THE RATING GAME
1. LSU (8-0, 5-0)
Last week: 1st
After recent run of injuries to key players before facing LSU ...
2. Alabama (8-0, 5-0)
Last week: 1A
... Bama locks Trent Richardson in dorm room and makes walk-on his food taster.
3. Arkansas (6-1, 2-1)
Last week: 3rd
Razorbacks reach for blanket ... it’s chilly in LSU, Bama’s shadow.
4. Georgia (5-2, 4-1)
Last week: 6th
Bulldogs never enjoy cocktail party vs. Gators, just get the hangover.
5. S. Carolina (6-1, 4-1)
Last week: 4th
No Lattimore, no Garcia make Gamecocks shakiest 6-1 team in America.
6. Auburn (5-3, 3-2)
Last week: 5th
Tigers’ program looks more like shooting star with each passing loss.
7. Florida (4-3, 2-3)
Last week: 7th
Believe it or not, Gators can still win SEC East if they win out, South Carolina loses.
8. Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3)
Last week: 8th
Commodores’ bowl hopes hit icy patch with Arkansas, Florida next two weeks.
9. Kentucky (3-4, 0-3)
Last week: 11th
Who needs LSU-Alabama? Either UK or State ...
10. Miss. State (3-4, 0-4)
Last week: 10th
... will win first SEC game Saturday. College football trembles.
11. Tennessee (3-4, 0-4)
Last week: 9th
Vols to start freshman Justin Worley at QB, may go with eighth grader next.
12. Ole Miss (2-5, 0-4)
Last week: 12th
A moral victory like one vs. Arkansas may be as close as struggling Rebels get.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
No. 8 Arkansas (6-1, 2-1) at Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3), 11:21 a.m. (SEC Network, WAFB, ESPN3.com)
No. 22 Georgia (5-2, 4-1) vs. Florida (4-3, 2-3), 2:30 p.m. (CBS)#
Ole Miss (2-5, 0-4) at Auburn (5-3, 3-2), 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Mississippi State (3-4, 0-4) at Kentucky (3-4, 0-3), 6 p.m. (FSHOU, ESPN3.com)
No. 14 South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) at Tennessee (3-4, 0-4), 6:15 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPN3.com)
#-at Jacksonville, Fla.
IDLE: No. 1 LSU (8-0, 5-0), No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0)
All times Central
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 22 Georgia vs. Florida, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla. (CBS): Left for dead after an 0-2 start, the Georgia Bulldogs have roared back with five straight wins to share the SEC East lead with South Carolina (which beat Georgia 45-42 on Sept. 10). With the Gamecocks’ offense in flux, Georgia looks like the team to beat in the SEC East, except ... It’s Georgia vs. Florida. Though the Gators have lost their last three games by a combined 96-27, they’ve beaten the Bulldogs eight of the last 10. And Florida QB John Brantley is expected to return after suffering an ankle injury Oct. 1 vs. Alabama.
AROUND THE SEC
Florida coach and former LSU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp played at Georgia from 1991-94. ... LSU’s opponents have scored three points off the team’s three turnovers, the SEC’s best mark. The Tigers are No. 2 in the nation in turnover margin (plus-1.88 per game) behind only Oklahoma State (2.14). ... LSU has scored first in all eight of its games. Georgia has scored first in all seven of its games. ... Alabama, which leads the nation in scoring defense, hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in eight straight games dating to January’s Capital One Bowl. ... Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis is tied for the NCAA lead with Texas A&M’s Randy Bullock with 2.14 field goals per game.