This week's SEC ratings

The Ole Miss Rebels didn't beat LSU last weekend but they gave such a good accounting of themselves in the 17-14 loss that they proved they're for real.

The Tigers, meanwhile, showed they're one of the country's elite teams, thanks to a dominating defense that is just about impregnable. Personally, I think LSU can give top-ranked Oklahoma a good game in the Sugar Bowl if the BCS rankings give Nick Saban's team that opportunity.

On the other end of the spectrum, Mississippi State (a 52-6 loser to Arkansas), Vanderbilt (a 48-0 loser to Tennessee) and South Carolina (a 63-17 loser to Clemson) showed last weekend they may be even worse than we thought.

That said, here's a look at this week's SEC ratings, based on the usual 1-10 scale:


Georgia 8.0
Tennessee 8.0
Florida 8.0
Kentucky 4.5
S. Carolina 4.5
Vanderbilt 3.5


LSU 9.5
Ole Miss 8.5
Arkansas 6.0
Auburn 6.0
Alabama 5.0
Miss. State 3.0

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