SEC Ratings

The roller-coaster ride known as the Southeastern Conference football race continued on its unpredictable course last weekend, with Georgia upsetting Florida, Mississippi State upsetting Kentucky and Tennessee upsetting South Carolina.

Upsets beget revisions, so there have been a lot of changes in the SEC Ratings since last weekend. Here are the newly revised ratings, based on the usual 1-10 scale, with 10 being national-championship caliber:

1.LSU (9.2): The Tigers (7-1 overall, 4-1 SEC) enjoyed an open date before visiting Alabama this weekend.

2.AUBURN (8.0): The Tigers (6-3, 4-2) limited Ole Miss to 193 yards of total offense in a 17-3 triumph. Brandon Cox completed 16 of 26 passes for 189 yards and Brad Lester ran for 96 more yards.

3.GEORGIA (8.0): The Dawgs (6-2, 4-2) got a brilliant performance from freshman Knowshon Moreno (188 rushing yards, three touchdowns) in a 42-30 upset of Florida. Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 18 passes for 217 yards and three more TDs.

4.FLORIDA (8.0): The Gators (5-3, 3-3) have been a one-man team all year. With that one man – Tim Tebow – slowed by an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Florida suffered a 42-30 loss to Georgia. Tebow still completed 14 of 22 passes for 236 yards but was sacked six times and threw an interception.

5.KENTUCKY (7.5): The Wildcats (6-3, 2-3) self-destructed in a shocking 31-14 home-field loss to Mississippi State, suffering six turnovers and three sacks. Five of the turnovers occurred in the second half.

6.ALABAMA (7.5): The Tide (6-2, 4-1) enjoyed an open date before hosting LSU this weekend.

7.TENNESSEE (7.2): The Vols (5-3, 3-2) took advantage of South Carolina miscues to build a 21-0 lead, squandered it, then won 27-24 on a Daniel Lincoln field goal in overtime. Tennessee was outgained 501 to 317 yards but avoided the costly mistakes that killed it in earlier games with Florida and Alabama.

8.SOUTH CAROLINA (7.2): The Gamecocks (6-3, 4-3) rallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit before losing at Tennessee 27-24 in overtime. Cory Boyd rushed for 160 yards and Blake Mitchell came off the bench to complete 31 of 45 passes for 290 yards. Four turnovers killed the Gamecocks.

9.ARKANSAS (7.0): The Razorbacks (4-3, 2-3) rolled to a 58-10 victory over a Florida International team that has lost its last 20 games. No. 1 quarterback Casey Dick suffered a concussion in the romp and was replaced by Nathan Emert, who completed 13 of 25 passes for 154 yards. The return of injured wideout Marcus Monk should boost the Hogs' passing attack.

10.VANDERBILT (6.5): The Commodores (5-3, 2-3) pulled away from a 10-10 halftime tie to trip Miami of Ohio 24-13. Starting QB MacKenzie Adams suffered a chest injury and was replaced by former starter Chris Nickson. Vandy allowed just 86 yards of total offense after intermission.

11.MISSISSIPPI STATE (6.2): The Bulldogs (5-4, 2-4) got 119 rushing yards from Christian Ducre and took advantage of six Kentucky turnovers in a 31-14 upset of the home-standing Wildcats.

12.OLE MISS (4.7): The Rebels (2-7, 0-6) managed a mere 193 total yards in a 17-3 loss to Auburn. Seth Adams completed just 11 of 24 passes for 89 yards. Backup Brent Schaeffer completed 3 of 4 but threw an end-zone interception to kill a drive that could've tied the score at 10.


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