THE RATING GAME
1. OLE MISS (4-0, 2-0; Last week: 1)
Is it me or is it hard to compute Ole Miss being No. 3 and Florida being No. 25?
2. LSU (3-0, 2-0; LW: 2)
NCAA denies Eastern Michigan’s plea to let Mike VI carry the ball Saturday instead of Leonard Fournette.
3. GEORGIA (4-0, 2-0; LW: 3)
Bulldogs’ classy support of injured Southern football player Devon Gales tough to top.
4. TEXAS A&M (4-0, 1-0; LW: 4)
Texas A&M Board of Regents member suggests Aggies schedule a “cupcake game” against Texas. Zing!
5. ALABAMA (3-1, 0-1; LW: 5)
Hard to believe, but Crimson Tide trying to avoid first 0-2 SEC start since 1990.
6. FLORIDA (4-0, 2-0; LW: 8)
Gators last in SEC on third down (19 of 54) but 10 of 10 on fourth down. Third down, shmerd down.
7. MISS. STATE (3-1, 1-1; LW: 6)
Bulldogs trying to complete a rare SEC West feat: back-to-back road victories.
8. KENTUCKY (3-1, 2-1; LW: 10)
Eastern Kentucky is 37 miles from Lexington, so this game is like UK sending out for pizza.
9. MISSOURI (3-1, 0-1; LW: 9)
Crummy Game of the Week, Part I: Mizzou hosts South Carolina without its starting QB ...
10. S.CAROLINA (2-2, 0-2; LW: 13)
... while Gamecocks probably wish they could leave all their quarterbacks at home.
11. TENNESSEE (2-2, 0-1; LW: 7)
Crummy Game of the Week, Part II: Welcome to The Disappointment Bowl, a game between two teams ...
12. ARKANSAS (1-3, 0-1; LW: 11)
... who thought they’d be meeting in December in the SEC Championship Game. Um, no.
13. AUBURN (2-2, 0-2; LW: 12)
Speaking of faux championship aspirations, Tigers will have to be on their toes against upset-minded San Jose State.
14. VANDERBILT (1-3, 0-2; LW: 14)
Speaking of neighborhood tussles, Dores are a 1-point dog at nearby Middle Tennessee. Woof.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Alabama at Georgia, 2:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)
Georgia’s impressive start has paired the running of Nick Chubb with the SEC-leading pass efficiency of Grayson Lambert. Alabama is an underdog for the first time since 2009, virtually in a must-win fix after a five-turnover loss to Ole Miss two weeks ago. And yet it’s hard to forget Alabama’s last visit to Athens in 2008, blitzing to a 31-0 lead on No. 3 Georgia and coasting to a 40-31 win. For Bama to win this time, its offense will have to be more effective. The Tide will try to ease Jacob Coker’s burden with a heavy dose of running by Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
LSU RB Leonard Fournette leads the nation with 210.3 ypg rushing, 41.5 ypg ahead of Indiana’s Jordan Howard. ... Mizzou’s Maty Mauk has the best active record among SEC starting QBs (17-5), but he will be benched Saturday against South Carolina for disciplinary reasons. ... The Colley Matrix, which was one of the computer rankings included in the BCS formula, ranks LSU No. 1 this week.
Eastern Michigan at No. 9 LSU, 6 p.m., ESPNU
South Carolina at Missouri, 11 a.m., SEC
No. 13 Alabama at No. 8 Georgia, 2:30 p.m., CBS
San Jose State at Auburn, 3 p.m., SEC
No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 25 Florida, 6 p.m., ESPN
Vanderbilt at Middle Tenn., 6 p.m., CBSSN
Arkansas at Tennessee, 6 p.m., ESPN2
No. 21 Miss. State at No. 14 Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m., SEC
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network alternate channel