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BOZICH | SEC football power ratings: Kentucky leads Vols, Gamecocks, Vandy with computers

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Mark Stoops has Kentucky on the move in the SEC East. Mark Stoops has Kentucky on the move in the SEC East.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – College football kicked the computers to the curb after last season. Most of America stood and cheered.

Bye-bye Bowl Championship Series and its mysterious formula that featured six computer rankings. Hello four-team playoff that will be determined by a 13-person selection committee that features former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

But just because the BCS is dead does not mean the computer rankings have gone away. They have not.

In fact, I found the numbers from four of the six formulas that were used by the BCS – Jeff Sagarin, Billingsley, Massey and Colley-Matrix.

As I was calculating my SEC power ratings for this week, I wondered where Mark Stoops' 4-1 Kentucky team ranked in the East Division according to the four computer formulas.

The answer:

The Wildcats are fourth – ahead of South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, trailing Georgia, Missouri and Florida.

The Wildcats are ranked as high as No. 31 nationally by Colley Matrix and as low as 47th by Billingsley.

I made my overall SEC list by averaging the rankings from the four formulas. As expected, the numbers tilt heavily toward the SEC West. The top five teams all compete in the West.

Enough warm-up. On to the show.

Week Seven SEC Power Ratings

1. (2 last week) Auburn – The computers love the War Eagles. They're first in Sagarin predictor, first in Massey, first in Colley Matrix and, more importantly, now first with Dr. Bo. That's a lot of love.

2. (5) Mississippi – The Rebels share the cover of Sports Illustrated with Mississippi State this week. Smelling salts, anybody?

3. (4) Mississippi State – The pressure is on the Bulldogs to produce a flashier name to visit ESPN's College GameDay than Katy Perry who showed up in Oxford last Saturday. Whatcha got, State?

4. (3) Alabama – In case you haven't heard, Bama fans don't like what Colin Cowherd has been saying about their team.

5. (1) Texas A&M – Even Johnny Manziel could not have saved the Aggies from that beatdown in Starkville.

6. (6) Georgia – Best in the East is buried deep in the second division in the West. But the Bulldogs will take best in the East and a shot at the SEC title.

7. (7) Louisiana State – I would say the Tigers have started the countdown to basketball season, but I know you wouldn't believe that.

8. (8) Missouri – The Tigers need to win a few more games to make everybody forget they lost to Indiana in Columbia.

9. (13) Florida – I wouldn't rank the Gators this high because of a one-point win over Tennessee, but this is where they belong in the composite computer rankings. Strange.

10. (9) Arkansas – The Razorbacks had an extra week to prepare for a home game with Alabama. Beware.

11. (11) Kentucky – Louisiana Monroe is win number five. Who do the Wildcats beat to become bowl eligible? I'll take Missouri on Nov. 1.

12. (10) South Carolina – Three conferences losses? The Gamecocks' season is over.

13. (12) Tennessee – The Vols are working on a three-game losing streak and it's getting difficult to find six victories on their schedule.

14. (14) Vanderbilt – The Commodores host Charleston Southern Saturday. I have nothing else to say.

SOURCE: Dr. Bo's Vast College Football Knowledge.

MR. OFFENSE (SEC total offense leaders)

1. Kenny Hill, Texas A&M sophomore quarterback, 380 yards per game.

2. Dak Prescott, Miss State junior quarterback, 336.

3. Bo Wallace, Ole Miss senior quarterback, 312.

4. Blake Sims, Alabama senior quarterback, 294.

5. Patrick Towles, Kentucky sophomore quarterback, 287.

6. Dylan Thompson, South Carolina senior quarterback, 264.

7. Maty Mauk, Missouri sophomore quarterback, 247.

8. Nick Marshall, Auburn senior quarterback, 229.

9. Justin Worley, Tennessee senior quarterback, 225.

10. Jeff Driskel, Florida junior quarterback, 202


STEEL CURTAIN (SEC's best rushing defenses.)

1. Alabama, 64 yards per game.

2. Mississippi State, 98 ypg.

3. Auburn, 100 ypg.

4. Florida, 103 ypg.

5. Georgia, 112 ypg.

6. Ole Miss, 125 ypg.

7. Arkansas, 139 ypg.

8. Missouri, 143 ypg.

9. Kentucky, 166.0 ypg.

10. Tennessee, 166.4 ypg.


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