Tennessee football shoots up Week 10 SEC Power Rankings with win at Kentucky

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Oct 16, 2021; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Mike Wright (5) attempts a pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

What a wild week of SEC play! While one team was on a bye week, the rest put on thrillers. There were two shocking upsets by SEC East programs, including one pulled of by Tennessee football. Meanwhile, the SEC West picture got a bit more clear, as the race to win that division is still pretty open among four different teams with one clear frontrunner.

Our SEC Power Rankings following Week 10 of the 2021 season will take all of this into account. There’s still a clear-cut bottom team and a clear-cut top team. However, the next-to-worst tier now only has one team in it. No. 2 and No. 3 are interchangeable but stand out over the rest of the top teams in the league.

Meanwhile, the Vols were able to move up quite a few spots given their huge win. A couple of teams fell, but it’s clear there’s a ton of daylight between the top team and everybody else. See how they all stack up and where Tennessee football stands in this week’s SEC Power Rankings.


Commodores 2-7 (0-5)

Last rank: 14th

Last week: Did not play

It was much-needed, but the Vanderbilt Commodores finally got their bye this past weekend. They were the last team to receive their bye and probably could have used it a couple of weeks earlier when they had a shot with some winnable games against the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Missouri Tigers. That’s a bad break for Clark Lea’s team.

Either way, this is still by far the worst team in the SEC. They belong at the bottom of our SEC Power Rankings, and it’s hard to see them winning any league games their first year. Lea obviously inherited a mess, so nobody’s blaming him, but they are in a rough situation.

Fresh off the bye, the ‘Dores may have a better chance than one might think this weekend as the Kentucky Wildcats, who are on a three-game losing streak, come to town. However, they then visit the Ole Miss Rebels and a red-hot Tennessee football team, so this Saturday is likely their last chance at an SEC win. Getting just one would be a nice accomplishment Lea’s first season.

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