SEC Ratings, Week 10

It may be time to rename the Southeastern Conference ''Auburn and the Eleven Dwarfs.'' With Tennessee losing its No. 1 quarterback and its home game with Notre Dame, there appears to be no one in the league capable of stopping the War Eagle Express. Georgia will give it the old college try this weekend but the game's being played in the Loveliest Village of the Plain.

That said, here are this week's ratings:

Auburn 9.5: The Tigers (9-0, 6-0) were idle last week, giving them another advantage in this Saturday's game with visiting Georgia.

Georgia 8.0: David Greene broke Peyton Manning's NCAA Div. 1-A record by winning his 40th game as a starting QB as the Dawgs (8-1, 6-1) annihilated hapless Kentucky 62-17. The point total was the most by Georgia since the 1984 team hung 62 on Vanderbilt.

Tennessee 7.0: Minus its top two QBs, Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer, the Vols (7-2, 5-1) aren't nearly as good as they were two weeks ago. Ainge was 21 yards shy of Casey Clausen's school record for passing yards by a freshman (1,473) when he separated his shoulder in the 17-13 loss to Notre Dame.

LSU 7.0: The Tigers (6-2, 3-2) were idle.

South Carolina 6.5: The Gamecocks (6-3, 4-3) continue to play musical chairs at quarterback. Dondrial Pinkins started vs. Arkansas but reinjured his shoulder. Syvelle Newton came on to complete 11 of 16 for 98 yards and rush 12 times for 49 yards as the Cocks won 35-32.

Alabama 6.5: The Tide (6-3, 3-3) got 200 rushing yards from Kenneth Darby in beating Mississippi State 30-14. Bama's defense has allowed only one opponent all season to pass for 200 or more yards. Oddly enough, that was Utah State (205).

Florida 6.5: Chris Leak passed for 307 yards as the Gators (5-4, 3-4) beat Vanderbilt 34-17. It was Leak's third 300-plus passing performance of the season. Ciatrick Fason leads the SEC in rushing with 1,050 yards.

Arkansas 6.0: The Razorbacks (3-5, 1-4) lead the SEC in tough losses after bowing 35-32 when South Carolina hit a TD pass with just over a minute to play. Versatile QB Matt Jones rushed 10 times for 111 yards.

Ole Miss 6.0: The Rebels (3-5, 2-3) had an open date.

Mississippi State 4.5: Jerious Norwood has 917 rushing yards for the Bulldogs (3-6, 2-4). With two games to go, he's a virtual cinch to crack the 1,000-yard barrier.

Vanderbilt 4.0: The Commodores (2-7, 1-5) forced four first-half turnovers in last Saturday's game with Florida and parlayed these miscues into 17 points only to fade in the second half. Senior QB Jay Cutler missed all but the Dores' first series due to a foot injury.

Kentucky 2.5: The Wildcats (1-8, 0-6) got a surprisingly good performance from quarterback Andre Woodson, who completed 17 of 26 passes for 206 yards, in their humbling loss to Georgia.


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