Weekend thoughts

Wow, what a weekend in the SEC; three huge matchups in the conference, with two of which had excellent endings.

Auburn used their outstanding kicker Damon Duval to beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs for the first time in the last five meetings. Auburn really helped their chances of showing up in Atlanta later this season. Auburn now has a clear path to get to the championship game. This is not necessarily because the Tigers are a great team, that is not the case, instead Auburn is just the best team in the West, right now.

I am growing more impatient with the inequalities of the SEC East v the SEC West. Clearly the West is just plain weaker than the East this year and that will without a doubt mean that the best two teams in the conference will not be playing in December for the SEC title.

Florida is slowing become the best team in the country. The Gators just thrashed the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. I know that LSU would have been happy to get rid of Florida as far as the rotating schedule is concerned, but as it stands right now, the Tigers and Gators are set to play for a long time. And that is a bad thing for LSU.

Florida still has a difficult schedule ahead of them. It now appears that Florida will have to get past and improving Georgia team in Jacksonville along with their possible opponent in the SEC title game from the West, Auburn. South Carolina hosts the Lizards in Columbia, in a game that is huge. And Florida State and Tennessee end out the season in Gainesville. While FSU and Tennessee might have lost some luster due to their early season losses, they will both most certainly be up to the challenge when the Gators come knocking.

Georgia's outstanding comeback against Tennessee was notice to the rest of the conference that the Dawgs are "back". Two seasons in a row, Tennessee has fallen to Georgia, and their fans are growing increasingly upset with the administration of their football team. Vol fans are very loud about coaches not getting the job done on the field. It cost former basketball coach Jerry Green his job last season after the Vols disappointed in the NCAAs in the spring.

Now it appears that Phil Fulmer may be catching some heat in the coming days. Tennessee's schedule does not get any easier this season. In the past, if the Vols could just get past Georgia and Florida they could knock out Bama and move on with the rest of their season. But now things have changed. Carolina has improved, the Florida game has been moved to the end of the season, and Bama seems good enough to top the Vols, not to mention that Tennessee has no room for a slip up along the way. It now appears that the Vols are headed to 4th in the East.

With all of that said I am happy that I reserved the right to leave the Vols and Dawgs tied at number 3 in the East last week. This week, however, the SEC rankings will be loads easier to pull of because of the way the season is progressing.

SEC East:

1. Florida

2. South Carolina

3. Georgia

4. Tennessee

5. Vandy

6. Kentucky

SEC West

1. Auburn

2. LSU

3. Bama

4. Ole Miss

5. Arkansas

6. Mississippi State

SEC Rankings

1. Florida

2. South Carolina

3. Georgia

4. Tennessee

5. Auburn

6. LSU

7. Bama

8. Ole Miss

9. Vandy

10. Arkansas

11. Mississippi State

12. Kentucky

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