SEC Ratings

The Arkansas Razorbacks have to be the luckiest team in America ... and the worst 2-0 team in college football.

One week after scoring a touchdown with 1:49 left to overcome Div. 1-AA Western Illinois, Bobby Petrino's Hogs had to rally from a 24-6 deficit to nip lowly Louisiana-Monroe 28-27. Arkansas scored the game-winning TD with 1:22 to spare this time, then watched ULM miss a potential game-winning 45-yard field goal in the final seconds.

That's why a 2-0 team is dead last in my SEC Ratings for the second week in a row.

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt's upset of South Carolina has forced a mild shakeup in the Week 2 rankings. The Commodores are on the rise while the Cocks are on the way down.

Below are my new ratings, with each team graded on the usual 1-10 scale:

1. Florida (9.0): The Gators (2-0) led just 9-3 through three quarters but hung 17 points on Miami in the final period to trip the Hurricanes 26-3. Touchdown drives of 86 and 95 yards preceded a pad-the-score field goal in the closing seconds.

2. Georgia (8.5): Star tailback Knowshon Moreno rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns as the Dawgs (2-0) annihilated Central Michigan 56-17. Georgia led just 28-14 in the second half before pouring on the points.

3. LSU (8.5): The Tigers (1-0) saw the threat of Hurricane Gustav force postponement of their game with Troy until Nov. 15.

4. Auburn (7.5): Tiger tailbacks lost three fumbles but Chris Todd saved the day, completing 21 of 31 passes for 249 yards as Auburn (2-0) dumped Southern Miss 27-13.

5. Alabama (7.0): The Tide (2-0) returned to Earth following its 34-10 Game 1 blowout of Clemson, producing just one offensive touchdown in a 20-6 defeat of Tulane. Bama managed a paltry 172 yards of total offense in a game that proved to be a real snoozer.

6. Tennessee (6.0): The Vols (0-1) had an open date.

7. Vanderbilt (6.0): The Commodores (2-0) posted their first home-field defeat of a ranked team since 1992 by dispatching South Carolina 24-17. Steve Spurrier, who was 14-0 against Vandy 14 months ago, has now dropped back-to-back decisions to the Dores.

8. Ole Miss (6.0): A last-second field goal caused the Rebels (1-1) to suffer a heart-breaking 30-28 loss at Wake Forest. Jevan Snead completed 20 of 33 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns but the Ole Miss pass defense allowed the Deacons' Riley Skinner to complete 32 of 43 for 348 yards.

9. South Carolina (5.5): The Gamecocks (1-1) were guilty of two interceptions, four sacks, a fumbled punt and a blocked field goal in a 24-17 loss at Vanderbilt. Chris Smelley, stepping in at QB for ineffective Game 1 starter Tommy Beecher, threw for 233 yards.

10. Kentucky (5.5): Freshman Randall Cobb passed for one touchdown and ran for two more in leading the Wildcats (2-0) to a 38-3 drubbing of Norfolk State, playing just its second game ever against a Div. 1-A team. Cobb finished 6 of 11 passing for 87 yards.

11. Mississippi State (4.0): The Bulldogs (1-1) allowed just 33 rushing yards on 27 carries in a 34-10 spanking of Southeastern Louisiana. Wesley Carroll passed for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

12. Arkansas (3.0): The Razorbacks (2-0) needed an eight-yard TD pass from Casey Dick to D.J. Williams with 1:22 remaining to overcome Louisiana Monroe 28-27. Michael Smith ran for 157 yards but kicker Alex Tejada had an awful day – missing a PAT, plus field goals of 25 and 45 yards. He also set up a 55-yard ULM touchdown drive by spraying a kickoff out of bounds.


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