THE RATING GAME
1. ALABAMA (2-0; LAST WEEK: 1)
Like everyone, Rating Game probably overating Bama a tad. Tide looks ripe for an upset Sat.
2. GEORGIA (2-0, 1-0; LW: 3)
Dawgs should deep fry visiting South Carolina in a game usually for SEC East supremacy.
3. OLE MISS (2-0; LW: 5)
Rebels scored 73 Saturday and scoring average fell. Game has passed Hugh Freeze by.
4. LSU (1-0, 1-0; LW: Incomplete)
Auburn has trouble stopping the run. Leonard Fournette has trouble being stopped. Tigers may not throw a pass Sat.
5. TEXAS A&M (2-0; LW: 2)
Now serving at Kyle Field: a 4-foot long, 12-pound hot dog. Everything’s bigger in Texas, even indigestion.
6. AUBURN (2-0; LW: 4)
God bless Auburn’s Rudy “Bulletin Board” Ford. You rarely get taunts like his anymore.
7. KENTUCKY (2-0, 1-0; LW: 12)
Wildcats have lost 28 straight to Florida, the longest streak in SEC history ...
8. FLORIDA (2-0; LW: 10)
... But if ever there were a UK team and a Gators team to end that futility, this is the year.
9. MISSOURI (2-0; LW: 8)
Mizzou fans to “Tiger Stripe” stadium for UConn game. Makes more sense than near upset at Arkansas State.
10. MISS. STATE (1-1, 0-1; LW: 9)
Why do I still hear cowbells ringing? What did you say? What? Sorry, it’s the ringing!
11. TENNESSEE (1-1; LW: 7)
Butch Jones to celebrating OU player: “Have some damn class.” Hey, Butch, hold a damn double-digit lead.
12. ARKANSAS (1-1; LW: 6)
Hogs paid Toledo $1 million to come in and beat them. Bet they’d pay $2 million for a win.
13. S.CAROLINA (1-1, 0-1; LW: 11)
Home loss to UK, lost starting QB Connor Mitch. Young season going south for South Carolina.
14. VANDERBILT (0-2, 0-1; LW: 14)
Clever Vandy students building time machine to take them back to the James Franklin era.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Ole Miss at Alabama, 8:15 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
The Crimson Tide is a touchdown favorite over the Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium, but in some ways Alabama feels like the underdog. Not only did Ole Miss upset Bama 23-17 last year in Oxford, but the Rebels have scored 149 points in their first two games to lead the FBS in scoring. Meanwhile, the Tide has been vulnerable to the pass the last couple of seasons and has had an un-Alabama-like issue with getting off the field on third-and-long. The winner assumes the role of an early SEC West power broker.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly leads the FBS in passing efficiency. Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson is tied for first in interceptions with five. ... Florida coach Jim McElwain gave RB Kelvin Taylor a chewing out Saturday after a personal foul. After the game, McElwain got chewed out by his 94-year-old mother. “I got an earful from her,” he said. ... The next extra point by Georgia PK Marshall Morgan will move him into solo second place in SEC history with 189. Former LSU kicker Colt David (2005-09) holds the record with 201.