SEC Ratings

Georgia's stay atop the SEC Ratings was brief. One week after whipping Oklahoma State 35-14 in Game 1, the Dawgs dropped a 16-12 home-field stunner to South Carolina in Game 2.

That upset loss, coupled with LSU's mind-boggling performance against No. 9 Virginia Tech, has pushed Les Miles' talented Tigers into the top spot for Week 2. Meanwhile, Mark Richt's Dawgs have plummeted from No. 1 to No. 7.

What follows are the updated rankings for this week, based on the usual 1-10 scale, with 10 being national-title caliber:

1. LSU (9.8): The Tigers (2-0) outgained Virginia Tech 327-40 yards in the first half and scored TDs on four of their first five possessions en route to a 48-7 pasting of the Hokies.

2. SOUTH CAROLINA (8.0): After a lackluster Game 1 defeat of Louisiana-Lafayette, the Gamecocks shot from No. 9 to No. 2 with a dominating defensive effort at Georgia. Carolina sacked Matthew Stafford three times and limited him to 19-of-44 passing for 213 yards.

3. FLORIDA (8.0): The Gators (2-0) scored TDs on seven consecutive possessions and led 49-7 at halftime on their way to a 59-31 pasting of Troy. Florida will get more credit when it beats a team with a pulse.

4. ARKANSAS (7.8): The Hogs (1-0) were idle last weekend.

5. ALABAMA (7.7): The Tide (2-0) got 173 rushing yards from Terry Grant in beating a pretty decent Vanderbilt team 24-10 at Nashville.

6. TENNESSEE (7.6): The Vols (1-1) allowed Southern Miss QB Jeremy Young to pass for 254 yards and rush nine times for another 48 yards but stifled star tailback Damion Fletcher en route to a 39-19 victory.

7. GEORGIA (7.5): Four Brandon Coutu field goals were all the Dawgs could muster in a 16-12 home-field loss to South Carolina. It was the first time UGA failed to score a touchdown since a 14-9 loss to Carolina in 2001.

8. AUBURN (7.2): The Tigers (1-1) committed five turnovers and got a poor effort from quarterback Brandon Cox (16 of 35 for 165 yards with two interceptions) in a 23-20 overtime loss to visiting South Florida.

9. KENTUCKY (6.8): The Wildcats (2-0) piled up 266 rushing yards in a 56-20 thumping of Kent State but allowed 324 rushing yards. That kind of run defense will doom them against SEC foes.

10. VANDERBILT (5.5): The Commodores (1-1) aren't very good with Chris Nickson (hamstring) operating at less than 100 percent. He completed just 5 of 18 passes for 67 yards before being lifted in a 24-10 loss to Bama.

11. MISSISSIPPI STATE (4.0): The Bulldogs' 45-0 Game 1 loss to LSU doesn't look so bad in light of what LSU did to Virginia Tech. Mississippi State (1-1) got a solid effort from Michael Henig (20 of 31 for 223 yards and a TD) in blasting Tulane 38-17 last weekend.

12. OLE MISS (3.5): BenJarvus Green-Ellis (226 rushing yards) and Seth Adams (23 of 41 for 305 passing yards) had big days but the Rebels (1-1) surrendered five touchdown passes in a 38-25 home-field loss to Missouri.


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