Week two is here, and many SEC football teams got to play cupcakes in week one. The three teams that did not, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina, went 0-3.
So, making declarative statements after everyone played inferior competition is tough. But we here at Hail Florida Hail will still do our best to rank all 14 teams that make up the SEC.
Our general consensus for this ranking is placing in order who we think would beat whom this season while also acknowledging general on-field play in week one.
With that in mind, let’s make the internet angry by placing teams on a list.
SEC Power Rankings
Vanderbilt is 2-0 and is the only team in the SEC that already has two wins under their belt.
That doesn’t mean their play is sustainable once SEC play starts. Their two wins are over Hawaii and Alabama A&M.
Vanderbilt didn’t cover the spread in either game, and Vanderbilt was only up 19-10 midway through the third quarter against Alabam A&M, a team that won four games last year in the SWAC.
AJ Swann has not been anything special and was just 15/29 passing against the Bulldogs.
The Commodores will face their first somewhat real test this week when they take on Wake Forest. If they can win there, we will start believing in Vanderbilt.
Missouri could have bumped itself up this list had it not sleepwalked through the second half of its game against South Dakota.
And as we pointed out in the SEC Round-Up, that’s three-win South Dakota, not South Dakota State.
Brady Cook was efficient, going 17/21 for 172 yards. Cody Schrader had a good night running the ball, picking up 138 yards off 18 carries.
We will get our first real sense of how good Missouri is when they take on Kansas State next week after facing Middle Tennessee State this week.
We are on record here at Hail Florida Hail stating we didn’t buy the hype surrounding South Carolina heading into the season. They had two massive wins to close out 2022, but everyone seemed to forget about what happened the 10 games prior to those two wins.
So, for all the critique and criticism surrounding Florida football, are we just going to ignore that the Gamecocks got sacked nine times while playing on a neutral field?
Spencer Rattler’s stat line looked good, but the only attempt at a running back Shane Beamer used was Dakereon Joyner, and he got 23 yards off 12 carries.
Say what you will for the Florida Gators, but we still like their chances against South Carolina.