Is this the year that Mississippi State makes a move? The Bulldogs sure looked like a contender, not a pretender, in their upset of LSU. Dak Prescott is beginning to receive some Heisman talk, but I’m not ready to put him among the leaders just yet.
Alabama (No. 2 last week) – Alabama moves ahead of Texas A&M because it put the “Roll” in “Roll Tide” with 645 yards of offense against Florida. Lane Kiffin is proving that he was a strong hire.
Texas A&M (No. 1) – SMU played road kill for the Aggies, who rested Kenny Hill for the second half, only after he had thrown for 265 yards. I wonder if Arkansas will be able to slow them.
Auburn (No. 4) – Four leaf clovers. A horseshoe. A rabbit’s foot. I wonder how many lucky charms Gus Malzahn stuffs in his pockets before every game. Auburn managed to win another close one.
Mississippi State (No. 6) – Don’t put Mississippi State in the national championship game just yet, but the Bulldogs proved a lot. They still have a tough road, beginning with Texas A&M on Oct. 4.
Ole Miss (No. 5) – The Rebels probably didn’t enjoy watching their in-state rivals upsetting LSU, but if they beat Memphis on Saturday, they’ll be 4-0 when Alabama comes to Oxford on Oct. 4.
LSU (No. 3) – The deficit was too great to overcome this time for the Tigers. The loss to Mississippi State exposed some flaws that will need to be fixed. Les Miles can’t pull magic out of his hat every week.
South Carolina (No. 7) – Steve Spurrier was relieved to escape Vandy. He was embarrassed by the Gamecocks’ showing, which included giving up two kickoff returns for scores. But, as he said, they’re 3-1.
Georgia (No. 8) – There might have been some frustration released against Troy, which offered little resistance. The Bulldogs have so many running backs, they might not throw another pass.
Florida (No. 10) – Will Muschamp will take his defense back to the lab after it was shredded for 645 yards by Alabama. Even four Tide turnovers couldn’t stop the onslaught.
Arkansas (No. 11) – The Razorbacks have enjoyed their time outside the SEC, rolling over Nicholls State, Texas Tech and Northern Illinois. One problem: Eight of the next nine opponents are SEC teams.
Missouri (No. 9) – Adversity – in the form of a middling Big Ten team – hit hard. The Tigers were about a 13-point favorite over the Hoosiers, who had lost to Bowling Green. Can they bounce back?
Kentucky (No. 12) – It’ll be interesting to see how Kentucky bounces back after its bye week. Will the Wildcats show the confidence they had against Florida? Or will they come out strong?
Tennessee (No. 13) – Expect Justin Worley and his receivers to pile up some numbers against Georgia’s depleted secondary. Running back Jalen Hurd could also make life rough on the Bulldogs.
Vanderbilt (No. 14) – The Commodores did several good things against South Carolina. But they also had two turnovers and couldn’t protect a 14-point lead. In the end, it was another loss.