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BOZICH | SEC football power ratings -- Alabama, Auburn not on top

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Quarterback Kenny Hill's play has made Texas A&M the best team in the SEC this season. Quarterback Kenny Hill's play has made Texas A&M the best team in the SEC this season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Nobody has chirped about the excessive love that Southeastern Conference football receives more than Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.

Stoops has a brother – Mark at Kentucky – who coaches in the SEC but that has not stopped Bob Stoops from making his point that the top of the SEC is dynamic, but there are pimples at the bottom of the league.

This is a big weekend for Bob Stoops – and for SEC prestige.

Two SEC teams are booked for road games in Big 12 stadiums – Tennessee at Oklahoma and Arkansas at Texas Tech. Both SEC teams are underdogs – the Vols by 20 ½ and the Razorbacks by only two.

Add a trip to Missouri by a formidable Central Florida team and Mississippi State's road game at South Alabama, and there's much more to SEC football this weekend than Alabama being favored to beat Southern Mississippi by 48 points. Oh, yeah. Vandy has to prove it can beat Massachusetts.

One more set of numbers: I checked the statistics from the five power leagues. This is how they rank (by percentage) for the number of 2-0 teams.

1. Pac 12 (9 of 12) 75 percent

2. SEC (9 of 14) 64 percent

3. Big 12 (6 of 10) 60 percent

4. ACC (8 of 14) 57 percent

5. Big Ten (7 of 14) 50 percent

Time for my Southeastern Conference football power rankings:


1. Texas A&M (2-0) – Other than the Seahawks, nobody in football has delivered a more impressive win than what the Aggies did at South Carolina.

2. Louisiana State (2-0) – Beat Wisconsin on a neutral field. Nineteen (19) straight defensive possessions without allowing a touchdown. Four true freshmen found the end zone last week. Don't sleep on the Tigers.

3. Georgia (1-0) – I know better than to be teased by those clips against Clemson that suggest this is The Year the Bulldogs have been waiting for since 1980, but I can't help myself.

4. Auburn (2-0) – Several people think the Tigers are the best team in the league. I'm expecting all the lucky breaks Auburn got last season to even out.

5. Alabama (2-0) – Hundreds and hundreds of 5-star recruits and Nick Saban doesn't have a quarterback who reminds you of Joe Namath or Kenny Stabler.

6. Ole Miss (2-0) – The good news is that the Rebels pounded Vanderbilt. The bad news is that Temple also pounded Vanderbilt.

7. Missouri (2-0) – The Tigers have a road win. It's a road win at Toledo, but it's still a road win.

8. Florida (1-0) – I'm going to need more evidence than a 65-0 victory over Eastern Michigan to proclaim Jeff Driskel the next Rex Grossman.

9. South Carolina (1-1) – Steve Spurrier used to be Nolan Ryan. Now he's Jamie Moyer. Feel free to steal that one Paul Finebaum.

10. Tennessee (2-0) – The Vols are going to Oklahoma this weekend. Bob Stoops coaches Oklahoma. Bob Stoops is tired of hearing about the SEC. I don't think it's going to be pretty.

11. Mississippi State (2-0) – Quarterback Dak Prescott will creep onto those Heisman Watch lists if he delivers another game where he runs for more than 100 yards and throws for four touchdowns.

12. Kentucky (2-0) – It's too soon to call Saturday's game a measuring stick game for Mark Stoops, but the arrow is certainly pointing in the right direction.

13. Arkansas – (1-1) – The Razorbacks visit Texas Tech Saturday – and they're only two-point underdogs. I wonder what Las Vegas knows. Seems low.

14. Vanderbilt (0-2) – The Commodores have been outscored 78-10 and outgained by 453 yards. They'll be in Lexington Sept. 27. Plan your party now.

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE (League ranking, national ranking)

1. (3) Texas A&M 104,728

2. (4) Tennessee 100,997

3. (5) Louisiana State (100,338)

4. (6) Alabama (100,306)

5. (9) Georgia 92,746

6. (11) Auburn 87,451

7. (13) South Carolina 81,873

8. (15) Florida 81,049

9. (23) Arkansas 63,108

10. (27) Missouri 60,589

11. (28) Mississippi State 59,797

12. (38) Kentucky 51,154

13. (57) Vanderbilt 37,496

14. (NR) Ole Miss no home games yet.


RED ZONE CONVERSIONS (Offense scoring either TD or FG inside 20-yardline)

1. Auburn: 11 for 11, 100 percent

2. LSU, South Carolina: 6-for-6, 100 percent

4. Texas A&M: 14-for-15, 93.3 percent

5. Tennessee: 12-for-13, 92.3 percent

6. Arkansas, Missouri: 8 for 9, 88.9 percent

8. Florida: 6 for 7, 85.7 percent

9. Ole Miss: 8 for 10, 80 percent

10. Alabama, Kentucky: 6 for 8, 75 percent

12. Mississippi State: 6 for 9, 66.7 percent

13. Georgia: 3 for 5, 60 percent

14. Vanderbilt: 1 for 4, 25 percent


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