14 Thoughts is the Tidebits version of a PowerPoll…
14. Kentucky (previous 14) (2-10, 0-8) – Kentucky was clearly the SEC’s worst team in 2013. There’s no where to go but up for Mark Stoops’ team.
13. Florida (13) (4-8, 3-5) – Florida clearly digressed offensively as the season wore along. By the end, other than Kentucky, I’m not sure if they could have beaten any other SEC teams.
12. Arkansas (12) (3-9, 0-8) – Too bad the Razorbacks played Florida in October and didn’t have Kentucky on the schedule. At least the Hogs showed a pulse at year’s end by taking LSU to the limit.
11. Tennessee (11) (5-7, 1-7) – It took the Volunteers all the way to game 14, but they finally found in Kentucky a league foe they could beat. This team should get better as Butch Jones improves the talent base.
10. Ole Miss (9) (7-5, 3-5) – So far the Rebels have equaled their win total from 2012, but a loss to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl definitely takes some of the shine off of the season. The Black Bears were young this season and showed the related lack of discipline. The RBBs appear to be a quarterback away from being really tough to handle.
9. Mississippi State (10) (6-6, 3-5) – The Bullies are bowling and that’s a big deal for them. Before this season, Hugh Freeze certainly had the state of Mississippi’s momentum headed Ole Miss’ way, but Dan Mullen has stopped that for now.
8. Vanderbilt (8) (8-4, 4-4)- I thought Vanderbilt would take a step back this season and I was clearly wrong. James Franklin is building a solid program at Vandy. Will he hang around?
7. Georgia (7) (8-4, 5-3) – Kudos to Georgia for pulling out a win in their annual rivalry game against Georgia Tech. The were down big before rallying. Could the skies be clearing in Athens?
6. Texas A&M (5) (8-4, 4-4) – The luster certainly faded off of Johnny Manziel as the season progressed. Head coach Kevin Sumlin received a contract extension, but Manziel most likely won’t bring home a second Heisman.
5. LSU (5) (9-3, 5-3) – LSU as the SEC’s fifth best team should tell everyone how deep this league is. Tiger fans have to be pulling their hair out over this up-and-down team. Clobber Auburn. Manhandle Manziel. Lose to Georgia (albeit a healthy Georgia). Lose to Ole Miss.
4. South Carolina (3) (10-2, 6-2) – Steve Spurrier has built an impressive, solid program at Carolina. But how ironic is it that Tennessee kept the Gamecocks out of the SEC title game?
3. Alabama (1) (11-0, 7-0) – The run is over for the Tide. What happens next? That’s the big question now.
2. Missouri – (4) (11-1, 7-1) – The Tigers had an uphill home stretch, but pulled off an improbably SEC East title.
1. Auburn (2) (11-1, 7-1) – The Tigers took care of business against Alabama and move on to Atlanta.