SEC Ratings

Both Georgia and unbeaten Hawaii felt they deserved to be in the BCS Championship Game but the Bulldogs stated their case much more eloquently in Tuesday's Sugar Bowl game.

Mark Richt's boys hammered the Rainbow Warriors 41-10, which could earn them the No. 1 ranking heading into the 2008 season. Georgia was among six SEC teams posting bowl victories over the weekend. Two league teams (Arkansas and Florida) lost, while LSU is still waiting to play.

Here are the newest SEC Ratings, 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) face Ohio State in the BCS Title Game on Jan. 7.

2.GEORGIA (8.8): The Dawgs (11-2, 6-2) sacked Colt Brennan eight times and intercepted him three more in a 41-10 Sugar Bowl defeat of Hawaii. Brennan, who averaged 348 passing yards per game during the regular season, finished 22 of 38 for a mere 169 yards.

3.FLORIDA (8.1): The Gators (9-4, 5-3) allowed Chad Henne to pass for 373 yards and three TDs in a 41-35 Capital One loss to Michigan. Florida would've allowed even more points if the Wolverines hadn't lost a fumble and interception deep in Gator territory. Florida's Percy Harvin rushed 13 times for 165 yards but Tim Tebow completed just 17 of 33 passes for 154 yards.

4.TENNESSEE (8.0): The Vols (10-4, 6-2) got 365 passing yards from Erik Ainge and a surprisingly competent performance by an academically depleted defense in a 21-17 Outback Bowl defeat of Wisconsin. UT finished with six wins in its last seven games.

5.AUBURN (7.7): The Tigers (9-4, 5-3) showcased their new spread option attack in a 23-20 Chick Fil-A Bowl overtime defeat of Clemson. Backup QB Kodi Burns scored on a seven-yard keeper to end the game but it was an Auburn defense that limited Clemson QB Cullen Harper to 14 completions in 33 attempts for 104 yards that proved decisive.

6.KENTUCKY (7.3): The Wildcats (8-5, 3-5) got four passing touchdowns from Andre Woodson in beating Florida State 35-28 for their second consecutive Music City Bowl victory. Woodson finished the season with 40 TD passes, breaking the school record of 37 previously set by Tim Couch.

7.ARKANSAS (7.2): The Razorbacks (8-5, 4-4) lost five turnovers and surrendered 281 rushing yards to Tony Temple in a 38-7 Cotton Bowl loss to Missouri. The Hogs' Darren McFadden rushed for 105 yards.

8.MISSISSIPPI STATE (6.9): The Bulldogs (8-5, 4-4) beat Central Florida 10-3 in the Liberty Bowl thanks to a pair of Derek Pegues interceptions. MSU managed just 199 total yards and the Knights 219 in the defense-dominated game.

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

10.ALABAMA (6.5): The Tide (7-6, 4-4) raced to a 27-0 lead three minutes into the second quarter, then held off Colorado 30-24 in the Independence Bowl. John Parker Wilson completed 19 of 32 passes for 256 yards in the winning cause.

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.


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