This week's SEC ratings

Florida threw the SEC East into a three-way tie by beating Georgia last weekend, and Auburn could do the same to the SEC West if it beats Ole Miss this weekend.

Auburn (4-1) will pull into a tie with West-leading Ole Miss (5-0) if it beats the visiting Rebels this Saturday. LSU (also 4-1) is idle this weekend but will be tied with Auburn and Ole Miss in the loss column should Tommy Tuberville's team ground the high-flying Rebels.

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:

EASTERN DIVISION

Georgia 8.0
Florida 8.0
Tennessee 7.0
S. Carolina 5.5
Kentucky 5.0
Vanderbilt 4.0

WESTERN DIVISION

LSU 8.5
Ole Miss 8.0
Auburn 7.5
Arkansas 6.0
Alabama 6.0
Miss. State 4.5


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