SEC Ratings, Week 4

Given up for dead after a lackluster loss in Game 2 at Florida and a 21-0 halftime deficit in Game 3 at LSU, Tennessee resurrected itself with a furious rally Monday night that produced a 30-27 overtime win at Baton Rouge.

The come-from-behind win enabled the Vols to stop the freefall they had been making in Rockytop.com's weekly SEC Ratings.

In other noteworthy news, Vanderbilt keeps on winning.

That said, here are this week's ratings:

1. Florida (9.0): Chris Leak threw four first-half TD passes as the Gators (4-0 overall, 2-0 SEC) built a 49-7 halftime lead at Kentucky, then coasted 49-28.

2. Georgia (9.0): The Dawgs (4-0, 2-0) got a career-high 312 passing yards from D.J. Shockley in their 23-10 win at Mississippi State.

3. Alabama (8.5): The Tide (4-0, 2-0) got 98 rushing yards from Ken Darby in a 24-13 defeat of reeling Arkansas.

4. Tennessee (8.5): The Vols (2-1, 1-1) finally showed some life, outscoring LSU 30-6 after halftime en route to a 30-27 overtime victory at Baton Rouge.

5. LSU (8.0): The Tigers (1-1, 0-1) converted just 2 of 13 third-down opportunities and managed only 256 total yards in their 30-27 overtime loss to Tennessee.

6. Auburn (8.0): With Brandon Cox nursing a stomach virus, backup QB Blake Field hit 13 of 20 passes for 200 yards in guiding the Tigers (3-1, 1-0) past Div. 1-AA Western Kentucky 37-14.

7. Vanderbilt (6.5): Jay Cutler clicked on 28 of 40 passes for 263 yards and 3 TDs as the suddenly pass-happy Commodores beat Richmond 37-13. Vandy is 4-0 for the first time since 1984.

8. South Carolina (6.5): Backup QB Antonio Heffner starred as Gamecocks (2-2, 0-2) trounced Troy 45-20, completing six of nine throws for 91 yards and adding 45 rushing yards on seven carries.

9. Mississippi State (6.0): Star tailback Jerious Norwood managed just 43 rushing yards (minus-6 in the second half) as the Dogs (2-2, 0-2) dropped a 23-10 decision to visiting Georgia.

10. Ole Miss (5.0): Quarterbacks Michael Spurlock (5 of 14, 83 yards) and Robert Lane (7 of 15, 37 yards) combined to go 12 of 29 for just 120 yards in a 24-14 home loss to Wyoming.

11. Arkansas (5.0): The Razorbacks (1-3, 0-2) piled up 237 rushing yards against the NCAA's second-ranked run defense but still suffered a 24-13 loss at Alabama.

12. Kentucky (3.5): The defensively challenged Cats (1-3, 0-1) allowed 537 total yards in their 49-28 loss to visiting Florida.


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