SEC Ratings, Week 12

Last weekend's SEC football slate underscores the fact that in-state rivalries are fiercely competitive and highly unpredictable

Florida won a big one for lame-duck coach Ron Zook, upending Florida State 20-13.

Alabama played third-ranked and heavily favored Auburn off its feet before bowing 21-13.

Vanderbilt pushed Tennessee to the limit before falling 38-33.

Clemson may have salvaged its season by ripping heated rival South Carolina 29-7 in what projected to be a competitive game.

With one week to go in the regular season, here's a look at this week's SEC ratings:

Auburn 10.0: The Tigers (11-0, 8-0) ran into a fired-up Alabama team Saturday in Tuscaloosa but rallied from a 6-0 halftime deficit to win. Too bad Tommy Tuberville's team appears likely to watch the national championship game on TV.

Georgia 7.0: The Dogs (6-2, 8-2) were idle. Senior QB David Greene has 11,174 career passing yards, ranking second behind former UT star Peyton Manning (11,201) among SEC quarterbacks in that category.

LSU 7.0: The Tigers (8-2, 5-2) appear headed for the Cotton Bowl after coming from behind to beat Ole Miss 27-24. Alley Broussard set a school record with 250 rushing yards in the game.

Tennessee 7.0: The Vols (8-2, 6-1) was a no-show defensively against Vanderbilt, allowing the Commodores to ring up a season-high 420 total yards and 33 points Saturday in Nashville. If Tennessee plays as poorly against Auburn in the SEC Championship game, the Vols will lose by four touchdowns. Maybe five.

Florida 6.5: The Gators (7-4, 4-4) limited Florida State to 34 rushing yards on 24 carries Saturday night in Tallahassee, which begs the question: Why couldn't this team shut down Mississippi State?

Alabama 6.0: The Tide (6-5, 3-5) has played SEC West leaders Auburn and LSU tough the past two weekends only to falter late due to a shortage of depth. Consolation prize: Bama forced Auburn to punt on its first possession for the first time all season.

Arkansas 5.5: The Razorbacks (5-5, 3-4) had to come from behind to nip Mississippi State last weekend and must beat LSU this Saturday to become bowl eligible for the seventh year in a row.

South Carolina 5.0: The Gamecocks (6-5, 4-4) continued their pattern of November swoons in the 29-7 loss to Clemson. Syvelle Newton completed just 7 of 18 passes for 118 yards in the loss. Do you think coach-in-waiting Steve Spurrier is looking for a quarterback?

Ole Miss 4.0: The Rebels (3-7, 2-5) have a bright spot in PK Jonathan Nichols. He has hit 115 consecutive PATs, longest active streak in the NCAA.

Mississippi State 4.0: The Bulldogs (3-7, 2-5) battle Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl this week. Boy, won't that be a battle of titans?

Kentucky 3.5: The Wildcats (2-8, 1-6) were idle. They close with Tennessee Saturday afternoon in Knoxville.

Vanderbilt 3.5: The Commodores (2-9, 1-7) played well enough to win in their 38-33 loss to Tennessee. Where was that type of effort in the previous 10 games?


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