So much for the season winding down (like I thought last week). Movement all over the place this week. Based upon their performances on-the-field so far this season:
1. Alabama 11-0 (7-0)
The time has come, 'Bama: it's the Iron Bowl, and you've got your best chance to beat the War-Eagling Tigers in six years. Don't blow it by looking ahead to the SEC Championship. Last week: no. 1 (same).
2. Florida 10-1 (6-1)
It's hard to justify why I keep Florida at number two with their ridiculous offensive output. It's also hard not to see the mid-90s Spurrier-Gators when you look at the final scores from the Gators' games this year. But they're stuck at no. 2 unless and until they can beat the Tide on the field. This week, it's an opportunity to kick a Bowden while he's down and call it a "rivalry" game. Last week: no. 2 (same).
3. Georgia 9-2 (6-2)
This week, the Dawgs host their foes from Atlanta as the Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech (who're helluva engineers) roll into Athens. The Yellow Jackets have been decent this year, but they also play in the ACC. Dawgs win, and get a nice bowl. But still no SEC Championship. Last week: no. 3 (same).
4. Ole Miss 7-4 (4-3)
Well where the heck have the Rebels come from? All of a sudden, they're back in the Top 25 with a winning record in the SEC. If they take care of business in the Egg Bowl, they'll have eight wins -- and five in the SEC. I'm glad Vanderbilt played the Rebs at the beginning of the season instead of now. Otherwise, it'd be the Commodores getting the score ran up on them. Last week: no. 7 (+3).
5. South Carolina 7-4 (4-4)
The Ol' Ball Coach gets a chance to improve his team's bowl standing with a win against their hated in-state rival, Clemson. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, Clemson has checked out of the season since Mr. Bowden got fired. A rivalry win, and an 8-4 record. Not a bad season in Columbia. Last week: no. 6 (+1).
6. Vanderbilt 6-5 (4-4)
If this team could find some consistent offense, they'd have 9 wins (against Mississippi State, Duke, and Yew Tee). They get the slot above the Bayou Bengals because of their SEC performance (and the fact that LSU's non-conference schedule isn't as imrpessive as Vanderblit's -- Appy State, Troy, North Texas, and Tulane? Try Miami Ohio, Rice, Duke, and Wake). Who knows which team will show up in Winston-Salem this week? I sure don't. If it's the usual Commodore night-game/ESPN team, then pick the 'Dores by 10. If it's the day-time, Raycom team, Wake can name its score. Last week: no. 5 (-1).
7. LSU 7-4 (3-4)
I have no idea what in the world is going on in Baton Rouge, either. The defending national champions almost lose to Troy, and then get blown out by Ole Miss in their "Magnolia Bowl" rivalry game. What's the deal, people? Last week, I said that "Arky" would be an easy win for the Cajun Tigers. This week, I don't know if that's the case. Dores go ahead of LSU because of conference record. Last week: no. 4 (-3).
8. Kentucky 6-5 (2-5)
I think Kentucky will see Vanderbilt's flatness against Yew Tee and the Vawls' cockiness after beating Vanderbilt (no fruit sucks like puke Orange, after all), and go and get the job done in Knoxville. Big Blue has had a week off to rest up and prepare, and I'm sure that Rich Brooks had a critical eye on Raycom last week. At the same time, it is Fulmer Appreciation Day at Neyland Stadium, and emotions will be very high. The game is a toss-up. Last week: no. 8 (same).
9. Auburn 5-6 (2-5)
If Tuberville beats Bama again, he saves his job. It's that simple. He also gets to join the War-Eagling Nation in coming up with yet another cheesy t-shirt phrase about the number of wins they've racked up against Alabama. Sadly, though, don't think that's going to happen. Don't know if Tubs loses his job, but I think the Tide stops the streak in Tuscaloosa this week. Last week: no. 9 (same).
10. Mississippi State 4-7 (2-6)
I called this one last week: if you have a week to prepare for Coach Croom, you're going to get beat. Sadly, Ole Miss didn't have an open date before the Egg Bowl. They killed LSU in Baton Rouge, instead. Last week: no. 11 (+1).
11. Tennessee 4-7 (2-5)
I hate Yew Tee. Fervently. Last week: no. 12 (+1).
12. Arkansas 4-7 (1-6)
If at first you don't succeed (in getting the second SEC win), then try, try again. If Ole Miss can, then maybe you can, too! Plus, it's in Little Rock. Think Bill 'n Hill will come in for the game? Last week: no. 10 (-2).