Running up a 42-0 score on Vanderbilt in a little more than a half when the Commodores had yet to give up more than 24 all season was enough to keep them atop my ballot.
I know it was the Saban Bowl in Baton Rouge but really, how many Saban recruits are left at LSU? The Tide didn’t take care of business against the Tigers as well as UF or UGA did despite 4 Lee INTs. The offense only managed 14 points for crying out loud.
The Bulldogs are No. 3 on my ballot, as I presume they are on everyone else’s, and I doubt there’s anything likely to happen that will move them up or down from there.
The Tigers managed a much stronger showing against the Tide than they did against either Florida or Georgia even with Lee doing his Santa impression for the Alabama secondary. That’s good news for the future.
5. South Carolina
I think I agree with the Gainesville Sun‘s Pat Dooley that this is Spurrier’s best team yet. Both Smelley and Garcia have higher ceilings than Blake Mitchell ever did, and the defense is terrific.
6. Ole Miss
After a week to rest up, the Rebels should punch their bowl ticket with a win over UL-Monroe . Add in a win in the Egg Bowl and whatever bowl they go to and it’s an eight win year. I think everyone in Oxford can be happy with that.
With the closes losses to Alabama and Georgia, the ‘Cats are looking like a rebound team for next year. In the meantime, they can celebrate a third straight bowl trip. Not bad for a rebuilding year in Lexington.
The reeling Commodores must win this weekend because getting over the hump against Tennessee is never easy and winning at Wake Forest will be tricky. Then again, Kentucky looks demonstrably better than the Vols do.
Getting win No. 5 in Starkville this weekend should happen, but getting No. 6 against LSU is another story. Those close losses to Kentucky and Ole Miss are looming large.
That was about as uninspiring as a double-digit win over a I-AA team gets. Getting a sixth win against Georgia or Alabama looks nigh impossible at this point.
11. Mississippi State
At least they didn’t lose this past weekend.
If the players are going to quit on this season, then there’s no reason not to put them last. And if they didn’t quit on the season and still lost to Wyoming, I’m not sure that’s better.