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Rank ‘Em: The SEC & American

SEC / AAC rankings

There are hundreds of ways to rank teams in college football but mine is a simple system: the eye test. What have I seen on the field. No resumes, no transitive properties, and no bias from any poll.

Southeastern Conference 1-14:

1. Alabama
2. Georgia
3. Auburn
4. Mississippi State
5. LSU
6. South Carolina
7. Kentucky
8. Texas A&M
9. Florida
10. Ole Miss
11. Arkansas
12. Missouri
13. Vanderbilt
14. Tennessee

Takeaways
1. Georgia was higher in the CFP Playoff’s first rankings but I believe Alabama is the better team. No one has played with Alabama for four quarters all season.

2. Auburn still has Alabama and Georgia on their schedule – a rare chance to play both #1 and #2 in November. Despite two losses, I think Auburn still controls their own destiny. Beat Georgia, beat Alabama, then beat Georgia again in the SEC title game and you have to put them in the Playoffs.

3. How bad is Tennessee? The Vols scored 26 against Kentucky and it was their highest point total against an FBS team since week 1. In their previous 5 games, Tennessee averaged under 10 points per game.

American Athletic Conference 1-12:

1. UCF
2. Memphis
3. USF
4. Houston
5. SMU
6. Navy
7. Tulane
8. UConn
9. Temple
10. Tulsa
11. ECU
12. Cincinnati

Takeaways
1. UCF has rumbled through the AAC so far this season. The Knights are the top scoring team in the country – a full 5 points a game higher than the 2nd highest scoring team (Ohio State).

2. USF has played far below their potential most of the season – sloppy and disinterested but getting by on talent alone. That streak ended Saturday when Houston contained Quentin Flowers and came away with a last-second win. The Bulls control their own destiny with a winner-take-the-East game against UCF on November 24.

3. Memphis may have the easiest remaining schedule among those vying for the AAC title game. They go to Tulsa this week then get a bye before hosting SMU and ECU. SMU, just a game behind the Tigers, faces UCF, Navy, Memphis, and Tulane.

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