Scott Rabalais’ SEC Rating Game: Nick Saban can throw a fit — but for now, he’s still not No. 1 _lowres

Associated Press/ file photo -- Alabama coach Nick Saban


1. LSU (4-0, 2-0; Last week: 2)

In Leonard Fournette LSU trusts, but even he would like to see a little more concentration from his fellow Tigers.

2. ALABAMA (4-1, 1-1; LW: 5)

We know we’re risking another Nick Saban tantrum, but that five-turnover implosion against Ole Miss ranks the Tide second.

3. FLORIDA (5-0, 3-0; LW: 6)

Rating Game keeps waiting for the Gators to turn into a pumpkin, but it’s Cinderella city so far.

4. TEXAS A&M (5-0, 2-0; LW: 4)

Aggies take week off to interview more lawyers for John Chavis’ legal team.

5. OLE MISS (4-1, 2-2; LW: 1)

Rebels were a bit overcooked as a CFP contender. Now they must prove themselves.

6. GEORGIA (4-1, 2-1; LW: 3)

Image of Uga and his handler sitting inside doghouse during rainy Bama game kind of sums things up nicely.

7. KENTUCKY (4-1, 2-1; LW: 8)

So much for Eastern promises: LSU struggled with EMU, Kentucky struggled with EKU.

8. MISSOURI (4-1, 1-1; LW: 9)

Twenty-five years later, they still don’t sell Coors beer at The 5th Down Bar & Grill in Columbia. Rating Game respects that.

9. MISSISSIPPI STATE (3-2, 1-2; LW: 7)

Bulldogs sort of in football limbo after A&M loss: not bad, but not a contender, either.

10. ARKANSAS (2-3, 1-1; LW: 12)

Hogs use virtual reality system on recruiting trail. Bama’s defense isn’t virtual reality.

11. AUBURN (3-2, 0-2; LW: 13)

Dismissal of East St. John WR Duke Williams latest sorry chapter in a sad tale at Auburn.

12. TENNESSEE (2-3, 0-2; LW: 11)

Volunteers gameplan against Georgia is to be down double digits in fourth quarter.

13. SOUTH CAROLINA (2-3, 0-3; LW: 10)

If you see a Gamecock fan Saturday, offer them a dry seat and a warm bowl of gumbo, OK?

14. VANDERBILT (2-3, 0-2; LW: 14)

Vandy athletics collecting water, generators for S.C. flood relief. Winning really isn’t everything.


Florida at Missouri, 6:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC)

On a weekend of less than intriguing SEC matchups — not a single battle of ranked teams among them — we take you to Columbia, Missouri, for the Gators and the Tigers. Florida has been the surprise of the SEC, routing No. 3 Ole Miss 38-10 last week to reach 5-0. Florida’s signature win establishes the Gators (for now) as the team to beat in the SEC East. Missouri won the East the last two years, but with an early loss at Kentucky this could be the Tigers’ last shot to stay in the race.


LSU RB Leonard Fournette leads the SEC in ypg rushing (216.0), scoring (16.5 ppg), touchdowns (11) and all-purpose yards (220.0 ypg) ... Two former BCS computer rankings — Sagarin and Massey — have one-loss Alabama ranked No. 1. ... The Georgia-Tennessee series is tied 21-21-2. ... Mizzou claims to have invented the homecoming game. Saturday is the 104th edition.