SEC power rankings: LSU takes top spot after defeat of Alabama

Tyler Horka

Purple and gold are royal colors. Fitting.

LSU, new king of the SEC, sits atop the conference's throne after beating Alabama. 

The Tigers are three wins away from running the table this season and securing a spot in the SEC title game as the West division champion for the first time since 2011. 

LSU is in the driver's seat with wins over Alabama and Auburn. Head coach Ed Orgeron keeps saying "we comin.'"

The Tigers aren't coming anymore. They've arrived, and it looks like they're here to stay. 

1. LSU (9-0, 5-0 SEC)

Last week: No. 2 

There was always going to be some skepticism until the scoreboard showed triple zeros and more points for LSU than Alabama. But the Tigers did it. They actually did it. They beat the Crimson Tide for the first time since 2011. Now they have bigger fish to fry. This team is probably the front-runner to win the national title. 

Up next: Saturday at Ole Miss, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow carries the ball against Alabama during the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

2. Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC)

Last week: No. 1

Sunday's rankings were very telling. Alabama was ranked No. 4 in the Amway Coaches Poll. Tuesday should be telling, too. What does the College Football Playoff selection committee think of the Tide's narrow loss to LSU, now the nation's No. 1 team, with other one-loss teams now in the mix.

Up next: Saturday at Mississippi State, noon, ESPN.

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3. Georgia (8-1, 5-1 SEC)

Last week: No. 3

The Bulldogs' still have serious problems offensively. They didn't reach 200 yards through the air or on the ground in a 27-0 win over Missouri. Junior quarterback Jake Fromm went 13-of-29 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Running back D'Andre Swift ran 12 times for 83 yards. Their production has to increase if Georgia is to accomplish what it wants to this year. 

Up next: Saturday at Auburn, 3:30 p.m., CBS

4. Florida (8-2, 5-2 SEC)

Last week: No. 4

The best way to get over a loss is to just play Vanderbilt. Or Arkansas. But either works. Florida beat up on the Commodores in a 56-0 stomping. Two more winnable games against Missouri and Florida State are all that stand between the Gators and their first 10-win regular season since 2015. 

Up next: Saturday at Missouri, noon, CBS.

5. Auburn (7-2, 4-2 SEC)

Last week: No. 5

Suddenly, a game most between chalked up as a loss for Auburn at the beginning of the year looks doable. Jordan-Hare Stadium will be rocking this week with Georgia coming to town. 

Up next: Saturday vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS. 

6. Texas A&M (6-3, 3-2 SEC)

Last week: No. 6

This week is a must-win for a Texas A&M team that finishes the season with road games at Georgia and LSU. South Carolina just lost to Appalachian State. If the Gamecocks roll into Kyle Field and upset the Aggies, there will surely be an unsettling feeling in College Station.  

Up next: Saturday vs. South Carolina, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network. 

7. Tennessee (5-5, 3-3 SEC)

Last week: No. 7 

Give the Volunteers some credit. After starting the season 0-2 and 1-4, Jeremy Pruitt's team has battled back to come within one win of reaching a bowl game. Who saw that coming?

Up next: Nov. 23 at Missouri. 

8. South Carolina (4-6, 3-4 SEC)

Last week: No. 8

South Carolina's bowl hopes were dashed by Appalachian State. The Gamecocks have lost three of their last four and could very well lose their last two against Texas A&M and Clemson.  

Up next: Saturday at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network.

9. Kentucky (4-5, 2-5 SEC)

Last week: No. 9

At some point, you have to realize there's really only so much you can do with a wide receiver playing quarterback. Lynn Bowden Jr. was 4-of-7 for 25 yards and an interception in a 17-13 loss to Tennessee. Yeah, he ran for 114 yards, but Kentucky's offense is severely handicapped without an aerial element. 

Up next: Saturday at Vanderbilt, 3:30 p.m., SEC Network.

10. Mississippi (4-6, 2-4 SEC)

Last week: No. 10

Speaking of quarterbacks on the run, how about Ole Miss freshman QB John Rhys Plumlee? He ranks No. 7 in the SEC with 777 rushing yards. Passing has been a misadventure with him at times, but Plumlee is showing promise because of what he can do with his legs. 

Up next: Saturday vs. LSU, 7 p.m., SEC Network.

11. Mississippi State (4-5, 2-4 SEC)

Last week: No. 12

Mississippi State's season is going to come down to one game: the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night. Give the Bulldogs a loss to Alabama this week. Then give them a win over Abilene Christian next week. That'll give them five wins heading into the rivalry game against Ole Miss. Oh boy! 

Up next: Saturday vs. Alabama, noon, ESPN. 

12. Missouri (5-4, 2-3 SEC)

Last week: No. 11

Missouri can't do much of anything offensively at the moment. The Tigers have lost three games in a row, including losses to Vanderbilt and Kentucky, and have averaged 7 points per game in that losing streak. That doesn't bode well with Florida next on the schedule. The Gators have the No. 2 scoring defense in the SEC. 

Up next: Saturday vs. Florida, noon, CBS.

13. Vanderbilt (2-7, 1-5 SEC)

Last week: No. 13 

If Arkansas didn't exist, then Vanderbilt would probably be far and away be the worst team in the SEC. Then again, Vandy beat Missouri a few weeks ago. Plain and simple, these last two teams are really, really bad. 

Up next: Saturday vs Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS.

14. Arkansas (2-8, 0-6 SEC)

Last week: No. 14

Chad Morris was fired Sunday after Arkansas lost 45-19 to Western Kentucky at home. That's about all you need to know. 

Up next: Nov. 23 at LSU