Week 9 SEC Power Rankings (247sports.com)

In the SEC’s eighth week of play, only six of 14 teams played due to COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the conference. Four games were postponed. 

Across the conference, Kentucky took down Vanderbilt by a score of 38-35, No. 6 Florida beat Arkansas by a score of 63-35 and Ole Miss beat South Carolina by a score of 59-42. The biggest news in the conference over the weekend was South Carolina’s firing of head coach Will Muschamp. 

Muschamp’s tenure with the Gamecocks spanned five seasons. Muschamp — who is 

 that is 75% of his remaining contract — ends his time in South Carolina with a record of 28-30. While the school looks for a replacement, Mike Bobo has been named the interim head coach.

Muschamp and South Carolina part ways with four more seasons remaining on the coach’s contract. Muschamp and the school agreed to a contract extension at the end of 2018 that carried through 2024, but after a disappointing 2019 campaign and trouble this season, South Carolina has decided to move in a new direction. Several media members listed potential replacements after the news of Muschamp’s firing broke, and the suggested candidates included Billy Napier, Hugh Freeze, Rhett Lashlee and many more.

Heading into Week 9 of SEC play, only five SEC teams have a winning record. Alabama remains the only unbeaten team in the conference while Vanderbilt remains the only winless team in the conference. The SEC has five ranked teams in the latest AP Top-25 poll, with Alabama holding onto the No. 1 spot in the country.  

This weekend, only one SEC game has so far been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. That game is Ole Miss at No. 5 Texas A&M due to multiple positive tests within the Aggies’ program. It is the second straight week that Texas A&M will have off due to COVID-19. 

So after eight weeks of play, how do the SEC teams stack up against one another? Using ESPN’s football power index, all 14 SEC teams are ranked below. The FPI also includes each team’s overall ranking in the 114 teams who are currently ranked.  

According to ESPN, the FPI is calculated using the following: 

The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 20,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily. 

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Check out the rankings heading into Week 9 of the SEC season below. 

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