SEC Week 11 Power Rankings: Red-hot Arkansas makes another big jump


With just two weeks left in the regular season, here’s a look at where things stand in the SEC after Week 11.

1. Alabama (9-1): The Crimson Tide looked dominant again Saturday in a 31-6 win over Mississippi State. Derrick Henry rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns, and the defense sacked Dak Prescott nine times, all with four or fewer pass-rushers.

2. Florida (9-1): The adventures of Treon Harris continue. The Florida quarterback played better than he did a week ago, but he still threw two interceptions in Saturday’s 24-14 win at South Carolina. If he can improve, this team still has a shot at the College Football Playoff.

3. Arkansas (6-4): Look who made the biggest move in this week’s Power Rankings. Too high? Not when you consider the Razorbacks have the same conference record (4-2) as both LSU and Ole Miss and beat both of them the past two weeks. Arkansas is playing as well as anybody in the SEC, outside of Alabama.

4. LSU (7-2): Following back-to-back losses, LSU is all but out of the playoff race. Leonard Fournette failed to reach 100 yards for the second straight game in Saturday’s loss to Arkansas, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier with Ole Miss and Texas A&M the next two weeks.

5. Ole Miss (7-3): How will the Rebels respond after that gut-wrenching loss to Arkansas two weeks ago? They had Saturday off, which was probably a good thing, but they host LSU on Saturday with a slim (OK, very slim) chance of still winning the SEC West.

6. Mississippi State (7-3): If you only looked at the box score and not the final score, Saturday’s loss to Alabama wouldn’t be so bad. Mississippi State had more total yards and more first downs, and won the time of possession battle. But the only thing that matters is the final score: 31-6.

7. Tennessee (6-4): The Volunteers have quietly won three in a row, becoming bowl eligible with Saturday’s 24-0 win over North Texas, and there’s a strong possibility they win out. As for their four losses, each came by seven points or fewer.

8. Georgia (7-3): It didn’t look good early for Georgia on Saturday, but the Bulldogs rallied in the second half to beat rival Auburn 20-13. Now all of a sudden, this team looks like it might finish with nine wins heading into bowl season. If nothing else, that should quiet all the chatter surrounding coach Mark Richt.

9. Texas A&M (7-3): Kyler Murray or Kyle Allen? Murray started and played most of the game Saturday against Western Carolina, but he threw two more interceptions. Meanwhile, Allen came in and went 6-for-6 for 88 yards and a touchdown. The Aggies rolled 41-17, but how short will the leash be on Murray going forward?

10. Auburn (5-5): Auburn has its own quarterback quandary, but it’s not because the two options are playing well. It’s quite the opposite. Jeremy Johnson and Sean White both struggled in Saturday’s loss to Georgia as the Tigers finished with just 62 passing yards.

11. Vanderbilt (4-6): The Commodores picked up their second SEC win Saturday, beating Kentucky 21-17, and they also might have found their quarterback of the future. Freshman Kyle Shurmur finished 13-of-26 for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

12. Kentucky (4-6): This feels like déjà vu for Kentucky and its fans. What started out as such a promising season has now fallen apart. The Wildcats have lost five straight and will need to beat both Charlotte and Louisville the last two weeks to play in a bowl game.

13. Missouri (5-5): Was there a better moment Saturday than watching the Missouri players celebrate with their coach, Gary Pinkel, after the Tigers’ 20-16 win over BYU? Pinkel will resign after the season, but he won’t soon forget that win and that moment.

14. South Carolina (3-7): Welcome to the bottom of the Power Rankings, South Carolina. The Gamecocks were officially eliminated from postseason play with Saturday’s 24-14 loss to Florida, and now it’s time for fans to start turning their attention to the coaching search.