Scott Moore Has No. 1 Vs. No. 2

A 10-2 record last week with the Pigskin Prognosticator and the season record jumps to 43-8. It was a week that saw some teams make significant leaps, others have disappointing performances, but as the calendar rolls into October, the familiar names are staking their claims in the SEC. Here is a look at this week's SEC Power ratings as a monumentally mammoth weekend in college football nears.



1. Alabama 4-0

The Crimson Tide won its eighth straight against a Top 10 team. Amazing! The class of Ingram, Jones, Hightower, and Dareus has never played in losing game during the regular season and stand now at 30-2 in their careers at Alabama. Up next is Florida, another Top 10 team and the only team in America that Alabama measures itself by. Pretty big stuff ahead Saturday night at Bryant-Denny.

2. Florida 4-0

Of course the week before the Alabama game Florida finds another freshman (Trey Burton) to break some kind of Tebow record (6 touchdowns) and right the offensive ship just in time for the Armageddon epic battle in Titletown. Meyer and Saban say the right things, but make no mistake, this is a big one to both of these coaches as supremacy in the SEC on the field and Xs and Os in the boardroom will be at stake in this one.

3. Auburn 4-0

Cam Newton has put Auburn on his shoulders and the Tigers are now Champs of the Palmetto State. You look at the AU schedule and now with LSU and Arkie at home, could the Tide and Tigers now be on a collision course Thanksgiving Weekend?

4. LSU 4-0

LSU's defense is playing as good as anyone's in the country, but the bottom line is this: Patrick Peterson is the main reason LSU is still undefeated. He has been one of the best players in the country through September. LSU has needed him to be that kind of player because the offense is pedestrian at best.

5. Arkansas 3-1

For three quarters, the Hogs and Ryan Mallet ruled the football universe, but football games don't last three quarters. This is a very good Arkansas team that is capable of winning 11 games or more this season. Arkansas can win out and be in a great position for the BCS if they can close out the remainder of the season. Auburn and LSU may be all that stands in front of the Hogs and the BCS.

6. South Carolina 3-1

The football gods have not smiled on the Gamecocks as history and bad quarterback play continue to plague Cocky when everything is lined in the Stars for Carolina to make that critical next step. South Carolina has an open date this weekend, then has Alabama next, and Florida and Arkansas down the road. Carolina will not win any of them unless lightning strikes and the Gamecocks quarterbacks have an epiphany.

7. Mississippi State 2-2

It's 2-2 for the Boys out of Starkvegas as the Dawgs were finally better than "them Dawgs" with silver britches. In the all important arms race which is Bowl Season, this was a major step for MSU and the win over slightly blunt of tooth UGA is something to build on.

8. Georgia 1-3

Woe and 3 in the SEC for UGA. Here comes A.J. Green to the rescue but it's too late. UGA is not fighting for its life, but a trip to Colorado should help this week as UGA does battle with Ralphie the Buffalo. UGA is a team yearning for identity and there are a lot of winnable games left on the schedule; also, a few embarrassments ahead if Richt can't get it going. Unless UGA has a total collapse, Richt will be back in Athens in 2011.

9. Kentucky 3-1

A significant fall this week from UK as I was drinking the Big Blue Koolade. UK is still poised for a very good season, but the total meltdown in the second half against Florida happens a lot to the KY Football Cats. Good news is at least the NCAA has not put the Cats on probation for the hoops season and in the Blue Grass State, that is all that matters.

10. Tennessee 2-2

Thank the football gods for the win over UAB in OT with a trip to Baton Rouge ahead, and UGA and Alabama also in the future. This is the worst UT football team I have seen in years and the next couple of weeks will get really ugly for Rocky Top.

11. Vanderbilt 1-2

The win over Ole Miss will keep the Commodores out of the SEC Basement for awhile and that's cause for celebration in Music City.

12. Ole Miss 2-2 Mississippi's 55 points vs. Fresno State is at least a start in the right direction. The Rebs have a very tough road ahead as we continue to watch the struggles of one Reverend Houston Dale Nutt. God only knows what is ahead for these Rebs. Wonder who the next Redshirt Miss America will be in Oxford?

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