Opponent Power Rankings: Week 13

BOL's weekly power ranking of Alabama's 13 opponents for the 2012 season.

Given the events in Oxford, why is this man smiling?

1.] Georgia (Dec. 1: SEC Championship Game)
Last week: Not ranked.
Dawgs (11-1, 7-1 in SEC) seem to fully grasp magnitude of Saturday's showdown, which may prove to be a good thing for the Crimson Tide.
Bowl projection: BCS National Championship Game, Outback or Chick-fil-A.

2.] Texas A&M (Nov. 10: A&M 29, UA 24)
Last week: 1
Hey Aggies, you just blasted Mizzou to finish the regular season at 10-2. What are you going to do now? Answer: "We're going to Disney World!"
Bowl projection: Capital One.

3.] LSU (Nov. 3: UA 21, LSU 17)
Last week's ranking: 2
Les Miles flirts with R-Kansas before signing extension with LSU. Bobby Hebert weeps Abita tears.
Bowl projection: Cotton or Chick-fil-A.

4.] Michigan (Sept. 1: UA 41, UM 14)
Last week: 3
Wolverines (8-4) got their "I's" dotted in Columbus.
Bowl projection: Capital One.

5.] Ole Miss (Sept. 29: UA 33, Ole Miss 14)
Last week: 5
Fresh off first win over MSU since 2008, Rebels (6-6, 3-5) are prime example of why bowl games exist for six-win teams. Fanbase will be excited to make the trip to Nashville or Birmingham.
Bowl projection: Music City or BBVA Compass.

6.] Mississippi State (Oct. 27: UA 38, MSU 7)
Last week: 4
There was a time, not so long ago, when Ole Miss was the only Western Division team Dan Mullen could beat. Now what?
Bowl projection: Gator or BBVA Compass.

7.] Tennessee (Oct. 20: UA 44, UT 13)
Last week's ranking: 8
Vols did something without Derek Dooley this season that they couldn't do with him a year ago: Beat Kentucky.
Bowl projection: None.

8.] Arkansas (Sept. 15: UA 52, Arkansas 0)
Last week: 7
Razorbacks (4-8, 2-6) lost to LSU and missed out on its coach. Some people in Louisiana would say Arkansas went 1-1.
Bowl projection: None.

9.] Missouri (Oct. 13: UA 42, MU 10)
Last week: 6
Rumors swirled of potential coaching change following Tigers' (5-7, 2-6) blowout loss to Texas A&M. However, looks as if Gary Pinkel will hang around for another season.
Bowl projection: None.

10.] Western Kentucky (Sept. 8: UA 35, WKU 0)
Last week: 9
Hilltoppers (7-5) needed 15-point fourth quarter to nip North Texas, snapping three-game losing streak in the process.
Bowl projection: Uncertain.

11.] Florida Atlantic (Sept. 22: UA 40, FAU 7)
Last week: 10
Owls (3-8), coming of an odd, late-season bye week, get bowl bound Ragin' Cajuns next.
Up next: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (7-4), Saturday, 3 p.m. ET

12.] Auburn (Nov. 24: Alabama 49, Auburn 0)
Last week: 11
Auburn head coaching job being advertised on Groupon.
Bowl projection: None.

13.] Western Carolina (Nov. 17: UA 49, WCU 0)
Last week: 12
In trailing UA 42-0 at the half, Catamounts were as competitive in Tuscaloosa as Auburn.
Postseason projection: None.

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