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BOZICH | SEC football power ratings: Kentucky leads Florida (and Vandy) again

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Vanderbilt is the first team Mark Stoops and Kentucky needs to overtake. Vanderbilt is the first team Mark Stoops and Kentucky needs to overtake.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There is nothing mysterious about the hierarchy in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference football.

Florida, Georgia or Tennessee finishes first. Vanderbilt or Kentucky finishes last.

The league added Arkansas and South Carolina and split into two six-team divisions in 1992.

These are the only teams that have finished first or tied for first since the East was created: Florida (12 times); Georgia (7); Tennessee (7); South Carolina (1) and Missouri (1).

These are the only teams that have finished last or tied for last: Vanderbilt (13 times); Kentucky (9); South Carolina (2) and Tennessee (1).

With the renovations to Commonwealth Stadium, the investment in other football facilities and budgets and the energy stirred by Mark Stoops' coaching staff, Kentucky's vision is to climb from worst to first.

That's something to actually discuss in 2017 -- or beyond.

The first thing the Wildcats need to do is start putting Vanderbilt firmly in the rear-view mirror, starting Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, a game where UK can regain some of the mojo that drained away after Rich Brooks retired.

Vandy carries a three-game winning streak against the Wildcats. The Commodores have not won four straight against Kentucky since 1995.

Vanderbilt relies on 31 freshmen, a dozen of them guys who played in high school last season. The Commodores are younger than Kentucky – and have a first-year coach (Derek Mason).

Vanderbilt has already been beaten by two touchdowns three times. Vandy's only victory was nothing for Jay Cutler or Will Perdue to brag about. The Commodores beat winless UMass, which has won two of its last 31 games.

Kentucky sits as a solid 17-point favorite Saturday.

“Don't pay much attention to it,” Stoops said. “But (we) certainly need to be a team that's very hungry. I think our team has played that way this year. We need to stay that way …

“… I mean, it's important to go out and get this victory. It's the next game on the schedule so it's the most important one.”

It's time for Kentucky to push Vanderbilt into the bottom of the SEC East – and keep the Commodores there.

On to the show.

WEEK FIVE SEC POWER RATINGS

1. (1 last week) Texas A&M (4-0) – The Aggies have won all four games by at least 24 points, but their last two opponents were winless. I feel safe calling them Number One -- and I love quarterback Kenny Hill.

2. (3) Auburn (3-0) – If the Tigers keep this up, the next thing you're going to hear is Gus Malzahn to the Dallas Cowboys.

3. (4) Alabama (4-0) – Nick Saban has turned Lane Kiffin into an offensive genius. For his next assignment, Saban will reverse global warming.

4. (9) Mississippi State (4-0) – The Bulldogs looked legit winning at Death Valley – and now they have a week to prepare for Texas A&M. Dan Mullen is an early leader for national coach of the year.

5. (5) Mississippi (3-0) – If the Rebels handle Memphis Saturday, they draw a delightful home game with Bama next week.

6. (7) South Carolina (3-1) – Pay attention to this game on Saturday night. The Gamecocks visit Commonwealth Stadium Oct. 4.

7. (8) Georgia (3-1) – The Bulldogs welcome Tennessee. The game isn't as big as it used to be, but it's getting closer.

8. (2) Louisiana State (3-1) – There's no truth to the report that LSU has given Les Miles permission to talk to Michigan. Is there?

9. (10) Arkansas (3-1) – Back-to-back over Texas Tech (21 points) and Northern Illinois (38 points) have people taking a closer look at the Razorbacks.

10. (6) Missouri (3-1) – The Tigers expected to carry a 4-0 record into Columbia but Tevin Coleman had a different idea.

11. (11) Tennessee (2-1) – The Volunteers have enjoyed an extra week to prepare for their trip to Athens.

12. (12) Kentucky (2-1) – It's time for Kentucky's 17-game SEC losing streak to end.

13. (13) Florida (2-1) – Nothing is going to change until the Gators find a better quarterback.

14. (14) Vanderbilt (1-3) – If Vandy does not win Saturday, the Commodores won't win an SEC game this season.

SOURCE: Dr. Bo's Vast College Football Knowledge

INDIVIDUAL YARDS PER CARRY LEADERS (minimum 15 carries)

1. Sony Michael, Georgia freshman halfback, 10.3 yards per carry

2. Todd Gurley, Georgia junior halfback, 9.8

3. Jonathan Williams, Arkansas junior halfback, 8.2

4. Josh Robinson, Mississippi State junior halfback, 7.82

5. Corey Grant, Auburn senior halfback, 7.81

6. Alex Collins, Arkansas sophomore halfback, 7.5

7. Trey Williams, Texas A&M junior halfback, 7.2

8. James White, Texas A&M freshman halfback, 6.9

9. Kenny Hill, Texas A&M, sophomore quarterback, 6.63

10. Russell Hansbrough, Missouri junior halfback, 6.61

SOURCE: cfbstats.com

TEAM INTERCEPTION LEADERS

1. Mississippi 8

2. Auburn, Mississippi State, 6

4. Florida, Missouri, 5

6. LSU 4

7. Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas 3

12. Alabama, Texas A&M 2

14. Vanderbilt 0

SOURCE: cfbstats.com

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