That's why Arkansas has replaced Florida as the top team in my newest SEC Ratings.
Here they are:
1.ARKANSAS (9.0): Darren McFadden ran for 181 yards against Tennessee and might be the best player in college football. The Razorbacks have won nine in a row and look awfully good.
2.FLORIDA (8.5): After blocking two punts to edge Vanderbilt last week, the Gators needed two blocked field goals and a blocked PAT to hold off South Carolina 17-16 in Gainesville. If not for great special-teams play, Urban Meyer's crew would be 7-3, instead of 9-1.
4.TENNESSEE (7.0): The Vols were without star QB Erik Ainge in their 31-14 loss at Arkansas but, unless he could tackle Darren McFadden, he probably wouldn't have made a huge impact.
5.SOUTH CAROLINA (7.0): The Gamecocks are much better than their 5-5 record suggests, having lost 31-24 to Tennessee, 26-20 to Arkansas and 17-16 to Florida the past three weeks.
6.AUBURN (7.0): The Tigers completely self-destructed in their 37-15 loss to a Georgia team Tennessee thumped 51-33 a month earlier. Brandon Cox was 4 of 12 passing for 35 yards with three interceptions.
7.GEORGIA (6.0): Just when we thought the Bulldogs were dead, they sprang to life and manhandled Auburn 37-15. Freshman QB Matthew Stafford completed 14 of 20 passes for 219 yards and ran for another 83 on just seven carries.
8.KENTUCKY (6.0): Andre Woodson threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns in the Cats' 38-26 defeat of Vanderbilt, boosting his season total to 24 passing TDs.
10.ALABAMA (5.5): John Parker Wilson (22 of 35 for 291 yards) was just about the only bright spot in the Tide's 28-14 loss at LSU. Bama is 2-5 in SEC play with Auburn still to play.
11.OLE MISS (5.0): The Rebels were idle.
12.MISSISSIPPI STATE (5.0): The Bulldogs were idle.