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SEC Week 5 Power Rankings: Florida becomes a contender

Everything we thought we knew about the SEC ... oh, just forget it.

1. LSU (4-0): The Tigers weren't exactly dominant early in their 44-22 win over Eastern Michigan, but they got out of their lull in the second half. Leonard Fournette hit 233 rushing yards, giving him three straight 200-yard rushing performances. He almost makes you forget that Brandon Harris threw for only 80 yards.

2. Texas A&M (5-0): OK, so we were still apprehensive about the Aggies after their quick start because we saw this movie last season and it ended in tragedy. Well, A&M is 5-0 and just played a pretty complete game against Mississippi State. Kyle Allen is growing up more and more each week and this bend-don't-break defense has some good bite to it.

3. Alabama (4-1): Anyone thinking the Crimson Tide were dead should promptly stand in the corner. Did you really think Nick Saban was going to let his team slide to the bottom of the SEC West? Heck, no! Jake Coker finally looked as if he was in command in a rout of Georgia, and the defense absolutely dominated the Bulldogs for the better part of four quarters. Watch out, West.

4. Florida (5-0): Don't adjust your sets. Florida really did drop 38 on No. 3 Ole Miss. And, yes, Florida really does appear to have a legit passing game under redshirt freshman Will Grier. More than 20 players, including Grier, reportedly battled the flu this week and then promptly turned around and demolished a Rebels team that was considered the SEC's best a week ago.

5. Ole Miss (4-1): You can't go on the road against a team carrying momentum after an emotional win and turn it over four times. That's what Ole Miss did in the Swamp, and now the Rebels are left to play catch-up in the West. Not all is lost, but it's pretty clear that Ole Miss' offense is in desperate need of a power rusher. No one has emerged, and that's an issue going forward.

6. Georgia (4-1): It looked like that 2008 blackout game against Bama all over again for the Bulldogs. Alabama out-everythinged Georgia on Saturday, scoring four different ways -- via passing, rushing, blocked punt and interception. Georgia appears to have questions are quarterback once again, and yet again the Bulldogs just couldn't win the big game with everyone watching.

7. Mississippi State (3-2): These Bulldogs play hard and they'll continue to be a tough out, but their defense took a mighty punch to the gut Saturday. Mississippi State surrendered 516 yards and allowed A&M to convert 10 of 20 third downs. On offense, Dak Prescott was contained and the Bulldogs converted only five of their own 14 third-down attempts.

8. Kentucky (4-1): What is it with the Wildcats and games they are supposed to win against teams that aren't supposed to make things difficult? They nearly went to overtime in the opener against Louisiana Lafayette and then did go to overtime Saturday in their rally over Eastern Kentucky. Hey, it was a critical win in terms of bowl position, but, man, what's the deal Cats?

9. Missouri (4-1): So is it time to start talking about a quarterback controversy in Columbia? With Maty Mauk suspended, Drew Lock came in and played well in a win over South Carolina, taking care of the ball and doing all the little things well -- two things Mauk has struggled with this season. Lock looked comfortable against the Gamecocks, but will he start against red-hot Florida next week?

10. Arkansas (2-3): Bret Bielema and his Razorbacks needed to stop their three-game skid in the worst way. Thank goodness for Tennessee. After trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, Arkansas rallied to score 24 of the game's final 30 points. Alex Collins was great, running for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and backup Rawleigh Williams contributed an additional 100 yards on the ground.

11. Tennessee (2-3): Here's a stat for you: Tennessee has led by at least 13 points in every game this season, but is 2-3. All other Power 5 teams have combined for more than 160 wins this season when leading by the same margin. Tennessee is floundering in second halves and gave up nearly 500 yards against Arkansas.

12. Auburn (3-2): Well, this team clearly isn't as good as a lot of us thought, but the Tigers essentially squeaked out what now equates to a big win over what should have been an overmatched San Jose State team. Auburn needed a late, 36-yard touchdown run from Peyton Barber and an acrobatic interception from Carlton Davis to seal this one.

13. South Carolina (2-3): The Gamecocks' defense is getting better, but right when South Carolina takes a step forward in an area, it takes two steps back. The offense was stagnant all day and quarterback Lorenzo Nunez threw three crippling third-quarter interceptions.

14. Vanderbilt (2-3): The Commodores narrowly escaped what would have been an excruciating loss to Middle Tennessee on the road. But a 29-yard touchdown run by quarterback Johnny McCrary, who went backward throwing the ball, and a 39-yard touchdown by running back Ralph Webb rallied the Commodores.