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SEC Week 7 Power Rankings: Tide, Aggies on top heading into showdown

Another week, another dominant Alabama victory. The Crimson Tide have now beaten two of the SEC’s better teams in back-to-back weeks, but their toughest test might come Saturday, when Texas A&M, the No. 2 team in our rankings, comes to town.

Let’s get back to this weekend, though, in which first-year coaches Kirby Smart (Georgia) and Barry Odom (Missouri) saw their teams slide after disappointing losses.

Here’s a look at our full SEC power rankings after Week 7.

1. Alabama: Well, the only real question left for Alabama is what can't the Tide do? In back-to-back road games against ranked SEC opponents, Alabama has scored 49 points twice and averaged 555.5 yards. While the defense gave up 400 passing yards to Arkansas, that unit smothered Tennessee, allowing just 163 total yards and 10 points. Here's a fun fact: Alabama has more non-offensive touchdowns (11) than South Carolina has total touchdowns. -- Edward Aschoff

2. Texas A&M: The Aggies won’t admit it, but they had to be a little intimidated watching just how dominant their next opponent looked against Tennessee on Saturday. The good news is that the Aggies will have an extra week to prepare before they travel to Tuscaloosa for what could be the game of the season in the SEC. -- Greg Ostendorf

3. Arkansas: Bret Bielema might not be able to beat Alabama or Texas A&M just yet, but he has Ole Miss’ number. Arkansas took down the Rebels for a third consecutive season thanks to another three-touchdown day from Austin Allen, and now the Razorbacks begin a crucial three-game stretch against Auburn, Florida and LSU. -- G.O.

4. Tennessee: The Vols have been decimated by injuries, and on Saturday, they were totally dominated by Alabama. The 49-10 loss was the most lopsided victory by either team in the series since Alabama's 51-0 win in 1906. Injuries certainly caught up with this outfit, but Tennessee was just overpowered in every aspect of this game. Still, this is the most talented team in the East, and while Florida is ahead in the standings, Tennessee has a much easier road to Atlanta and owns the head-to-head matchup. The Week 8 bye couldn't come fast enough for the Vols. -- E.A.

5. Florida: In his first game back from injury, Luke Del Rio showed some rust as he went 18-of-38 for 236 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. But the defense bailed him out with a pair of pick-sixes from Jalen "Teez" Tabor and Quincy Wilson. More importantly, Florida's 40-14 victory over Missouri coupled with Tennessee's loss to Alabama means the Gators now control their own destiny in the SEC East. -- G.O.

6. Ole Miss: So much for the Rebels being the nation’s best two-loss team. They might not even be the nation’s best three-loss team after Saturday’s 34-30 defeat at Arkansas. Without much to play for other than bowl eligibility, it will be interesting to see how Chad Kelly and his Ole Miss teammates respond beginning Saturday at LSU. -- G.O.

7. Auburn: Before this weekend's open date, Auburn had been one of the hotter teams in the SEC. The offense was improving. The defense was as strong as ever. And the hot-seat rumors swirling around Gus Malzahn were beginning to fade. Can Auburn keep that momentum going after the bye week against a very good Arkansas team? -- G.O.

8. LSU: Early on against Southern Miss, the Tigers looked like a rusty team coming off an open weekend, but they ran away with a 28-0 third quarter that featured three scoring plays of 61 yards or more. LSU heads into a monstrous game against Ole Miss next weekend at Tiger Stadium with a chance to prove it’s a legit player in the SEC West race. -- David Ching

9. Georgia: Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney better be prepared to take the heat for a weak offensive performance. While the Vanderbilt defense is solid, there’s a lot to question when it comes to the decision to use star running back Nick Chubb as a lead blocker on fourth-and-1 with the game on the line. -- Alex Scarborough

10. Kentucky: Coach Mark Stoops needed a week off to get the Wildcats ready for the home stretch. At 3-3, a much-needed bowl berth is in sight. Earning a victory at home against Mississippi State on Saturday would go a long way in clearing that hurdle. -- A.S.

11. Vanderbilt: This was the win Derek Mason needed. It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done. The upset of Georgia earned him his first road SEC win as Commodores coach and took him far away from the coaching hot seat. -- A.S.

12. Missouri: After back-to-back blowout losses to LSU and Florida, the Tigers are trending in the wrong direction. There’s still half a season to be played, but Barry Odom’s only victories to this point are against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State. -- G.O.

13. Mississippi State: Letting a win slip away, such as the one late Friday night at BYU, is how you end up at home after the regular season. At 2-4 with a brutal November schedule, a bowl game might not be in the cards for Dan Mullen’s squad this season. -- A.S.

14. South Carolina: An extra week for preparation should do the Gamecocks some good with UMass coming to town. Although the matchup might not look exciting on paper, these are the games Will Muschamp needs to win to keep the wolves at bay while he attempts to rebuild the program. -- A.S.