Volunteers defeated, SEC loses contenders

Phew boy, it’s safe to say that compiling this week’s SEC Power rankings was the toughest task we’ve had at a Power 5 conference so far this year.

on South Carolina‘s stunning annoyed by Tennessee, Arkansas fell Ole Fraulein and Vanderbilt took full advantage of sleepwalking Florida rocking the entire middle of the league.

Let’s not waste any more time on a high level, let’s dive straight into the details of this weekend’s action.

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Today we’re updating the SEC Power Rankings after the week 12 games.

2022 SEC Power Rankings – Week 12

  1. Georgia

After seeing some of the other results across the country on Saturday, Georgia fans are likely to be excited about the team’s 16-6 win over Kentucky. The Bulldogs were in a somewhat odd game, with very little possession in the first half. The Wildcats played well but failed to establish a convincing threat on the track. Georgia gets a home game against georgia tech now before the SEC title game against LSU.

  1. LSU (+1)

A week after a lackluster performance in Arkansas, LSU again got off to a somewhat slow start against UAB, but got off to a good start this time. LSU led by 18 at halftime and scored a second-half shutout. The final test before Atlanta is a road trip to Texas A&M.

  1. Alabama (+1)

Ho-hum outing for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide in a final voting game before the Iron Bowl. Alabama defeated Austin Peay 34-0 and it was the weekend’s biggest drama Saban tells reporters to do their homework when you ask for injury reports. Now, Alabama will look to end the regular season with a win over an Auburn squad with renewed confidence.

  1. Tennessee (-2)

What can you say about Saturday in South Carolina? Tennessee was stunned as their defense was completely unprepared Spencer Rattler and a Gamecocks offense that failed to score a single point against Florida the week before. South Carolina gained 606 yards in offense in a 63-38 win. Worse, Hendon hooker suffered an injury that looked potentially serious late in the game. The Volunteers are closing out the regular season at Vanderbilt, and the shock has to be a legitimate concern going into this season.

  1. South Carolina (+2)

The first of a few spots in this week’s SEC Power Ladder where a team appears one spot below the team that just knocked them off, let’s move on and reiterate that this week’s Ladder wasn’t easy to pull off. Tennessee remains ahead based on the overall work, however Shane Beamer‘s group had a very special performance on Saturday. It’s easy to see how high the ceiling could be if he could elicit a little more consistency from South Carolina in the future.

  1. Ole Fraulein (-1)

Ole Miss was firmly in the New Year’s Six talks early in the weekend but likely saw those hopes ignite early on when she lost to Arkansas 42-27, not as close as the result suggested. The Rebels gained 703 yards of offense, including 463 on the ground, but turned it over three times. Meanwhile, Arkansas KJ Jefferson (three passing touchdowns) and Raheim Sander (232 yards rushing, three touchdowns) went absolutely ham. With Ole Miss having lost three of his last four, this year’s Egg Bowl feels like a must to stem the bleeding.

  1. Arkansas (+3)

Another spot on the SEC power rankings where head-to-heads and even overall tally gets a bit tricky, we have Arkansas ahead of Mississippi State, based largely on what we think the Razorbacks are a better team than the bulldogs…when KJ Jefferson is healthy. Arkansas earned Bowl qualifiers on Saturday and are now headed to take on Missouri to bolster their overall win of the season.

  1. State of Mississippi (+1)

Like Alabama, the state of Mississippi had the luxury of a weak non-conference opponent before its big annual rivalry game. The Bulldogs won 56-7 at quarterback against ETSU on Saturday Will Rogers Throwing for 301 yards and five touchdowns. With Mississippi State and Ole Miss separated by just one game on the overall tally, bragging rights are firmly at stake in more ways than one.

  1. Kentucky (-1)

Will Levis had a better performance on Saturday and was able to get shots so deep in the second half that you thought maybe Kentucky could get into the game against Georgia. But the Bulldogs are unbeaten for a reason and were able to finish off the win in Lexington. Kentucky had already secured bowl eligibility, but one game to a surprise Louisville Squad this week will really set the tone Markus Stoops and the UK program is – one way or another – going into the off-season.

  1. Florida (-4)

It was an 11 a.m. local opener in Vanderbilt, but the weather didn’t play nearly as much of a role as it could have. So there aren’t many excuses for a 31-24 loss to the Commodores. The Gators repeatedly shot themselves in the foot. Injuries to the receiver sidelined Florida, missing the race Anthony Richardson The loss was even more bewildering. Much goodwill was erased from back-to-back wins over Texas A&M and South Carolina on Saturday.

  1. Vanderbilt (+2)

This was arguably the hardest area to figure out in this week’s SEC Power Rankings because you can break it down in so many different ways. First off, we’ll acknowledge that moving Vanderbilt past Auburn and Missouri drops both teams, even though those two teams also win. But Vanderbilt has an SEC away win and a win over Florida in their last two, versus two home wins (one non-conference) for Auburn. And yet, despite the head-to-head win over Florida, the Gators have a better overall performance than the ‘Dores.

  1. maroon (-1)

Dropping a spot this week, Auburn is almost entirely about Vanderbilt’s big win and nothing the Tigers did wrong. Auburn has clearly played at a higher level since then Carnell “Cadillac” Williams taken on as interim head coach. Can the Tigers make things interesting in the Iron Bowl against Alabama? Both Auburn and Vanderbilt (vs Tennessee) have tough tasks ahead with one game left to reach bowl eligibility.

  1. Missouri (-1)

Missouri drove to an easy 45-14 win State of New Mexico on Saturday and keeps his hopes of becoming bowlable alive. The Tigers got another good outing from quarterback Brady Cook, who threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns and led the team with seven carries for 71 yards rushing. A Black Friday home date is now pending with Arkansas to determine if Missouri plays in the postseason.

  1. Texas A&M

It was far from a convincing win on Saturday, but Texas A&M managed to slip with a 20-3 win in six games Umass. The Aggies played without a star running back Devon Achane and Freshman Phenom recipients Evan Stewart. Texas A&M will now get a chance to play spoilers by hosting No. 6 LSU ahead of the Tigers’ trip to Atlanta for the SEC championship game.

Want to see how this week’s Power Leaderboard compares to our previous edition? Try this 2022 Week 11 SEC Power Rankings here!