SEC Ratings, Week 5

Georgia's lackadaisical offensive showing in a 14-9 win at Ole Miss, coupled with Tennessee's impressive showing in a 41-7 win at Memphis, has vaulted the Vols (4-1) ahead of the Bulldogs (5-0) in the latest SEC Ratings. The Big Orange is now fourth, with Georgia fifth.

Auburn, LSU and Florida remain 1-2-3 in our rankings after maintaining their unbeaten records. South Carolina, which has sprung to life since the insertion of Syvelle Newton at quarterback, earned a 7.5 rating this week based on its strong showing vs. Auburn.

1.AUBURN (9.0): The Tigers were out-first downed 24-16 by South Carolina but won 24-17 thanks to 117 rushing yards from Kenny Irons.

2.LSU (8.5): JaMarcus Russell was near-perfect (18 of 20, 330 yards) as the Tigers hammered hapless Mississippi State 48-17.

3.FLORIDA (8.0): Chris Leak recorded a career-best 45-yard run as the Gators notched their 12th straight home win, beating Alabama 28-13. Incredibly, Florida has not made a field goal all season.

4.TENNESSEE (8.0): Erik Ainge was the whole show, completing 23 of 27 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns as the Vols mauled Memphis 41-7.

5.GEORGIA (8.0): Frosh QBs Joe Cox (4 of 10, 24 yards) and Matthew Stafford (7 of 18, 91 yards) struggled as the Bulldogs sputtered past Ole Miss 14-9.

6.SOUTH CAROLINA (7.5): The Gamecocks are dangerous now that Syvelle Newton has taken over at quarterback. He completed 21 of 35 passes for 240 yards and ran for another 85 yards (not counting sacks) in a 24-17 loss to Auburn.

7.ARKANSAS (6.0): The Hogs had an open date last weekend.

8.ALABAMA (6.0): The Tide defense outscored its offense in a 28-13 loss at Florida. The defense produced 7 points on a fumble return, while the offense managed just 6 on two field goals.

9.VANDERBILT (5.5): Chris Nickson continues his development at quarterback, completing 9 of 20 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns as the Commodores topped Temple 43-14.

10.KENTUCKY (5.0): Former Vol aide Randy Sanders has Big Blue QB Andre Woodson playing very well. Woodson threw four TD passes in a 45-36 defeat of Central Michigan and has an SEC-best 14 scoring throws for the season.

11.MISSISSIPPI STATE (4.0): The Bulldogs are bad but they've become a little better since Omarr Conner reclaimed the quarterback job. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 212 yards in MSU's 48-17 loss to LSU.

12.OLE MISS (3.5): A 14-9 loss to Georgia dropped Ole Miss to 1-4, its worst start since 1987. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (135 rushing yards) was the lone bright spot against the Dawgs.


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