1. Alabama (4-0, 1-0) - Nick Saban took care of business in a two ways this weekend against Kent State:
a) A dominant 48-0 win for his Tide, though losing Damien Harris isn’t ideal.
b) Contributed $1.5 million to his alma mater by-way of the Alabama athletic budget.
2. Texas A&M (4-0, 2-0) - The Aggies appear to be the best chance out of the West to challenge Alabama, which means they’ll lose to South Carolina next week.
3. Tennessee (4-0, 1-0) - The Vols played the second half like we thought they might would have played all season long. Thirty-eight consecutive points is impressive against any team, but even more so when it comes in snapping an 11-game win streak against the hated Gators.
4. Ole Miss (2-2, 1-1) - The First Half Rebs decided to play the second half. It’s a shame that it comes about three weeks too late.
5. Arkansas (3-1, 0-1) - Them Hogs took a page from the Ole Miss gameplan. Play the first half well, completely abandon what is working for the second 30 minutes. As is expected after a game like the one against Texas A&M, Arkansas has plenty of questions surrounding offensive identity.
6. Florida (3-1, 1-1) - It turns out home blowout wins over New Mexico, North Texas and Kentucky don’t translate well to other teams. Being down your starting quarterback doesn’t help either. UF will be back riding the Easy Train with a trip to Nashville this weekend.
7. Georgia (3-1, 1-1) - What do you get when you have an immensely talented running backs and freshman quarterback? Let down.
8. Auburn (2-2, 1-1) - Sure. The Tigers got the win, finished off Les Miles in Baton Rouge, and the defense appears to be special. However, the “offensive genius” head coach was only able to manage 6 field goals. Auburn has yet to top 20 points against Power 5 teams this season.
9. Missouri (2-2, 0-1) - After the last few seasons of offensive woes, the Tigers put up 79 on Delaware State. That has to feel good, no matter who it comes against.
10. Mississippi State (2-2, 1-1) - True to form this season, the Bulldogs struggled against inferior competition. This time they were able to hold off the mighty Minutemen from UMass, finally building a lead in the fourth quarter.
11. LSU (2-2, 1-1) - We all knew this day was coming, just a matter of time. At 62, view his $12 million buyout as a nice retirement package for the Mad Hatter.
12. Kentucky (2-2, 1-1) - Well done Mark Stoops on getting back to .500 after a horrendous start. It’ll be back to a losing record, barring a miracle, as the Wildcats travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend.
13. South Carolina (2-2, 1-1) - Losing to Kentucky, one of two winnable conference games, wasn’t a good look for Billy Muschamp.
14. Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-1) - An overtime win over an offensively-talented Western Kentucky team was good for fans after last week’s embarrassment versus Georgia Tech.