SEC Ratings

There is little change in the SEC Ratings this week, mostly because the teams that were supposed to win last weekend won ... and the teams that weren't supposed to win didn't.

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

1. Florida (9.0): The Gators (2-0) enjoyed an open date before facing Tennessee this Saturday in Knoxville.

2. Georgia (8.0): The not-so-dominant Dawgs (3-0 overall, 1-0 SEC) had to stop two late South Carolina drives – one with a fumble recovery in the end zone and the other with an interception in the final seconds – to subdue the Gamecocks 14-7.

3. LSU (8.0): The Tigers (2-0) hammered hapless North Texas 41-3 as Charles Scott scored on runs of 39 and 43 yards. Trindon Holliday chipped in a 92-yard punt return for a TD. QBs Andrew Hatch (10 of 17, 145 yards) and Jarrett Lee (10 of 18, 84 yards) were adequate.

4. Alabama (7.5): One week after managing a paltry 172 yards of total offense vs. Tulane, the Tide (3-0) riddled Western Kentucky for 557 yards (Bama's most since 1989) in a 41-7 romp. Nick Saban's crew, which led 31-7 at the half, limited the Hilltoppers to 158 net yards.

5. Auburn (6.5): New offensive coordinator Tony Franklin's version of The Spread continues to sputter and wheeze. Auburn converted just 3 of 16 third-down tries and managed just one Wes Byrum field goal in a 3-2 defeat of Mississippi State. QB Chris Todd (14 of 26, 154 yards) played OK.

6. Tennessee (6.0): The Vols (1-1) picked off three passes and limited UAB to 275 net yards in a 35-3 defeat of the Blazers. Tennessee's offense continues to struggle, however, scoring just 14 first-half points against a defense ranked dead last among the NCAA's 119 Div. 1-A programs.

7. Vanderbilt (6.0): The Commodores moved to 3-0 for only the third time since 1984 by trouncing Rice 38-21. Vandy mustered just 71 passing yards and was outgained 407-344 in total yards but outscored the Owls 17-0 in the second half to win going away.

8. Ole Miss (6.0): Down 7-6 late in the first half, the Rebels (2-1) rallied furiously to dump Samford 34-10. Quarterback Jevan Snead completed 13 of 24 passes for 222 yards as Ole Miss outgained the visitors 424 to 198.

9. South Carolina (5.5): The Gamecocks (1-2 overall, 0-2 SEC) gave Georgia a scare before succumbing 14-7 on their home field in Columbia. Head coach Steve Spurrier 1-7 in his last eight games, saw Mike Davis squander a TD by fumbling into the end zone and saw Chris Smelley seal the Cocks' doom by throwing a late interception.

10. Kentucky (5.5): Mike Hartline completed 28 of 47 passes for 254 yards but the Big Blue (3-0) had to survive a game-ending 61-yard Hail Mary pass that fell one yard short of the goal line to nip Middle Tennessee 20-14. Wildcat kicker Lones Seiber missed three field goals and had another blocked.

11. Mississippi State (4.5): The Bulldogs (1-2) continued their offensive futility, managing just 116 total yards in a 3-2 home-field loss to Auburn. MSU's only points came on a safety when a Tiger offensive lineman was flagged for holding in the end zone.

12. Arkansas (3.0): The Razorbacks (2-0) were supposed to play at Texas but Hurricane Ike forced postponement of the game.


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