THE RATING GAME
1. LSU (6-0, 4-0; Last week: 1)
LSU checking to see if WKU’s blobby mascot/ESPN heartthrob Big Red can ride around Tiger Stadium in Mike’s cage.
2. Alabama (6-1, 3-1; Last week: 2)
Breaking news: Bama has just returned another pick-six against Texas A&M.
3. Florida (6-1, 4-1; Last week: 3)
“Block that kick! Block that kick! Block that ... wait ... where’s that kicker going?”
4. Texas A&M (6-1, 2-1; Last week: 4)
Bama with one more pick-six just now, but did promise to drop off latest Chavis countersuit at LSU on the way home.
5. Ole Miss (5-2, 2-1; Last week: 5)
Rebels still control their destiny in SEC West but don’t look the part after Memphis loss.
6. Georgia (5-2, 3-2; Last week: 7)
More runs scored in Game 5 of ALCS than points in Mizzou-Georgia game. True stat.
7. Mississippi State (5-2, 1-2; Last week: 9)
Amazing but true stat: Dak Prescott has zero interceptions in 225 attempts this season.
8. Auburn (4-2, 1-2; Last week: 12)
Were we too quick to write off the Tigers? Nah. Need to win at Arkansas or maybe no bowl.
9. Kentucky (4-2, 2-2; Last week: 6)
UK would only have been a tiebreaker behind UF with a win over Auburn, but no.
10. Tennessee (3-3, 1-2; Last week: 8)
Third Saturday in October all but certain to end up as Vols’ Fourth Loss in 2015.
11. Missouri (4-3, 1-3; Last week: 10)
Tigers are officially toast in SEC East race. Rating Game will be burning its SEC Media Days pick of Mizzou in effigy.
12. Arkansas (2-4, 1-2; Last week: 11)
Bret Bielema spent week off polishing his “I just got hit by an Auburn lineman, how bout a flag, ref?” flop. Just. In. Case.
13. South Carolina (3-4, 1-4; Last week: 13)
Interim S.C. coach Shawn Elliott will have a decaf. If you saw the Vandy game, you know why.
14. Vanderbilt (2-4, 0-3; LW: 14)
An infomercial on steak knives would get SEC Network better ratings than Mizzou-Vandy.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Texas A&M at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
The elimination games start now in the SEC West. The loser of this one will find the Road to Atlanta nearly impassible. A&M’s defense got outmuscled by Alabama and its vaunted passing game surrendered three pick sixes in a 41-23 loss. Ole Miss got run out of Memphis 37-24 by the still unbeaten Tigers, who spotted the Rebs a 14-0 lead. This is a battle of the SEC’s top two passing offenses, though the Aggies’ better pass defense is an edge on banged up Rebels.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Only five SEC teams are ranked this week. After week one there were 10. ... Alabama is 8-0 against Tennessee under Nick Saban. ... Remember Miss. State coming up short on that last-second FG against LSU? Since then, kicker Westin Graves is 8-for-8. The only other SEC kicker at 1.000 is LSU’s Trent Domingue (7-7).
Western Kentucky at No. 5 LSU, 6 p.m., ESPNU
Auburn at Arkansas, 11 a.m., SEC
Tennessee at No. 8 Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS
Missouri at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m., SEC
No. 15 Texas A&M at No. 24 Ole Miss, 6 p.m., ESPN
Kentucky at Miss. State, 6:30 p.m., SEC
Idle: No. 13 Florida, Georgia, South Carolina