The LSU Tigers have once again made their case as the second best team in the SEC after they suffered a loss last week. Things are not clearing up as upsets and close calls ruled the day in the SEC.
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0)
Last Week- #1
The Tide rolled the overmatched Missouri Tigers 39-10 but it wasn’t a good performance by Nick Saban standards. The defensive line was pushed around at times by the Tiger offensive line and the offense sputtered as Heisman front runner Tua Tagovailoa was sidelined in the second half with a knee injury.
Week 8: at Tennessee 3:30 PM
#2 LSU Tigers (6-1, 3-1)
Last Week- #3
A week after losing on the road to a much improved Florida team. the Tigers bounced back in a big way by crushing the Georgia Bulldogs 36-16 in Death Valley. That game meant more for Georgia and the East than it did for LSU, but one cannot help but be impressed by the way Ed Orgeron had his team respond after a loss.
Week 8: vs. Mississippi State 7:00 PM on ESPN
#3 Georgia Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1)
Last Week- #2
I think Kirby Smart’s team was feeling their hype a little too much. They have been playing subpar football for a few weeks now and it finally caught up with them. Still, one has to wonder how much they are missing Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. That offense doesn’t have the same pop as it did last season. Things aren’t getting easier for the Dawgs this week.
Week 8: vs. Florida 3:30 PM on CBS
#4 Kentucky Wildcats (5-1, 3-1)
Last Week- #4
The Cats were off and it was a good thing because the SEC was complete chaos. They watched as Georgia went down and Florida struggled with Vanderbilt. Both things are good for Kentucky because they won’t overlook a bad Commodore team.
Week 8: vs. Vanderbilt 7:30 PM on SEC Network
#5 Florida Gators (6-1, 3-1)
Last Week- #5
Vanderbilt put a scare into the Gators for one half of football before Dan Mullen’s team was able to shake off the cobwebs. The glory from beating LSU and looking ahead to Georgia probably factored into that. But once the Gators got it going, it was clear which team was the better one.
Week 8: vs. Georgia 3:30 PM on CBS
#6 Texas A&M Aggies (5-2, 3-1)
Last Week- #6
The Aggies play every game to the last second and yesterday was no exception as they eked out a win 26-23 against a desperate South Carolina Gamecocks team. While Jimbo Fisher has no doubt injected life into A&M I still think they are a year away from really competing. They get a week off and it’s a good thing because the rest of their schedule is brutal.
Week 8- Off
#7 Mississippi St. Bulldogs (4-2, 1-2)
Last Week- #7
The Starkville squad was off this week and I don’t think any other teams did anything to jump them so here they sit. They left us with a win over Auburn the last time we saw them but I’m not sure that means what we thought it did due to what happened to Auburn on Saturday. The Bulldogs get another chance to prove they belong with the best in the West.
Week 8: at LSU 7:00 PM on ESPN
#8 Tennessee Volunteers (3-3, 1-2)
Last Week- #13
The biggest jump of the week belongs to the Vols. They went on the road and shocked the Auburn Tigers 30-24 and for most of the game it wasn’t even that close. Jeremy Pruitt seems to be rallying his team a bit and they could be a tough team to face off against in the second half of the season.
Week 8- vs. Alabama 3:30 PM
#9 Auburn Tigers (4-3, 1-3)
Last Week- #8
That’s now two losses in a row for Auburn and folks are getting restless. Once they were a top ten team knocking on the playoff doors and now they are losers of two straight against seemingly inferior opponents. If they lose three in a row then I think we can assume boosters will start to scrape together $36, 000,000 for a buyout.
Week 8- at Ole Miss 12:00 PM on ESPN
#10 Ole Miss Rebels (5-2, 1-2)
Last Week- #11
Ole Miss is steadily climbing the rankings but it’s not like they’re impressive as they do it. They were losing big to Arkansas before the Hogs woke up and realized that they’re a terrible football team. Still, Matt Luke as them one win away from making a bowl and that is saying something.
Week 8- vs. Auburn 12:00 PM on ESPN
#11 Missouri Tigers (3-3, 0-3)
Last Week- #10
I really think Missouri is much better than their record indicates. They played Bama as tough as anyone has this season and Drew Lock is the real deal. But they are winless in the SEC and they just cannot seem to put it all together. If and when they do, they can cause some serious damage.
Week 8- vs. Memphis 4:00 PM on SEC Network
#12 South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3, 2-3)
Last Week- #9
Will Muschamp is floundering away the success he saw last season. They aren’t particularly good in any facet of the game and they are finding ways to lose week to week. Maybe they can get it turned around but I just don’t see enough talent to do it.
Week 8- Off
#13 Vanderbilt Commodores (3-4, 0-3)
Last Week- #12
After giving Florida a bit of a scare the Commodores reverted back to being the Commodores. But with their backs against the wall, they could be dangerous heading into Kentucky for week 8. They could view this game as the last chance to get their season going in the right direction.
Week 8- at Kentucky 7:30 PM on SEC Network
#14 Arkansas Razorbacks (1-6, 0-4)
Last Week- #14
I really thought they might beat Ole Miss. Oh Well.
Week 8- vs. Tulsa 12:00 PM on SEC Network