Vols' freefall continues

After three consecutive losses, the Tennessee Vols are in freefall mode. In the past month they've dropped from No. 3 to No. 7 in Rockytop.com's weekly SEC Ratings.

Georgia took quite a tumble this week, as well. Minus star quarterback D.J. Shockley, the Bulldogs were an offensive dud in their 14-10 loss to Florida. Tied for first a week ago, Georgia dropped to No. 5 this week. The Dawgs should move up once Shockley returns, however.

That said, here's a complete look at this week's SEC Ratings, based on the usual 1-10 schedule:

1. Alabama (8.5): The Tide (8-0, 5-0) got another quality performance from D.J. Hall, who had 11 catches for 157 yards in Bama's 35-3 defeat of Utah State. Hall caught 10 balls for 139 yards a week earlier against Tennessee and is picking up the slack in the absence of Tyrone Prothro.

2. LSU (8.0): The Tigers (6-1, 4-1) got a 17-of-21, 244-yard passing performance from JaMarcus Russell in crushing North Texas 56-3 for their fifth consecutive win. How did this team lose to Tennessee?

3. Auburn (8.0): Tommy Tuberville's Tigers (6-2, 4-1) got another solid effort from unsung QB Brandon Cox (17 of 27 for 205 yards) in their 27-3 pasting of Ole Miss.

4. Florida (7.5): The Gators (6-2, 4-2) kept their SEC East hopes alive by shutting down Georgia 14-10. Florida scored TDs on its first two possessions, then held on for dear life.

5. Georgia (7.5): With D.J. Shockley at quarterback, the Dawgs (7-1, 5-1) warrant an 8.5 rating. With Joe Tereshinski III at QB, the Dawgs are a 7.5. Tereshinski was 8 of 21 for 100 yards in the loss to Florida.

6. South Carolina (6.0): The Gamecocks (5-3, 3-3) rode the passing of Blake Mitchell (22 of 36, 242 yards) to a 16-15 upset of reeling Tennessee.

7. Tennessee (5.0): The Vols (3-4, 2-4) are one miracle comeback at Baton Rouge from being 2-5 and 1-5. This is a team in disarray … with a trip to No. 8 Notre Dame next on the schedule. 8. Arkansas (5.0): The Razorbacks (2-5, 0-4) were idle.

9. Vanderbilt (5.0): The Commodores (4-4, 2-3) were idle.

10. Ole Miss (4.5): The Rebels (3-5, 1-4) gained just 209 yards of total offense and replaced No. 1 quarterback Micheal Spurlock with Ethan Flatt in the second half of their loss to Auburn.

11. Kentucky (4.0): Rafael Little rushed 24 times for 114 yards as the Wildcats (2-5, 1-3) finally found an SEC opponent they could beat, nipping Mississippi State 13-7.

12. Mississippi State (3.5): Jerious Norwood became MSU's career rushing leader (2,888 yards) with a 121-yard effort against Kentucky. Still, the Bulldogs (2-6, 0-5) lost .


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