We’ve reached the point in the season when trying to use transitive wins to justify a ranking order is madness. Just one obvious example: Florida, which beat LSU, just lost by 19 to Georgia, which lost to LSU by 20.
So, don’t do it. Accept that there’s an obvious number one, an obvious number fourteen and let the rest of the chips fall as they may, depending on who’s tossing them.
- Alabama. Is there a conference team that could stay within two touchdowns of ‘Bama at a neutral site?
- Georgia. Back to the script.
- LSU. I’m not going to ask if the Tigers can beat Alabama. I just want to know if they can keep the Tide out of the end zone on the first series of the game.
- Kentucky. A 7-1 team with the 74th-ranked offense in terms of yards per play — you’ve really got to work hard to make something like that happen.
- Florida. As hard as I tried, I really couldn’t move the Gators any lower.
- Mississippi State. It seems like every time I’m ready to write this team off, the Bulldogs pull themselves back from the abyss.
- Texas A&M. Now 3-2 in conference play despite being minus-21 in points differential. This is when I begin to realize how mediocre the middle pack of the SEC is.
- Auburn. With four games left, all that’s left for the Tigers is to play spoiler against Alabama and Georgia, both of which may clinch their respective divisions (if the oddsmakers are right) before the Gus Bus arrives.
- South Carolina. Another team in negative points differential territory that doesn’t have a losing record in conference play. Quality!
- Missouri. It took eight games, but the genius of Derek Dooley finally showed through.
- Vanderbilt. The ‘Dores have to win two of their last three to become bowl eligible. Those three games are against the nos. 10,
1112 and 13 in this week’s Power Poll, so I’m saying there’s a chance.
- Ole Miss. Mississippi is thirteenth in scoring in conference play. It’s fourteenth in defensive scoring in conference play. Generally speaking, that is not a recipe for success.
- Tennessee. Fortunately, the clock is about to strike November.
- Arkansas. Vanderbilt had managed to score only 61 points in its first four conference games. It scored 45 against the Hogs. Yeah, this is a bad team.