This week's SEC ratings

Georgia and LSU locked up bids to the SEC Championship Game with impressive wins over the weekend, while Alabama and Mississippi State closed out forgettable seasons with disappointing losses.

Georgia whipped Georgia Tech 34-17 to ensure a high enough BCS ranking that the Bulldogs will get the East's bid to the SEC title game, even though Mark Richt's team finished league play at 6-2 ... same as Tennessee and Florida. LSU pounded Arkansas 55-24 to lock up the West bid.

Ole Miss capped off a 7-1 league season on Thanksgiving night by scrambling Mississippi State 31-0 in the annual Egg Bowl. Florida came out on the short end of its intrastate rivalry with Florida State (losing 38-34), although the Gators may have won the post-game fight. Mike Shula closed out a discouraging debut season at Bama (4-9 overall, 2-6 SEC) with a 37-29 loss at Hawaii. While the Tide was playing in the tropical paradise, Tennessee was fighting through blustery weather to subdue Kentucky 20-7.

Although the SEC title game is still to be played, LSU appears to be the class of the league this year. The Tigers already beat Georgia during the regular season but they'll have to do so again -- this time in the Dawgs' backyard (Atlanta) -- to be crowned league champs.

All in all, it has been another interesting and exciting SEC football season. Then again, it always is.

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

SEC EAST

Georgia 8.0 (Can depleted Dawgs hang with LSU?)
Tennessee 8.0 (Finished season on an upward trend)
Florida 7.5 (Blew FSU game by giving up late TD bomb)
Kentucky 4.5 (Cats could've done a whole lot better)
S. Carolina 4.5 (Holtz should fire some players, too)
Vanderbilt 3.5 (Dores are better, but not much better)

SEC WEST

LSU 9.5 (Best team in NCAA, except for Sooners)
Ole Miss 8.5 (Rebs were nation's biggest Cinderella story)
Auburn 5.5 (If the Tigers had a passing attack, they'd be awesome)
Arkansas 5.0 (No team in the SEC was more erratic)
Alabama 4.5 (Shula's problems are just beginning)
Miss. State 3.0 (Hired the guy Bama should've, Sylvester Croom)


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