Interestingly, Game of the Century Week turned to be more of an affirmation of the standing order in the conference than anything else. I wound up making only one change in my rankings.
- LSU (9-0, 6-0). Remember the old SNL skit where Reagan was presented as a doddering fool in the public eye, but behind closed doors was the mastermind in control of everything? There’s a little of that in Les Miles, I think.
- Alabama (8-1, 5-1). You lose by a field goal in overtime to the best team in the country, you’re not gonna drop very far, if at all.
- Arkansas (8-1, 4-1). Fragged South Carolina despite a half-assed showing for the first thirty minutes. That won’t work against LSU.
- Georgia (7-2, 5-1). Best. Scheduling. Ever.
- Auburn (6-3, 4-2). Statistically, it’s hard to justify them being ranked this high. Does that mean Chizik’s a good head coach, or just the last man standing in comparison to those ranked lower?
- South Carolina (7-2, 5-2). Remember when South Carolina used to run out to glory early and then fade in November? Last year may turn out to be the exception instead of the start of a new trend.
- Florida (5-4, 3-4). Bad news for the Gators’ secondary: Jordan Rodgers, 180.53 passer rating. Good news for the Gators’ secondary: South Carolina appears to have run out of quarterbacks.
- Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5). I would have paid good money to watch a James Franklin-Penn Wagers post-game rumble.
- Mississippi State (5-4, 1-4). Oh, goodie. The Bulldogs get to play a Nick Saban-coached squad coming off a brutal loss.
- Tennessee (4-5, 0-5). Hey, it’s November. Isn’t there a rule that the Vols don’t play ranked teams this month?
- Kentucky (4-5, 1-5). Feel the surge, baby.
- Mississippi (2-7, 0-6). Rumors are that Nutt’s out of a job. If that’s true, do we say he was Jokered?