Oh, how the mighty have fallen ...
It seems every weekend underscores the same point: There's no such thing as a sure thing in the wild and woolly Southeastern Conference.
That said, here are the latest SEC Ratings, based on the usual 1-10 scale:
Auburn 9.5: Cadillac Williams ran for 149 yards as the Tigers (8-0 overall, 5-0 SEC) trounced hapless Kentucky 42-10. The Tiger defense surrendered its first rushing TD of the season but allowed just 110 yards overall. This team is rolling, folks.
Tennessee 7.5: Back-to-back ugly wins against Ole Miss (21-17) and Alabama (17-13) show the Vols can prevail without playing well. The problem is, with South Carolina planning a Columbia ambush, the Big Orange had better start playing well immediately.
Georgia 7.5: David Greene had a career day against Arkansas (22 of 29 for 382 yards) but the Dawgs still had to hold on for dear life to survive 20-14. Like UT, Georgia seems to play just well enough to win.
LSU 7.0: The Tigers (5-2, 2-2) have finally settled on a quarterback. Marcus Randall played every snap against Troy, completing 24 of 37 for 328 yards and a touchdown. The bad news? He threw three interceptions.
South Carolina 7.0: The Gamecocks (5-2, 3-2) had an open date.
Alabama 6.5: The Tide (5-3, 2-3) runs the ball well on offense and stops the run well on defense. That's half the battle. If Bama hadn't lost QB Brodie Croyle to a Game 3 knee injury, it could be one of the surprise teams in college football.
Florida 6.5: FireRonZook.com is probably getting a lot of hits these days. Steve Spurrier went 0-2 at Starkville but the Bulldogs were a much stronger program back then. You wonder if the Gators (4-3, 2-3) are on the verge of imploding.
Arkansas 6.5: The Razorbacks (3-4, 1-3) have lost close games to Texas, Florida and Georgia, so they're better than the record suggests. Matt Jones' pulled groin had better heal in a hurry, though, or they'll lose several more games ... close and not-so-close.
Ole Miss 6.5: The Rebels (3-4, 2-2) had an open date.
Kentucky 4.0: With Shane Boyd sidelined by a shoulder injury, redshirt freshman Andre Woodson made his first career start at QB for the Wildcats (1-6, 0-4) against Auburn. He went 14 of 26 for just 73 yards, barely 5 yards per completion.
Mississippi State 4.0: The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3) got 174 rushing yards from Jerious Norwood in shocking Florida 38-31. QB Omarr Conner returned from a two-game absence due to a minor knee injury to guide the victory. He may be the shot in the arm MSU's offense needed.