SEC football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Aggies get better?

Texas A&M football made a couple of key additions in the spring portal; where are they in the SEC pecking order?
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of the SEC Championship logo on the field before the
Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of the SEC Championship logo on the field before the / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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SEC football power rankings post-spring: Aggies could make noise this fall

Texas A&M football has expectations all over the place for the upcoming year, depending on who you ask. If it’s someone in burnt orange, the Aggies will barely crack six wins. If it’s someone in maroon, A&M could get to double-digit victories.

So where do the Aggies rank in the echelon of the SEC? Ultimately, that is what it will come down to. This conference is only going to get tougher with the new additions of Texas and OU. The Aggies have a somewhat favorable schedule this year, but is it enough to get them to surpass eight wins?

They'll face some tough competition to do so. Home games against Texas, Missouri, LSU, and Notre Dame will be key contests. With the portal additions that Mike Elko has made, however, this Aggie squad could be in a good spot to be more competitive than some people realize.

To calibrate things, I took a look at every team in the conference to come up with a post-spring SEC power ranking. The portal has closed; teams are more or less what they will be going into the fall. Let's see how the SEC pecking order shakes out.

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This should really not surprise anybody at all. The Commodores are a perennial punching bag, and Clark Lea—though he is by no means a bad coach—just hasn’t had what it takes to reverse that all-too-well-established pattern.

So, did Vandy add anyone to shake up this pattern? After all, in the age of the portal, it should be easier to jumpstart a program than ever before. Did it end up being a plus for them?

Not unless you consider losing two of their best players a plus! De’Rickey Wright, a large safety who was one of the premier talents in the Vandy secondary, is transferring to Texas A&M football to be a part of the remade secondary in College Station, and freshman wide receiver London Humphreys is headed to Athens to join the Bulldogs. 

This is not to mention senior QB Ken Seals heading to TCU, or sophomore signal-caller AJ Swann making his way to Baton Rouge. Not that things routinely look rosy for the Commodores at all, but they are especially dour for this upcoming season. I’d be surprised if the ‘Dores won a single conference game this season.