Georgia thrives, LSU dips and South Carolina lands at five

Where to start with the final week of SEC soccer action?

How about South Carolina shaking up the College Football Playoff race for the second straight week? Or did LSU give up their shot at the CFP before Georgia even had a chance to tear the Tigers apart? Between that and the Thanksgiving helping of egg-bowl madness that ended Ole Miss’ regular season with a thud, there’s a lot to unpack in our final power rankings.

1. Georgia

Last week: 1

In this week: vs. LSU in SEC championship game

what to know: Thirteen tortoises, one rabbit.

2. Tennessee

Last week: 3

what to know: Bashing Vanderbilt after he was knocked out of the CFP contest tastes like the election party’s punch after he had to deliver the concession speech.

3. Alabama

Last week: 4

what to know: Two losses or not, the rest of the SEC would be thrilled to say goodbye to QB Bryce Young with an NFL draft.

4. LSU

Last week: 2

In this week: vs. Georgia in SEC Championship game

what to know: The last time a team with three losses made the SEC championship game, they were knocked out 54-16 (Florida, 2016), and Georgia won’t treat the Tigers any better.

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5.South Carolina

Last week: 6

what to know: Wait, the regular season is over? It must be? Back-to-back victories over two top-10 teams and Clemson’s 40-game home winning streak is the kind of finish that begs for more.

6. State of Mississippi

Last week: 7

what to know: Trainer Mike Leach finished with the same record as Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin, beating him head to head. Where’s his extension?

7. Ole Fraulein

Last week: 5

what to know: Paying $9 million a year for a coach who hit .500 in league play proves one thing: Leverage comes from who wants you, not results.

8. Kentucky

Last week: 9

what to know: It’s widely predicted that the Wildcats will end up in the Music City Bowl after a season in which most hit the wrong notes.

9. Missouri

Last week: 11

what to know: The Tigers slipped into the bowl eligibility backdoor with a win over Arkansas. Get in last and lock the door behind you.

10.Florida

Last week: 10

what to know: Billy Napier, Florida freshman coach burned his mulligan. Next year the tee hit the fairway better.

11. Arkansas

Last week: 8th

what to know: Arkansas lost six of its last nine games and allowed to bowl? Thank the Hog Gods for a 3-0 start.

12. Maroon

Last week: 12

what to know: Tigers fans are ready for a deep freeze this season.

13.Texas A&M

Last week: 14

what to know: Aggies fans storm the field to end a losing season? Call it the 50.012. Man, and he was a little late with the help.

14.Vanderbilt

Last week: 13

what to know: For seven days, the Commodores got a view of the world from the daylight spot #13. And got a sunburn.

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This article originally appeared in Tuscaloosa News: Final SEC Soccer Rankings: South Carolina Doesn’t Want It To End

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