I don’t think there’s any question at this point in the 2010 season that from top to bottom, the SEC West is far superior to the East.
- Alabama. A 25-point evisceration of Florida by a team which offense was described by Gary Danielson as having lost interest during the second half is, well, scary.
- Auburn. Pretty much a process of elimination pick this week, but Phil Steele’s preseason call that two undefeated teams would meet in the Iron Bowl stands a respectable chance of happening.
- LSU. Technically, the Tigers lead the SEC West today. Yeah, I know how sorry they looked on Saturday, but this team is undefeated against a five-game slate of BCS conference-only opponents. The quarterback situation is killing them, though.
- Arkansas. Another process of elimination pick. The Hogs played Alabama closer than Florida did, so here they go.
- Florida. They’d rank higher with a healthy Jeff Demps, but he ain’t and they don’t.
- South Carolina. If they want to win the East, a win Saturday night would be a huge step towards that.
- Mississippi State. Big drop from sixth to seventh. They haven’t lost a game they shouldn’t, so that makes them the kings of the lower tier for now.
- Vanderbilt. They probably don’t belong here, but that win against Ole Miss still retains just enough of a cachet for me to rank them ahead of the Rebels one more week.
- Ole Miss. They can score, but they can’t stop anybody. Still, they’ve got a conference win, which is more than you can say for the bottom feeders in the East.
- Kentucky. We’ll always have Kentucky. We didn’t have; we lost it until they came to Oxford. We got it back last Saturday.
- Tennessee. There’s no place for moral victories in a power poll, Vols. You have a great chance to fix that this Saturday, though.
- Georgia. You could have made a lot of money putting down a bet in the preseason that the loser of the Georgia-Tennessee game would be the only team in the SEC without a win over a BCS conference opponent at the mid-season point.