Week 6 SEC Power Rankings

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Sep 20, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) celebrates his touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of their game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama won 42-21. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

1.Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC)

Last Week: Idle

In Week 4, Alabama rose to the top spot in our SEC Power Rankings on the strength of a 42-21 win over Florida coupled with a less than stellar performance by Auburn. In Week 5, the Tide was idle, but neither the Tigers nor one of the other top teams in the SEC West could do enough to knock Alabama from their perch.

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Through four games, albeit against a schedule that no one would refer to as overly difficult, Alabama has won by an average score of 42-14. The most impressive performance has been that of the offense, which is averaging 494.3 yards of total offense per game. Amari Cooper has 655 receiving yards and five touchdowns and looks like a true Heisman contender, while QB Blake Sims has 1,091 passing yards and eight TDs – making him look like an All-SEC performer instead of the backup signal caller he was expected to be.

Things will get much more difficult for Alabama from this point, as the Tide must travel to Oxford, Mississippi for one of the biggest games in Ole Miss football history. The Rebels have been playing lights out on defense and will give new Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin his biggest challenge since taking the job in Tuscaloosa. It should be a great matchup – one of several we will see in Week 6.

Next Week: at Ole Miss