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SEC Week 3 Power Rankings: Ole Miss races to the top

1. Ole Miss Rebels (3-0): Hotty Toddy. The Rebels beat Alabama for a second straight season, this time doing it in Bryant-Denny Stadium, leaving with a 43-37 victory. Chad Kelly was fantastic (341 passing yards, three touchdowns, one rushing touchdown). The defense came up with five turnovers. Coach Hugh Freeze said after the first two games he wasn't sure how good his team was; it's safe to say we know this team is really good after pulling out a big road win.

2. LSU Tigers (2-0): Who needs to throw the ball when Leonard Fournette runs like that? This team is talented across the board, and it showed Saturday in its 45-21 domination of Auburn. The defense is stout, the running game is dominant and Brandon Harris took care of the ball. The Tigers have played only two games, but they've beaten two SEC West teams and look the part right now.

3. Georgia Bulldogs (3-0): Greyson Lambert had a breakout game, completing 24 of 25 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 52-20 rout of South Carolina. This kind of accuracy is unrealistic to expect every week, but if it is indicative of Lambert's ability, coupled with Georgia's elite rushing attack, it would make the Bulldogs the clear favorite in the SEC East moving forward. This is a good team playing at a high level right now.

4. Texas A&M Aggies (3-0): The Aggies put together a strong offensive performance en route to a 44-27 win over Nevada. Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth and played the first three quarters before being succeeded by Kyler Murray midway through the fourth. Myles Garrett had 3.5 sacks and the defense made plays but also has room for improvement before the Aggies begin SEC play against Arkansas.

5. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-1): The first play of the game seemed to be an omen for the Crimson Tide as they fumbled the opening kickoff. It started a night that concluded with five turnovers in a 43-37 loss to Ole Miss. Alabama yielded 341 passing yards to Kelly, and Jake Coker was inconsistent. Both of those things need to be fixed.

6. Tennessee Volunteers (2-1): The Volunteers bounced back from last week's loss by pouncing on Western Carolina 55-10. They turned in a complete effort -- offense, defense, special teams -- against an inferior opponent, which serves as a tuneup before SEC play begins against Florida next week.

7. Florida Gators (3-0): Florida extended its winning streak over Kentucky to 29 games with a 14-9 road victory. Notably, Will Grier played the entire game after the Gators rotated him and Treon Harris at quarterback in the first two games. The defense was terrific, especially up front, and Vernon Hargreaves III's early interception was huge. The Gators must score more points, but they'll take the win.

8. Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-1): The Bulldogs rolled up 647 offensive yards in a 62-13 win over Northwestern State. Dak Prescott got to check out of the game in the third quarter and allow backups Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley some snaps. After taking care of business as they should have, the Bulldogs will try to notch an SEC win next week at reeling Auburn.

9. Auburn Tigers (2-1): The Tigers were routed by LSU and look like a mess. Most teams will have trouble corralling Leonard Fournette, but his dominance Saturday was otherworldly. Meanwhile, Jeremy Johnson and the offense continue to sputter, and this team -- which some picked as a preseason College Football Playoff squad -- looks likely to struggle in the SEC West.

10. Missouri Tigers (3-0): The Tigers seemed to set a new standard for the phrase "ugly win" with a 9-6 victory over UConn. Many will focus on the aesthetics, but the win is what's most important to Gary Pinkel. That said, there are a lot of issues to be fixed here, especially on offense, where the Tigers were inconsistent and had breakdowns across the board. This type of offensive effort won't fly if Mizzou expects to make another SEC East title run.

11. Kentucky Wildcats (2-1): The loss to Florida was a heartbreaker. Many in Lexington believed this would be the year they broke the losing streak to Florida, but it wasn't to be. That said, this is a competitive team in the SEC East. After beating South Carolina and having a chance to beat Florida, Kentucky has a compelling game against Mizzou next week. Despite the loss, Mark Stoops' troops continue to show progress.

12: Arkansas Razorbacks (1-2): The offseason buzz for this team seems like a distant memory -- and to this point, unjustified -- after the Razorbacks took their second straight loss, this time a 35-24 setback at the hands of Texas Tech. The defense couldn't corral QB Patrick Mahomes, and injury attrition is affecting the offense. Things are messy in Fayetteville with SEC play coming up.

13. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-2): The Gamecocks took one on the chin, falling 52-20 to Georgia. Steve Spurrier said it best: "They totally dominated us. We didn't throw the ball very well, we didn't run the ball very well. We got clobbered." They also didn't defend very well, and this team has a mounting list of question marks while it tries to dig out of the hole it's in.

14. Vanderbilt Commodores (1-2): In a game that Vanderbilt was supposed to win, the Commodores dominated Austin Peay to the tune of 47-7. Regardless of who it came against, tasting victory is good for a team that hadn't done so since Nov. 1, 2014. It was a confidence builder for quarterback Johnny McCrary, who threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns on 28-of-33 passing.