SEC Ratings

The wildest SEC regular season in decades ended on an appropriately zany note this weekend, with a four-overtime game and a three-overtime game involving the two teams that will meet for the league title.

West champ LSU went three overtimes before losing 50-48 to Arkansas and East champ Tennessee went four overtimes before beating Kentucky 52-50. Auburn edged Alabama in the Iron Bowl and Mississippi State edged Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. Meanwhile, Vandy and South Carolina suffered season-ending losses to ACC teams.

Here are the new SEC Ratings, based on the usual 1-10 scale, with 10 being national-championship caliber:

1.LSU (9.0): The Tigers (10-2 overall, 6-2 SEC) blew the No. 1 ranking and a spot in the BCS title game by suffering a 50-48 three-overtime loss to Arkansas in Baton Rouge. Matt Flynn threw for 209 yards and Jacob Hester ran for 126 yards but the Tigers couldn't stop Darren McFadden.

2.GEORGIA (8.4): The Dawgs (10-2, 6-2) got 130 rushing yards from Thomas Brown in a 31-17 defeat of Georgia Tech. Mark Richt has beaten the Yellow Jackets' Chan Gailey six times in a row.

3.FLORIDA (8.4): The Gators (9-3, 5-3) benefited greatly from the return of Percy Harvin, who rushed 16 times for 157 yards in a 45-12 pasting of Florida State. Tim Tebow updated his Heisman resume' with 262 passing yards and 89 rushing yards.

4.TENNESSEE (7.8): The Vols (9-3, 6-2) got 118 rushing yards and 98 receiving yards from Arian Foster in a 52-50 four-overtime defeat of Kentucky. Erik Ainge passed for 397 yards and seven TDs.

5.ARKANSAS (7.6): The Razorbacks (8-4, 4-4) stunned top-ranked LSU 50-48 in three overtimes, thanks to a 206-yard rushing performance by Heisman candidate Darren McFadden. The Hogs piled up 385 rushing yards against a vaunted Tiger defense.

6.AUBURN (7.5): The Tigers (8-4, 5-3) won their sixth consecutive Iron Bowl, beating Alabama 17-10. Brandon Cox completed 12 of 22 passes for 117 yards in the low-scoring, defense-dominated game.

7.KENTUCKY (7.3): The Wildcats (7-5, 3-5) got 430 passing yards and six TDs from Andre Woodson but he took a critical sack on the final play of a 52-50 four-overtime loss to Tennessee.

8.MISSISSIPPI STATE (6.7): The Bulldogs (7-5, 4-4) rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Ole Miss 17-14 on a 48-yard Adam Carlson field goal with 18 seconds left. Anthony Dixon rushed for 101 yards.

9.SOUTH CAROLINA (6.5): The Gamecocks (6-6, 3-5) suffered their fifth consecutive loss after a 6-1 start, bowing 23-21 to visiting Clemson. Blake Mitchell threw three TD passes but the Tigers won with a 35-yard field goal on the game's final play.

10.ALABAMA (6.5): The Tide (6-6, 4-4) ended the season on a four-game losing streak, falling 17-10 to Auburn. John Parker Wilson completed just 12 of 26 passes.

11.VANDERBILT (6.1): The Commodores (5-7, 2-6) came out flat after last weekend's heartbreaking loss at Tennessee and fell 31-14 to visiting Wake Forest. The Dores committed five turnovers and were roundly booed by their own fans – the few who showed up.

12.OLE MISS (4.5): The Rebels (3-9, 0-8) concluded their first winless SEC season since 1984, earning head coach Ed Orgeron a spot in the unemployment line.

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