Alabama Football: Week 4 SEC Team Power Rankings

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No. 4 Auburn – 66 points (last week 63 points)

If you look at the box score of the Auburn football/Texas A&M game, you’d think the score might be reversed. The Barners’ true frosh QB Bo Nix was 12 of 20 for 100 yards and a touchdown while his counterpart, Kellen Mond, threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Even Auburn’s run game wasn’t up to Gus Malzahn’s trucking standards, as they failed to accumulate 200 yards on the ground.

However, for the better part of three quarters, the Tigers’ elite defensive line (yes, Derrick Brown is an absolute monster) lived in the Aggies’ backfield making it very difficult for Mond to operate in the pocket. Were it not for an insurmountable 28-10 deficit in the 4th quarter, Auburn might’ve been in more trouble than the final score indicated. This is still a top ten team, though, whether we’d like to admit it or not. It has the sheen of a classic Gus Malzahn SEC West buster and the rest of us may just be loathe to stop it.

Auburn hosts Mississippi State on Saturday.

No. 5 Florida – 60 points (last week 57 points)

You get the feeling that this Florida football team is the most nondescript top ten team in the country right now. What do we know about them? We know they seem to be doing pretty well with a backup quarterback in Kyle Trask and the defense is decent enough to keep them in most games, but that’s about it. On Saturday, the Florida offense 441 total yards and 34 points while holding the Vols to three points and 239 yards. But that’s Tennessee.

We’re not really going to find out anything about the Gators until October 5th, when Auburn comes to Gainesville. That game will almost assuredly be a top ten matchup, but will it have the feel of two top ten teams? I’m not sure. What we do know is that Dan Mullen is obviously up to the task that Jim McElwain was not. He’s doing more with less, but with a tricky SEC West slate, the Gators may be holding on to a Top 25 ranking by the end of October.

In the meantime, Florida gets a gimme with Towson coming to The Swamp this Saturday.