In honor of the Jedi Master (Nick Saban) and his Padawan (Will Muschamp), we present The Rating Game, Star Wars edition.

1. LSU (4-0, 1-0)

Last week: 1st

“The Force is strong with this one.”

2. Alabama (4-0, 1-0)

Last week: 2nd

Saban to Muschamp: “I AM your father!”

3. Florida (4-0, 2-0)

Last week: 4th

Muschamp to Saban: “When I left you I was but the learner; now I am the master.”

4. S. Carolina (4-0, 2-0)

Last week: 5th

“Only a master of evil, Darth.” Darth Visor, that is.

5. Auburn (3-1, 1-0)

Last week: 6th

“You are unwise to lower your defenses.”

6. Arkansas (3-1, 0-1)

Last week: 3rd

Bobby Petrino: “You’ll find I’m full of surprises.”

7. Georgia (2-2, 1-1)

Last week: 9th

Mark Richt to Georgia fans: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

8. Vanderbilt (3-1, 1-1)

Last week: 7th

SEC to Vandy’s James Franklin: “Young Skywalker, we shall watch your career with great interest.”

9. Tennessee (2-1, 0-1)

Last week: 8th

Vols dominated the SEC “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”

10. Miss. State (2-2, 0-2)

Last week: 10th

Dan Mullen on Starkville: “Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is!”

11. Kentucky (2-2, 0-1)

Last week: T-11th

Joker Phillips when told his team is a 30-point underdog: “Never tell me the odds!”

12. Ole Miss (1-3, 0-2)

Last week: T-11th

“Any attack made by the Rebels ... would be a useless gesture.”


Saturday’s games

Kentucky (2-2, 0-1) at No. 1 LSU (4-0, 1-0), 11:21 a.m. (SEC-WAFB;; WDGL-FM, 98.1)

No. 14 Texas A&M (2-1) vs. No. 18 Arkansas (3-1, 0-1) 11 a.m. (ESPN)#

Mississippi State (2-2, 0-2) at Georgia (2-2, 1-1), 11 a.m. (FSHOU,

Buffalo (1-3) at Tennessee (2-1, 0-1), 11:30 a.m. (CST,

Auburn (3-1, 1-0) at No. 10 South Carolina (4-0, 2-0), 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

No. 3 Alabama (4-0, 1-0) at No. 12 Florida (4-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. (CBS)

Ole Miss (1-3, 0-2) at Fresno State (2-2), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2,

IDLE: Vanderbilt (3-1, 1-1)

#-At Arlington, Texas

All times Central


No. 3 Alabama at No. 12 Florida, 7 p.m. Saturday, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field, Gainesville, Fla. (CBS): In its one annual prime-time telecast, CBS trains its HD cameras on what could once again be a preview of the SEC Championship game. In a battle of teacher (Alabama’s Nick Saban) and pupil (former LSU and Saban assistant Will Muschamp), the Gators’ top-ranked SEC offense will try to use the speedy RB duo of Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps to counteract the size and speed of Alabama’s top-ranked SEC defense led by LB Dont’a Hightower and S Mark Barron.


LSU is the only SEC team to score on its first drive every game this season (2 TDs, 2 FGs). LSU and Florida are the only SEC teams to have scored first in every game. ... Kentucky has scored fewer touchdowns (8) than any other SEC team. LSU is tied for second with 20. ... James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, was born in SEC country in Arkabutla, Miss., but moved to Michigan as a young boy and attended the University of Michigan.

Scott Rabalais