It still feels way too early to be making definitive statements about many of these teams, as a good chunk of the conference has yet to face a quality opponent. So here goes nothing:
- Alabama. Giving Nick Saban two weeks to prepare for a team that’s been in his sights for a year almost seems unfair.
- LSU. Exactly how impressed should we be that Zach Mettenberger torched UAB’s defense?
- Texas A&M. What would TAMU’s record be if the Aggies had played Georgia’s schedule? Yeah, that’s what I think, too.
- Georgia. The best one-loss team in America.
- South Carolina. Who would have thought South Carolina’s offense would look better than its defense? Besides Spurrier, I mean.
- Florida. Tough loss, followed by a media lockout. The sphincter tightens in Gainesville.
- Ole Miss. Didn’t show much against a FCS opponent, but, then again, they didn’t have to.
- Vanderbilt. Everybody gets healthy against Austin Peay.
- Auburn. They looked better against Washington State than Southern Cal did.
- Tennessee. Forced seven turnovers and put Bobby Petrino’s plans for returning to the SEC on hold.
- Missouri. This week, a solid win against a MAC opponent. The Tigers are looking at a 4-0 start before traveling to Vanderbilt.
- Arkansas. Trailing Samford by four in the fourth quarter is not exactly the stuff of legends.
- Mississippi State. Alcorn State, good for what ails your offense.
- Kentucky. Savor the win, ‘Cats. Now come four straight games against ranked opponents.