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SEC power rankings: Week 5

Well, we know who should be at the top of our power rankings, but this weekend made it a little tricky to figure out the middle:

1. LSU (4-0, 1-0): Now that the Tigers are done with what looked like a tough September before the season, LSU is the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country. That's what happens when you handily defeat three ranked teams in the first four weeks. Teams can't stop the Tigers' defensive front and even if you have enough time to throw on LSU, getting past corners Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne isn't exactly easy. However, we're still mostly impressed by the fact that LSU has been so dominant without the services of an elite quarterback. High-powered offense? This team don't need no stickin' high-powered offense!

2. Alabama (4-0, 1-0): If LSU is the No. 1 team in the country, then Alabama is 1A. Alabama's defense has quietly been one of the most dominant in the country. It's not as loud or as flashy as LSU's but it's very, very productive. Alabama is second nationally giving up 184 yards a game and second in scoring defense (eight points a game). If anyone had concerns about this Alabama team, surely they were wiped away after it completely shut down Arkansas and its big-time offense over the weekend.

3. Florida (4-0, 2-0): We're just as surprised as you are to see Will Muschamp's Gators this high in the power rankings. But with the way the rest of the East looks, the Gators have actually been the most consistent team in the division. The running game has been extremely fun to watch with Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps running away from opponents and the defense's aggressive style should frustrate offenses this season. The passing game still isn't great and it must improve if this team wants to make a run to Atlanta.

4. Arkansas (3-1, 0-1): People questioned Arkansas' ability because of the cupcakes the Razorbacks started the season with. The questions will no doubt continue for the Hogs after they were run out of Bryant-Denny Stadium after struggling on both sides of the ball. This team still has the offensive weapons and the defense to compete in the West, but it's obvious that this isn't the same team we saw last season and not having Knile Davis at running back is a major loss for the offense.

5. South Carolina (4-0, 2-0): Outside of Marcus Lattimore, the Gamecocks' offense was pretty tough to watch against Vanderbilt. Stephen Garcia really struggled throwing the ball and some of his receivers had cases of the drops against the Commodores. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, the defense made a tremendous transformation. It finally played like the group we expected it to be, as it wreaked a major havoc on Vandy's backfield. If the defense keeps this up, South Carolina won't need much of an offense to compete in the East.

6. Georgia (2-2, 1-1): Sure, the Bulldogs haven't played superior talent in their first two wins of the season, but Georgia looks much better now than it did at the beginning of the year. The offense is still looking for consistent receiving threats, but freshman Isaiah Crowell is starting to look like the No. 1 back coach Mark Richt hoped for. Georgia is still very much in the East race, but is in for a tough stretch with Mississippi State coming to Athens before the Dawgs go on the road to face Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

7. Tennessee (2-1, 0-1): Tennessee might be higher on this list if not for the loss of top receiver Justin Hunter. Losing him puts more pressure on Da'Rick Rogers and means that the Volunteers' struggling running game has to help out even more. Tennessee is currently last in the SEC in rushing, averaging 81.7 yards per game. In this league, that just won't cut it. Tennessee's young defense has impressed at times, especially with its back close to the end zone, but it needs to keep that edge about it as the season continues.

8. Auburn (3-1, 1-0): The Tigers needed a major defensive rebound, and they got it against Florida Atlantic, which has the nation's worst offense. The Tigers allowed just more than 300 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers. But as the defense made some strides, the offense regressed. Auburn managed just three touchdowns and 315 offensive yards against the Owls. The Tigers have yet to put a complete game together with its young talent going through natural growing pains. This team has a pretty fun matchup with South Carolina this weekend.

9. Vanderbilt (3-1, 1-1): No SEC team picked up as many bandwagon fans as Vanderbilt after the first three weeks of the season. After blowing out Ole Miss, some thought the Commodores could upset preseason East favorite South Carolina. However, the offense was totally inept against the Gamecocks and it became painfully obvious that this team is only going to go as far as its defense allows it to. This team will struggle down the stretch unless playmakers emerge on offense.

10. Mississippi State (2-2, 0-2): This definitely isn't the start Dan Mullen and his Bulldogs envisioned. Mississippi State has yet to grab a conference win and the Bulldogs needed overtime to edge out Louisiana Tech ... at home. After sporting a high-powered offense in the first two games, the Bulldogs have struggled to do much with the ball in their hands in the last two games. A win over Georgia this weekend could go a long way for this team's psyche.

11. Ole Miss (1-3, 0-2): It's not every week that team loses and moves up in the power rankings, but while Ole Miss' offense has struggled to do much of anything thus far, it has played better competition than our No. 12 team. The Rebels' defense is better than last season's, but it needs a lot more help from an offense that can't seem to get anything going running or throwing the ball. Ole Miss needed two gadget plays to score on Georgia over the weekend. Now, the Rebels have to travel across the country to Fresno State to get a much-needed victory.

12. Kentucky (2-2, 0-1): The Wildcats might have one more win than Ole Miss, but this team might have a worse looking offense than the Rebels, given the teams it played before getting routed at home to Florida. The loss to a not-so-great Louisville team at home will sting for a while and could cost the Wildcats the postseason. In its losses to Florida and Louisville, Kentucky averaged 294.5 yards of offense and scored a combined 27 points. Things only get tougher with games at LSU and South Carolina looming.