THE RATING GAME
1. LSU (9-0, 6-0)
Last week: 1st
Tigers go from Game of the Century to “Who are they playing again?”
2. Alabama (8-1, 5-1)
Last week: 2nd
Everybody sing: “Like the fella once said, ain’t that a kick in the head?”
3. Arkansas (8-1, 4-1)
Last week: 3rd
Razorbacks are the shark lurking in the waters off LSU’s Amity Island.
4. Georgia (7-2, 5-1)
Last week: T-4th
Bulldogs are close to completing their reclamation project.
5. S. Carolina (7-2, 5-2)
Last week: T-4th
Gamecocks have to hold serve at home against the Gators, then hope for help.
6. Auburn (6-3, 4-2)
Last week: 6th
These Tigers probably got a secret thrill out of watching LSU break Bama’s heart.
7. Florida (5-4, 3-4)
Last week: 7th
Gators reduced to spoiler role against the Ol’ Ball Coach.
8. Miss. State (5-4, 1-4)
Last week: 9th
Starkville isn’t high on the list of places you’d like to play after losing a heartbreaker.
9. Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5)
Last week: 8th
Commodores eager to see if new theories on numerical linear algebra can help them beat UK.
10. Kentucky (4-5, 1-4)
Last week: 10th
With Vandy, Georgia, Tennessee ahead, UK about to be voted off the bowl eligible island.
11. Tennessee (4-5, 0-5)
Last week: 11th
Do the Vols have one giant upset in them headed to Arkansas? Nah!
12. Ole Miss (2-7, 0-6)
Last week: 12th
FedEx exec to help with search for Nutt’s replacement, promises overnight delivery.
THE 2012 DIVISION
13. Texas A&M (5-4)
Aggies head to Kansas State seeking to blow another fourth-quarter lead.
14. Missouri (4-5)
Tigers will lose to Texas, but J-school students will write beautiful, angst-ridden stories about it.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Western Kentucky (5-4) at No. 1 LSU (9-0, 6-0), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Florida (5-4, 3-4) at No. 15 South Carolina (7-2, 5-2), 11 a.m. (CBS, CBSSports.com)
Kentucky (4-5, 1-4) at Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5), 11:21 a.m. (SEC Network, ESPN3.com)
No. 24 Auburn (6-3, 4-2) at No. 14 Georgia (7-2, 5-1), 2:30 p.m. (CBS, CBSSports.com)
Tennessee (4-5, 0-5) at No. 8 Arkansas (8-1, 4-1), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
Louisiana Tech (5-4) at Ole Miss (2-7, 0-6), 6:30 p.m. (CSS, ESPN3.com)
No. 4 Alabama (8-1, 5-1) at Mississippi State (5-4, 1-4), 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
All times Central
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 24 Auburn at No. 14 Georgia, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga. (CBS): The Bulldogs and their coach, Mark Richt, looked like they were done when Georgia started 0-2 against Boise State and South Carolina. But the Bulldogs have resurrected themselves with a seven-game winning streak and now stand two wins away from locking up the SEC East title. This is a most unpredictable series, though, with the road team holding a 12-7-1 edge since 1991.
AROUND THE SEC
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, whose team has lost a school-record 12 straight SEC games, will finish the season as a lame duck coach. ... The SEC is home to three of the nation’s top eight rushing defenses, five of the top 14 total defenses and six of the top 20 pass defenses. ... LSU punter Brad Wing leads SEC with 19 of 37 punts (51.4 percent) downed inside the opponent’s 20.