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Bama keeps on rolling and Vandy hits a new low

NCAA Football: Alabama at Miami Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Who doesn’t love a good list? To keep the #content train rolling let’s have a weekly conversation about the conference and talk about who’s good (Bama) and who’s not so good (LSU sad to say).

1 Alabama

Last week: beat Miami 44-13; this week: home vs. Mercer

The defending champs looked every bit the part Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, steamrolling the Hurricanes 44-13. Bryce Young looked fantastic as expected. With these guys it doesn’t matter if its Young, Mac Jones, Tua, or Joe Namath Alabama is still Alabama. It’s them and everybody else.

2 Georgia

Last week: beat Clemson 10-3; this week: home vs. UAB

Georgia got the big win over Clemson Saturday night in a defensive slugfest where neither team scored an offensive touchdown. The Dawgs defense is nasty and I hope we see that group go against Bama’s offense in December.

3 Texas A&M

Last week: beat Kent State 41-10; this week @ Colorado

A&M took care of business at home against the Golden Flashes, but was in a hard fought first half. It was a 10-3 game at halftime before A&M outscored KSU 17-0 in the third. Haynes King certainly looked like a redshirt freshman and threw three picks in his first game as the Aggie starter.

4 Florida

Last week: beat Florida Atlantic 35-14; this week @ South Florida

Speaking of underwhelming quarterback play, Emory Jones sure didn’t look great either. Jones threw for 113 yards on 27 attempts and had more interceptions (2) than touchdowns (1). But keep an eye on backup quarterback Anthony Richardson. Richardson was 3-8 passing but ran for 160 yards including a 73-yard score.

5 Ole Miss

Last week: beat Louisville 43-24; this week vs. Austin Peay

The Lane Train rolled Monday night despite not having its conductor. More impressively, is Ole Miss’s defense looked pretty good and if the Rebs have a defense that could be a problem for the rest of conference.

6 Auburn

Last week: beat Akron 60-10; this week vs. Alabama State

Sweet tea spokesman Bo Nix was 20-22 for 275 and three touchdowns. I’m still not sold on Bo Nix though nor should you.

7 Kentucky

Last week: beat ULM 45-10; this week vs. Missouri

Kentucky’s got a good group, y’all especially along the offensive line. That October 9 trip to Lexington ain’t going to be easy for LSU.

8 South Carolina

Last week: beat Eastern Illinois 46-0; this week vs. East Carolina

I saw literally zero seconds of this game. But good for the Gamecocks!

9 Tennessee

Last week: beat Bowling Green38-6; this week vs. Pitt

Look who knows what beating Bowling Green means for Josh Heupel, all I know is that this game versus Pitt will be hilarious

10 Missouri

Last week: beat Central Michigan 34-24; this week @ Kentucky

Central Michigan gave Missouri all they wanted in CoMo. Here’s hoping the Chippewas can’t repeat giving an SEC team named Tigers a scare.

11 Arkansas

Last week: beat Rice 38-17; this week vs. Texas

Arkansas struggled with Rice but got a win. Now they welcome in Texas (not a conference game yet!) who is feeling themselves a bit after beating the Ragin Cajuns.

12 Mississippi State

Last week: beat Louisiana Tech 35-34; this week vs. NC State

Like the Hogs, Miss State struggled in their opener but got a win and that’s all that matters. But kudos to the Dogs for scoring 21 points in the fourth to nip Louisiana Tech.

13 LSU

Last week: lost to UCLA 38-27; this week vs. McNeese State

Look it’s harsh but this group doesn’t deserve any benefit of the doubt.

14 Vanderbilt

Last week: lost to East Tennessee State 23-3; this week @ Colorado State

Poor Clark Lea. This is about as low as it can get for a Vanderbilt football program that’s had an awful lot of lows throughout its history.