UT plus-4 in H-R ratings

Despite losing Saturday at Alabama, Tennessee (19-4 overall, 10-2 SEC) is still in great shape to win the SEC East title this season. The Vols remain plus-4 in the Home-Road ratings, meaning they will finish 12-4 in conference play if they merely win their remaining home games and lose their remaining road games.

Second-place Florida (22-4, 8-4) lost Saturday at Arkansas and remains plus-2 in the Home-Road ratings, meaning the Gators are on track to finish 10-6 if they win their remaining home games and lose their remaining road games.

Kentucky's win at South Carolina boosted the Wildcats to plus-1 in the H-R ratings, meaning the Big Blue will finish 9-7 if it wins its remaining home games.

South Carolina and Vanderbilt carry minus-1 Home-Road ratings, meaning they will finish 7-9 by winning their remaining home games.

Georgia brings up the rear in the SEC East at minus-2. The Dawgs are on pace to finish 6-10.

Like Tennessee, LSU is in great shape to win its division. The Tigers are plus-4 and project to finish 12-4 merely by winning their remaining home games. The West's second-place team, Alabama, checks in at plus-2. Thus, the Tide projects to finish with a 10-6 conference mark.

As noted in previous articles, the Home-Road Factor gives added weight to home-floor losses and road victories. An SEC team that wins all of its home games and loses all of its road games would finish at .500 (8-8). A team that can hold serve at home and go 4-4 on the road will finish plus-4 … which is a 12-4 record. That should be good enough to win a division title.

UT's remaining home games are against Arkansas (Feb. 25) and Kentucky (March 1). The Vols' remaining road games are at Florida (Wednesday) and at Vanderbilt (March 4).

Florida's remaining home game are against Tennessee (Wednesday) and Georgia (March 5). The Gators' remaining road games are at Alabama (Feb. 26) and at Kentucky (March 5).

SEC EAST

Tennessee (+4) … 4 road wins, 0 home losses

Florida (+2) … 3 road wins, 1 home loss

Kentucky (+1) … 4 road wins, 3 home losses

South Carolina (-1) … 2 road wins, 3 home losses

Vanderbilt (-1) … 2 road win, 3 home losses

Georgia (-2) … 2 road wins, 4 home losses

SEC WEST

LSU (+4) … 4 road wins, 0 home losses

Alabama (+2) … 3 road wins, 1 home loss

Arkansas (0) … 1 road win, 1 home loss

Ole Miss (-2) … 1 road win, 3 home losses

Mississippi State (-3) … 0 road wins, 3 home losses

Auburn (-4) … 0 road wins, 4 home losses


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