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Team Speed Kills’ SEC Football Power Rankings: Week 7

Our most contentious rankings yet!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Florida at LSU Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to the latest edition of Team Speed Kills’ SEC Football Power Rankings for the 2019 season!

This week’s edition of power rankings feature 10 of our staff members who were able to chip in votes for the Power Rankings. And they are, without a doubt, the most contentious rankings we’ve had yet!

14. Vanderbilt Commodores

Average: 14.0 | 14th Place Votes: 10 | Last Week: 12th (-2)

“Yikes.” — Mike McMurray

“Double yikes.” — Chris Novak

13. Arkansas Razorbacks

Average: 13.0 | 13th Place Votes: 10 | Last Week: 13th (<—>)

“At least basketball season is coming soon.” — Mike McMurray

“Losing is one thing... losing to a first-time starting quarterback who’d been a wide receiver up until then? Big yikes, Arkansas.” — Chris Novak

12. Tennessee Volunteers

Average: 11.3 | Highest Vote: 10th | Lowest Vote: 12th | Last Week: 13th (+1)

“Stopped the bleeding vs. Mississippi State. It’s a steep uphill climb, but a bowl is still possible.” — Julian Mitchell

“Hey, they got a win!” — Mike McMurray

“That was as much needed a win as you could find this season. Good for you, Tennessee.” — Chris Novak

11. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Average: 11.2 | Highest Vote: 10th | Lowest Vote: 12th | Last Week: 8th (-3)

“You had a bye week to prepare for Tennessee! Going to be interesting to see where this offense goes from here.” — Julian Mitchell

“It looks more and more like they hired the wrong guy.” - Mike McMurray

“Repeating what was said above, Joe Moorhead doesn’t look like the guy here.” — Chris Novak

10. Kentucky Wildcats

Average: 10.3 | Highest Vote: 9th | Lowest Vote: 12th | Last Week: 11th (+1)

“It wasn’t pretty, but they got away with the W.” — Mike McMurray

“A huge win to say the least. Lynn Bowden is the truth.” — Chris Novak

9. Ole Miss Rebels

Average: 9.20 | Highest Vote: 9th | Lowest Vote: 10th | Last Week: 10th (+1)

“They found the perfect QB for Rich Rod’s system.” — Mike McMurray

8. Texas A&M Aggies

Average: 7.80 | Highest Vote: 7th | Lowest Vote: 8th | Last Week: 7th (-1)

“The next four against the Mississippi schools, UTSA and South Carolina are very winnable on paper. The trustworthiness of this squad will really be tested in these games.” — Julian Mitchell

“A&M’s played one of the toughest schedules in the nation. That being said, if they want to be taken seriously, they’ve gotta start winning these games.” — Chris Novak

7. South Carolina Gamecocks

Average: 7.20 | Highest Vote: 7th | Lowest Vote: 8th | Last Week: 9th (+2)

“I’ve said it before, but this front 7 is NASTY. There’s no reason they can’t give a scare to Florida on Saturday, too. Hillinski’s health will be crucial because it’s hard to maintain the turnover luck they saw against UGA.” — Julian Mitchell

“Ryan Hilinksi’s prayer was answered.” — Mike McMurray

“What a huge win for the Gamecocks. I imagine this buys some time for Muschamp there. Easily one of his biggest wins since he assumed the role as coach.” — Chris Novak

6. Missouri Tigers

Average: 6.00 | 6th Place Votes: 10 | Last Week: 6th (<—>)

“Let’s hope the NCAA takes away their bowl ban.” — Mike McMurray

“Don’t look now... Mizzou is in the driver’s seat in the SEC East.” — Chris Novak

5. Auburn Tigers

Average: 4.70 | Highest Vote: 4th | Lowest Vote: 5th | Last Week: 5th (<—>)

“Great opportunity for a statement win to bounce back from the Florida game this weekend.” — Julian Mitchell

“Well, Auburn has Arkansas this week. So there shouldn’t be any slip up.” — Chris Novak

4. Georgia Bulldogs

Average: 4.30 | Highest Vote: 4th | Lowest Vote: 5th | Last Week: 4th (<—>)

“You may see an angry bulldog offensive line from here on out. I don’t think any unit in the SEC has a more bruised ego this week. Pray for Kentucky.” — Julian Mitchell

“Stock is down tremendously for Georgia. Their margin for error is now paper thin with a rigorous schedule awaiting them.” — Chris Novak

3. Florida Gators

Average: 3.00 | 3rd Place Votes: 10 | Last Week: 3rd (<—>)

“No shame in losing at night in Death Valley. They manufactured offense and still control their own destiny.” — Julian Mitchell

“They played real well, but couldn’t get it done when it mattered.” — Mike McMurray

T1. LSU Tigers (5)

Average: 1.50 | First Place Votes: 5 | Lowest Vote: 2nd | Last Week: 2nd (<—>)

“You can’t put them anywhere besides #1 in my opinion.” — Julian Mitchell

“It looks like their offense can’t be stopped.” — Mike McMurray

“I had them #1. They’ve beaten everyone in front of them and have beaten better teams than ‘Bama. This is highly contested though. It should be a fun ride the rest of the way.” — Chris Novak

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5)

Average: 1.50 | First-Place Votes: 6 | Lowest Vote: 2nd | Last Week: 1st (<—>)

“I moved them to #2 because while they’re still being Bama, LSU’s body of work is simply more impressive at the moment.” — Julian Mitchell

“They just keep rolling. The defense doesn’t look too vintage, but the offense is so good it doesn’t matter.” — Mike McMurray

“They have no real glaring flaws. But... what will happen in two weeks time?” — Chris Novak

Power Rankings Ballot - Week 8

Writer Alabama Arkansas Auburn Florida Georgia Kentucky LSU Ole Miss Mississippi State Missouri South Carolina Tennessee Texas A&M Vanderbilt
Writer Alabama Arkansas Auburn Florida Georgia Kentucky LSU Ole Miss Mississippi State Missouri South Carolina Tennessee Texas A&M Vanderbilt
Chris Novak 2 14 5 3 4 8 1 10 11 9 7 13 6 12
Erik Mauro 1 14 4 3 5 9 2 10 11 7 8 13 6 12
Jonathan Waldrop 1 14 5 4 3 9 2 11 10 6 8 13 7 12
Josh Rothenberg 2 14 5 3 4 9 1 10 11 8 7 13 6 12
Julian Mitchell 2 14 5 3 4 9 1 11 10 8 7 13 6 12
Matt Gelenites 2 14 4 3 5 9 1 11 10 8 7 12 6 13
Mike McMurray 2 14 4 3 5 9 1 10 11 8 6 13 7 12
Niesha Middlebrooks 2 14 5 3 4 9 1 11 10 8 7 13 6 12
Rob O'Neill 2 14 4 3 5 8 1 10 11 9 6 13 7 12
Tyler Williams 1 14 5 3 4 9 2 10 11 8 7 13 6 12
Zach Remelius 2 14 5 3 4 7 1 10 11 8 9 6 12
Average 1.73 14.00 4.64 3.09 4.27 8.64 1.27 10.36 10.64 7.91 7.18 12.90 6.27 12.09
No. 1 Votes 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Highest Vote 1 14 4 3 3 7 1 10 10 6 6 12 6 12
Lowest Vote 2 14 5 4 5 9 2 11 11 9 9 13 7 13