1) Mississippi State (9-0, 5-0 SEC) Last week: 1- Homecoming went as planned as the Bulldogs handled UT-Martin with ease. This Saturday, State can win the SEC West with a win over Alabama. Their last SEC West title came in 1998, the first year of the BCS.
2) Alabama (8-1, 5-1) LW: 2- The Tide now holds the title of best win of the season, after going down early in Death Valley and rallying back to earn and overtime win (and screw many "LSU +6 bettors" out of a win). It was the SEC football of old and a damn fine game to watch. It also provided us this shot of the happiest drunk dad in America!
3) Georgia (7-2, 5-2) LW: 6- When they are rolling, the Bulldogs could be the best team in the SEC. It was good to see offensive coordinator Mike Bobo open up the playbook for quarterback Hutson Mason, who proved he could make all the throws. Auburn's defensive woes should give Dawg fans hope for next week. Return man Isaiah McKenzie also put on a show with a punt and kickoff return for a touchdown.
4) LSU (7-3, 3-3) LW: 4- Tough loss but this team has come a long way since beginning of the season. The quarterback position is the gaping hole holding the Tigers back. Anthony Jennings went 8-of-26 for 78 yards. He had a throw to win the game, but whether or not he should have simply run for the first down will be debated for the next few days in Baton Rouge. Tiger be straight flexin' on special teams though.
5) Auburn (7-2, 4-2) LW: 2- As my old man told me on our weekly SEC Sunday chat, "Gus went to pour his box of Lucky Charms and realized they were all gone." Losing byway of a butt fumble is Mark Sanchez-type stuff, but NOBODY feels bad for the Tigers.
6) Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2) LW: 5- The Rebels' chances at the SEC title game aren't done yet, but they'll need some help: Alabama to beat Mississippi State, Auburn to beat Alabama, and to win the Egg Bowl. Hey Roger, what do you think about it?
7) Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3) LW: 8- Kevin Sumlin is off his simmering seat after coming away with one of the biggest upsets of the season, 23-point underdogs at kickoff. Kyle Allen is a freshman which means we could be hearing his name forever, joining the likes of players like Aaron Murray, who seemed like he played for at least 7 years.
8) Arkansas (4-5, 0-5) LW: 7- Weather experts are predicting a snowy night when LSU comes to town later this week as the Razorbacks play their sixth straight ranked SEC opponent.
9) Missouri (7-2, 4-1) LW: 9- Winning out with games at a rejuvenated Texas A&M and a bowl-hungry Tennessee precede hosting the Hogs. If the Tigers win out they'll secure a bid to their second SEC Championship Game in as many years.
10) Florida (5-3, 4-3) LW: 10- Will Muschamp is saving his job with a shot at winning eight games. Takeaway the games against Mizzou and Alabama (which could be division champs) and you have a respectable season. The more interesting storyline is what happened to Leon Orr, who rode a bus home to Gainesville after learning he hadn't earned the start versus Vandy.
11) Tennessee (4-5, 1-5) LW: 12- As was the case with much of the rest of the East, Tennessee enjoyed a bye before completing SEC play with Kentucky, Missouri and a trip to Vandy. Like Arkansas, two wins out of the next three gives the Vols a bowl bid.
12) South Carolina (4-5, 2-5) LW: 13- The Gamecocks complete SEC play with a return journey to The Swamp for Steve Spurrier after a week off.
13) Kentucky (5-5, 2-5) LW: 11- You knew it was over when... Georgia returned the opening kickoff and took a 7-0 lead. It was a miserable day to be a Wildcat as they were throttled by Georgia, 63-31. The defense gave up 559 yards and didn't force a punt all game long.
14) Vanderbilt (3-7, 0-6) LW: 14- Hmm... what else can we say? I told you early on this squad could make the list of Top 5 Bad Vandy Teams. Thus far, my hypothesis is spot on.
Final Four: Mississippi State, Florida State, Oregon, Alabama
Next Two: TCU- This gem of a team could be the first "2004 Auburn" of the new football playoff.
Baylor- They've got the head-to-head against TCU going for them, but an ugly loss to West Virginia could keep them out.