Here are the new rankings, based on the usual 1-10 scale, with 10 being national-championship caliber:
2.GEORGIA (8.4): The Dawgs (8-2, 5-2) came out in black jerseys for the first time in the modern era, then blackened the eyes of Auburn's nationally fifth-ranked scoring defense in a 45-20 drubbing. The Tigers had been allowing just 14.5 points per game.
4.TENNESSEE (7.6): The Vols (7-3, 4-2) discovered the art of defense, limiting ground-gobbling Arkansas to 127 rushing yards in a stunning 34-13 victory at Knoxville.
5.AUBURN (7.5): The Tigers (6-4, 4-3) surrendered 28 unanswered points to end the game, letting a 20-17 lead turn into a 45-20 loss at Georgia. Brandon Cox threw four interceptions.
7.ALABAMA (7.0): The Tide (6-4, 4-3) lost 17-12 at Mississippi State thanks to a couple of awful plays by quarterback John Parker Wilson. He threw a pass that was returned 100 yards for a TD on the final play of the first half, then took a sack on the final play of the game.
8.ARKANSAS (7.0): The Razorbacks (6-4, 2-4) contributed to their own demise by throwing three interceptions and incurring 12 penalties in a 34-13 loss at Tennessee.
9.SOUTH CAROLINA (6.8): The Gamecocks (6-5, 3-5) allowed 537 yards of total offense in a 51-31 loss to Florida ... one week after allowing 651 yards in a 48-36 loss at Arkansas. Steve Spurrier's troops have lost four in a row after a 6-1 start.
10.MISSISSIPPI STATE (6.7): The Bulldogs (6-4, 3-3) beat Alabama 17-12 in Starkville by limiting the Tide to four field goals. MSU has not allowed a Bama touchdown in the last three meetings.
11.VANDERBILT (6.5): The Commodores (5-5, 2-5) played Kentucky tough but surrendered a tie-breaking touchdown with six minutes left in a 27-20 home-field loss.
12.OLE MISS (4.7): The Rebels (3-7, 0-6) had an open date, giving them an extra week to prepare for top-ranked LSU. It won't be enough.