Ranking the SEC after Week 10
There’s lots of movement in the top half of the ranking this week. After the top spot, it could be anybody. It really could. The bottom is set, though. Set in that I mean nobody cares. They’re just the four worst teams in the SEC, but YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHERE I HAVE AUBURN.
1. Alabama (8-1)
Tide fans have anointed the crimson elephants as the best team in the nation after beating a LSU team that played as I said they were: not elite. Alabama is not elite, but for now they have to be here, I guess.
(Last week: #2, beat LSU 30-16)
2. LSU (7-1)
The Purple Tigers fed off a home-heavy schedule, Auburn at it’s lowest point, and Florida with a backup QB. That’s why we thought they were great. They are good, sometimes mediocre, with a great running back.
(Last Week: #1, lost to Alabama 30-16)
3. Mississippi State (7-2)
I can’t believe I’m doing this, but this is just the state of the SEC. Literally everybody in the Top 10 teams could beat anybody in the conference. It always seems anytime Mississippi State beats Auburn, they don’t play anybody until the end of the season, so their record gets fluffed up. It is so again, as they play Alabama and Ole Miss coming up. They’ll lose both and move back to where they should be.
(Last week: #6, beat Missouri 31-13)
4. Florida (8-1)
Your SEC East champion needed a field goal to beat Vanderbilt. This is probably the first time a team has ever dropped in a ranking after winning their division championship.
(Last week: #3, beat Vanderbilt 9-7)
5. Ole Miss (7-3)
The Rebels don’t drop far after a really weird OT loss to Arkansas. I think Auburn would beat them 6 times out of 10, but they’re record is still near the top in the conference.
(Last Week: #4, lost to Arkansas 53-52)
6. Auburn (5-4)
Watch out. With this league, Auburn could end up 8-4 and that might have them in the top 3 when all is said and done. I’m dead serious. Alabama loses to Mississippi State and Auburn. LSU loses to Arkansas and Ole Miss. Ole Miss loses to Mississippi State. That’s a lot of teams with 3-4 losses. Argue with the way Auburn played at Texas A&M Saturday. Try it.
(Last Week #7, beat Texas A&M 26-10)
7. Arkansas (5-4)
Arkansas has now won two OT games in the last three weeks. One was 4OT. The last involved a lateral on 4th-and-25, going for two when they didn’t have to, getting sacked but getting another chance due to a facemask, and then winning on that extra chance. You get half-credit for that type of win.
(Last week: #9, beat Ole Miss 53-52)
8. Texas A&M (6-3)
As I’ve said, the Aggies are on the way down. You won’t see it because they play Western Carolina and Vandy next, but Leonard Fournette will run for 250 on them in the season finale.
(Last week: #5, lost to Auburn 26-10)
9. Georgia (6-3)
Like the Aggies, the DWAGS best game of the season was played long ago. They have a quarterback controversy. They don’t have a running back. They don’t have a typical Georgia defense. They might not have a coach after the season.
(Last Week: #8, beat Kentucky 27-3)
10. Tennessee (5-4)
Just as Tennessee does, they’ll look great one week, but then beat South Carolina by three the next week. They’ll win out because they have the weakest last month of every team every year, and we’ll think they’ll be good next year because of it.
(Last week: #10, beat South Carolina 27-24)
11. South Carolina (3-6)
To their credit, the Gamecocks lost to Texas A&M and Tennessee by a combined 10 points over the last two weeks, but that doesn’t get you any higher in this ranking.
(Last week: #12, lost to Tennessee 27-24)
12. Kentucky (4-5)
It’s basketball season in Lexington!
(Last week: #11, lost to Georgia 27-3)
13. Vanderbilt (3-6)
Vanderbilt may have a great defense, but they don’t have a single player on the team that can throw the ball any better than Lenny Dykstra. They are thankful of Missouri.
(Last week: #13, lost to Florida 9-7)
14. Missouri (4-5)
Because Missouri is awful (in many, many ways).
(Last week: #14, lost to Mississippi State 31-13)