It's not as fun when your team is taking a free fall down the POWER Rankings. But after the third leg of the gauntlet, the Hogs don't appear to be rising anytime soon.
1) Alabama (6-0, 3-0, SEC, Last Week: 1)- Remember when we said there was a problem with this defense after the A&M game? The touchdown scored Saturday was the first allowed since that game in College Station.
2) LSU (6-1, 3-1, LW: 3)- LSU delivered that old school SEC football from yesteryear with an old-fashioned 17-6 victory over Florida and another 100-yard performance from Jeremy Hill.
3) Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 LW: 4)- Suffering the opposite fate of Florida, the Aggies have exactly no defense--and that's coming from an Arkansas fan. However, as long as Johnny Manziel is lining up behind center this team has a chance. He leads the NCAA FBS all-time with four 300 yards passing/100 yards rushing games.
4) Missouri (6-0, 2-0, LW: 7)- There schedule is weak, but the Tigers have still won every game on it. And Saturday's win in Athens was no fluke. You too had them as the first bowl-eligible SEC team, right?
5) Florida (4-2, 3-1 LW: 6)- The Gator offense doesn't seem to be any better off than it was in its opener versus Toledo, but the defense has yet to give up a passing touchdown through seven games.
6) Georgia (4-2, 3-1, LW: 2)- Now that game in Nashville doesn't look at easy as it once did. The good news for the Dawgs about playing at Commodore Stadium is there will be more of those donned in red and black than gold and black.
7) South Carolina (5-1, 3-1, LW: 7)- The Head Ball coach just has a way with words:
Spurrier: "I do feel badly for Arkansas. That’s no fun getting your butt beat at home, homecoming and all that."— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) October 12, 2013
8) Auburn (5-1, 2-1 LW: 8)- A guy on the radio said the Tigers could get 10 wins this season after handling Western Carolina 62-3. Hold your horses, my man. Assuming Auburn collects wins they should/can (Florida International, Arkansas, Tennessee), it still must beat one of the following: Texas A&M (this week), Georgia or Alabama (both at home).
9) Ole Miss (3-3, 1-3 LW: 10)- The defense held Manziel to zero passing touchdowns; it was those near 600 yards its defense gave up that was a real bummer. That blowout win over Texas seems like a long, long time ago.
10) Tennessee (3-3, 0-2, LW: 9)- The Vols will get another shot at a highly-ranked visitor when South Carolina comes to town. Can Tennessee finish this time?
11) Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3 LW: 11)- After an off week --and a few phone interviews by James Franklin--the Commodores host an injury-ridden and downtrodden Georgia team. If Franklin wants that Texas job, he better start coaching like it.
12) Mississippi State (3-3, 0-2, LW: 12)- A one-point victory at home over Bowling Green is nothing to be too proud of, but it is something we Arkansas faithful haven't seen in a month.
13a) Arkansas (3-4, 0-3, LW: 12)- There are plenty of awful-looking stats to point to: the lack of first downs, time of possession, and the lack of offensive yards. Jadeveon Clowney didn't make it any more enjoyable for those fans who did stick around to the bitter end.
13b) Kentucky (1-5, 0-3 LW: 14)- "We had them right where we wanted them," said the bourbon-filled Kentucky fan.
"Then you had to play the next three quarters," said the voice of reason.
"But The Bear coached here first!" the Kentucky fan replied.