This week in the SEC: The rating game, around the league, game of the week _lowres

Associated Press photo by BRYNN ANDERSON -- A Mississippi State football helmet sits on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium before a game last season against Alabama.


Ranking the 14 SEC teams going into the final week of the regular season:

1. Alabama (10-1, 6-1; Last week: 1)

Nick Saban has decided not to kick any field goals this week, no matter what. #KickSix

2. Mississippi State (10-1, 6-1; 2)

State needs win for a shot at Atlanta and must win impressively to stay in CFP top 4.

3. Georgia (9-2, 6-2; 3)

If Georgia doesn’t go to Atlanta, it may parlay a win over Georgia Tech into CFP bowl.

4. Missouri (9-2, 6-1; 6)

Give the devil his due. Bad losses to Indiana and Georgia, but the Tigers have survived.

5. Auburn (8-3, 4-3; 5)

When you think about it, Auburn was this close to being 8-4 last season.

6. Arkansas (6-5, 2-5; 11)

Give the devil his due, Part II. Who is playing better than the Razorbacks right now?

7. LSU (7-4, 3-4; 7)

Tigers play Aggies for bragging rights in every oil refinery from New Orleans to Houston.

8. Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3; 4)

Body of work and all that, but the Rebels are rotting since Laquon Treadwell’s injury.

9. Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4; 8)

Don’t think Aggies haven’t noticed Texas is playing TCU on Thanksgiving night, too.

10. South Carolina (6-5, 3-5; 10)

Spurrier to Swinney: “Hey, Dabo, this don’t look like the real Death Valley to me!”

11. Florida (6-4, 4-4; 12)

In Muschamp’s last game, do the Gators have one massive, CFP-shaking upset left in them?

12. Tennessee (5-6, 2-5; 9)

Vols must beat Vandy to be bowl eligible which means, well, yes, the Vols are going bowling.

13. Kentucky (5-6, 2-6; 13)

The winner gets season tickets to watch the other school’s basketball team.

14. Vanderbilt (3-8, 0-7; 14)

Thank goodness. We thought James Franklin went to Penn State, but it was just a ... wait.


Arkansas at No. 17 Missouri, 2:30 p.m. Friday (CBS)

Admit it. You’re intrigued. Arkansas beat LSU and Ole Miss 47-0 the last two weeks combined, while Mizzou needs a win to return to the SEC Championship Game. Meanwhile, Bama must beat Auburn or have Mississippi State lose to Ole Miss to go to Atlanta.


Let’s play the SEC rivalry name game:

LSU-TEXAS A&M: Doesn’t have a name yet, but maybe Tigers can convince Aggies they’ve already won the game and A&M lost the trophy.

ALABAMA-AUBURN: The Iron Bowl. Also known as the Home of Kick Six.

GEORGIA-GEORGIA TECH: Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. Kind of makes you feel good just saying it.

KENTUCKY-LOUISVILLE: The Governor’s Cup. Really? Couldn’t they play for a cask of whiskey?

FLORIDA-FLORIDA STATE: The Governor’s Cup (the sequel).

OLE MISS-MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Egg Bowl. The trophy is a gold football. Or a golden egg. Either way, it’s odd.

SOUTH CAROLINA-CLEMSON: The Palmetto Bowl. The palmetto is that state’s peach tree. Long may it wave.

TENNESSEE-VANDERBILT: Hatred in the Hills. Not widely known, but Rating Game thinks it has a ring to it.

ARKANSAS-MISSOURI: Battle Line Rivalry. It apparently has a title sponsor (No, really), but as Rating Game gets no cut it gets no mention here.