When we consider rankings the usual approach is to look for the best team. I pose a different question. Who is the worst SEC team? Is that Kentucky, Mississippi State or Auburn? Preseason chatter might lead you to believe that, but every one of those scored more than 35 points in the opener.
In most of these early matchups the SEC team is heavily favored. Kentucky should beat Miami-Ohio. But you don’t put up 488 yards with zero turnovers without executing your offense.
Auburn got good quarterback play from Chris Todd in Gus Malzahn’s new spread offense while beating a pretty good WAC team a year ago. La. Tech went 8-5 and won the Independence Bowl.
State had the weakest opponent among these three teams, but the Bulldogs looked improved.
The point is it’s these games that underscore the strength of the conference. The league has some good teams, but someone has to be last.
1. Florida … Gators roll again.
2. Alabama … Defense looked as good as advertised.
3. Ole Miss … DL looked as good as advertisted. Tackling must improve.
4. LSU … Nice efficiency by QB Jefferson, but Huskies gain 478 yards.
5. Arkansas … Yes, it was Missouri State, but it’s not easy to get 591 yards when you’re playing against air.
6. Georgia … Key losses on offense show in opener.
7. Tennessee … Western Kentucky’s baseball team hit harder in Oxford than its football team did in Knoxville.
8. Vanderbilt … Strong start for veteran Commodores.
9. South Carolina … Steve Spurrier defensive genius.
10. Auburn … Depth a concern for Tigers.
11. Kentucky … Cats efficient against Miami-Ohio.
12. MSU … Slow start, better finish, someone has to be last.