Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into Week 13:
1. Alabama (9-1, 6-1; Last week: 2)
Someone said Tide was the zombie elephant on the CFP horizon. It’s on the doorstep.
2. Mississippi State (9-1, 5-1; 1)
Bulldogs still alive in SEC, CFP chase, but seems like they’ve already played their best ball.
3. Georgia (8-2, 6-2; 5)
These Dawgs are in the clubhouse having a sandwich, waiting on Mizzou to bogey in.
4. Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2; 4)
Rebels still have mathmatical shot in SEC West, but need Good Will Hunting to solve it.
5. Auburn (7-3, 4-3; 3)
As LSU can attest, November is a terrible time to break out a two-game losing streak.
6. Missouri (8-2, 5-1; 8)
Seems strange to have a division leader this low, but Rating Game has little faith in Mizzou.
7. LSU (7-4, 3-4; 6)
Tigers take week to thaw their giblets from Arkansas trip, prep for an Aggie Thanksgiving.
8. Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4; 7)
Auburn win was a prize, but Aggies 2-4 since their 5-0 start had college football buzzing.
9. Tennessee (5-5, 2-4; 11)
Since the Vols said “In Joshua Dobbs we trust” things have been rosey on Rocky Top.
10. South Carolina (5-5, 3-5; 13)
Not at all the year the Gamecocks wanted, but winning at Florida eases a lot of pain.
11. Arkansas (5-5, 1-5; 12)
The Boot making appearances this week at all Northwest Arkansas Walmarts.
12. Florida (5-4, 4-4; 9)
Tributes for Muschamp now that he’s out. He’d probably rather be that jerk who won a lot.
13. Kentucky (5-6, 2-6; 10)
Man did you see UK destroy Kansas on Tuesday night? Football? Um, what’s that?
14. Vanderbilt (3-7, 0-6; 14)
In spoiler role, ’Dores will annoy Miss. State by revealing ending of every holiday movie.
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 19 Missouri at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The best of a thin crop of games on the second-to-last weekend of the regular season, most SEC teams are clearly saving themselves for their big rivalry games. SEC East leader Missouri has no such luxury. Despite a 34-0 rout by Georgia on Oct. 11, the Tigers still control their own destiny in their bid for a repeat trip to the SEC Championship Game if it can win out at Tennessee and against Arkansas. If Mizzou loses either game Georgia, already done in SEC play at 6-2, goes to Atlanta. Tennessee’s fortunes have trended considerably brighter since turning over the offense to sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs, as evidenced by 45 points in an overtime win over South Carolina and last week’s 50-16 rout of Kentucky. The Vols need this win or one at Vandy next week to be bowl eligible.
AROUND THE SEC
SEC West scenarios: Alabama represents the division in Atlanta if it beats Auburn next week. Mississippi State goes to Atlanta if it beats Vanderbilt and Ole Miss while Alabama loses to Auburn. Ole Miss goes to its first SEC Championship Game if it finishes in a tie with Alabama at 6-2 or a three-way tie at 6-2 with Alabama and Mississippi State. Ole Miss beat Alabama so it holds the tiebreaker over the Crimson Tide. If all three teams are tied, the Rebels would go to the championship game because they would be 2-0 against Bama and State, Bama would be 1-1 against Ole Miss and State and State would be 0-2. SEC East scenarios: Mizzou goes to Atlanta if it beats Tennessee and Arkansas. If it loses either game, Georgia (whichis finished in SEC play) represents the SEC East in the championship game.