The SEC rating game
1. Alabama (3-0, 1-0)
LAST WEEK: 1
Nick Saban’s alma mater Kent State to get a nice check.
2. Texas A&M (3-0, 1-0)
LAST WEEK: 2
Unbeaten Aggies lagging behind in Tom Herman Derby.
3. Georgia (3-0, 1-0)
LAST WEEK: 6
Wins over Nicholls, Mizzou by a total of three points.
4. Arkansas (3-0)
LAST WEEK: 4
Hogs-Aggies winner a serious title threat in SEC West.
5. Tennessee (3-0)
LAST WEEK: 3
Vols last beat Florida back in 2004.
6. Florida (3-0, 1-0)
LAST WEEK: 5
Jim McElwain copies Les Miles, starting a Purdue QB transfer.
7. LSU (2-1, 1-0)
LAST WEEK: 8
Tigers don’t want nickname for this Auburn game — just a win.
8. Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1)
LAST WEEK: 7
Two blown 21-point leads to Florida State, Bama.
9. Auburn (1-2, 0-1)
LAST WEEK: 9
Here’s a game nickname: “The Night Gus Got Fired.”
10. South Carolina (2-1, 1-1)
LAST WEEK: 12
Good Will Muschamp hunting for 5-0 record vs. UK.
11. Missouri (1-2, 0-1)
LAST WEEK: 10
Drew Lock a lock to pad passing stats vs. Delaware State.
12. MSU (1-2, 1-1)
LAST WEEK: 11
State at UMass is the SEC Odd Game of the Year.
T13. Vandy (1-2, 0-1)
LAST WEEK: 13
T13. Kentucky (1-2, 0-1)
LAST WEEK: 14
So similar, so bad, so ready for basketball on both campuses.
The Heisman Trophy race
Louisville sophomore QB
HIS CASE: Jackson is the runaway favorite (1-to-2 odds according to Bovada) after the Cardinals torched Florida State. Jackson threw for 218 yards, ran for 146 and had five touchdowns. But Leonard Fournette was a huge favorite this time last year, too.
THIS WEEK: Saturday at Marshall
Stanford junior RB/KR
HIS CASE: McCaffrey is one consistent performer. In Saturday’s 27-10 win over Southern California, he had 260 all-purpose yards (172 rushing, 66 receiving, 22 on kick returns) with two TDs. McCaffrey leads the nation with 235 all-purpose yards per game.
THIS WEEK: Saturday at UCLA
Ohio State junior QB
HIS CASE: He threw for only 152 yards in a win at Oklahoma but had four touchdowns, giving him 10 TDs and 650 passing yards in three games with just one interception. He also has 159 yards and three TDs on the ground.
THIS WEEK: Saturday vs. Rutgers
ON THE RADAR: LSU RB Leonard Fournette, Jr.; Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, Jr; Houston QB Greg Ward, Sr.; San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey, Sr.
LSU bowl projections
Jeff Barti, CampusInsiders.com: Citrus vs. Iowa
Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Outback vs. Wisconsin
CollegeSportsMadness.com: Sugar vs. TCU
CollegeFootballNews.com: Citrus vs. Miami, Florida
Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: Liberty vs. Oklahoma State
Gary Laney, SaturdayDownSouth.com: TaxSlayer vs. Nebraska
Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: TaxSlayer vs. Notre Dame
Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: TaxSlayer vs. Miami
Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Music City vs. Nebraska
Greg Ostendorf (SEC blog) and David M. Hale (ACC blog), ESPN.com: TaxSlayer vs. Miami
Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: TaxSlayer vs. Iowa
Alex Scarborough and David Hale, ESPN.com: TaxSlayer vs. Miami
Alex Shirkey, SECCountry.com: Texas vs. Texas
Erick Smith, USA Today: Outback vs. Nebraska
Texas Bowl: Dec. 28 in Houston
Music City Bowl: Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tennessee
Liberty Bowl: Dec. 30 in Memphis, Tennessee
TaxSlayer Bowl: Dec. 31 in Jacksonville, Florida
Citrus Bowl: Dec. 31 in Orlando, Florida
Outback Bowl: Jan. 2 in Tampa, Florida
Sugar Bowl: Jan. 2 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome