Alabama Football: SEC Football Week 4 Power Rankings

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Sept. 27 SEC Football Power Rankings

No. 9 Ole Miss Rebels – 29 points

No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats – 26 points

No. 11 South Carolina Gamecocks – 21 points

No. 12 Missouri Tigers – 13 points

No. 13 – Vanderbilt Commodores – 10 points

No. 14 Arkansas Razorbacks – 7 points

Any charitable Alabama football fan may feel pity for the six SEC also-rans. One weekend does not make a season, but it can be a harbinger of what is to come.

Lane Kiffin’s offense excited Ole Miss fans and it will continue to put up points. The Rebels will have to improve on defense for Kiffin’s offense to be enough, in enough games.

In Lexington, fans of the Wildcats are suddenly fast-forwarding to roundball season. Mark Stoops needs a quarterback and Saturday gave scant indication he has one. A legitimately strong and talented offensive line is not enough to put up points. Auburn DC, Kevin Steele loaded the box daring the Cats to throw. Kentucky OC, Eddie Gran did not have enough answers. Josh Ali was the bright spot for the Cats, puling in nine of QB, Terry Wilson’s 24 completions. Thanks as much to Seth Williams as Bo Nix, the Aubies had enough offense to support Steele’s game plan.

The most important question in Columbia, SC does Will Muschamp survive the season. Take away Shi Smith’s catches and the Gamecocks had no consistent offense.

Alabama football fans hope Missouri will improve and cobble together a few wins. Drinkwitz has some talented players but not enough.

If it is possible for Vanderbilt and Arkansas football fans to ever be encouraged, they should be after Saturday. Unlike Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, Derek Mason has a quarterback. Mason aways fields a battling defense. Trailing the Aggies only 7-5 at halftime may be the closest thing to a Dores’ victory this season.

The unanswered question coming out of Fayetteville is are the Hogs improved or are the Bulldogs worse than last season. Former walk-on QB, Stetson Bennett sparked the Bulldogs to victory. Kirby Smart’s formerly fourth-team QB did it against an Arkansas defense that was last in the SEC last season.

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The big games in week five are the Aggies coming to Tuscaloosa and Auburn taking on Georgia in Athens. Check back next Sunday for the Bama Hammer Power Rankings Update.