With a three-way tie already in effect in the East and perhaps looming in the West, this is shaping up as one of the wildest SEC races ever. Should Auburn beat Ole Miss, half of the conference's 12 teams will be tied for first place in one division or the other. Of course, that's assuming Florida beats Vanderbilt to remain deadlocked for the East lead with Georgia (which is idle) and Tennessee (which plays outside the league).
Clearly, Ole Miss at Auburn is the jewel of this week's SEC schedule. Alabama (a loser in four of its last five games) hopes to get well when it visits Mississippi State (2-6 overall, 1-3 in SEC play). South Carolina (5-4, 2-4) travels to Little Rock to face Arkansas (5-3, 2-3), which is coming off that seven-overtime marathon win at Kentucky. Tennessee (6-2, 3-2) travels to Miami and Florida (6-3, 4-2) visits Vanderbilt (1-8, 0-5). Georgia, LSU and Kentucky are idle.
Here's a look at this week's SEC ratings, based on the usual 1-10 scale:
S. Carolina 5.5
Ole Miss 8.0
Miss. State 4.5