Four weeks in and the SEC is starting to sort itself out. It is becoming increasingly evident who will be competing for a division title and who will not. Kentucky rises the most in this week’s rankings, but their matchup with South Carolina will tell us if they are the real deal.
1.) Alabama (4-0, 2-0)
Once again the Crimson Tide took down their first top-25 opponent of the season this past week, by torching Texas A&M 45-23 in Tuscaloosa. Tua Tagovailoa threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns. Alabama continues to show no signs of weakness heading into Week 5.
Week 5: vs. Louisiana Lafayette (1-2) 12:00 PM on SEC Network
2.) Georgia (4-0, 2-0)
The Bulldogs added another road SEC win to their resume last week, as they defeated Missouri 43-29. Georgia did not dominate the game in the fashion SEC fans have become accustomed to, but they were still able to win with relative ease.
Week 5: vs. Tennessee (2-2) 3:30 PM on CBS
3.) LSU (4-0, 1-0)
The Tigers took a week off from SEC play last week as they hosted Louisiana Tech. LSU remains this season’s pleasant surprise in the SEC as they have two top ten wins on their resume. They return to SEC play this week as they host Ole Miss.
Week 5: vs. Ole Miss (3-1) 9:00 PM on ESPN
4.) Auburn (3-1, 1-1)
After being stunned by LSU, Auburn took care of business against Arkansas defeating them 34-3. The defense looked stout, but the offense struggled at times. The Tigers will have another week to sort those struggles out as they face Southern Miss this week.
Week 5: vs. Southern Miss (2-1) 4:00 PM on SEC Network
5.) Kentucky (4-0, 2-0)
After riding a stellar second-half performance against Mississippi State to a 28-7 victory, the Wildcats enter the top 5 for the first time in nearly 15 years. Benny Snell turned in a dazzling performance last week and looks to be the top running back in the SEC. They will have another chance to prove they belong among the best in the conference this week as they host South Carolina.
Week 5: vs. South Carolina (2-1) 7:30 PM on SEC Network
6.) Mississippi State (3-1, 0-1)
The Bulldogs turned in a disappointing performance against Kentucky as Nick Fitzgerald was held in check last week. That being said, with Dan Mullen returning to Starkville this week, they have a prime opportunity to redeem themselves.
Week 5: vs. Florida (3-1) 6:00 PM on ESPN
7.) Texas A&M (2-2, 0-1)
The Aggies opened up SEC play in the most daunting way imaginable, in Tuscaloosa against the raining national champions. Suffice to say, the Crimson Tide took control of the game early and did not look back. Good news for A&M, they have Arkansas this week.
Week 5: vs. Arkansas (1-3) 12:00 PM on ESPN
8.) South Carolina (2-1, 1-1)
The Gamecocks finally had a chance to move on from their loss against Georgia this past week, as they took complete control of the game in Nashville. The 37-14 victory was the team’s largest win total against the Commodores in the past five seasons. Jake Bentley looked sharp, but it was Javon Kinlaw and the Gamecocks running game that stole the show. South Carolina will have another chance to prove they are the second-best team in the East as they travel to Kentucky this week.
Week 5: vs. Kentucky (4-0) 7:30 on SEC Network
9.) Missouri (3-1, 0-1)
Drew Lock continues to be impressive, but the talent level of the rest of his team is not nearly as strong. Turnovers and the disparity of talent on the field were the two reasons they could not defeat the Bulldogs last week. The Tigers will have two weeks to prepare for South Carolina as they have this week off.
Week 5: Off
10.) Florida (3-1, 0-1)
The Gators took down the Volunteers with ease this past week, ultimately winning 47-21. Dan Mullen will have a chance to defeat his former team this week as Florida travels to Starkville.
Week 5: at Mississippi State (3-1) 6:00 PM on ESPN
11. Ole Miss (3-1, 0-1)
The Rebels bounced back from their embarrassing performance against Alabama quite nicely, beating Kent State 38-17. Jordan Ta’amu threw for 442 yards and two touchdowns, but their defense continued to display that they’re a work in progress.
Week 5: at LSU (4-0) 9:00 PM on ESPN
12. Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-1)
After a strong showing in South Bend, the Commodores got a taste of reality against South Carolina. The loss emphasized that Vandy is still not ready to compete in the East. The Commodores will look to bounce back against Tennessee state this week.
Week 5: vs. Tennesee St (2-0) 4:00 PM on SEC Network
13. Tennessee (1-3, 0-1)
The Volunteers should get used to the where they are now because it does not look like they will be moving up any time soon. Jereme Pruit had a player pull a Vontae Davis in the third quarter against Florida. Next up, Georgia. Yikes.
Week 5: at Georgia (4-0) 3:30 PM on CBS
14. Arkansas (1-3, 0-1)
The rest of the schedule will be brutal for the Razorbacks, as their only winnable game seems to be Tulsa.
Week 5: at Texas A&M (2-2) 12:00 PM on ESPN
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