SEC Ratings

You could've gotten really good odds in August that Kentucky would be the second-best team in the Southeastern Conference this fall. But that appears to be the case based on the first five weeks of the 2007 season.

The Wildcats' pasting of Florida Atlantic, coupled with Florida's home-field loss to Auburn, leaves LSU and the Big Blue as the SEC's only unbeaten teams. Not coincidentally, they also rank 1-2 in this week's SEC Ratings.

Here are those ratings, based on the usual 1-10 scale, with 10 being national-championship caliber:

1. LSU (9.6): The Tigers (5-0 overall, 2-0 SEC) scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, turning a 10-9 lead into a 34-9 defeat of Tulane. Matt Flynn was sacked six times, however.

2. KENTUCKY (8.0): The Wildcats (5-0, 1-0) got a 26-of-33 passing performance from Andre Woodson, who threw for a season-high 301 yards in UK's 45-17 blitz of Florida Atlantic. Woodson's streak of passes without an interception ended at 325, however.

3. FLORIDA (7.6): The Gators (4-1, 2-1) had their weaknesses exposed by Ole Miss in Week 4 and exploited by Auburn in Week 5 as the Tigers prevailed 20-17. Tim Tebow (201 passing yards, 75 rushing yards) accounted for all but 36 of Florida's 312 total yards.

4. SOUTH CAROLINA (7.6): The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1) got a really good Sidney Rice impersonation from Kenny McKinley, who caught four passes for 107 yards, including TD grabs of 20 and 27 yards, in a 38-21 dusting of Mississippi State.

5. GEORGIA (7.5): Thomas Brown rushed for 180 yards and flashy freshman Knowshon Moreno added 90 as the Dawgs (4-1, 2-1) trounced Ole Miss 45-17.

6. ALABAMA (7.2): John Parker Wilson uncorked 35 passes in Week 4 vs. Georgia and 53 in Week 5 vs. Florida State, and the Tide (3-2, 2-1) lost each time. Bama managed just 89 rushing yards in its 21-14 loss to the Seminoles.

7. AUBURN (7.2): How can a team be bad enough to lose at home to Mississippi State and good enough to beat Florida at The Swamp? The Tigers (3-2, 1-1) are good when quarterback Brandon Cox is good, and he was very good (17 of 26 for 227 yards) in a 20-17 defeat of the Gators.

8. TENNESSEE (7.0): The Vols (2-2, 0-1) were idle.

9. ARKANSAS (7.0): Darren McFadden (138 yards) and Felix Jones (132) ran rings around North Texas as the Razorbacks (2-2, 0-2) crushed the Mean Green 66-7.

10. VANDERBILT (6.0): The Commodores (3-1, 1-1) limited Eastern Michigan to 173 total yards and forced five turnovers in a 30-7 triumph. Earl Bennett caught nine passes for 93 yards to lead the attack.

11. MISSISSIPPI STATE (5.3): Josh Riddell completed just 9 of 21 passes for 101 yards and got just 45 yards from his running game as the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-2) fell 38-21 at South Carolina.

12. OLE MISS (5.0): Seth Adams completed 24 of 35 passes and BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 108 yards but the Rebels (1-4, 0-3) still came out 45-17 losers at Georgia.


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