And let's face it, folks LOVE to see where THEIR TEAM places in one of these, so.... here we go!
1. Alabama Have they looked like world beaters? No. but they ARE defending champions, SEC and National, and until someone knocks them off, here they will stay. A lackluster performance against a motivated CO State squad IS NOT reason for concern; especially after the emotional thriller from the week before.
2. Georgia Yes, I am an UGA alumnus. So go ahead, call me a homer. I KNOW it's coming... UGA and LSU are 2 ( a ) and 2 ( b ) right now, but UGA has played a far more daunting schedule. Plus, this weekend's game in Athens will settle this argument, but for now, UGA has been a little more impressive.
3. Louisiana State The Tigers looked very impressive in the early going against Auburn this past weekend. but then... I don't know? Did they lose interest? Were they thinking they had the game in hand and starting to look ahead? It just seems like there was no reason for them to let Auburn make it as interesting as it was. I expected a tight game, but it DID look like LSU had the horses to put it away but didn't.
4. Texas A&M The Aggies look very good. In fact, they are a few lucky breaks away from being #1 in THIS poll and MAYBE even nationally... Had they beaten Bama, they would minimally be #3. Did I say SC would get a BCS bid? it might wind up being a toss-up between them and the Aggies. UNLESS the SEC gets left out of the BCSCG this year...
5. South Carolina If you look at the Vandy and the UGA games, or rather the scores from those games, the Gamecocks might look like a team that is over hyped. but the scores are deceiving. The UGA game was closer than the score indicates and the Vandy game was never in doubt. Don't be surprised if this Gamecock team runs the table and picks up a BCS bowl this year.
6. Mississippi I still can't believe that the Rebels beat Texas. Even if the Longhorns wind up only winning 4 or 5 games, THAT was a watershed moment for Hugh Freeze's Ole Miss program. This weekend's game, win or more likely lose, will go a long way in determining the kind of year that Ole Miss has. They really can't afford to be blown out. I really don't think they will be - expect a tough and tight game on Saturday.
7. Florida How often does a team lose a starting QB that is obviously more talented than his replacement and have the fans feel pretty good about it? Almost never. And don't misunderstand, I AM NOT saying that ANYONE is happy that a young man got hurt. But facts are facts and the "eye test" rarely lies. Murphy is a gamer. I think the Gators wind up being better off this year.
8. Missouri My word, did y'all see that game against the Hoosiers? The gambling line was "pick 'em", and the Tigers just took them to the woodshed. Sure, it was a game against a middling (or maybe even poor) Big Ten team, but it was very impressive nonetheless. The rest of the schedule certainly is daunting, but I'll be very surprised if these Tigers don't go bowling.
9. Auburn These Tigers are much improved from the 2012 squad that failed to win a conference game. I did expect to see a better game from them than what we witnessed last Saturday, but was pleased to see that they DID NOT GIVE UP. The 2012 squad looked like a group of guys that gave up after the 3rd game last year. Again, I expect to see the magic 6 wins and a bowl game - a big improvement from last year.
10. Tennessee After beating up on lesser competition, reality has set in for the Vols. Getting raped by one of the best teams in the country followed by a tough beat down against a top tier team that loses its starting quarterback can be a little discouraging. With likely losses to UGA, SC & Bama; the Vols will need to win 3 or 4 against Mizzou; KY; Vandy & AU. I am having a hard time seeing the Vols in a bowl this year.
11. Vanderbilt Give James Franklin credit, he has kept the wheels on the bus during a pretty hefty storm. I am actually impressed that the Commodores have stayed as focused as they have, but I still see them as just the 11th best team in the conference. Based on the remaining schedule, that probably means a bowl game.
12. Mississippi State I think that many Bulldog fans, or at least fans on this site, overreacted to the tough Auburn loss. These same fans now see a turnaround after watching their team beat up on an over matched Troy Trojan team. I am not sold on the theory that Coach Dan Mullen has done a bad job in Starkville, but I am also not sold on a 6 win season this year. It sounds like a contradiction, I know...
13. Arkansas It just isn't fair. Beat Rutgers and the whole world looks different. And the gut wrenching thing is, they almost did. From the start of the 4th quarter, it even looked like they should... Yes, Rutgers is a pretty good ballclub. yes, the Hogs caught some lucky breaks to be ahead late in the game. But this weekend's loss really does change the dynamic on the season.
14. Kentucky Are brighter days ahead for the Wildcats? I think so. but probably not in 2013. The way things look now, Kentucky is the most woeful team in the Southeastern Conference. The reality is, the loss in week 1 to W KY PROBABLY takes away any chance for the Wildcats to reach 6 wins and a bowl this year.
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Edited by dcbl, 29 September 2013 - 10:33 AM.