We’re hitting the part of the season when we start to learn a few things about the SEC pecking order.
- Alabama. The question isn’t whether this year’s ‘Bama team is as good as last year’s. It’s whether it’s good enough for this season. The defense showing up makes that question easier to answer.
- Georgia. Don’t look now, but the Dawgs are suddenly sixth in the SEC in rushing defense and tied for fourth in sacks.
- LSU. The secondary didn’t hold up well against Georgia, but what’s really got to concern Les Miles is the Tigers’ play on both lines of scrimmage.
- Texas A&M. Johnny Football is all-world. The defense isn’t even all-Conference USA.
- South Carolina. So much for that advantageous conference schedule.
- Florida. Tyler Murphy continues to look like a better fit for what the Gators want to do on offense than Jeff Driskel did.
- Mississippi. Maybe next time you shouldn’t give Alabama bulletin board material, fellas.
- Missouri. Falling behind Arkansas State in the third quarter may not have been that big a deal. Doing the same against one of the five ranked opponents left on the schedule probably won’t be so easy to overcome.
- Vanderbilt. Bounced back from struggling with UMass to crush UAB. I can’t really figure out a way to make that sound impressive.
- Auburn. Defense looked good in the bye week, holding LSU to fewer points than Georgia did.
- Mississippi State. The Bulldogs did better this week than the three teams trailing them on my ballot. Which obviously isn’t saying much.
- Arkansas. The Hogs just don’t have the horses.
- Tennessee. Struggled with South Alabama. Maybe they can turn it around against Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
- Kentucky. Lost their 27th in a row to Florida. At least Joker Phillips now has somebody to kick around.