THE RATING GAME
1. LSU (7-0, 4-0; last week: 1)
LSU fans while away open date week sticking pins in Nick Saban voodoo dolls.
2. Alabama (7-1, 4-1; last week: 2)
Bama 4-1 at home this season but 0-5 against the point spread. Just saying.
3. Florida (6-1, 4-1; last week: 3)
The Gators can retire the SEC glass slipper for 2015 if they beat the Bulldogs this week.
4. Ole Miss (6-2, 3-1; last week: 5)
Anyone else have the sneaky feeling that the Rebels’ trip to Auburn could be a trap?
5. Georgia (5-2, 3-2; last week: 6)
Bulldogs beat Mizzou without an offensive TD. That won’t wash against the Gators.
6. Mississippi State (6-2, 2-2; last week: 7)
Bulldogs use open date to trade in old cowbell for 2016 model with built in wi-fi.
7. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2; last week: 4)
Aggies reopening their quarterback derby. Unfortunately, Johnny Football isn’t coming through the door.
8. Tennessee (3-4, 1-3; last week: 10)
Vols showed some heart in loss at Alabama, but in the end it’s still another blown lead.
9. Kentucky (4-3, 2-3; last week: 9)
American Pharoah in Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland or UT-UK at Commonwealth? Hmmm.
10. Arkansas (3-4, 2-2; last week: 12)
After Hogs’ OT win Saturday, Bret Bielema’s preseason “I hate Auburn” jab is the latest proof of the death of karma.
11. Auburn (4-3, 1-3; last week: 8)
Gus Malzahn celebrated ‘The big 5-0’ Wednesday. Given Auburn’s season, celebrate may be a bit strong.
12. South Carolina (3-4, 1-4; last week: 13)
Welcome to the SEC’s longest road trip: Columbia to College Station — 1,040 miles.
13. Vanderbilt (3-4, 1-3; last week: 14)
Don’t laugh, but the Commodores can still win the SEC East. OK, you can laugh.
14. Missouri (4-4, 1-4; last week: 11)
The Tigers haven’t scored a touchdown since the Truman administration. Give ’em hell, Harry, indeed.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Florida vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m. Saturday (CBS)
It’s not even November, but this game will likely decide the SEC East title. If Florida wins, the Gators would go to Atlanta unless Vanderbilt (yes, Vandy) runs the table with a win over Florida and some help. If Georgia wins, the Bulldogs would control their own destiny with a tiebreaker edge over Florida. The Bulldogs have won three of the last four but are a field-goal underdog this time.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Missouri’s offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in the past 13 straight quarters, the Tigers’ worst such drought since 1937. ... In a composite ranking of the five former BCS computer polls, LSU is No. 1 nationally while Alabama is No. 3 and Florida is No. 10. ... On his next kick, Georgia’s Marshall Morgan will move into solo fourth place in SEC history for points scored and points by a kicker. He currently has 371 points.
No. 19 Ole Miss at Auburn, 11 a.m., ESPN
South Carolina at Texas A&M, 11 a.m., SEC
No. 11 Florida vs. Georgia, 2:30 p.m., CBS#
UT-Martin at Arkansas, 3 p.m., SEC
Vanderbilt at No. 18 Houston, 6 p.m., ESPN2
Tennessee at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., SEC
Idle: No. 4 LSU, No. 7 Alabama, No. 25 Mississippi State, Missouri