WBN SEC Power Rankings: 11-18-12 Edition

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Dec 3, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of the SEC logo at mid-field after the 2011 SEC championship game between the LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

1. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-1, 6-1) Previos Rank 1- The Tide have a new lease on life as two of the top three teams in the country fell over the weekend. Alabama is now in prime position to go back to the national title game as long as they take care of business against Auburn in the final game of the season and Georgia in the SEC title game. The Tide were able to get back on track after the surprising loss to Texas A&M with a beat down over Western Carolina. The Iron Bowl is at home this year, and Auburn has fallen on hard times. Next Game: Saturday November 24th, vs. Auburn

2. #3 Georgia Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) Previous Rank 2- The Bulldogs clinched the Eastern Division and their spot in the SEC championship game against Alabama. Georgia has been much improved since their beat down against South Carolina, as they are now on a five game winning streak. Much of that streak can be attributed to a much improved defense. Aaron Murray is still playing lights out football and the Dawg running game is going on all cylinders. And if they beat Alabama in a couple of weeks, they could sneak into the BCS national title game. Mark Richt has to keep his guys focused against Georgia Tech. Next Game: Saturday, November 24th vs. Georgia Tech

3. #5 Texas A&M Aggies (9-2, 5-2) Previous Rank 4- I bumped the Aggies up a notch this week due to their four game winning streak and the fact that Johnny Manziel cannot be stopped right now. They have been the surprise of the SEC thus far, thanks to knocking Alabama and having a smooth transition from the Big 12. This looks like a team that will be able to go blow for blow with the big boys in the West for years to come. But they have a showdown this week against former Big 12 partner Missouri. Does Mizzou know enough about A&M to stop them? Next Game: Saturday November 24th vs. Missouri

4. #6 LSU Tigers (9-2, 5-2) Previous Rank 3- LSU had to struggle against Ole Miss. Never a good sign. The Tigers offense is hit or miss, and it was a big miss with Zach Mettenburger yesterday. The Rebels hung around until the very end and the score was 41-35, not want Les Miles wants to see from his team heading into the postseason. Luckily for them the hapless Razorbacks happen to be their final regular season contest. Next Game: Friday November 23rd, at Arkansas

5. #7 Florida Gators (10-1, 7-1) Previous Rank 6- If it wasn’t for losing to Georgia, the Gators might be the number one team in the country. But as it is now, the Gators won’t even get a shot at the SEC title game. But, there is nothing to be ashamed of for Will Muschamp’s team. They were doubted all season long and all they did was win and then win some more. Their defense was one of the best in the country every single week and they may have a chance at a BCS bowl as an at large bid. Their rivals from Tallahassee will try and put a stop to that. Next Week: Saturday November 24th, at Florida State

6. #11 South Carolina Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2) Previous Rank 5- Remeber when Connor Shaw was a top SEC quarterback? Well, he and the Gamecocks have fallen on hard times since then. Yes, they defeated Wofford yesterday 24-7, but it was much closer than they score indicates. The game was tied at seven until USC blew up for 17 points in the fourth quarter. All that’s left for them now is SEC pride as they take on one of the best in the ACC. Next Game: Saturday November 24th at Clemson

7. #22 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3) Previous Rank 7- MSU completely crushed the Razorbacks in Starkville yesterday 45-14. They survived the meat of their schedule and only suffered three losses. 8-3 is a good accomplishment for the Bulldogs and they head into one of the biggest rivalries in the nation in the Egg Bowl.Next Game: Saturday November 24th at Ole Miss

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