SEC Ratings

Like the Dow Jones, the SEC Ratings are in a constant state of flux these days. An impressive win can send a team's stock soaring while a disappointing loss can send a team plummeting.

The big gainers over the weekend were Florida, Kentucky and Alabama. The big droppers were Tennessee and Auburn. That said, here's a look at the latest rankings, based on the usual 1-10 scale, with 10 being national-title caliber.

1. LSU (9.6): The Tigers (3-0 overall, 1-0 SEC) rested No. 1 quarterback Matt Flynn because of a sore ankle. No problem. Backup Ryan Perilloux completed 20 of 25 attempts for 298 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-0 pasting of Middle Tennessee.

2. FLORIDA (9.2): The Gators (3-0, 1-0) looked like world-beaters while compiling 554 total yards in a 59-20 beatdown of Tennessee. Whether Florida is that good or Tennessee is that bad remains to be seen.

3. SOUTH CAROLINA (8.2): The Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0) blasted South Carolina State 38-3, despite an erratic performance by Blake Mitchell. The senior QB completed 14 of 21 for 127 yards and three TDs but also lost three interceptions and a fumble.

4. ALABAMA (8.2): John Parker Wilson's passing (24 of 45 for 327 yards and 4 TDs) offset a weak defensive performance as the Tide (3-0, 2-0) blew two 21-point leads before nipping Arkansas at the wire 41-38.

5. GEORGIA (8.0): The Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1) posted a methodical 45-16 defeat of West Carolina behind Matt Stafford, who completed 14 of 20 passes for 174 yards. Georgia's defense held the punchless visitors to 63 yards on 33 rushes.

6. KENTUCKY (7.8): Andre Woodson connected on 30 of 44 passes for 275 yards and 4 TDS, including a game-winning 57-yard strike with 28 seconds left, as the Wildcats (3-0, 0-0) upset Louisville 40-34.

7. ARKANSAS (7.7): The 1-2 rushing punch of Darren McFadden (33 carries, 195 yards) and Felix Jones (16 carries, 96 yards) couldn't overcome a porous defense in a 41-38 loss at Alabama.

8. TENNESSEE (6.5): The Vols (1-2, 0-1) were whipped on offense, defense and special teams in a 59-20 loss at Florida. Otherwise, they played pretty well.

9. VANDERBILT (6.0): Chris Nickson, back to form after an injury-plagued losing effort against Bama, passed for 200 yards and ran for another 78 as the Commodores (2-1, 1-1) clipped Ole Miss 31-17.

10. MISSISSIPPI STATE (5.5): Anthony Dixon rushed 29 times for 103 yards but the Bulldogs (2-1, 1-1) may have lost quarterback Michael Henig for the season with a broken hand in their 19-14 upset of Auburn.

11. AUBURN (5.3): Benched after throwing two first-quarter interceptions, Brandon Cox returned in the fourth quarter but couldn't get the Tigers (1-2, 0-1) into the end zone in the final minute of a 19-14 loss to visiting Mississippi State. Backup QB Kodi Burns ran the option well at times.

12. OLE MISS (4.0): Former Vol Brent Schaeffer, back at quarterback after playing receiver, relieved Seth Adams and threw a 54-yard touchdown pass on his first attempt but it wasn't nearly enough as the Rebels (1-2, 0-1) lost 31-17 at Vandy.


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