With Week 4 in the books, it's time to update the conference power rankings.
1. Alabama: Remember when we thought Vanderbilt would be an interesting challenge? Good times. The Crimson Tide asserted their dominance in all phases against the ‘Dores, winning 59-0 on the road.
2. Georgia: After a win over No. 17 Mississippi State by four touchdowns at home, there's no doubt that Georgia is the team to beat in the East.
3. Auburn: Gus Malzahn's offense needed to get right, and Missouri was more than happy to play along as Kerryon Johnson came back with a vengeance, scoring five touchdowns during the lopsided win.
4. Mississippi State: When Nick Fitzgerald and the ground game couldn't get going in Athens, State was exposed. This is a team pointed in the right direction but desperately in need of playmakers at receiver to make for a more balanced offense.
5. LSU: It wasn’t pretty and was probably closer than the Tigers would prefer, but they still emerged with a 35-26 win over Syracuse. Derrius Guice’s health (he missed the second half) is key moving forward, as is quarterback play (Myles Brennan saw some brief time last night in place of Danny Etling, who will remain the starter).
6. Vanderbilt: The Commodores’ blowout lost sent them crashing back down to earth, but fortunately for them, there is only one Alabama in the SEC. Can Vanderbilt bounce back next week at Florida? Derek Mason must ensure that this team isn’t still smarting from the loss come next weekend.
7. Texas A&M: The Aggies’ thrilling 50-43 overtime win over Arkansas has them sitting at 3-1. Things are actually looking up for them right now and as they get further and further removed from the season-opening collapse at UCLA.
8. Florida: All it took was a couple blown coverages and a late-game meltdown for the Gators to keep their streak of dominance over Kentucky alive. The problem is that even in spite of winning two in a row, that offense doesn't inspire much confidence.
9. Kentucky: What a heartbreaker. The Wildcats were this close to ending their three-decade-long losing streak to the Gators but blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in a 28-27 loss. Fortunately for Mark Stoops & Co., games against Eastern Michigan and Missouri await in the coming weeks.
10. Tennessee: So the Vols won, and the defense finally showed up. But boy, oh boy, does Butch Jones have problems on offense when the best his team can do is muster 14 points at home against UMass.
11. Arkansas: Another year, another frustrating loss to Texas A&M at JerryWorld for the Razorbacks. Questions abound for this squad after blowing a 14-point lead to the Aggies, ranging from protection issues (Austin Allen was sacked six times) to run defense (285 rushing yards allowed).
12. South Carolina: The Gamecocks nearly dropped a home game to Louisiana Tech (they trailed 13-0 in the fourth quarter before coming back to steal a 17-16 victory) but survived. Injuries are an issue (the offensive line is shorthanded, and the team is without No. 1 receiver Deebo Samuel), and this team is now going on the road to meet Texas A&M.
13. Ole Miss: After a loss on the road at Cal and before a trip to Alabama to face the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide, the bye week couldn't have come at a better time for the Rebs.
14. Missouri: Things went from bad to worse on Saturday, as the Tigers were dominated by Auburn 51-14. They turned the ball over four times, couldn’t make defensive stops and struggled to score. Coach Barry Odom delivered a fire-and-brimstone postgame speech, but it’s going to take a lot for this team to turn its fortunes.