Last week: 1 (beat Ole Miss 52-3). This week: vs. #3 Arkansas
|Odell Beckham will be in the middle of LSU's offensive game plan Friday against Arkansas.|
2. Alabama (10-1, 6-1): Crimson Tide hasn't lost since the LSU slugfest, but they also haven't looked as dominant. Could that open a door for Auburn?
Last week: 2 (beat Georgia Southern 45-21). This week: at Auburn
3. Arkansas (10-1, 6-1): Three weeks of 44 points or more against SEC opponents is an impressive run. They won't get that much against LSU, but the Hogs are certainly dangerous enough to end the Tigers' unbeaten run.
Last week: 3 (beat Mississippi State 44-17). This week: at #1 LSU
4. Georgia (9-2, 7-1): The Bulldogs can exhale a bit this week as they round into form for the SEC Championship Game, but don't expect a massive letdown. Georgia's offense will have to match the Yellow Jackets as much as they can.
Last week: 4 (beat Kentucky 19-10). This week: at #25 Georgia Tech
5. South Carolina (9-2, 6-2): Gamecocks are in line for the Capital One or Cotton Bowls with a strong finish, and knocking off a ranked opponent for the first time this season would certainly bolster those chances. Besides, the Ol' Ball Coach always likes some braggin' right.
Last week: 5 (beat The Citadel 41-20). This week: vs. #18 Clemson
|Can Michael Dyer and the Auburn offense find some breathing room against Alabama?|
6. Auburn (7-4, 4-3): Nothing would taste better to Auburn than to spoil Alabama's national championship hopes a year after the Crimson Tide tried and failed to do so to the Tigers' hot streak in this game. It's been a rollercoaster ride for AU this season, though and the Tigers need their best effort of the season and a few breaks to pull that off.
Last week: 7 (beat Samford 35-16). This week: vs. #2 Alabama
7. Florida (6-5, 3-5): Things have gotten so bad for the Gators, they had to rally back to beat Furman and then felt good about it afterward. Now they have to close out the season against a Florida State team stinging from a narrow loss last week.
Last week: 7 (beat Furman 54-32). This week: vs. Florida State
8. Mississippi State (5-6, 1-6): This was supposed to be a breakthgough season under Dan Mullen, but instead the Bulldogs have to beat downtrodden Ole Miss just to get bowl eligible. Hard to say who's had the worse season.
Last week: 8 (lost to #6 Arkansas 44-17). This week: vs. Ole Miss
9. Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-6): This has been a season of what-ifs and what-might've-beens for the Commodores, but that's a lot better than the normal years of never being close. Whether Vandy gets to a bowl game this season or not, James Franklin has installed a new attitude in Nashville.
Last week: 9 (lost to Tennessee 27-21 in OT) This week: at Wake Forest
10. Tennessee (5-6, 1-6):The Vols won last week because, well, they always kick Vanderbilt's a*%!, right? Maybe so, but if that's what the Tennessee program has been reduced to, then it explains why winning this week's game is the only way UT can get to a bowl game.
Last week: 10 (beat Vanderbilt 27-21 in OT). This week: at Kentucky
|Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan will have to come up big against Tennessee|
11. Kentucky (5-6, 1-6): The Wildcats played one of their more solid games of the season last week and seemed to be coming around defensively. That could come in handy against a Tennessee team that could be poised to return to its early-season offensive form with Tyler Bray back at QB.
Last week: 11 (lost to #13 Georgia 19-10). This week: vs. Tennessee
12. Ole Miss (2-9, 0-7): The Rebels send Houston Nutt out this week, and whether it's in style remains to be seen. If they don't play any harder than they did last week against LSU, this one will be a breeze for State.
Last week: 12 (lost to #1 LSU 52-3). This week: at Ole Miss
This week's schedule
Arkansas at LSU, 1:30 p.m.
Georgia at Georgia Tech, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Tennessee at Kentucky, 11:21 a.m. (SEC Network)
Alabama at Auburn, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
Vanderbilt at Wake Forest, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Florida at Florida State, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ole Miss at Mississippi State, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
South Carolina at Clemson, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
NOTE: Here's how 12 writers from around the SEC, including me, voted in a league-wide power poll.
1. LSU (12) 144, 2. Alabama 132, 3. Arkansas 120, 4. Georgia 107, 4. South Carolina 96, 6. Auburn 84, 7. Florida 73, 8. Tennessee 51, 9. Mississippi State 50, 10. Vanderbilt 43, 11. Kentucky 24, 12. Ole Miss 12