Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into Week 11:
1. MISSISSIPPI STATE (8-0, 5-0; LW: 1)
Two weeks into their first stint at No. 1, Bulldogs looking like pressure is starting to mount.
2. AUBURN (7-1, 4-1; 4)
If it’s true good teams make their own luck, Tigers must be outstanding.
3. ALABAMA (7-1, 4-1; 2)
Road to CFP clear for Tide, but big rocks (LSU, State, Auburn) could cause a breakdown.
4. LSU (7-2, 3-2; 6)
Is Les Miles related to that guy in the Dr Pepper ads who says he invented the CFP?
5. GEORGIA (6-2, 4-2; 3)
Every time, Georgia. Every time people believe in you, things come crashing down.
6. OLE MISS (7-2, 4-2; 5)
Rebels host Presbyterian Saturday. Good time to be in church after last two weeks.
7. MISSOURI (7-2, 4-1; 7)
Upset at home by Indiana. Drilled by Georgia. In control in the SEC Least. How fitting.
8. TEXAS A&M (6-3, 2-3; 8)
Aggies couldn’t have impressed less vs. ULM if they’d played 12th men all game long.
9. FLORIDA (4-3, 3-3; 11)
Will Muschamp gets an 11th-hour reprieve from the governor with Georgia upset.
10. KENTUCKY (5-4, 2-4; 9)
UK engineering students transferring air from football to basketball season.
11. TENNESSEE (4-5, 1-4; 13)
An emotional win at South Carolina may spark Vols to make late bowl run.
12. ARKANSAS (4-5, 0-5; 13)
Razorbacks still winless in SEC but lying in wait for LSU next week in Fayetteville.
13. SOUTH CAROLINA (4-5, 2-5; 10)
Three big blown fourth-quarter leads makes Gamecocks SEC’s biggest disappointment.
14. VANDERBILT (3-6, 0-5; 14)
’Dores prepping to host Get Well Tour for Florida, Mississippi State, Tennessee.
HONORABLE MENTION: UL-MONROE (3-5, 0-3; NR)
Warhawks deserve honorable mention for SEC play; losing by less per SEC game (23.3) than Vandy (33.0).
Game of the Week
No. 4 Alabama at No. 14 LSU, 7 p.m. (CBS)
Knocking off a highly ranked but upstart Ole Miss team two weeks ago was one thing. But tripping up a thoroughbred program like Alabama is another matter. The Crimson Tide’s balance has balance in that Bama ranks No. 1 in the SEC in total defense, No. 2 in total offense and averages over 200 yards per game rushing and passing. That said, the Tide has ebbed on the road, losing 23-17 at Ole Miss and barely squeaking by 14-13 at Arkansas. Meanwhile, LSU couldn’t be in a better psychological spot: playing at home, at night and riding the crest of confidence having won three straight since being blown out at Auburn. Remarkably, the Tigers still have a mathematical shot at making it to the SEC Championship Game and grabbing a CFP playoff slot.
Around the SEC
The top six strength-of-schedule teams according to NCAA.com: 1. Auburn, 2. Arkansas, 3. Ole Miss, 4. Purdue, 5. (tie) LSU and Tennessee. ... The SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” pregame show will broadcast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at LSU from Lot 106, between Nicholson Drive and the Carl Maddox Field House north of Tiger Stadium. ... ESPN Radio’s “SVP & Russillo” show will broadcast from the LSU Parade Grounds from noon-3 p.m. Friday. ... LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is 8-1 as a starter, while Alabama’s Blake Sims is 7-1. ... Alabama has the best record in the SEC since 2009 at 67-8 with LSU second at 60-15. Since 2004, LSU has the SEC’s best record at 111-29 with Alabama second at 108-31.