SEC Ratings, Week 11

Auburn left no doubt it is the SEC's premier team by hammering Georgia 24-6 Saturday on The Plain. Coupled with an earlier 34-10 trouncing of Tennessee, Tommy Tuberville's Tigers clearly are the class of the league ... perhaps the class of college football.

With two weeks left in the regular season, Tennessee has a one-game lead (and the tiebreaker) over Georgia for the SEC East title. That means the Vols need only to go 1-1 against Vanderbilt and Kentucky the next two weekends to earn the berth opposite Auburn in the SEC Championship Game. The Big Orange should be able to do that, even with No. 3 quarterback Rick Clausen running the offense.

That said, here are this week's SEC ratings:

Auburn 10.0: The Tigers (10-0, 7-0) dominated Georgia offensively and defensively on Saturday. The 24-6 score wasn't really indicative of the disparity between the two teams. Auburn may close this season the same way it opened last season, facing Southern Cal ... this time for the NCAA title.

Georgia 7.0: Senior QB David Greene completed 15 of 22 passes for 159 yards vs. Auburn. He went 15-2 in road games during four seasons as a starter for the Bulldogs (8-2, 6-2).

LSU 7.0: The Tigers (7-2, 4-2) limited Alabama to 196 total yards in a 26-10 defeat of the Tide over the weekend. LSU continues to rotate QBs JaMarcus Russell and Marcus Randall because each lacks consistency.

Tennessee 7.0: The Vols (7-2, 5-1) were idle. Can they regroup following the loss of QBs Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer?

Alabama 6.0: The Tide (6-4, 3-4) ran out of gas in the fourth quarter after playing LSU tough for 45 minutes. Bama limited Tiger quarterbacks to 6 completions in 14 attempts for 91 yards. If Brodie Croyle hadn't torn up his knee in Game 3, Bama could've been a top-20 team this season.

Florida 6.0: Chris Leak threw for 319 yards and six touchdowns as the Gators (6-4, 4-4) annihilated South Carolina 48-14. Oddly, Gator coach Ron Zook didn't insert his backup QB until the game's final two minutes. Good thing he doesn't have to face the Gamecocks next year in Columbia.

Arkansas 5.5: The Razorbacks (4-5, 2-4) rode senior QB Matt Jones (11 of 16 passing, 126 rushing yards) to a most impressive 35-3 pasting of Ole Miss. If the maturing Hogs can find a replacement for Jones next fall, they could be a team to watch in 2005.

South Carolina 5.5: The Gamecocks (6-4, 4-4) go into a November nosedive every year, it seems. Two weeks after losing 43-29 at home to Tennessee, they were blasted 48-14 by Florida. The Cocks killed themselves this time, committing four turnovers and allowing a punt to be blocked.

Ole Miss 4.5: The Rebels (3-6, 2-4) continue to platoon quarterbacks Ethan Flatt and Robert Lane. Flatt completed 11 of 21 passes for 126 yards in the loss to Arkansas, while Lane rushed nine times for 94 yards.

Mississippi State 4.5: The Bulldogs (3-6, 2-4) were idle.

Kentucky 3.5: The Wildcats (2-8, 1-6) got two fourth-quarter TD passes from Shane Boyd in their come-from-behind defeat of Vanderbilt. Oddly, Boyd had thrown just three TD passes in the previous nine games combined.

Vanderbilt 3.5: The Commodores (2-8, 1-6) blew a 13-0 fourth-quarter lead and lost 14-13 to Kentucky in Lexington. Kicking woes killed Vandy, which missed a PAT and had a punt blocked to set up UK's winning touchdown.


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