That said, here are this week's ratings, based on the usual 1-10 scale, with 10 being national-championship caliber:
1.LSU (9.6): The Tigers (4-0 overall, 2-0 SEC) spotted South Carolina an early 7-0 lead, then used a fake-field goal TD and 288 rushing yards to rally for a 28-16 triumph.
2.FLORIDA (8.4): The Gators (4-0, 2-0) were on the ropes at Ole Miss but held on for a 30-24 victory. QB Tim Tebow rushed for 166 yards but took a bunch of hits. It only takes one shot to put him out for the year.
3.KENTUCKY (7.7): The Wildcats (4-0, 1-0) got another quality performance from Andre Woodson – 21 of 39 passing for 265 yards – in a come-from-behind 42-29 triumph at Arkansas.
4.SOUTH CAROLINA (7.7): The Gamecocks (3-1, 1-1) got just 27 combined rushing yards from Cory Boyd and Mike Davis in a 28-16 setback at LSU. Blake Mitchell lost the first-team QB job midway through the game to Chris Smelley, who finished 12 of 26 for 174 yards.
6.ALABAMA (7.3): John Parker Wilson completed just 17 of 35 passes and the Tide (3-1, 2-1) allowed Georgia to convert on 9 of 19 third-down tries in a 26-23 overtime loss to the Dawgs.
8.ARKANSAS (7.0): The Razorbacks (1-2, 0-2) piled up 373 yards in the first half but led just 20-14 because of a Michael Smith fumble that was returned 66 yards for a Kentucky TD. The Hogs then wilted in the final period and lost 42-29.
9.VANDERBILT (6.0): The Commodores (3-0, 1-1) had an open date.
10.MISSISSIPPI STATE (5.3): With QB Michael Henig sidelined by a broken hand, the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1) relied on tailback Anthony Dixon (16 rushes for 86 yards) and reserve QB Josh Riddell (8-of-12 passing for 124 yards) in a 31-15 defeat of Gardner-Webb.
11.AUBURN (5.3): After back-to-back home losses to South Florida and Mississippi State, the Tigers (2-2, 0-1) stopped the bleeding by turning a 21-20 halftime lead into a 55-20 defeat of hapless New Mexico State. Ben Tate (112) and Mario Fannin (103) rushed for more than 100 yards each.