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SEC Football Power Rankings: Week 8

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

SEC Rankings: Top 10 heading into Week 8

Boston Mountain Publishing, Thursday. October 20, 2022 2:05 PM



















We have ranked the Top 10 SEC Teams through Week 7 and discuss their outlooks going forward.







SEC TEAM POWER RANKINGS






Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee

Game of the Week


Last Saturday night, Tennessee (6-0) hit the game winning field goal as the clock ran out against Alabama to remain undefeated on the season. Vols Fans rushed the field, lit up their cigars, tore down the goal posts and then threw them in the Tennessee River in a wild night in Knoxville. This was the Vols first victory over the Tide in 15 seasons.










Heading into Week 8, the SEC has 4 teams in the Top 10 and 6 teams in the Top 25.

Three teams are undefeated, both divisions are still up for grabs, and two players headline the Heisman race at the mid-way point in the 2022 season.


There are still several big games to be played, even bigger than last weekend's headline matchup.




SEC Top Games of the Week


Mississippi State @ Alabama

LSU @ Ole Miss

Texas A&M @ South Carolina







#10 - SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS 4-2






SEC EAST (1-2)






Coming out of their BYE Week, South Carolina has a tough matchup Saturday taking on Texas A&M at home. The Gamecocks have had an extra week to prepare for the Aggies, and if they can take this game, this would go a long way in Columbia.



NCAA NATIONAL RANKING


#17 Fewest passing yards allowed per game (180)



Upcoming Games:




Saturday October 22


Texas A&M (3-3)

@ South Carolina




Saturday October 29


Missouri Tigers (2-4)

@ South Carolina












#9 - TEXAS A&M AGGIES 3-3





SEC WEST (1-2)




Repeating from above, coming out of their BYE Week, Texas A&M has a tough matchup Saturday taking on South Carolina on the road. The Aggies have had an extra week to prepare for the Gamecocks and if they can take this game on the road, this could heal some of the wounds left behind after the Alabama loss 2 weeks ago.


NCAA NATIONAL RANKING


#14 Fewest passing yards allowed per game (176)





Upcoming Games:



Saturday October 22


Texas A&M

@ South Carolina (4-2)




Saturday October 29


Ole Miss (7-0)

@ Texas A&M








#8 - ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS 4-3




SEC WEST (1-3)




The running game is led by RB Raheim "Rocket" Sanders who is currently ranked 3rd in the nation and 1st in the SEC with 870 yards on the ground.


University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

The toughest loss for the Razorbacks was against Texas A&M in Arlington, TX for the annual Southwest Classic. The Aggies have dominated the series at the neutral site rivalry game.

Mississippi St. looked impressive against the Hogs, relentless the entire game. The loss to Alabama was predictable. Last week's win over BYU in Provo allows the team to regroup this week while on a BYE week.



LB Drew Sanders leads the SEC with 7 sacks and is ranked 4th with 63 tackles.


DL Jordan Domineck is 3rd in the SEC with 5 sacks.


DB Dwight McGlothern ranks 2nd in the SEC with 3 INTs.


LB Bumper Pool is 3rd in the SEC with 66 tackles on the year.



NCAA NATIONAL RANKING


#11 176 First Downs

#18 Rushing yards per game (240)

#18 Total Offense: yards per game (489)

#18 Completes 49% of their 3rd downs




Upcoming Games:



Saturday October 22


BYE



Saturday October 29


Arkansas

@ Auburn (3-4)


















#7 - MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS 5-2




SEC WEST (2-2)



This week is huge for the Bulldogs as they head to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. They have been putting up points in most of their games this year, just not last week as Kentucky contained the offense throughout the game. If Mississippi State can get the ball downfield in this game, they may have a chance against the Tide this weekend.



QB Will Rogers leads the SEC with 2,334 yards passing.


CB Emmanuel Forbes leads the conference with 5 INTs on the year.


LB Jeff Johnson ranks 3rd in the SEC with 67 tackles.




NCAA NATIONAL RANKING


#4 Completion rate 71%

#8 Average passing yards per game (335)

#18 Competed 169 First Downs






Upcoming Games:



Saturday October 22


Mississippi St

@ Alabama (6-1)



Saturday October 29


BYE











#6 - LSU TIGERS 5-2




SEC WEST (3-1)



This is a big week for Brian Kelly and his LSU Tigers as they play undefeated Ole Miss for an SEC West matchup. The Tigers have played better than most expected in Coach Kelly's first year. Their toughest loss of the year was the first game against Florida State. That game could have gone either way, but they did bounce back and are starting to come together. The Tennessee loss didn't help their cause, but the Tigers are still in the hunt for an SEC West title.


NCAA NATIONAL RANKING


#21 167 First Downs

#24 Completes 48% of their 3rd downs.

#24 Completion rate 68% through the air

#24 Fewest passing yards allowed per game (192)



Upcoming Games:



Saturday October 22


Ole Miss (7-0)

@ LSU



Saturday October 29


BYE



Saturday November 5

Alabama

@ LSU