A third of the way around the track, we’re seeing the wheat separate from the chaff. There’s a huge drop off after the top six schools.
- Alabama. Okay, they passed the “Don’t Panic” test. Now we’ll see how they do with the “Only Real Challenge” test.
- Florida. Rounding into shape nicely, but they’re definitely stepping up in class with this week’s game.
- Auburn. No question that the conference MVP at this point is Cam Newton. Otherwise, you wonder when the Tigers propensity for living dangerously comes back to bite ’em in the butt.
- LSU. The thing about winning ugly is that you’re still winning – in this case, against four straight BCS-conference opponents. But how long can they survive with Jordan Jefferson’s play?
- Arkansas. When that passing game is clicking, it sure is a thing of beauty. But if you can’t run the ball and you can’t stop the run, you won’t walk with the elites in the SEC.
- South Carolina. The Ole Ball Coach sure picked a strange time to send a message to Stephen Garcia.
- Mississippi State. They got a conference win, which is more than you can say for most of the teams below them. But they were outgained, out-first downed and out-time of possessioned in doing so, which means this shouldn’t be taken as a ringing endorsement.
- Vanderbilt. Looked good in their bye week.
- Kentucky. Same old same old.
- Ole Miss. Starting to get some traction with the running game coming around. On the other hand, that secondary looks horrible.
- Tennessee. Did you watch that exciting Conference USA battle in Knoxville last Saturday? Uh, wait a minute…
- Georgia. Am I 100% convinced that Georgia is the worst team in the SEC? Maybe not, but I lack the energy to prove otherwise. On the other hand, I’ve no doubt the Dawgs are the most poorly coached team in the conference.