December 12th, 2013 03:05 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Auburn, BCS, Ole Miss, SEC
What’s left but to show you our final Power Rankings for 2013? Casting aside our usual method of rankings — assigning each SEC program to one of four tiers — we today go the old-fashioned route with a 1 through 14 countdown of the SEC’s best and worst.
1. Auburn — The best roster probably belongs to Alabama. But the best coaching job was done by Gus Malzahn this season. As a result, the Tigers won the conference and will face Florida State in the BCS Championship Game. For the cherry on top, Auburn beat their hated rivals on a last-second play that checkmated a Nick Saban coaching decision. Win, win. Literally. And while on the subject of the Plainsmen, let’s hand out our own MVP award to Nick Marshall. Johnny Manziel and Michael Sam were flashier at their positions, but without Marshall AU would not be heading to Pasadena.
2. Alabama — The Tide had the players, the coaches, and the schedule to pull a BCS threepeat. What they didn’t have were the breaks. The reasons we didn’t pick the Tide to even win the SEC West this season were a) the fact that no one ever repeat as SEC champs (at least not since 1998) and b) every championship team needs some luck. Saban’s bunch lost on the last weekend of the regular season. So when this year’s big break came the SEC’s way — Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State — Auburn was the squad to benefit.
3. South Carolina — Let’s hope USC fans aren’t so cocky — pun intended — that they’ll start complaining about not getting to “the next level.” Steve Spurrier has led Carolina to consecutive 11-2, 11-2 and 10-2 seasons. They have played in one SEC title game, but they’ve so far missed out on BCS trips. No matter. The Gamecocks knocked off a pair of BCS-bound teams (Clemson and UCF) and were one of the SEC’s toughest teams, handing Missouri it’s only loss prior to the SEC title game. What Spurrier has done in Columbia is almost unfathomable when you consider Carolina’s history. He deserves a heckuva lot of praise.
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