The SEC East is in a three way tie at the top while the West is still being dominated by a behemoth. Not much happened this week in terms of shake ups but it did set the table for what is going to be a wild finish to the conference season.
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0)
Last Week- #1
It was business as usual for Bama as the Tide rumbled into Knoxville and administered a beating to the hapless Vols. It was 21-0 with six minutes to go in the first quarter. They ended up winning 58-21 after Nick Saban called of the dogs. There’s no stopping them and they get a week off to rest up before they take on LSU.
Week 9: Bye
#2 LSU Tigers (7-1, 4-1)
Last Week- #2
A week after putting done on team of Bulldogs the Tigers did the same to another. They whooped Mississippi State 19-3 and we saw a team of contenders and a team of pretenders. While State fades away in the West, LSU put together one more emphatic win before welcoming Alabama to Death Valley.
Week 9: Bye
#3 Georgia Bulldogs (6-1, 3-1)
Last Week- #3
The Bulldogs have a lot of company at the top of the East in a season where not many thought that they would be challenged. They have an opportunity to knock off both Kentucky and Florida in consecutive weeks in order to get back on track to Atlanta.
Week 9: vs. Florida CBS 3:30 PM
#4 Kentucky Wildcats (6-1, 4-1)
Last Week- #4
It wasn’t pretty but Mark Stoops said he wasn’t going to apologize for a win. The Cats beat Vanderbilt in an old fashioned slobberknocker 14-7 where the defense was once again Stellar for the Cats. Benny Snell reminded offensive coordinator to just give him the damn ball as he rushed for 169 yards. But the Cats are going to need more on offensive for their game against Mizzou.
Week 9: at Missouri 4:00 PM on the SEC Network
#5 Florida Gators (6-1, 3-1)
Last Week- #5
Dan Mullen certainly found his stride as the Gators are winners of five straight, including a win over the LSU Tigers. Now they find themselves on top of the SEC East with Kentucky and Georgia. They will get their shot at Georgia on a neutral field in the world’s largest cocktail party. They can’t afford to go 0-2 against the top of the division.
Week 9: vs. Georgia 3:30 PM on CBS
#6 Texas A&M Aggies (5-2, 3-1)
Last Week- #6
Despite some bumps in the road, the Aggies find themselves in third place in the West with a chance to move into second place if they can find a way to beat a fading Mississippi State team. They have to travel on the road to Starkville to try to win their fourth straight game.
Week 9: at Mississippi State 7:00 PM on ESPN
#7 Auburn Tigers (5-3, 2-3)
Last Week- #9
Auburn got a much needed win after back-to-back losses, one of those at home vs. Tennessee. They took care of business this week as they pounded Ole Miss 31-16. There’s still time for the Tigers to make a move in the West with remaining games against A&M and Bama. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they go 0-2 in those games.
Week 9: Bye
#8 Missouri Tigers (4-3, 0-3)
Last Week- #11
65-33 was the final score as Mizzou pounded the visiting Memphis Tigers. Drew Lock again showed why he is the second best quarterback in the conference. While they are winless in the SEC they are still an extremely dangerous team and Kentucky will have their hands full as they head to Columbia this week. The Tigers are champing at the bit to knock off a ranked opponent.
Week 9: vs. Kentucky 4:00 PM on the SEC Network
#9 South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3, 2-3)
Last Week- #12
Will Muschamp took advantage of the bye week to lick his wounds after a close loss at home to Texas A&M. Things aren’t going as planned this season for Cocky as they are looking up at three teams in the East. They are 0-2 against Kentucky and Georgia so they’re essentially out of it unless something truly wild happens.
Week 9: vs. Tennessee 7:40 PM on the SEC Network
#10 Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-3, 1-3)
Last Week- #7
Remember at the beginning of the season when State was beating everyone’s brains in? Good times. The wake up call came fast and furious as they entered into conference play. It started with Kentucky and it’s continued to spiral after that. They still have a chance to put together some nice wins for the rest of the season.
Week 9: vs. Texas A&M 7:00 PM on ESPN
#11 Ole Miss Rebels (5-3, 1-3)
Last Week- #10
Ole Miss are who they are. They’re gangbusters vs. cupcakes and they get their butts handed to them when they play a team from the SEC (except Arkansas). That was evident again as they were dismantled by LSU. Let’s see what they can do with a team from the East after they get a week off.
Week 9: Bye
#12 Tennessee Volunteers (3-4, 1-2)
Last Week- #8
That win at Auburn seems like it happened last season as the Vols followed that up by getting creamed in front of a packed house. It was kind of sad watching Jeremy Pruitt flounder on the sidelines as Nick Saban crushed the soul of his team. It’s worth asking if they are in the midst of a Kentucky-like losing streak to the Tide.
Week 9: at South Carolina 7:30 PM on SEC Network
#13 Vanderbilt Commodores (3-5, 0-4)
Last Week- #13
Look, I’ll give this to the Dores, they play really hard. It was tough conditions in Lexington last night and Vandy hung in the entire game only to lose by a touchdown. They’ve been so close so many times this season yet they cannot close out games. And that what separates good teams.
Week 9: at Arkansas 12:00 PM on the SEC Network
#14 Arkansas Razorbacks (2-6, 0-4)
Last Week- #14
Hey! They won! The Hogs blanked Tulsa 23-0 and they will welcome in Vandy this week to settle once and for all who the worst team in the SEC is.
Week 9: vs. Vanderbilt 12:00 PM on the SEC Network