SEC Ratings, week 6

Two weeks ago it appeared that Western Division powers Auburn and LSU were the SEC's two best teams. Now the balance of power has shifted to the Eastern Division. Florida's 23-10 defeat of LSU, Arkansas's 27-10 upset of Auburn and Tennessee's 51-33 romp at Georgia has changed the landscape.

Florida, the league's only unbeaten team at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play, clearly deserves the top spot in this week's SEC rankings. Tennessee, by virtue of hanging 51 points on a Georgia team ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense prior to Saturday, has leapfrogged Auburn and LSU for the No. 2 spot.

That said, here are this week's SEC ratings:

1.FLORIDA (9.0): Tim Tebow passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the Gators' 23-10 defeat of LSU, and he's the BACKUP quarterback.

2.TENNESSEE (8.5): The Vols (5-1 overall, 1-1 SEC) erupted for 27 fourth-quarter points in pulling away from a Georgia team that was ranked 10th nationally last week.

3.ARKANSAS (8.0): The Hogs got 145 rushing yards from Darren McFadden and 104 from Felix Jones in their 27-10 upset of Auburn. Houston Nutt's boys are now 4-1 overall and 3-0 in SEC play.

4.AUBURN (8.0): Tommy Tuberville's Tigers are still dangerous, in spite of their 27-10 loss to Arkansas. Auburn had won 20 of its previous 21 SEC games coming in.

5.LSU (7.5): Les Miles' Tigers were their own worst enemy in the 23-10 loss to Florida - fumbling a kickoff, fumbling a punt, fumbling at the Gators 2-yard line and getting a punt blocked.

6.GEORGIA (7.5): Finally facing an offense with a pulse, the holes in the Bulldogs' defense were exposed and exploited in their 51-33 loss to Tennessee.

7.SOUTH CAROLINA (7.0): Versatile quarterback Syvelle Newton ran for a touchdown and caught a TD pass as the Gamecocks held off pesky Kentucky 24-17.

8.ALABAMA (7.0): The Tide is giving the term "winning ugly" new meaning. Bama had to rally in the game's final 20 minutes to turn a 14-10 deficit into a 30-14 defeat of hapless Duke.

9.KENTUCKY (6.0): Andre Woodson threw his 15th touchdown pass of the season – most in the SEC – but the Wildcats came up short in a 24-17 loss to South Carolina.

10.VANDERBILT (5.5): Fast-improving Chris Nickson completed 11 of 13 passes before suffering a second-quarter injury that doomed the Commodores in a 17-10 loss at Ole Miss.

11.OLE MISS (5.5): Juco transfer Rory Johnson contributed 16 tackles, three forced fumbles and a pass breakup in his first start, helping lead a 17-10 defeat of Vanderbilt. Where has he been?

12.MISSISSIPPI STATE (4.0): The Bulldogs have one weapon, quarterback Omarr Conner, and he was hurt in their 42-14 loss to West Virginia.


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