SEC Power Rankings: How high did Auburn rise and how far did Florida fall after Week 9?
Week 9 in SEC football was relatively uneventful with only four games, but it still had an impact on the SEC Power Rankings. After two weeks with a lot of open dates, the league is back to action this week, promising more shakeup.
Here are the SEC Power Rankings going into Week 10:
No. 1 Georgia (8-0, 6-0)
Last Week: 1
This week: vs. Missouri
What to know: Stetson Bennett IV? With that defense, the Dawgs could have started Thurston Howell III and beaten Florida. Georgia's stop unit is an immovable object.
No. 2 Alabama (7-1, 4-1)
Last Week: 2
This week: vs. LSU
What to know: Nick Saban has had a week to tinker in his laboratory. We'll see if he's fixed some defensive lapses and offensive line inconsistencies for the stretch run.
No. 3 Auburn (6-2, 3-1)
Last Week: 6
This week: at Texas A&M
What to know: The Tigers have been putting things together, getting tougher on defense and finding the running game that had been missing. Add some Bo Nix magic and this team is dangerous.
No. 4 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2)
Last Week: 5
This Week: vs. Auburn
What to know: The Aggies rise with a week off as others drop. That win over Alabama still has heft, and A&M may yet be the team that was advertised before the season.
No. 5 Ole Miss (6-2, 3-2)
Last Week: 3
This Week: vs. Liberty
What to know: What kind of welcome will Hugh Freeze get in Oxford? And how well with Lane Kiffin's social media game be received by the Rebels faithful after a disappointing loss at Auburn?
No. 6 Mississippi State (5-3, 3-2)
Last Week: 10
This Week: at Arkansas
What to know: No SEC team wants Mike Leach showing up on its doorstep on Halloween in full pirate costume. And Ole Miss might not want any part of him on Thanksgiving for the Egg Bowl the way things are trending.
No. 7 Kentucky (6-2, 4-2)
Last Week: 4
This Week: vs. Tennessee
What to know: Right on schedule, basketball season is almost here and Wildcats football is slipping. Tennessee's offense will test Kentucky's defense and its resolve.
No. 8 Tennessee (4-4, 2-3)
Last Week: 9
This Week: at Kentucky
What to know: The Vols have had a week off to absorb the Alabama loss. A strong finish, starting with a win over Kentucky, would put Josh Heupel's first season in a good light.
No. 9 LSU (4-4, 2-3)
Last Week: 7
This Week: at Alabama
What to know: Ed Orgeron said the Tigers didn't have enough players to scrimmage last week. They don't have enough coaching to challenge Alabama.
No. 10 Arkansas (5-3, 1-3)
Last Week: 11
This Week: vs. Mississippi State
What to know: It seems like ages ago that the Hogs were bullying Texas and Texas A&M around. We'll see how much fight they have left after a week off.
No. 11 Florida (4-4, 2-4)
Last Week: 8
This Week: at South Carolina
What to know: A soft late schedule couldn't come at a better time for the Gators. Dan Mullen has run out of quarterback changes to appease a fan base that wants results.
No. 12 Missouri (4-4, 1-3)
Last Week: 12
This Week: at Georgia
What to know: The good news? An SEC win. The bad news? It was over Vanderbilt. And this week's game at Georgia won't be anything like the fun getaway to the Music City.
No. 13 South Carolina (4-4,1-4)
Last Week: 13
This Week: vs. Florida
What to know: If Shane Beamer has an upset hidden away in his playbook, this is the week to use it. The Gators are vulnerable, but do the Gamecocks have the firepower?
No. 14 Vanderbilt (2-7, 0-5)
Last Week: 14
This Week: Idle
What to know: The Commodores showed some fight against Missouri in yet another SEC loss. They'll need it down the stretch: Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee will show no mercy.