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SEC Power Rankings — Week 1

Rebels celebrate a touchdown Thursday night.

Football commentary by Hottytoddy.com contributor Steve Vassallo:
Each week I will rank the 14 SEC teams based upon their actual performances.
Each team will be assigned a Power Ranking with the highest or best team to date receiving 100. The other 13 teams will be assigned a lesser number. Should the No. 1 team with the ranking of 100 be matched against an opponent with a ranking of 90, the No. 1 team would be the equivalent of 10 points better on a neutral field.
A home field advantage changes the differential by 6 points. In the previous example the No. 1 team would be 16 points better on their home field and 4 points better on the opponent’s field. These rankings are made based upon this author’s viewpoint of strength and nothing more. I try to be 100 percent objective despite a strong bias for the boys in Oxford. Also reflected are actual points scored and given up. Here’s what the current tabulation looks like despite Florida-Idaho getting postponed due to weather.
Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.25.34 PMEach week I will project the Rebels’ final outcome with the assumption we go 4-0 in non-conference play. Based upon these first week rankings, Ole Miss looks like a 10-2 team with the only losses coming on the road at A&M and LSU. Each week everything changes based upon actual performance. Example, the current ranking above has Ole Miss 33 points better than Vanderbilt.
Because the game is in Nashville this gives Vandy 6 more points adjusting the outcome with Ole Miss winning by 27. Should Ole Miss win by 27 or more, their ranking will stay at 93 or improve and vice versa for a lesser win. Playing a nonconference team is impossible to tabulate so in those cases we’ll evaluate the outcome versus the Vegas line if there is one.

Steve Vassallo is a HottyToddy.com contributor. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communicationssubjects. He is an Ole Miss grad and former radio announcer for the basketball team. In addition, he is a certified economic and community developer and currently, a highly successful leader in the real estate business with Premier Properties of Oxford. Steve’s lifelong dream has been to live in Oxford full-time. “I am now living my dream daily as is my wife Rosie, who works with the Oxford Chamber of Commerce,” Steve said. You can contact Steve at sovassallo@gmail.com or call him at 985-852-7745.


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