At least at the top and the bottom of the SEC, last week was more a confirmation than anything else. LSU and Alabama are certainly the class of the conference; the question left remaining is whether they’re also the two best teams in the country. Meanwhile, Kentucky and Ole Miss solidified their hold on the basement.
The middle remains muddled, but that’s what October’s for.
- LSU (4-0, 1-0). It really is a case of 1A and 1B with LSU and Alabama. The Tigers get the slight nod here because they’ve played a tougher schedule, their turnover margin is better and – hard to believe I’m typing this – their offense seems better balanced. They’re a lot of fun to watch, too.
- Alabama (4-0, 1-0). That defense is simply filthy. Trent Richardson is every bit the running back that Marcus Lattimore is. It’s just that ‘Bama isn’t nearly as reliant upon him to succeed.
- South Carolina (4-0, 2-0). As long as you win, nobody cares if you keep playing down to the level of your opponents.
- Florida (4-0, 2-0). Hello, October.
- Arkansas (3-1, 0-1). Well, now we know the answer to that question.
- Georgia (2-2, 1-1). I wanted to rank ’em lower. I really did. But given the schedule, the stats suggest this team belongs here.
- Auburn (3-1, 1-0). That was not exactly a convincing win against a poor Sun Belt Conference team. Now, Ted Roof gets to figure out how to stop Marcus Lattimore.
- Mississippi State (2-2, 0-2). The Bulldogs struggled with Louisiana Tech because they were looking ahead to Georgia? Seriously? Who gets caught looking ahead to Georgia these days?
- Tennessee (2-1, 0-1). This season’s first recipient of a bye week bounce.
- Vanderbilt (3-1, 1-1). Against South Carolina, the Commodores finished with more penalty yards (79) than yards on total offense (77). You don’t see that every day.
- Kentucky (2-2, 0-1). Rich Brooks thinks this team is bullshit.
- Ole Miss (1-3, 0-2). The good news is that Houston Nutt had his team ready to play last Saturday. The bad news is that it didn’t make any difference.