SEC Power Rankings, Week 2: SEC West gets four teams in top five

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Sep 5, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers with wide receiver Robert Foster (8) and quarterback Jake Coker (14) during the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

With 13 season opening games in the books, it’s time to turn our attention to our Week 2 SEC Power Rankings.

After a long off-season, all 14 members of the SEC had an opportunity to start the regular season. Well, everyone but LSU, who had to return to the locker room after the first five minutes of their game against McNeese State, then wait out a four-hour lightning delay before the game was finally cancelled.

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Just about everything else went according to plan. The SEC finished the weekend 12-1 in non-conference games, with only Vanderbilt coming up short Thursday night against a favored WKU squad.

The most impressive performances came in the biggest match-ups: Texas A&M’s 38-17 victory over Arizona State in Houston and Alabama’s 35-17 win against the Wisconsin Badgers in Dallas. The third high-profile game, a 31-24 Auburn victory over Louisville, looked more dramatic in the box score than it did live.

We learned a few things: The new Aggies defense looks legit. Derrick Henry is a Heisman Trophy candidate. Georgia’s backfield is absolutely loaded.

But, there are still questions that must be answered. Was the pre-season hype surrounding Auburn signal caller Jeremy Johnson a case of “too much, too soon?” Is there a quarterback controversy in College Station? Did one QB separate himself in the competition at Florida? Is LSU ready after the weather washed away a chance for a warm-up victory?

And of course, as we turn our attention to Week 2, how do the 14 SEC teams stack up against one another? We examine that with our weekly SEC power rankings.

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