The Tennessee Vols slightly moved up in our SEC Power Rankings following the second week of the 2018 college football season.
Week 1 always brings out the most overreactions in college football. We said then that our SEC Power Rankings were likely to dramatically change after another round of games was played. That’s exactly what happened this past weekend. But at least there was some good news for Tennessee football.
The league still appears to once again be the toughest in the nation. However, four teams do have a loss now in the conference, including one who lost to a Group of Five team in an ugly affair on Saturday evening.
As we get set to bring you our second round of SEC Power Rankings for 2018, that ugly loss had a dramatic impact on the rankings. There were also a couple of conference games that led to us reorganizing the standings to a degree.
Just like last week, these power rankings are based on how teams have played so far. We heavily weigh the overall strength of schedule to this point. Margin of victory becomes more of a tiebreaker unless a team was so dominant in a game that we can’t ignore it
Despite a couple of games within the conference, the week brought another round of mediocre games in which we could gather nothing. That includes four games against FCS schools, and the teams that played in those games could only move up if teams ahead of them moved down.
This week will bring another round of a couple of conference games, but it’s the last week of most games being non-conference outings. So we’ll be able to gather a bit more about the league before conference play pretty much takes full shape on Sept. 22.
So how are teams stacking up against each other ahead of that week? Who are the stars? Is there already a clear top and bottom tier of the conference? Find out here in our SEC Power Rankings following Week 2 of the college football season.