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:

SEC EAST

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

SEC WEST

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


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