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BOZICH | SEC football power ratings: Play-clock expires, Kentucky overtakes Florida

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UK coach Mark Stoops had his team in position to win at Florida. UK coach Mark Stoops had his team in position to win at Florida.
 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Three weeks into the college football season, the Southeastern Conference has eight unbeaten teams.

Only eight?

Mike Slive and Paul Finebaum expected more. But I'm impressed – and I pride myself on not contributing to the hurricane of hype that surrounds SEC football. Not that ESPN needs help.

Eight unbeaten are great for the league's reputation, but it's also what everybody expects from the Big Dog these days.

But there is a downside: It makes it difficult to put together  SEC power rankings. Mississippi State is 3-0, and I rank the Bulldogs only the 9th best team in the league. If the Bulldogs were in the Big Ten, they'd be no lower than third.

Kentucky played great against Florida in Gainesville last Saturday night, and I could not advance the Wildcats in my rankings because Arkansas played even better at Texas Tech.

Think about this: Alabama and Auburn are the top two SEC teams in the human polls; Alabama and Georgia are the top two teams in Jeff Sagarin's Predictor ratings and Alabama and Mississippi State are the top two teams in the Colley-Matrix computer rankings.

Confused? Me, too.

Time to add another voice to the debate – mine. Here we go.

TEAM RANKINGS

1.     (1 last week) Texas A&M (2-0) –  Ranking first in the SEC in yards per game and points per game is good enough to be first in the league with Dr. Bo, especially considering I still give the Aggies bonus points for bouncing South Carolina in Columbia.

2.     (2) Louisiana State (3-0) – The Tigers have not allowed a point in almost 10 quarters. Think about that. I don't care if LSU is playing Uncle Rick's Lawn Care Service, that's impressive.

3.     (4) Auburn (3-0) – A helmet tip to the Tigers for accepting a road game at Kansas State Thursday night. Auburn gets an automatic bump in these rankings if the Tigers win in Manhattan.

4.     (5) Alabama (3-0) – The Crimson Tide are not averaging 300 yards per game passing, a sign of lingering quarterback issues. Just one reason they're not Number One with me – and I'm not being influenced by Clay Travis, Bama fans.

5.     (6) Mississippi (3-0) – Nobody has come within three touchdowns of the Rebels yet, but we won't know how good they are until they play host to Bama next week. I think they're pretty good.

6.     (7) Missouri (3-0)– Maty Mauck has 1Maukchdown passes in three games – and gets to face Indiana at home this weekend. Doesn't seem fair.

7.     (9) South Carolina (2-1) – I guess it was too soon to count the Gamecocks out in the SEC East.

8.     (3) Georgia (1-1) – Something outrageous always seems to happen to Mark Richt and the Bulldogs – and this time nobody can blame Todd Grantham.

9.     (11) Mississippi State (3-0)– The unbeaten Bulldogs are quietly averaging nearly 44 points per game.

10.  (13) Arkansas (2-1) – Spread this: The Razorbacks ran for seven touchdowns while rolling Texas Tech in Lubbock. Not passed. Ran! Bret Bielama means business.

11.   (10) Tennessee (2-1) – Not a bad showing at Oklahoma, but not nearly good enough to make the Sooners squirm. The Vols need time.

12. (12) Kentucky (2-1) – The Wildcats did everything right in Gainesville, except win the play-clock dispute – and the game.

13. (8) Florida (2-0) – The Gators might call that a victory over Kentucky. Ron Zook would advise Will Muschamp to back off on the celebrating. The Gators won't go 4-8 again. But I could see 6-5. Or 5-6.

14. (14) Vanderbilt (1-2) – The Commodores won the only game they're going to win this season -- by three points against UMass last week. Hello, 1-11. It's official: Vandy is back to being Vandy.

Source: Dr. Bo's Vast Football Knowledge.

OFFENSIVE PLAYS PER GAME (who is playing fast – or playing overtime games to run up their snap count.)

1.     Florida 90

2.     Tennessee 79.7

3.     Texas A&M 78.7

4.     Mississippi State 78.3

5.     Ole Miss 76.3

6.     Alabama 75

7.     Kentucky 74

8.     LSU 72

9.     Auburn 71.5

10. South Carolina 70

11. Missouri 66.3

12. Arkansas 64.7

13. Georgia 63.5

14. Vanderbilt 58.7

Source: stats.ncaa.org

TURNOVER MARGIN (teams that are winning the takeaway game)

1.     Florida, plus-3.5

2.     Missouri, plus-2

3.     Kentucky, Ole Miss, plus-1.3

5.     Mississippi State, LSU, Georgia, plus-1.

8. Tennessee, plus-0.67.

9. Auburn, plus-0.50.

10. Arkansas, plus-0.3.

11. Texas A&M, minus-0.3.

12. South Carolina, Alabama, minus-0.67.

14. Vanderbilt, minus-1.67.

Source: cfbstats.com


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