SEC Ratings

If someone had told you last summer that only one SEC team would have a spotless league record in mid-October, you probably would've laughed. If they'd told you that team would be Arkansas, you probably would've fainted.

The Razorbacks (5-1 overall) may not be the league's best team but they do have the league's best conference record (3-0). They were lucky to beat Vanderbilt (21-19) and Alabama (24-23 in overtime) but the Hogs put a pounding on homestanding Auburn 27-10 on Oct. 7.

In spite of Florida's 27-17 loss at Auburn last weekend, the Gators still look like the SEC's best team. And high-scoring Tennessee still looks like the SEC's second-best team. They rank 1-2 for the second week in a row.

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

1.FLORIDA (8.5): Chris Leak completed just 9 of 17 passes for 108 yards, lost a crucial fumble and threw a key interception in the Gators' 27-17 loss to Auburn. The clamor for backup QB Tim Tebow will be growing louder.

2.TENNESSEE (8.5): The Vols were idle last week.

3.ARKANSAS (8.0): The Hogs, like Florida, have a quarterback controversy. Starter Mitch Mustain completed just 5 of 13 passes for 51 yards in Saturday's 63-7 blowout of Southeast Missouri State, while backup Casey Dick was 8 of 9 for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

4.AUBURN (8.0): Incredibly, the Tigers hung 27 points on Florida without scoring an offensive TD. Brandon Cox (18 of 27 for 182 yards) bounced back from a horrible performance vs. Arkansas the previous week.

5.LSU (7.5): Les Miles' Tigers are 5-0 at home this fall, with the smallest margin being 31 points. They're 0-2 on the road, however, which raises a red flag. JaMarcus Russell completed 15 of 18 passes for 226 yards in Saturday's 49-0 rout of Kentucky.

6.GEORGIA (7.0): How's this for humilating? The Dawgs' 24-22 loss to Vanderbilt was the Commodores' first road win against a ranked opponent since 1956. Ouch!

7.SOUTH CAROLINA (7.0): The Gamecocks were idle last weekend.

8.ALABAMA (7.0): Despite 162 rushing yards from Kenneth Darby, the Tide needed an overtime to subdue hapless Ole Miss 26-23.

9.VANDERBILT (6.5): One week after losing to a weak Ole Miss team, the Commodores knocked off 16th-ranked Georgia 24-22 in Athens. Go figure.

10.KENTUCKY (6.0): The Wildcats' porous defense was shredded for 546 total yards in a 49-0 loss to LSU. Andre Woodson struggled, completing just 14 of 37 passes for 145 yards.

11.OLE MISS (5.5): Former Vol Brent Schaeffer was 13 of 20 for 163 yards, including a 55-yard TD pass, but the Rebels still fell 26-23 in overtime at Alabama.

12.MISSISSIPPI STATE (4.0): Derek Pegues returned an interception 28 yards and returned a punt 81 yards for the Bulldogs' first two touchdowns in a 35-3 pasting of Jacksonville State.


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