Beating Mississippi State is no big deal; everyone seems to be doing that these days. Offensively challenged Tennessee blasted the Bulldogs 59-21 just last Saturday. Beating LSU is a whole different matter, though. Nick Saban's Tigers are 9-1 and coming off an impressive 27-3 blowout of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
So, who'll rule in the West? Well, when you look at each team's losses, LSU seems clearly superior. The Tigers' only loss came against a fast-finishing Florida team. Conversely, Ole Miss fell to a pair of so-so teams -- Memphis and Texas Tech. Of course, those losses were in September, and the Rebels have won six games in a row since then. Also, it's worth considering that Ole Miss beat Florida, the team that handed LSU its only loss.
While LSU and Ole Miss prepare to battle for supremacy in the West, the East battle remains a three-way race among Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. Georgia trounced Auburn 26-7 last weekend, while UT routed Mississippi State and Florida squeaked past South Carolina 24-22.
Other than LSU at Ole Miss, this weekend's SEC schedule is pretty weak. Alabama visits Auburn, Mississippi State visits Arkansas, Kentucky visits Georgia, Clemson visits South Carolina and Vanderbilt visits Tennessee. Florida is idle.
That said, here are this week's ratings:
S. Carolina 6.5
Ole Miss 8.0
Miss. State 4.5