There was no movement in the top five SEC teams this week, as most of the back-end teams lost, preventing much movement from happening in what has been a wild conference season thus far.
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0,4-0)
Last week: #1
The Tide faced off with Tennessee in what was a very late start, but as expected, they took care of business with a 35-13 win.
It was a much better performance by the Alabama defense, who had to step up after Tua Tagovailoa went out early with a high-ankle sprain. He is expected to miss this week vs. Arkansas, as former UK commit Mac Jones will get the starting nod.
The defense will need to keep stepping up as long as Tua is out, and if they start playing at a high level more consistently, then it’s hard to see anyone beating them.
Week 9: vs Arkansas
#2 LSU Tigers (7-0,3-0)
Last week: #2
It was another big week for the Tigers, as the offense continues to put up big numbers in their 36-13 win over Mississippi State.
QB Joe Burrow put himself in the LSU record books by breaking the record for passing TDs in just 7 games with his 29th TD of the season, as he had 4 passing TDs on the day.
Next week is going to be a big test for this LSU team and their push for the SEC West when they face Auburn.
Week 9: vs Auburn
#3 Florida Gators (7-1,4-1)
Last week: #3
The Gators made the trip to face a South Carolina team that was coming off a massive win over Georgia.
It was messy conditions for this one, as the two teams had to battle heavy rain, but that didn’t stop the Gators’ offense from putting up 354 yards of offense.
The Gamecocks were able to find success against the Gators’ defense, but in the end, the Gator offense proved to be too much as they get the win 38-27.
Week 9: BYE
#4 Auburn Tigers (6-1,3-1)
Last week: #4
It was an offensive show put on by the Tigers in their 51-10 route of Arkansas on the road.
It was a very good performance for QB Bo Nix, as he was 12-17 for 176 yards and 3 TDs and 1 rushing TD.
Now the Tigers will get into a stretch where they will face LSU, Georgia, and Alabama within 5 weeks.
Will the Tigers come out on top of the West? Already having one conference loss, they just about need to win out in order to do so.
Week 9: @ LSU
#5 Georgia Bulldogs (6-1,3-1)
Last week: #5
It was another disappointing performance for the Bulldogs as they faced off with Kentucky in an absolute downpour.
Georgia entered halftime in a 0-0 tie, and it took a big mistake by the Cats for UGA to finally find the endzone.
The UGA offense was shut down for most of the game by the Cats, and that created a lot of boos from the home crowd.
But in the end UGA, did enough to get by with a 21-0 win.
Week 9: BYE
#6 Texas A&M Aggies (4-3,2-2)
Last week: #8
The Aggies are benefitting this week by an embarrassing loss for Missouri against Vandy.
The Aggies made the trip to face Ole Miss and found themselves trailing 14-10 in the 3rd but were able to get it going and come away with the 24-17 win.
A&M will have a chance the next 3 weeks to find 2 wins to become bowl eligible before their schedule really heats up.
Week 9: vs Mississippi State
#7 South Carolina Gamecocks (3-4,2-3)
Last week: #7
The Gamecocks had a big chance to make a major statement after beating Georgia if they backed it up with a win over Florida as well.
However, they came up just short.
USC was able to put up points on the Gators, but their defense couldn’t slow down the Gators’ offense, as they lost 38-27.
Bowl eligibility is still on the table for the Gamecocks if they can take care of business the next 3 weeks.
Week 9: @ Tennessee
#8 Missouri Tigers (5-2,2-1)
Last week: #6
The Tigers entered the weekend with the lead in the SEC East and had a chance to stay undefeated in SEC play against a struggling Vanderbilt team.
In the most shocking result of the day in the SEC, the Tigers lost to Vandy 21-14 while only putting up 293 yards of offense.
Things won’t get any easier for the Tigers as they now get ready for a trip to Lexington and have upcoming matchups with Florida and Georgia.
Week 9: @ Kentucky
#9 Ole Miss Rebels (3-5,2-3)
Last week: #9
Ole Miss was at home for a matchup with Texas A&M, and it has to be a frustrating loss for the Rebels for multiple reasons.
They outgained A&M by 68 yards, drew even in turnovers, and rushed for 250 yards. Yet they still lost 24-17.
This has been the story of the season for the Rebels, as they have had a number of close losses like the one this week.
Week 9: BYE
#10 Kentucky Wildcats (3-4,1-4)
Last week: #10
The Cats made the trip to Athens and faced off with Georgia in horrible conditions, as neither team could rely on the passing game.
The first half was a major success for Kentucky, as they went into the break tied 0-0 and was controlling the line of scrimmage.
But the offense’s inability to move the ball caused the defense to get gassed, and Georgia eventually took command and ran by the Cats with a 21-0 win.
Now, kentucky has to find three more wins in its final five games, all of which are winnable, but other than UT-Martin, all of them will be dogfights.
Week 9: vs Missouri
#11 Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-4,1-3)
Last week: #11
The Bulldogs had a tough task this week as they were taking on an LSU team that has been outstanding all season.
The Bulldogs’ defense was no match for the high-powered offense of the Tigers as they gave up 413 yards with 327 coming through the air.
This one was over quick as the Bulldogs lost 36-13.
Week 9: @ Texas A&M
#12 Tennessee Volunteers (2-5,1-3)
Last week: #12
The Vols were tasked with a matchup with Alabama on the road and it went as we all expected.
The Vols put up a good fight for the 1st quarter, but Alabama eventually pulled away and went on to win 35-13.
It will be extremely difficult for the Vols to find 4 wins with the schedule they have remaining.
Week 9: vs South Carolina
#13 Arkansas Razorbacks (2-5,0-4)
Last week: #13
The Razorbacks were at home for a difficult matchup with Auburn, and they didn’t put up much of a fight.
After finding themselves down 17-0 after the 1st quarter, they were only able to put up 10 points the rest of the way as they were dominated 51-10.
Chad Morris may just be in his second year, but as bad as it’s been, he’ll be on the hot seat when the season ends unless he pulls off a major upset.
Week 9: @ Alabama
#14 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-5,1-3)
Last week: #14
Vanderbilt was coming off an embarrassing loss to UNLV a week ago and had to face the #22 ranked Missouri Tigers.
In what was a massive upset, the Commodores beat the Tigers 21-14 to get their 2nd win of the season.
Now Vandy gets a week off before they get ready for their final 5 games of the season.
Week 9: BYE