Week 12 should be a nice quiet week before Rivalry week to wrap up the regular season. Instead we had one of the best weeks of the season.
Outside of the SEC, both TCU and Michigan needed last-second field goals to keep their perfect seasons and college football playoff hopes alive. While they were able to stem the commotion, the SEC was not.
South Carolina defeated Tennessee and ended their playoff hopes, Vanderbilt upset the Florida Gators and now has a winning streak at the SEC, and Arkansas defeated Ole Miss to derail the Rebels’ season.
While Alabama, Mississippi State, Missouri and LSU all won their non-conference games comfortably, Texas A&M fought a long losing streak with UMass.
Georgia grabbed a perfect SEC regular season with a win over Kentucky. Here are our power rankings after a wild week 12 in the SEC.
Georgia Bulldogs (11-0, 8-0)
Week 12: Beat Kentucky 16-6
Previous ranking: 1
It was closer than expected, but the Bulldogs capped a perfect SEC season with a win over Kentucky.
LSU Tigers (9-2, 6-1)
Week 12: Beat UAB 41-10
Previous ranking: 2
The Tigers dealt with UAB on a wet night and just keep getting better.
Alabama Crimson Tide (9-2, 5-2)
Week 12: Beat Austin Peay 34-0
Previous ranking: 3
They were in control from the start and now it’s all about the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa.
Arkansas Razorbacks (6-5, 3-4)
Week 12: Beat Ole Miss 42-27
Previous ranking: 7
When KJ Jefferson can play, this team is extremely dangerous and Rocket Sanders is a stud.
Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-4, 3-4)
Week 12: Beat ETSU 56-7
Previous ranking: 8th
The airstrike took the Buccaneers easy and it should be a great Egg Bowl Thursday.
Tennessee Volunteers (9-2, 5-2)
Week 12: Lost to South Carolina 63-38
Previous ranking: 4
The Vol’s defense was slashed and Hendon Hooker walked away hurt. It was a nightmare game for her.
Ole Miss Rebels (8-3, 4-3)
Week 12: Lost to Arkansas 42-27
Previous ranking: 5
They had over 700 yards of offense but fell behind 42-6. They will try to end their season in the Egg Bowl on a high.
Chestnut Tigers (5-6, 2-5)
Week 12: Beat Western Kentucky 41-17
Previous ranking: 9
The resurgence under Cadillac Williams continued with an impressive second-half performance.
South Carolina Gamecocks (7-4, 4-4)
Week 12: Beat Tennessee 63-38
Previous ranking: 12
The Gamecocks dominated Tennessee and the program looks set to take a seat under Shane Beamer.
Vanderbilt Commodores (5-6, 2-5)
Week 12: Beat Florida 31-24
Previous ranking: 13
Vanderbilt pulled through the monster excitement on Saturday and is on an SEC winning streak for the first time since 2018.
Missouri Tigers (5-6, 2-5)
Week 12: Beat the state of New Mexico 45-14
Previous ranking: 11
The Tigers ended a losing streak with a dominant win and will be looking for a bowl eligibility next week.
Kentucky Wildcats (6-5, 3-5)
Week 12: Lost 16-6 to Georgia
Previous ranking: 10
The defense did its job of keeping the surprise alive, but the offense failed to capitalize.
Florida Gators (6-5, 3-5)
Week 12: Lost to Vanderbilt 31-24
Previous ranking: 6
The Gators seemed to have turned around in recent weeks, but this loss is a major blow to Billy Napier in his first season in charge.
Texas A&M Aggies (4-7, 1-6)
Week 12: Beat UMass 20-7
Previous ranking: 14
The Aggies finally ended their six-game losing streak, but it was a far cry from the dominant win that was expected against one of the worst teams in college football.