Georgia Bulldogs: SEC East Power Rankings, Week 8

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Oct 17, 2015; Athens, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Nate Brown (2) can

If we learned anything from Week 7’s slate of games, it’s that the Missouri Tigers have been officially eliminated from winning the SEC East for a third year in a row. Mizzou lost a good, old-fashioned field goal battle to the Georgia Bulldogs, 9-6 on Saturday. It was the first time the home team won in this budding SEC East rivalry.

Mizzou has lost the tiebreaker to Florida, Kentucky, and now Georgia, essentially sealing their fate on the outside looking in at another trip to Atlanta. Though I like Mizzou to beat Vanderbilt in Nashville on Saturday, there is an outside chance that the Tigers miss a bowl game with a 5-7 (2-6) in 2015. In all honesty, the Tigers are a 6-6, maybe a 7-5 team playing in some bowl game this holiday season. Nothing more.

Missouri ventures to the Music City to play the Vanderbilt Commodores at 4PM ET on the SEC Network.

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Oct 10, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) rushes against Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Tim Kimbrough (42) and Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith (3) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee still might be beating their chests after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs at home two weeks ago, 38-31. While most teams should benefit from their annual bye, the Vols have to go to Tuscaloosa to play #8 Alabama, a team they haven’t beat in nearly a decade. With the road game in Kentucky on Halloween, Rocky Top may find themselves at 3-5 before November 1st.

I don’t think this is a bad football team anymore, but their schedule does get difficult. This is an at-best 8-4 (5-3) team during the regular season, good enough to make a bowl game, but three SEC losses ruin their chances of winning the East for the first time since 2007. Tennessee feels like a 7-win team.

Tennessee will play #8 Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium at 3:30 PM ET on CBS this Saturday.

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