Alabama Football: SEC Football Week 6 Power Rankings

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10. LSU (1-2), Missouri (1-2) tie 34 points

Last week’s ranking: LSU No. 5, Missouri No. 13

Yep, the two teams who played each other in Week 3 of conference play tied this week. Mizzou’s upset of LSU in Columbia on Saturday was a huge step for the Eli Drinkwitz era. The Tigers amassed 586 total yards and 45 points against a completely rebuilt LSU defense. Mizzou freshman QB Conor Bazelak looked downright unstoppable throwing for 406 yards and four touchdowns on the day. And Ryan Walters’ defense was brilliant in a four-down goal line stand to end the game. One of these teams is trending upwards and it’s not the defending champs.

9. Arkansas (1-2) 37 points

Last week’s ranking: No. 10

The Razorbacks are obviously a different team under new head coach Sam Pittman. With less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Arkansas scored the go-ahead touchdown and almost secured the victory were it not for a spotty call by the refs that led to Auburn kicking a last-second field goal to win the game. Arkansas football will probably look like this for the remainder of the season, but it’s a helluva lot more promising than the previous three seasons.

8. Ole Miss (1-2) 54 points

Last week’s ranking: No. 6

If you think Alabama football fans were nervous playing Ole Miss during the Hugh Freeze era, hoo boy the anxiety has been upped tenfold under Lane Kiffin. Kiffin said after the ‘Bama-Ole Miss game on Saturday that he’s not interested in moral victories, but the Rebel offense was largely unstoppable against the Tide. Their 48 points tied the most a Nick Saban defense has ever allowed and the 647 yards is the most allowed by Alabama football period. Kiffin has it going right now. As long as he can shore up the defensive issues, this is a team to be reckoned with going forward.

7. Kentucky (1-2) 57 points

Last week’s ranking: No. 11

Kentucky’s defense might be for real. Yes, they allowed 41 points at the end of regulation in an overtime loss to Ole Miss last week. However, by blanking a Mike Leach offense that dropped 44 on LSU in Death Valley, the Wildcats have what appears to be a sneaky competitive team in the East. Obviously, the existence of Georgia and Florida makes it difficult for Kentucky to play for anything better than third in their division, but Mark Stoops has built himself a perennial competitor.