SEC Power Rankings following Week Two of 2019: Vols still at bottom

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images) /
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Yes, they dominated the Charleston-Southern Buccaneers. Getting a win, similar to the Arkansas Razorbacks against the Portland State Bison, was enough for us to move the South Carolina Gamecocks up one spot in our SEC Power Rankings. Doing it in impressive fashion keeps them ahead of the Hogs.

It’s also worth noting that South Carolina’s season-opening loss, now, to the North Carolina Tar Heels, is to a team that is 2-0. Mack Browns squad upset the Miami Hurricanes this past weekend, so that loss is starting to look better. Meanwhile, S.C. appears to look better with Ryan Hilinski at quarterback instead of Jake Bentley.

Okay, so it was only against an FCS school, but he completed 24 of 30 passes, which is good for 80 percent, while also throwing for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Could Will Muschamp have a special guy on his hands whom he didn’t even know about? We’ll find out how good and and the team really is soon enough.

Coming up, Muschamp has to host his former boss, Nick Saban, and the Alabama Crimson Tide. So here goes another brutal matchup and a likely sure loss. After that, though, they visit the Missouri Tigers and then host the Kentucky Wildcats. Those two games will make or break the season. If they win both, a bowl is back on the table, and a top 25 ranking could be in the works as well.