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SEC Football Power Poll: Week 1

In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian’s sports editor David Collier will rank the 14 Southeastern Conference teams. Opponents, game times and television networks are also included for each team.

 
1.     Alabama (1-0, 2nd last week)
 
The Crimson Tide had a lot of new guys playing bigger roles, and there were some question marks about how soon they would play well as a unit. Those questions were answered in Alabama’s 41-14 drubbing of Michigan this weekend.
 
This week: Western Kentucky (1-0), 2:30 p.m., SEC Network
 
2.     LSU (1-0, 1st last week)
 
Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue led the Tigers to a 41-14 win at home over North Texas last weekend. Hilliard and Blue had 141 and 123 yards, respectively. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 19-of-26 passes and threw a touchdown. 
 
This week: Washington (1-0), 6 p.m., ESPN
 
3.     Georgia (1-0, 3rd last week)
 
The Bulldogs walked away with a 45-23 win over Buffalo, but it wasn’t as easy as it should’ve been. Buffalo totaled 199 yards on the ground, but the Georgia offense, which was led by quarterback Aaron Murray, was too much to handle.  
 
This week: at Missouri (1-0), 6:45 p.m., ESPN2
 
4.     South Carolina (1-0, 1-0 SEC, 4th last week)
 
Marcus Lattimore returned to his old form, rushing for 110 yards on 23 carries, in a season-opening win at Vanderbilt. Quarterback Connor Shaw only had 67 yards passing, but he did total 92 rushing yards.  
This week: East Carolina (1-0), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network
 
5.     Arkansas (1-0, 5th last week)
 
The Razorbacks had a slow start against Jacksonville State, but Tyler Wilson carried Arkansas to a 49-24 win on Saturday. It’s a good start for John L. Smith and his staff as they put the offseason woes behind them.
 
This week: Louisiana-Monroe (0-0), 6 p.m., ESPNU
 
6.     Tennessee (1-0, 7th last week)
 
 
Quarterback Tyler Bray used 322 passing yards and two touchdowns to lead Tennessee to a 35-21 win over N.C. State in Atlanta on Friday night. It was a good start for Derek Dooley, who needs a good season to impress the Volunteer faithful.
 
This week: Georgia State (0-1), 3 p.m., PPV
 
7.     Missouri (1-0, 6th last week)
 
 
The Tigers started their first season in the SEC with a blowout 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana. Missouri hosts Georiga this week, and Saturday’s matchup will go a long way to seeing how the Tigers compare to the rigorous SEC.
 
This week: Georgia (1-0), 6:45 p.m., ESPN2
 
8.     Florida (1-0, 8th last week)
 
 
Will Muschamp and the Gators had a rough start last Saturday, but they got things straightened out in 27-14 win over Bowling Green. Jeff Driskel led Florida in the air, going 10-of-14 for 114 yards and a touchdown. Muschamp named Driskel the starting quarterback for this weekend’s SEC opener at Texas A&M. 
 
This week: at Texas A&M (0-0), 2:30 p.m. ESPN
 
9.     Auburn (0-1, 9th last week)
 
The Tigers did not start the season they had planned. Auburn fought hard, but Clemson edged them out 26-19 in Atlanta. Auburn hopes to get their first win of the season in a big road matchup at Mississippi State this weekend. 
 
This week: at Mississippi State (1-0), 11 a.m., ESPN
 
10. Mississippi State (1-0, 10th last week)
 
The Bulldogs tripped out of the gate against Jackson State in the season opener, but Mississippi State won 56-9. Dan Mullen will know more about his team following a big matchup with Auburn Saturday. Mullen has not defeated an SEC West team besides Ole Miss.
 
This week: Auburn, (0-1), 11 a.m., ESPN
 
11.  Texas A&M (0-0, 11th week)
 
Kevin Sumlin’s Texas A&M coaching debut was pushed back a week due to Hurricane Isaac last week. The Aggies were scheduled to play against Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, La. last Thursday, but the game was rescheduled for Oct. 13. 
 
This week: Florida (1-0), 2:30 p.m., ESPN
 
12. Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-1 SEC, 12th last week)
 
The Commodores gave a valiant effort, but Vanderbilt was unable to get the upset of South Carolina, as the Gamecocks took the 17-13 win. Commodore head coach James Franklin has his guys believing in themselves, and it should be interesting to see how they respond from a loss in week one.
 
This week: at Northwestern (1-0), 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
 
13. Ole Miss (1-0, 14th last week)
 
It was as good of a start as Hugh Freeze could have asked for as Ole Miss defeated Central Arkansas 49-27. The Rebels have a chance to start 2-0 with UTEP coming to town, but it will be a challenge with the way the Miners played Oklahoma.
 
This week: UTEP (0-1), 6 p.m., Fox Sports Net
 
14. Kentucky (0-1, 13th last week)
 
Joker Phillips and the Wildcats did not get the start that they had hoped for against in-state rival Louisville. The Cardinals defeated Kentucky 32-14 on Sunday despite quarterback Maxwell Smith throwing for 280 yards and two touchdowns on 35-of-50 passing. 
 
This week: Kent State (1-0), 6:30 p.m., CSS
 
 
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