SEC Ratings, Week 13

Basically, there were three consistent teams in college football this season -- Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Auburn. Everyone else was a rollercoaster ride, particularly the 11 SEC teams that weren't aren't named Auburn.

Consider:

Alabama was good enough to trounce Ole Miss 28-7 but bad enough to lose 27-10 at Arkansas and 20-3 at South Carolina.

Arkansas was good enough to play Texas to a 22-20 loss but bad enough to lose 43-14 against LSU at Little Rock.

Florida was good enough to crush South Carolina 48-14 and stun Florida State 20-13 but bad enough to lose to Mississippi State 38-31.

Georgia was good enough to hammer LSU 45-16 but bad enough to lose 19-14 AT HOME to Tennessee.

Kentucky was good enough to murder Indiana 51-32 but bad enough to lose 45-17 to Alabama and 62-17 AT HOME to Georgia.

LSU was good enough to batter Arkansas 43-14 but bad enough to fall 45-16 at Georgia.

Ole Miss was good enough to win 31-28 ON THE ROAD against South Carolina but bad enough to lose 35-3 at Arkansas.

Mississippi State was good enough to beat Florida 38-31 but bad enough to lose 51-0 to LSU and fall AT HOME to Div. II Maine.

South Carolina was good enough to win 20-3 ON THE ROAD against Alabama but bad enough to lose 48-14 at Florida.

Tennessee was good enough to win 19-14 AT GEORGIA but bad enough to lose AT HOME to Notre Dame.

Vanderbilt was good enough to crush Mississippi State 31-13 but bad enough to lose 31-3 AT HOME to South Carolina.

Bottom line: The SEC has more ups and downs than a grain elevator.

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

Auburn 10.0: The Tigers (11-0, 8-0) were idle. They are the best team in the SEC by far and maybe the best team in college football. Third-ranked Auburn will be favored by 10-14 points in Saturday's SEC Championship Game against Tennessee. Even if the Tigers win REALLY big they project to be left out of the national championship game.

LSU 7.5: The Tigers (9-2, 6-2) blasted Arkansas 43-14 as veteran QB Marcus Randall had a big day. Randall completed 10 of 14 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 79 yards and two more TDs.

Georgia 7.0: The Dawgs (9-2, 6-2) built a 16-0 halftime lead against Georgia Tech. Still, senior QB David Greene had to play the final minutes with an injured thumb when backup D.J. Shockley proved ineffective. You have to wonder: Can Shockley do the job next year?

Tennessee 7.0: The Vols (9-2, 7-1) have played almost no defense the past two weeks, barely holding off lightweights Vanderbilt (38-33) and Kentucky (37-31). Rick Clausen (349 passing yards) had a big day vs. UK but two of the five interceptions he has thrown have been returned for touchdowns.

Florida 7.0: The Gators (7-4, 5-4) were idle. They finished on a strong note by upsetting Florida State but it was too late to save Ron Zook's job.

Alabama 6.0: The Tide (6-5, 3-5) was idle.

Arkansas 5.5: The Razorbacks (5-6, 3-5) relied too heavily on senior QB Matt Jones this year. He had a bad game in the finale against LSU (12 of 29 passing, minus-10 rushing yards) and the Razorbacks took it on the chin as a result.

South Carolina 5.5: The Gamecocks (6-5, 4-5) were idle. Still, they were one of the hot topics in college football last week due to an ugly fight in their finale against Clemson and the subsequent hiring of Steve Spurrier to succeed Lou Holtz.

Ole Miss 5.0: The Rebels (4-7, 3-5) may have found a quarterback for 2005. Robert Lane completed 10 of 17 passes for 108 yards and ran for another 97 as Ole Miss beat Mississippi State 20-3 in its final game of 2004.

Mississippi State 4.0: The Bulldogs (3-8, 2-6) may be looking for quarterback help for 2005; Starter Omarr Conner completed just 8 of 28 passes against Ole Miss. MSU has now lost its last 15 consecutive road games against SEC West foes.

Vanderbilt 3.5: The Commodores (2-9, 1-7) were idle. With 21 starters back from 2003, including star quarterback Jay Cutler, they should've done better than 2-9. Basically, they choked in the clutch -- losing five games by a total of 15 points.

Kentucky 3.5: The Wildcats (2-9, 1-7) rang up 31 points on Tennessee mere days after offensive coordinator Ron Hudson resigned. Since the Big Blue gave up 606 total yards to the Vols, maybe defensive coordinator Mike Archer should resign, as well.


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