by Dave Miller
September 04, 02012
The 2012 college football season is off and running, and we’ve already had plenty of exciting action.
Every Monday during the season I will release league power rankings, which you can find under the College tab at the top of this page. The six BCS conferences will all have their own power rankings, while I will also rank the best of the non-BCS squads.
Since the first week of the season didn’t conclude until last night, the power rankings are being released today.
With that in mind, let's take a look at how the SEC shapes up:
1. Alabama: The Crimson Tide saw no dropoff from their BCS national championship team in a thorough beating of Michigan at Cowboys Stadium.
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2. LSU: Odell Beckham Jr. filled in beautifully for Tyrann Mathieu as the Tigers' new punt returner, taking one back 70 yards for a score in the opener.
3. Arkansas: Tyler Wilson set the Razorbacks school record for passing yards in a season opener during the team's win over Jacksonville State.
4. South Carolina: The Gamecocks survived a Thursday night tilt in Nashville against Vanderbilt thanks to Marcus Lattimore and a strong defensive effort.
5. Georgia: Freshman running back Todd Gurley stepped up and filled the vacancy left by Isaiah Crowell in the Bulldogs' win over Buffalo.
6. Florida: Jeff Driskel is now the team's No. 1 quarterback, but can the Gators find enough offensive consistency to be a player in the SEC East?
7. Tennessee: Derek Dooley’s make-or-break campaign started off strong with a season-opening win over NC State in the Georgia Dome.
8. Missouri: Marcus Murphy scored on punt returns of 72 and 70 yards in Missouri's 62-10 season-opening rout of Southeastern Louisiana.
9. Auburn: The Tigers fell to ACC foe Clemson for the second straight season, as sophomore quarterback Kiehl Frazier struggled to find consistency in the passing game.
10. Vanderbilt: The Commodores played South Carolina tough in their season opener, but James Franklin's squad was unable to pull off the upset.
11. Texas A&M: A&M's first game as a member of the SEC was postponed. The contest against Louisiana Tech has been rescheduled for October 13.
12. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs displayed a balanced offense in their win over Jackson State. Next up is a tough matchup against an Auburn team hoping to avoid an 0-2 start.
13. Ole Miss: Bo Wallace had a strong debut as the Rebels' new starting quarterback as they beat Central Arkansas 49-27 in head coach Hugh Freeze's debut in Oxford.
14. Kentucky: The Wildcats lost their in-state rivalry game to Louisville this past Sunday and will try to rebound against Kent State this week.
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