It may have been another wacky week, but it’s clear that the SEC East is gaining ground on the West. Florida’s win over LSU marked a sweep by an East team of its cross-division games to go along with Kentucky’s split with the West.
That being said, I’m not sure it’s ever been harder to put together an order between the top two and the bottom three.
- Alabama. The Tide is averaging 9.8 yards per play when Tua Tagovailoa is playing quarterback. I ask you, is that fair?
- Georgia. The pessimism in certain quarters over a team that’s started back-to-back seasons 6-0 and is currently running a points differential of almost 30 a game is precious.
- Florida. Believe me, I didn’t want to place the Gators this high. But any team you pick for the third spot has warts.
- LSU. I’m not sure why anyone should be surprised that mediocre quarterback play will only take the Tigers so far.
- Mississippi State. The zen of accepting that Nick Fitzgerald isn’t a passing quarterback.
- Auburn. Auburn’s gone three straight games rushing for under 100 yards, as the glow of the Washington win grows ever dimmer. Oh, in case you’re wondering, Gus’ buyout as of December 1 is over $32 million.
- Texas A&M. No big wins, but no bad losses, either.
- Kentucky. Kentucky didn’t run a play in Texas A&M territory until overtime.
- South Carolina. The ‘Cocks ain’t pretty, but they do show a measure of resilience. I guess they’ll find that reassuring over the winter.
- Missouri. A decent team wins that game against South Carolina.
- Mississippi. The Rebels are minus-84 points in two conference games and +41 overall in six. These guys sure can pound a cupcake.
- Vanderbilt. Well-coached and a little ornery, the ‘Dores just don’t have the talent to be competitive week in and week out in the SEC.
- Tennessee. I’ll be damned if I’m giving the Vols a bye week bounce.
- Arkansas. Nick Saban may claim that you don’t beat a team that scores 31 points, but what do you say about an SEC team that gives up 65?