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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Just like the Kentucky Wildcats, the Mississippi State Bulldogs entered this year with tons of questions given all the talent they had to replace. And just like Kentucky, they have two ugly wins against Group of Five teams to open the season, both of which are by two possessions or more while the second win looks better than the first.

MSU beat a very solid Southern Miss Golden Eagles team on Saturday 38-15, and they are beginning to show that they haven’t lost a step in Joe Moorhead’s second season on the job. That was always the major question. To this point, they have alleviated that in every way, and the fact that they are getting better is a very encouraging sign.

As a result, we have MSU and UK in a middle of the pack tier of their own at No. 7 and No. 8 in our SEC Power Rankings. The big concern now for them is Tommy Stevens, who like Terry Wilson for Kentucky, also got hurt.

Whether or not he can go has a huge bearing on an upcoming game to define the Bulldogs. They face the Kansas State Wildcats at home, a 2-0 Big 12 team. If they win that, they’ll truly prove they haven’t gone anywhere. And a 5-1 start then is on the table with the Kentucky Wildcats after that and the Tennessee Vols two games later. Only the Auburn Tigers stand in the way.