THE RATING GAME

1. LSU (3-0, 1-0)

Last week: 1st

Tiger fans to show West Virginians how to cochon de lait a couch.

2. Alabama (3-0)

Last week: 2nd

Tennessee-Florida last week sounded nice …

3. Arkansas (3-0)

Last week: 3rd

… but Hogs-Tide is season’s first true SEC super showdown.

4. Florida (3-0, 1-0)

Last week: 6th

Rating game figures win at UK makes Gators look like team to beat in East.

5. S. Carolina (3-0, 1-0)

Last week: 4th

Nation’s most underwhelming 3-0 team not named Wyoming.

6. Auburn (2-1, 1-0)

Last week: 5th

Tigers take the “defending” out of defending national champions.

7. Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0)

Last week: 9th

Commodores quashing rumors they are actually using Tennessee Titans players.

8. Tennessee (2-1, 0-1)

Last week: 7th

Dooley still catching bad breaks with WR Justin Hunter (knee) done for season.

9. Georgia (1-2, 0-1)

Last week: 12th

Bulldogs can climb back to respectability if and only if they beat Rebels.

10. Miss. State (1-2, 0-2)

Last week: 8th

Sorry La. Tech … MSU eager to work out frustrations on someone.

11. Kentucky (2-1)

Last week: 10th

Offensive ‘Cat’-astrophe: UK 10th or worse in 4 SEC categories.

12. Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1)

Last week: 11th

Vandy loss Mississippi’s worst setback since Reconstruction.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Saturday’s games

No. 2 LSU (3-0, 1-0) at No. 16 West Virginia (3-0), 7 p.m., (ABC)

Georgia (1-2, 0-1) at Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1), 11:21 a.m. (WBXH, ESPN3.com)

No. 14 Arkansas (3-0) at No. 3 Alabama (3-0), 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

No. 15 Florida (3-0, 1-0) at Kentucky (2-1), 6 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN3.com)

Vanderbilt (3-0, 1-0) at No. 12 South Carolina (3-0, 1-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)

Florida Atlantic (0-2) at Auburn (2-1, 1-0), 6 p.m. (FSHOU, ESPN3.com)

Louisiana Tech (1-2) at Mississippi State (1-2, 0-2), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

IDLE: Tennessee (2-1, 0-1)

All times Central

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 14 Arkansas at No. 3 Alabama, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (CBS): Of the six games the Crimson Tide and Razorbacks have played so far, the only decent test was Alabama’s 27-11 win at Penn State. This one will show the worth of each team’s best strengths — Alabama’s defense vs. Arkansas’ offense. The Tide leads the SEC in scoring, total and pass defense led by LB Dont’a Hightower. Arkansas leads the SEC in scoring, total and pass offense, overcoming the loss of RB Knile Davis with the passing of Tyler Wilson to Jarius Wright and Joe Adams. Neither team will have a tougher test until they face LSU in November.

AROUND THE SEC

The SEC is 22-4 (.846) in non-conference games this season, the second-best winning percentage among all conferences behind only the Big 12 (22-2, .917). … LSU has scored on 40 straight trips inside the red zone (28 TDs, 12 FGs). … The SEC is down from eight to five teams ranked in this week’s AP poll, but is still tied for first in the nation in that category. with the Big 12. … Alabama’s 41-0 shutout of North Texas allowed Crimson Tide to tie LSU for most shutouts since SEC expansion in 1992 with 16. … Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and his wife recently donated $250,000 to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Scott Rabalais