Were I to do my own SEC power rankings, they would look like this:
1. Alabama: It’s worth noting the young Tide defense has allowed all of 97 yards rushing over the last two games. It held Colorado State to 1.96 yards per carry, Ole Miss to 1.84. And Mississippi had rushed for 200+ yards in each of its three previous games. And we all know defense is Nick Saban’s real gold.
2. Georgia: If you don’t think that burning Bulldogs offense is hard to control, ask LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis. He’s the one balled up in the fetal position in the corner of the Athens press box. When any coach gets emotional talking to Tracy Wolfson in the post-game interview, you know it’s a big win.
3. Texas A&M: Now that the summer autograph signing season is history, Johnny Manziel has made his return to glory. The Aggie defense is worrisome, but so far Johnny Football has managed to outrun its faults.
4. LSU: Sometimes even Les Miles’ random acts of blindness aren’t magical enough to pull out a win. Example, Georgia. But, boy, Zach Mettenberger looked good and if Chavis can straighten out that defense, the Tigers have a chance for future wealth.
5. South Carolina: Who scheduled that road game last Saturday at Central Florida? Ron Morris? The Gamecocks survived but the whole affair made Steve Spurrier age right before our very eyes.
6. Florida: Yeah, quarterback Tyler Murphy is a super sub and Matt Jones ran with smash-mouth success on Saturday, but the Gators defense is always looking for contact and Vernon Hargreaves III — he has three interceptions already — is a rising superstar.
7. Ole Miss: Bo Wallace learned a valuable lesson when he predicted the Rebels would score on Alabama and then the Rebels didn’t score on Alabama. It’s not nice to mess with Coach Saban.
8. Vanderbilt: If I’m the Men of Troy I hop a plane to Nashville and show James Franklin color pictures of Malibu and hand him a jar full of beach.
9. Missouri: The numbers suggest Mizzou might be better than we first anticipated. With a healthy James Franklin, the Tigers have two 600-plus yard games already.
10. Auburn: Gus Malzahn had last week off but I’m guessing he even slept with that clipboard he carries around so that he can doodle another play at a moment’s notice.
11. Arkansas: Welcome to the SEC, Brett Bielema. You’re now 0-1 and the good fans in Fayetteville hope you’re not going to make that habit-forming.
12. Mississippi State: Admit that the Bulldogs could very well be too low in this poll, but not enough time has passed to make us forget he way they blew that late lead at Auburn.
13. Tennessee: Though the Vols had to squeak past South Alabama on Saturday afternoon, they were dancing in the Knoxville streets early Sunday morning upon hearing news that Pat Haden had told the Lane Kiffin to spend more time with his family. Or they should have been.
14. Kentucky: Hang in there. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. And the guess is it will appear the morning of Oct. 13.