Raise your hand if you thought LSU would be a Top 5 SEC team at any point this season. I don’t see any hands—there’s a good reason for it. The Tigers were projected to win six or seven games by most in Las Vegas during Brian Kelly’s first season in charge. Now? The Bayou Bengals are sitting at 4-1 and they’ve broken into the Top 25. If LSU manages to beat Tennessee this weekend, it could climb even higher on this list.
Ole Miss survived by the skin of its teeth against Kentucky. If the Rebels had managed to cover the -6.5 spread in this game, it would’ve warranted a jump over Tennessee. Unfortunately, Lane Kiffin’s crew left it late instead of capitalizing on a plethora of Kentucky mistakes. Ole Miss now has a couple of very winnable games (Vanderbilt and Auburn) before taking a trip to Death Valley in a few weeks.
Does Tennessee deserve the No. 3 ranking in the conference? We’re about to find out. The Volunteers stay where they were last week due to the fact they were idle last week. However, a tough trip to Baton Rouge awaits. Tennessee is lucky to have gotten a good draw with CBS at 11 a.m. CT in Tiger Stadium. It’ll be an intimidating atmosphere nonetheless.
College football fans are about to find out what the Volunteers are made of this weekend.
Honestly, I thought Georgia was a lock for the National Championship a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps the Bulldogs let this widespread belief in them go to their heads because they’ve looked like just another run-of-the-mill team lately. Georgia struggled to put away Kent State two weeks ago before leaving it late against a mediocre Missouri team at the weekend.
Luckily for Kirby Smart and Co., they’ve got the same cupcakes as Ole Miss in Auburn and Vanderbilt coming up. The unfortunate reality of being on the top is everyone’s trying to look for an excuse to knock you off your perch. The Bulldogs have found this out the hard way lately.
Is Alabama definitively a better team than Georgia? No. However, I said last week that the Crimson Tide would have been 1b in the rankings last week if I was able to make that work. Whereas the Bulldogs struggled to beat Mizzou, Alabama went on the road and comfortably dispatched a very good Arkansas team. The Crimson Tide played a good chunk of the game with a backup quarterback too. This performance sees Alabama jump to No. 1 this week.