This week's SEC rankings

Just as we were ready to shovel dirt on the Tennessee Vols ... they moved.

Given up for dead after a depressingly unimpressive 23-6 defeat of lowly Duke a week earlier, the Big Orange resurrected its hopes of a quality season by upsetting No. 6 Miami 10-6 last Saturday at the Orange Bowl. Suddenly, the Vols have put themselves in position to win the SEC East, earn a BCS bowl bid and quiet their more vocal critics.

Meanwhile, over in the SEC West, Ole Miss continued its Cinderella season with a 24-20 upset of homestanding Auburn. The Rebels are 6-0 in league play and have won five consecutive games after losing to Memphis and Texas Tech in September. Amazing ...

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt (eight losses in a row), Mississippi State (three losses in a row) and South Carolina (three losses in its last four games) continue their slides into oblivion. Vanderbilt has lost its last 23 consecutive SEC games. The Commodores haven't won a conference game since Nov. 11, 2000, when they beat Kentucky 24-20. The Wildcats visit Nashville this weekend, so the Dores are hoping history repeats.

That said, here's a look at this week's SEC ratings:

SEC EAST

Georgia 8.0 (Can banged-up Bulldogs beat Auburn?)
Tennessee 8.0 (Vols showed life vs. Miami; will it last?)
Florida 8.0 (Streaking Gators have won four in a row)
S. Carolina 4.5 (Off 28-6 loss at Arkansas, SC hosts Florida)
Kentucky 4.5 (Should get well this weekend at Vandy)
Vanderbilt 3.5 (Dores still looking for an SEC win)

SEC WEST

LSU 9.0 (Tigers visit Bama after open date)
Ole Miss 8.5 (Rebs doing it with smoke and mirrors?)
Auburn 7.5 (Home field loss to Ole Miss was costly)
Arkansas 6.5 (Bounced back vs. Carolina last weekend)
Alabama 5.5 (Coming off 38-0 pasting of Miss. State)
Miss. State 3.5 (Have the Bulldogs quit on Sherrill?)


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