SEC Ratings, Week 3

The Vanderbilt Commodores are 3-0. Consider it. Say it. Comprehend it. OK, maybe it's too much to comprehend but it's true. The ‘Dores are 3-0 for the first time since 1984, and they're likely to hit 5-0 since their next two foes are Richmond and Middle Tennessee – both at home.

You can almost hear Al Michaels screaming, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"

Vandy also is 2-0 in SEC play, meaning the ‘Dores have a 1 ½ game lead on Tennessee, which is 0-1 in league play after losing at Florida.

SEC football is usually unpredictable but this is ridiculous. That said, here are this week's ratings:

1. Florida (8.5): The Gators (3-0) played excellent defense and just enough offense to beat Tennessee 16-7 Saturday night at the Swamp. Chris Leak (17 of 26 for 179 yards) is gaining confidence.

2. LSU (8.5): The Tigers (1-0) enjoyed an open date. Their No. 3 national ranking will be tested by Tennessee this weekend … if the Vols can muster some offense.

3. Georgia (8.5): The Dawgs (3-0) routed hapless Louisiana Monroe 44-7 as D.J. Shockley completed 13 of 20 passes for 246 yards … nearly 20 yards per completion.

4. Alabama (8.0): The Tide (3-0) dominated South Carolina en route to a 37-14 win at Columbia as Kenneth Darby ran for 145 yards.

5. Tennessee (8.0): Sloppy offense and special teams offset an excellent defensive performance in the Vols' 16-7 loss at Florida.

6. Auburn (8.0): Brandon Cox hit on 16 of 19 pass attempts for 171 yards as the Tigers annihilated Ball State 63-3. Kenny Irons is no Ronnie Brown or Cadillac Williams but he ran 11 times for 147 yards.

7. Vanderbilt (6.5): Beating Arkansas and Ole Miss on consecutive weekends got the Commodores on the front page of Sunday's Tennessean. Jay Cutler had 314 yards passing and 58 rushing as the ‘Dores tripped the Rebels 31-23.

8. South Carolina (6.5): The Gamecocks have no rushing offense and very little rushing defense. Alabama shredded the Cocks for 338 ground yards in Saturday's 37-14 romp at Columbia.

9. Ole Miss (6.0): Ed Orgeron's Rebels trailed Vandy 24-3 at halftime, which proves: A. They weren't ready to play, B. The Commodores are better than everyone thinks or C. Both.

10. Mississippi State (5.0): The Bulldogs and Tulane were tied 14-all with 7 minutes left , then Tulane muffed a punt and Jerious Norwood scored on a 17-yard run one play later.

11. Arkansas (5.0): If the Razorbacks thought losing to Vandy was humiliating, they got a real lesson in humility vs. Southern Cal. The Trojans' first eight offensive snaps.gained 246 yards (31 yards per play) and produced four TDs.

12. Kentucky (3.5): When you allow an Indiana team that was averaging 2.8 yards per rush to burn you for 305 ground yards, you're lucky your rating is in positive numbers. The Hoosiers romped 38-14.


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