SEC Power Rankings: Can Auburn Claim The Top Spot?

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Aug 28, 2014; Columbia, SC, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill (7) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Texas A&M defeated South Carolina 52-28. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

4. Texas A&M

Pre-Season Ranking: 9

Last Week: Beat South Carolina 52-28

The Good: Johnny Who? Kenny Hill threw for 511 yards in his debut as the Texas A&M starting quarterback to lead the Aggies in a big upset against South Carolina. Kevin Sumlin’s offense was unstoppable and tallied 680 total yards against the Gamecocks. The team made a statement Thursday night and immediately shot up our SEC power rankings and into contention in the West.

The Bad: The pass defense is still a concern. South Carolina had 366 passing yards and four touchdowns, including a couple of long scoring passes. Another issue for the Aggies now is that expectations have risen. Many believed pollsters overrated Texas A&M by ranking them in the top 25 after losing so much talent from last season’s roster. So much for that.

The Ugly: Things could get ugly next week as the Aggies host Lamar University. The Cardinals were 5-7 in FCS last year and are coming off a 42-27 win over a struggling Grambling program.

Next Week: vs. Lamar