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SEC Power Rankings: Georgia Rises, Auburn Falls

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Here’s how ESPN ranks the SEC.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

To be honest, week two didn’t tell us a whole lot about the SEC. Much of the conference simply held serve this past weekend, but a couple of teams made a statement. None bigger than the Georgia Bulldogs, who went up to South Bend and beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Georgia moved all the way up to the No. 2 spot in ESPN’s weekly SEC rankings because of that win. Anytime you can go get a quality win against a ranked opponent on the road, it’s impressive. Especially out of conference. Georgia didn’t dominate in any fashion, but they were able to find a way at the end.

The Auburn Tigers fell from No. 2 to No. 4 after an admirable defensive performance at Clemson. Jarrett Stidham and the offense only mustered six points though. Few thought that offense would be the issue on the plains this season.

LSU held firm at No. 3 while South Carolina and Tennessee were able to keep their No. 5 and 6 spots. The Arkansas Razorbacks kept their No. 7 spot in the rankings despite losing handily to TCU. That’s the first team that I don’t agree with.

Mississippi State looked great on the road against a great Louisiana Tech program. They’ll get their first real test at LSU this weekend. I think they’re better than their No. 9 ranking.

Vanderbilt stays firm at No. 13, but I still say they’re being criminally underrated. There’s no way Kentucky or even Ole Miss is better than Vanderbilt at this point.

The Missouri Tigers bring up the end of the field here after a convincing loss to South Carolina at home. They’ve already fired their defensive coordinator, but I’m not sure there is any saving that defense.

You can view ESPN’s full SEC Power Rankings here.