vandy heads into SEC play.

6. Arkansas

In his Razorback debut, Ryan Mallett threw for more than 300 yards and led the offense to 591 total yards. The defense also played well, and while Michael Smith saw limited action, he had several nice gains.

7. Georgia

The Dawgs defense played well enough for a win, but the offense never got off the bus in Stillwater. Georgia ran for only 95 yards behind what is supposed to be one of the best offensive lines in the SEC. The three turnovers didn't help matters either, as Oklahoma State capitalized well off the Bulldog miscues.

8. Tennessee

The new regime of Volunteer nation gave the fans quite a game, putting up 63 points on Western Kentucky with 657 yards of offense and a five-touchdown day for Jonathan Crompton. Tennessee did everything right on Saturday, but they need to prove themselves against a stronger opponent before they move up in the rankings.

9. Auburn

The Tigers also showed well in their new system with 556 yards of offense and more than 250 yards passing from senior quarterback Chris Todd. Like Tennessee, they did their job in week one and have good potential to move up the ladder as the season progresses.

10. Kentucky

On the road, the Wildcats shut out Miami (OH) while posting 45 points on 488 yards of offense. The defense looks promising too, holding rushers to 62 total yards and intercepting the Red Hawks twice, taking one to the house.

11. South Carolina

Steve Spurrier won the early road game but in his least favorite way. The offensive guru could only muster one score against a mediocre NC State defense, but the Gamecock defense was strong, giving up just 133 total yards.

12. Mississippi State

The Bulldogs put up good numbers on Saturday with more than 400 yards on offense, while the defense came up with five turnovers from JSU. State's defense will struggle against the power teams this year, but they played well in week one.

For more articles and discussion, visit ACC SEC Football. "Stand Up For Your Team."  Also see ACC Power Rankings—Week Two.


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