SEC football rankings heading into Week 14 of the 2016 season. Alabama beat Auburn in the Iron Bowl, but LSU had the biggest news of the weekend in the SEC.
Alabama took most of the suspense out of the Iron Bowl, handily beating Auburn, 30-12, in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide just need to beat a seemingly overmatched Florida team in the SEC title game next week in order to lock up the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.
But the biggest news came earlier Saturday, when LSU removed the interim tag from Ed Orgeron and gave him the head coaching job on a full-time basis. The Tigers beat Texas A&m, 54-39, on Thanksgiving.
Here’s a look at how the SEC teams rank heading into Week 14 of the season, now that the games have been decided.
Week 14 SEC Football Rankings
14. Missouri (Last Week – 14)
Nice win for the Tigers to close out the season by beating Arkansas, but that still isn’t enough to move them out of the SEC basement. The finished the year 4-8.
13. Vanderbilt (13)
Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible with a surprising win over Tennessee to end the regular season. Derek Mason got his team to 6-6, and that’s a nice improvement, getting Vandy to a bowl for the first time since 2013.
12. Mississippi State (12)
Not many expected the Bulldogs to beat rival Ole Miss by 35 points even if the Rebels had been struggling. But Mississippi State pulled out its biggest win of the season to get to 5-7.
11. Ole Miss (10)
Who would’ve thought Ole Miss would be sitting out bowl season with a 5-7 record after strong showings against Florida State and Alabama? The Rebels will be doing just that after getting blown out by the Bulldogs.
10. South Carolina (11)
Will Muschamp will bring his 6-6 team into a bowl game despite losing to rival Clemson in the regular-season finale.
9. Arkansas (6)
The Razorbacks were one of the most unpredictable, inconsistent teams in the nation all season They end the year with a 7-5 mark despite appearing in the AP Top 25 on multiple occasions.
8. Georgia (8)
Georgia is in the same category as Arkansas. This team beat Auburn three weeks ago as part of a three-game winning streak, then had it snapped with a home loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday.
7. Kentucky (9)
The Wildcats were hoping to be playing in the SEC title game, but they got the next best thing with a thrilling, last-second 41-38 upset win over No. 11 Louisville to close the regular season.
6. Texas A&M (5)
Many believe Kevin Sumlin is on the hot seat. The Aggies finished 8-4 and far below expectations for a team that was No. 4 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.
5. Tennessee (7)
The Volunteers are headed to a bowl game, but that’s far from where they felt they’d be at this point. The loss to Vanderbilt to end the regular season was another disappointment in a season full of them.
4. LSU (4)
The Tigers couldn’t land Tom Herman, but they settled for what they felt was the next best thing in Orgeron, who went 5-2 following the firing of Les Miles.
3. Florida (3)
It’s not how the Gators wanted to finish the regular season, but the loss to Florida State doesn’t have any bearing on them playing Alabama in next week’s SEC title game.
2. Auburn (2)
The Tigers have four losses, but they’re still the second-best team in the conference. Any loss to the Crimson Tide stings no matter that many figured Alabama would cruise.
1. Alabama (1)
The Tide are on their way to another national championship. They shouldn’t have much trouble with Florida next week, and they’ll clearly be the best team in the Playoff.