THE RATING GAME
1. LSU (10-0, 6-0)
Last week: 1st
SEC, BCS titles? Who needs ‘em if the Tigers can win the Magnolia Bowl, right?
2. Alabama (9-1, 6-1)
Last week: 2nd
Seems like the Tide “D” hasn’t given up double-digits since the Reagan administration.
3. Arkansas (9-1, 5-1)
Last week: 3rd
Razorbacks not just thinking spoiler, but BCS shot if they can beat State and LSU.
4. Georgia (8-2, 6-1)
Last week: 4th
Dogs can hunt, but have beaten only one ranked team (Auburn, now unranked) on their 8-game run.
5. S. Carolina (8-2, 6-2)
Last week: 5th
Gamecocks have promised Kentucky lifetime supply of shrimp and grits if it can upset Georgia.
6. Auburn (6-4, 4-3)
Last week: 6th
Tigers simply a shell of the team that won last year’s BCS title.
T-7. Florida (5-5, 3-5)
Last week: 7th
Gators have never been this irrelevant in the SEC East.
T-7. Miss. State (5-5, 1-5)
Last week: 8th
Bulldogs don’t have many teeth left.
T-7. Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5)
Last week: 9th
The only SEC team happy to be 5-5, Vandy will be even happier if it can make Tennessee bowl ineligible.
10. Kentucky (5-5, 1-5)
Last week: 10th
UK’s hopes of going bowling not quite as good as going to the Final Four.
11. Tennessee (4-6, 0-6)
Last week: 11th
Derek Dooley after Arkansas loss: “They put it to us.” He’s been saying that a lot this year.
12. Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6)
Last week: 12th
Go to hell, Ole Miss? Too late. The Rebels are already there.
THE 2012 DIVISION
13. Texas A&M (5-5)
Aggies have led eight games at halftime this season, been tied once.
14. Missouri (5-5)
You know the Tigers had to love stinging Texas with an upset on the way out the Big 12 door.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
No. 1 LSU (10-0, 6-0) at Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6), 6 p.m. (ESPN)
The Citadel (4-6) at No. 14 South Carolina (8-2, 6-2), 11 a.m. (South Carolina PPV)
Kentucky (4-6, 1-5) at No. 13 Georgia (8-2, 6-1), 11:21 a.m. (WAFB, SEC Network, ESPN3.com)
Samford (6-4) at Auburn (6-4, 4-3), noon (Auburn PPV)
Furman (6-4) at Florida (5-5, 3-5), noon (Florida PPV)
Ga. Southern (9-1) at No. 3 Alabama (9-1, 6-1), 1 p.m. (Alabama PPV)
Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5) at No. 6 Arkansas (9-1, 5-1), 2:30 p.m. (CBS)#
Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5) at Tennessee (4-6, 0-6), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
All times Central
#in Little Rock, Ark.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Mississippi State at No. 6 Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, Ark. (CBS): Before they check out LSU-Ole Miss, Tigers fans will want to scout Arkansas, which comes to Baton Rouge next Friday for what is expected to be an epic showdown. The Razorbacks, who lead the SEC in scoring, total and passing offense, are rolling with wins over South Carolina and Tennessee after close calls at Ole Miss (29-24) and Vanderbilt (31-28). The Bulldogs, who are struggling to get bowl eligible, are 0-11 in three seasons under Dan Mullen against the SEC West aside from Ole Miss.
AROUND THE SEC
Georgia clinches the SEC East and its fourth SEC Championship Game appearance with a win over Kentucky. ? LSU leads the SEC in red zone offense having scored on 45 of 46 attempts (35 TDs, 10 FGs). ? Tennessee’s Da’Rick Rogers leads the SEC with four 100-yard receiving games this season. LSU’s Rueben Randle, Arkansas’ Jarius Wright and Vandy’s Jordan Mathews have three.