November 13th, 2012 02:13 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Basement Contender, Bottom Floor Contender, Bowl Game Contender, National Title Contender
Week Eleven is in the books and there’s been a little bit of shuffling up and down our Power Rankings’ chart. Matter of fact, now that we’re nearing the season’s end, we’ve added two more categories to our breakdown.
As usual, we’ve placed each of the SEC’s 14 teams into one of those different categories. Inside those categories, we list the teams alphabetically. This isn’t the simple 1-14 list that everyone else does. We like to be a little different.
Our rankings are based upon how well teams are currently playing, what they’ve accomplished to date, and what we believe each squad’s ceiling to be at this moment.
So without further ado, here are this week’s MrSEC.com Power Rankings:
National Title Contender
None -- Sorry, SEC fans, but any conference team hoping to reach the BCS Championship Game will need a lot of outside help. They might wind up getting it, but there’s no debating the fact that they definitely need it. Your national title contenders right now are the three unbeatens at the top of the BCS standings: Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame.
Longshot National Title Contender
Alabama (9-1, 6-1) – The Tide’s loss to Texas A&M only dropped Nick Saban’s squad to #4 in the BCS and that’s the positive. The negative is that Kirby Smart’s defense has had its share of troubles in the secondary the past few weeks. The four highest passing totals against Bama all season have come in UA’s last four games (203 yards for Tennessee, 209 yards for Mississippi State, 296 yards for LSU and 253 yards for Texas A&M). Both LSU (435) and Texas A&M (418) became the first two Alabama foes all year to roll up more than 282 yards of total offense. Right now, there’s no guarantee if this Bama defense even got to the BCS title game that it could shut down a high-scoring offense as so many previous SEC/BCS champs have done.
Florida (9-1, 7-1) – The Gators are the longest long shot still on our board. First, UF’s offense isn’t improving. Second, QB Jeff Driskel is now banged up. Third, the Gators not only need outside help but they’ll have to beat Florida State with a passing game that’s been pretty much nonexistent for much of the season. Fourth, well, did you see the Houdini act Will Muschamp’s gang had to pull to escape Louisiana-Lafayette in the Swamp on Saturday? Sorry, but Florida’s not playing like a BCS title contender at the moment.
Georgia (9-1, 7-1) — The Bulldogs’ defense is getting better as the year goes on, but they’re doing so against offenses that have been average-to-bad in SEC play (Florida, Ole Miss, and Auburn). And if there are doubts about Alabama’s ability to shutdown Oregon, for example, if the two met, can you picture Georgia slowing the Ducks? Plus, if the Tide needs help to reach Miami, Georgia needs help and it would have to beat Alabama — a team that was undefeated until last Saturday — head-to-head in Atlanta to punch a ticket to BCS title game. There are lot of hoops left for UGA to jump through.
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