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Team Speed Kills’ 2016 SEC Power Rankings: WEEK 3 EDITION

1 and 14 seem set in stone. The rest... well, shrug your shoulders at your own accord.

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Another furious weekend in the SEC resulted in this week’s power rankings creating quite a shift in the middle of the pack. After 16 members of the TSK staff voted, here are the results...

14. Kentucky Wildcats

(Score: 13.93; Highest Vote: 13; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 14)

After being on the receiving end of a 45-7 mugging by the Florida Gators, the Kentucky Wildcats remain at 14th in the power rankings. They were nearly a unanimous choice to be the team at the bottom with only one vote for 13th place among the 16 ballots cast. The Wildcats will have to do plenty of regrouping going forward if they want to make any type of ascension, that much is certain.

13. Vanderbilt Commodores

(Score: 12.75; Highest Vote: 11; Lowest Vote: 14; Last Week: 12)

In spite of a win last week, Vanderbilt slides down to 13th in the power rankings. The Commodores received a mix of votes, as high as 11th and as low as last place, with a few 12th- and 13th-place votes being cast for them as well. Vandy’s run game certainly showed itself to be potent in their victory on the weekend but the passing game is still in need of remedying. They’ll face a tough Georgia Tech team this weekend from the ACC, giving them a bit of a litmus test as we go forward.

12. South Carolina Gamecocks

(Score: 12; Highest Vote: 10; Lowest Vote: 13; Last Week: 10)

After taking a 27-14 loss to Mississippi State, the South Carolina Gamecocks fall down to 12th place in the power rankings. The Gamecocks received votes as high as 10th and as low as 13th from the pollsters as their score averaged out to an even 12 to make things very convenient for their placement. It doesn’t get too much easier for Will Muschamp as they welcome ECU to town, a week after the Pirates took down the NC State Wolfpack.

11. Missouri Tigers

(Score: 10.81; Highest Vote: 9; Lowest Vote: 13; Last Week: 11)

11 seems to be the magic number for Mizzou as this marks the third-straight week that the Tigers have been placed 11th in the power rankings. Even with a vote as high as ninth, the Tigers couldn’t climb further up the rankings after their impressive win over EMU over the weekend in CoMO. If Mizzou really wants to make a statement to the voters, might I suggest a takedown of the visiting Georgia Bulldogs this weekend?

10. Mississippi State Bulldogs

(Score: 10.5; Highest Vote: 10; Lowest Vote: 11; Last Week: 13)

A 27-14 victory over a conference opponent will apparently let you ascend up the ranks as Mississippi State checks in at No. 10 this week. The gap between Mizzou and Mississippi State was razor thin but due to the fact that the Bulldogs received votes of 10th and 11th place only, their score averaged out to one that was higher than Mizzou’s despite the Tigers obtaining a ninth-place vote. The Bulldogs now have the unenviable task of going to Death Valley to face the LSU Tigers this weekend in a game that could provide a shakeup in the rankings after it’s all set and done.

9. Auburn Tigers

(Score: 8.68; Highest Vote: 8; Lowest Vote: 10; Last Week: 9)

Like Missouri, Auburn stays right where they’re at this week after getting their first victory of the season over the weekend. The Tigers defense has shown out of late while their offense remains in a bit of a stagnant state. Auburn was pretty well liked by the pollsters this week as they received votes as high as eighth place and as low as merely 10th. Auburn has a mighty good opportunity on their hands to do some jumping in the rankings, as they welcome Texas A&M to Jordan-Hare on Saturday night.

8. LSU Tigers

(Score: 7.56; Highest Vote: 4; Lowest Vote: 9; Last Week: 6)

A win over Jacksonville State wasn’t enough for LSU to stay where they were at as they fell down to eighth place in the power rankings. The Tigers received a mixed bag of votes from the 16 pollsters this week, as high as fourth and as low as ninth place. The six ninth-place votes they received may have ultimately done the damage as TSK voters aren’t quite as sold on LSU as they were at the beginning of the season to say the least. They’ll have a chance to make an impact this weekend against Mississippi State at home.

7. Georgia Bulldogs

(Score: 6.25; Highest Vote: 2; Lowest Vote: 8; Last Week 2)

The biggest slide this week came from the Georgia Bulldogs, and it comes to the surprise of few after they barely hung on to beat lowly Nicholls between the hedges on Saturday. A win is a win is a win. of course, but that mantra wasn’t enough for the voters. The ‘Dawgs did receive one second-place vote, but due to a large amount of seventh- and eighth-place votes from the voters, they take a major tumble this week.

6. Florida Gators

(Score: 5.8; Highest Vote: 4; Lowest Vote: 8; Last Week: 7)

Florida did enough to bump up one spot in the power rankings this week after a 45-7 thumping of Kentucky on national television. The Gators offense looked crisp as Luke Del Rio had himself quite a day under the humid and sunny skies in Gainesville. Florida received a slew of votes between fourth and eighth place which ultimately led to their placement around the middle of the pack here.

5. Ole Miss Rebels

(Score: 4.375; Highest Vote: 2; Lowest Vote: 7; Last Week: 4)

Even with the win over Wofford the Ole Miss Rebels took a slight fall to the fifth position in the power rankings. Ole Miss is still thought of pretty highly by the voters, nabbing a second-place vote again from one pollster, and grabbed four third-place votes as well. However, three seventh-place votes were likely one of the reasons that Ole Miss stands in at fifth this week. Safe to say that the opinion is pretty mixed about the Rebels, but they can do some movement if they take down Alabama this weekend in Oxford.

T4. Tennessee Volunteers

(Score: 4.25; Highest Vote: 2; Lowest Vote: 8; Last Week: 5)

Tennessee and Ole Miss did a switcharoo this week as UT grabs the fourth place spot in the rankings, although still being tied with another team from the SEC. The Volunteers check in on the heels of a blowout win over Virginia Tech in Bristol and on a national stage, they did lots to impress the voters. Well, some of them at least. They did receive a seventh place vote and an eighth place vote as well from two pollsters. However the mixed bag of votes still allowed for them to check in at fourth, and they should continue to hover around here unless something disastrous happens in their meeting with Ohio this weekend.

T4. Arkansas Razorbacks

(Score: 4.25; Highest Vote: 2; Lowest Vote: 7; Last Week: 8)

What happens when you defeat a ranked team on the road? You shoot up the rankings that’s what. The Arkansas Razorbacks did that, taking down TCU in Fort Worth in double overtime and did plenty to impress TSK. The Hogs were ranked as high as second place in the rankings and only as low as seventh place. It’s fair to say that Bret Bielema’s club is doing a lot to get off to a hot start this year and hopefully for their sake, that trend continues on through September.

2. Texas A&M Aggies

(Score: 2.81; Highest Vote: 2; Lowest Vote: 8; Last Week: 3)

After a beat down of Prairie View A&M, the Texas A&M Aggies are now second in the TSK Power Rankings. The Aggies are off to a hot start, per the usual in College Station, and have done enough to receive votes as high as second -- 10 of them to be precise. The opinion isn’t shared by everyone however as there were a few third-place votes as well as a vote for eighth place. The jury’s still out on A&M, and we’ve certainly seen this movie before. How will it play out? Time will tell.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (16)

(Score: 1; Last Week: 1)

The only thing that the Team Speed Kills staff could 100% agree on is that the Alabama Crimson Tide are the top team in the conference again. Alabama received 16 first-place votes as the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the power rankings after their home opener victory over the WKU Hilltoppers. Alabama will certainly earn plenty of praise again if they can knock the monkey off their back and defeat the Ole Miss Rebels after being on the receiving end of defeats in the last two consecutive years.