SEC Ratings

Tennessee's 41-17 loss at Alabama back on Oct. 20 must have taken a lot out of the Tide. Nick Saban's boys haven't won a game since.

Bama lost to LSU on Nov. 3 and to Mississippi State on Nov. 10, then bottomed out last week by bowing to Homecoming U – a.k.a. Louisiana Monroe – 21-14 in Tuscaloosa.

Naturally, the Tide's three-game losing streak has caused the Red Elephants to sink like a stone in the SEC Ratings. Here are the new rankings, based on the usual 1-10 scale, with 10 being national-championship caliber:

1.LSU (9.2): The top-ranked Tigers (10-1 overall, 6-1 SEC) needed a 98-yard kickoff return by Trindon Holliday to pull away and beat lowly Ole Miss 41-24.

2.GEORGIA (8.4): The Dawgs (9-2, 6-2) got 124 rushing yards from Knowshon Morena and five sacks from their defense in a 24-13 defeat of Kentucky.

3.FLORIDA (8.2): The Gators (8-3, 5-3) got another big day from Tim Tebow (338 passing yards) in a 59-20 blowout of Florida Atlantic. Tebow has 26 passing TDs and 20 rushing TDs, becoming the first player in NCAA history to crack the 20/20 barrier in the same season.

4.TENNESSEE (7.6): The Vols (8-3, 5-2) had to rally from a 24-9 fourth-quarter deficit to nip Vanderbilt 25-24. Tennessee won despite converting just 2 of 12 third-down plays and losing the time of possession by nearly 6½ minutes.

5.AUBURN (7.5): The Tigers (7-4, 4-3) were idle, getting an extra week to prepare for Iron Bowl rival Alabama.

6.KENTUCKY (7.5): The Wildcats (7-4, 3-4) raced to a 10-0 first-quarter lead but wilted in a 24-13 loss at Georgia. Andre Woodson completed 24 of 41 passes for 268 yards for the Cats, who entered the contest averaging 37 points per game.

7.ARKANSAS (7.3): The Razorbacks (7-4, 3-4) got a big day from an unlikely source in beating Mississippi State 45-31. Much-maligned Casey Dick completed 14 of 17 passes for 199 yards and four TDs as Coach Houston Nutt improved his career record at Little Rock to 22-2.

8.SOUTH CAROLINA (6.8): The Gamecocks (6-5, 3-5) had an open date to get ready for their regular-season finale against Clemson.

9.MISSISSIPPI STATE (6.6): The Bulldogs (6-5, 3-4) got 421 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns from Wesley Carroll but also surrendered four passing TDs in a 45-31 loss to Arkansas.

10.ALABAMA (6.5): The Tide (6-5, 4-3) continues to struggle offensively. After scoring just four field goals in a 17-12 Game 10 loss to Mississippi State, Bama managed just two TDs in a 21-14 Game 11 loss to 24-point underdog Louisiana-Monroe. John Parker Wilson completed 21 of 32 passes for 246 yards but threw two interceptions.

11.VANDERBILT (6.5): The Commodores (5-6, 2-6) outplayed Tennessee for three quarters only to blow a 15-point lead and lose 25-24 on a fourth-quarter meltdown.

12.OLE MISS (4.7): The Rebels (3-8, 0-7) managed to hang with an unmotivated LSU team, losing just 41-24. Former Vol Brent Schaeffer came off the bench to contribute a 38-yard scoring run and a 33-yard scoring pass.


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