Based on their season-opening 48-13 thrashing of No. 18 Boise State, Mark Richt's 2005 Bulldogs might be on a similar track. Georgia raced to a 38-0 lead and coasted from there. One game does not a season make, of course, but the Dawgs showed plenty of bite in their opener. That's why they top our SEC Ratings for Week 1.
Here's a look at the league, top to bottom, with each team ranked on a 1-10 scale:
1. GEORGIA (9.5): D.J. Shockley passed for 289 yards and ran for another 85 as the Dawgs crushed Boise 48-13. Shockley also produced six TDs -- five passing, one rushing. So, who needs David Greene?
2. FLORIDA (9.0): Chris Leak broke Steve Spurrier's school record by completing 17 consecutive passes as the Gators whipped Wyoming 32-14 in Urban Meyer's debut. Leak finished 26 of 34 for 320 yards and three TDs.
3. LSU (8.5): The Tigers' game with North Texas was postponed due to Hurricane Katrina.
4. TENNESSEE (8.0): The Vols built a 17-3 lead, then went to sleep in a 17-10 defeat of Alabama-Birmingham. The Big Orange limited UAB to 53 rushing yards but allowed 282 passing yards. The Vols are fortunate they have two weeks to get ready for Game 2 at Florida.
5. ALABAMA (7.5): The Tide offense rallied after a slow start but, as expected, Bama's defense proved decisive in a 26-7 defeat of Middle Tennessee. The Tide allowed just 34 rushing yards and 157 total yards.
6. ARKANSAS (7.5): The Hogs routed Div. 1-AA Missouri State 49-17 as three Arkansas backs cracked the 100-yard barrier – Felix Jones (137), Peyton Hillis (135) and De'Arrius Howard (120). As a team, the Hogs rushed for 483 yards.
7. AUBURN (7.0): Minus superstar tailbacks Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams, the Tigers managed just 50 rushing yards in a 23-14 loss to Georgia Tech. New QB Brandon Cox passed for 342 yards but lost four interceptions and a fumble.
8. SOUTH CAROLINA (6.5): Blake Mitchell completed 18 of 23 passes for 330 yards and three TDs but the Gamecocks were generally unimpressive in a 24-15 defeat of Central Florida, which has lost 16 games in a row. Steve Spurrier's team has a long way to go.
9. OLE MISS (6.5): Ed Orgeron's emphasis on defense was apparent as the Rebels limited Heisman Trophy candidate DeAngelo Williams to 85 yards on 24 carries in a 10-6 defeat of Memphis. Michael Spurlock paced the Ole Miss offense, completing 14 of 27 passes for 184 yards.
10. MISSISSIPPI STATE (6.0): The Bulldogs got great play from Omarr Conner (17 of 24 passing for 233 yards) and Jerious Norwood (123 rushing yards) in a 38-6 pasting of Murray State. The Racers are a Div. 1-AA program, however, so the victory margin could be deceiving.
11. VANDERBILT (5.0): The Commodores posted their first season-opening victory in nine years, winning 24-20 at Wake Forest. Jay Cutler passed for 276 yards and ran for 89. Vandy's defense remains porous, however, allowing backup tailback Micah Andrews to rush for 254 yards.
12. KENTUCKY (4.5): The Wildcats showed a split personality in their 31-24 loss to Louisville. They were utterly inept while falling behind 28-7 in the first half, then outscored the Cardinals 17-3 in the second half. Big Blue QB Andre Woodson completed 17 of 27 passes for 278 yards but lost three fumbles.