Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into Week 10:
1. MISSISSIPPI STATE (7-0, 4-0; last week: 1)
Isn’t State being atop first CFP rankings part of plot of some “The Walking Dead” episode?
2. ALABAMA (7-1, 4-1; 3)
With Buckingham Palace off the market, Bama boosters pay off Saban’s $3.1 million pad.
3. GEORGIA (6-1, 4-1; 4)
Bulldogs packing extra drinks for expected doozy of a Cocktail Party win over Florida.
4. AUBURN (6-1, 3-1; 5)
Tigers polishing battering-ram ground game after watching what LSU did to Ole Miss.
5. OLE MISS (7-1, 4-1; 2)
Col. Reb’s granddaughter is crying: “I hate LSU! I hate ’em! I hate your &%!#@ Tigers!!! Ole Miss football is my life!”
6. LSU (7-2, 3-2; 6)
Final score: “Corndog people” 10, Distraught Misses from the Magnolia State 7.
7. MISSOURI (6-2, 3-1; 7)
Don’t sleep on these Tigers. Remaining slate (UK, A&M, Tenn., Ark.) is manageable.
8. TEXAS A&M (5-3, 2-3; 8)
Aggies try to apply jumper cables to their previously purring engine vs. UL-Monroe.
9. KENTUCKY (5-3, 2-3; 10)
That sound you hear from Kentucky is the “Whoosh!” of heads swiveling toward basketball.
10. SOUTH CAROLINA (4-4, 2-4; 9)
Gamecocks show fight at Auburn; can right ship against Tennessee, Florida, S. Alabama.
11. FLORIDA (3-3, 2-3; 11)
Over/under on record Will Muschamp needs to keep his job the rest of the way is 4-1.
12. ARKANSAS (4-4, 0-4; 12)
Apparently, if Razorbacks were an independent, they’d make the CFP playoff.
13. TENNESSEE (3-5, 0-4; 13)
The Vols may be making progress under Butch Jones, but it’s at a glacial pace.
14. VANDERBILT (2-6, 0-5; 14)
Vandy would take glacial pace. Right now they’ve got the glacial retreat thing going on.
Game of the Week
No. 4 Auburn at No. 7 Ole Miss, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
It’s only the first Saturday in November, but this game has all the feel of a “loser leaves town” showdown as far as the SEC West and CFP semifinal races are concerned. Both teams look somewhat vulnerable. Ole Miss had its confidence shaken and rushing defense exposed in a 10-7 loss at LSU. Auburn barely survived a wild 42-35 shootout at home with South Carolina, with the Tigers’ pass defense shredded for 402 yards and five touchdowns by Dylan Thompson. Ole Miss suffered some key injuries against LSU, with LB Denzel Nkemdiche going down for the season with an ankle injury. LT Laremy Tunsil also left with a biceps injury. But the biggest concern remains the heart of the Ole Miss defensive front, which surrendered 264 yards rushing to LSU and drives of 90 and 95 yards.
Around the SEC
The SEC Network’s “SEC Nation” pregame show will broadcast from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 8 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. on Nov. 7. ... With LSU’s 10-7 win over Ole Miss, LSU coach Les Miles won his 57th SEC game to tie former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors (1977-92) for 14th place in conference history. The late Charles McClendon is LSU’s all-time leader in SEC wins with 62 from 1962-79. ... Arkansas has lost 16 straight SEC games, the nation’s longest active in-conference skid. The Razorbacks’ last SEC win was Oct. 13, 2012 over Kentucky (49-7). If Arkansas doesn’t win at Mississippi State on Saturday, it will try to break its streak Nov. 15 against LSU.