Who's Worse: Ole Miss or Vanderbilt?

So, who's the worst team in the Southeastern Conference? We might find out when Vanderbilt and Ole Miss play on September 18, but until then the debate rages on.

Ole Miss has a viable claim to the SEC cellar. The Rebels gave up 49 points to Jacksonville State in that 49-48 overtime loss Saturday night that turned Jax State into the nation's most lovable underdog squad while making Ole Miss a national, not just regional, embarrassment. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, scored the least among the league teams and lost 23-21 to Northwestern. Ole Miss plays at Tulane this coming week and Vanderbilt hosts LSU.

The Rebs were one of eight SEC teams to score more than 40 points in the opening weekend of play, but the only team to lose while doing so. Alabama (48), Georgia (55), South Carolina (41), Tennessee (50), Arkansas (44), Auburn (52) and Mississippi State (49) were the other teams scoring more than 40 last weekend.

There was only one Southeastern Conference team to shut out its opponent in the opening week of college football season: Tennessee. The Vols beat UT-Martin 50-0. Alabama and Arkansas limited their respective opponents to a single field goal, and Mississippi State and Georgia yielded only a single touchdown each.

This week will should be a bit more challenging for first-year coach Derek Dooley's Vols squad, however, as the Vols host AP No. 7 Oregon. The Ducks scored an NCAA-best 72 points last week against hapless New Mexico. That game will be on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. Central time while the Alabama-Penn State game is airing at the same time on ESPN. Georgia plays at South Carolina on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. Central time.

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