Monday, September 14, 2009

Moral Victory! power ratings: To be somebody, you've still got to play somebody

Once again, our power ratings aren't based on what we think teams are going to do, but how they're doing so far. We fully expect Florida to make a dramatic leap within the next few weeks, but first they've got to play somebody. All together now: TO BE SOMEBODY, YOU'VE GOT TO PLAY SOMEBODY!

Anyway, here are the rankings:

1. Alabama, 2-0 (0-0)
Week 1: Handled Va Tech, one of the nation's top teams
Week 2: Developed some new depth against FIU, one of the worst
Last week: No. 1
Next week: At home vs. North Texas (1-1)

2. Georgia, 1-1 (1-0)
Week 1: Lost on the road to the vaunted OSU Cowboys, which lost to Houston this past week
Week 2: Showed some pride and beat Spurrier's Gamecocks
Last week: No. 3
Next week: At Arkansas (1-0)

3. South Carolina, 1-1 (0-1)
Week 1: Outslugged NC State, a decent ACC team
Week 2: Lost in a surprising shootout to UGA in Athens
Last week: No. 2
Next week: At home vs. Florida Atlantic (0-1)

4. LSU, 2-0 (1-0)
Week 1: Journeyed to Washington, winless in 2008, and struggled to win
Week 2: Slipped and slid to a two-touchdown win over Vandy
Last week: No. 5
Next week: At home vs. La-Lafayette (2-0)

5. Auburn, 2-0 (1-0)
Week 1: Thrashed recent bowl team La Tech
Week 2: Dominated Miss State with the new improved AU-Burns offense
Last week: No. 6
Next week: At home vs. West Virginia (2-0)

6. Florida, 2-0 (0-0)
Week 1: Whipped Charleston Southern
Week 2: Whipped Troy, which was a bowl team last year. Prediction: Gators will face Men of Troy in January
Last week: No. 9
Next week: At home vs. Tennessee (1-1)

7. Vanderbilt, 1-1 (0-1)
Week 1: Defense dominated Western Carolina
Week 2: Defense held its own against LSU, but receivers couldn't hang on
Last week: No. 10
Next week: At home vs. Miss State (1-1)

8. Ole Miss, 1-0 (0-0)
Week 1: Beat an overmatched Tiger team in Memphis
Week 2: Bowed down to the porcelain god and prayed the flu would go away
Last week: No. 4
Next week: At home vs. SE La (2-0)

9. Kentucky, 1-0 (0-0)
Week 1: Dominated Miami-Ohio, a middling MAC squad
Week 2: Got their breath back after scoring 42 points in the opener
Last week: No. 7
Next week: At home vs. Louisville (1-0)

10. Tennessee, 1-1 (0-0)
Week 1: Beat the ever-lovin’ dog out of the lowly Hilltoppers, praised Crompton
Week 2: Made fun of UCLA's baby-blue uniforms, then lost to the Bruins again
Last week: No. 8
Next week: At Florida (2-0)

11. Miss State, 1-1 (0-1)
Week 1: Scored a bunch of points against Jackson State
Week 2: Got scored on a bunch by Auburn
Last week: No. 12
Next week: At Vanderbilt (1-1)

12. Arkansas, 1-0 (0-0)
Week 1: Proved they could beat a non-FBS (Mo St) team by more than a field goal
Week 2: Took a week off to celebrate
Last week: No. 11
Next week: At home vs. Georgia (1-1)

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