SEC Ratings

Only one game was played since my last SEC Ratings were posted – LSU's defeat of Tennessee in last Saturday's championship game – but I've done enough tweaking to justify posting the new rankings.

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

1.LSU (9.4): The Tigers (11-2 overall, 6-2 SEC) got a 20-of-30 passing performance from backup QB Ryan Perrilloux in beating Tennessee 21-14 in the SEC Championship Game. LSU showed some grit in overcoming the absence of No. 1 quarterback Matt Flynn and the mid-game loss of superstar defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. Both should be healthy in time for the BCS Title Game against Ohio State on Jan. 7.

2.GEORGIA (8.4): The Dawgs (10-2, 6-2) were idle but got a Sugar Bowl bid by virtue of SEC champ LSU's inclusion in the BCS Title Game.

3.FLORIDA (8.4): The Gators (9-3, 5-3) were idle.

4.TENNESSEE (8.0): The Vols (9-4, 6-2) moved inside the LSU 25-yard line twice in the final seven minutes but couldn't capitalize either time in a 21-14 loss to the Tigers in the SEC Championship Game. UT's defense gave up a bunch of yards but made enough plays to limit LSU to one offensive touchdown and two field goals.

5.ARKANSAS (7.6): The Razorbacks (8-4, 4-4) were idle.

6.AUBURN (7.5): The Tigers (8-4, 5-3) were idle.

7.KENTUCKY (7.3): The Wildcats (7-5, 3-5) were idle.

8.MISSISSIPPI STATE (6.7): The Bulldogs (7-5, 4-4) were idle.

9.SOUTH CAROLINA (6.5): The Gamecocks (6-6, 3-5) were idle.

10.ALABAMA (6.5): The Tide (6-6, 4-4) was idle.

11.VANDERBILT (6.1): The Commodores (5-7, 2-6) were idle.

12.OLE MISS (4.5): The Rebels (3-9, 0-8) were idle ... unless you count firing Ed Orgeron and hiring Houston Nutt away from Arkansas to replace him.

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