SEC Rating Game for Nov. 22, 2012

Alabama coach Nick Saban smiles prior to the start of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Alabama coach Nick Saban smiles prior to the start of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

1. ALABAMA (9-1, 6-1 SEC)

Bama’s chances of a second straight ‘do over’ are very real.

2. GEORGIA (9-1, 7-1)

Bulldogs lurking in BCS weeds, waiting for someone to slip up.

3. FLORIDA (9-1, 7-1)

Gimpy Gators beat LSU, A&M, but wouldn’t want to play them now.

4. LSU (8-2, 4-2)

Tigers hitting stride, but may be too late for anything but Cotton.

5. TEXAS A&M (8-2, 5-2)

For his next trick, Johnny Football will cure male baldness.

6. SOUTH CAROLINA (8-2, 6-2)

Wofford gives Spurrier week to prepare new material for Dabo.

7. MISSISSIPPI STATE (7-3, 3-3)

’Dogs should beat Arkansas, but last 3 games have taken a toll.

8. VANDERBILT (6-4, 4-3)

Did the Mayans predict Vandy would go 8-4 in 2012, too?

9. OLE MISS (5-5, 2-4)

Will LSU, State freeze Rebels’ charge at respectability?

10. MISSOURI (5-5, 2-5)

One more win and it’s Shakespeare’s pizzas for everyone.

11. ARKANSAS (4-6, 2-4)

Having to win out for bowl wasn’t on Arky preseason radar.

12. TENNESSEE (4-6, 0-6)

End, new beginning can’t come soon enough for woeful Vols.

T-13. AUBURN (2-8, 0-7)

Auburn has one more win than Kentucky, but ...

T-13. KENTUCKY (1-9, 0-7)

... misery on this grand a scale deserves company.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE

Saturday

Ole Miss at No. 8 LSU, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

Arkansas at Mississippi State, 11:21 a.m. (SEC Network)

Western Carolina at No. 4 Alabama, 11:21 a.m. (SEC Network)

Jacksonville State at No. 7 Florida, noon

Wofford at No. 12 South Carolina, noon

Georgia Southern at No. 5 Georgia, 12:30 p.m.

Alabama A&M at Auburn, 1 p.m.

Sam Houston State at No. 9 Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m.

Tennessee at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Syracuse at Missouri, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

Samford at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.

All times Central

GAME OF THE WEEK

Ole Miss at LSU

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Tiger Stadium (CBS)

In a weak week for SEC football, the renewal of this ancient rivalry is the best of a mediocre lot. The Rebels have made huge strides under first-year coach Hugh Freeze, a win from bowl eligibility after going 2-10 in 2011. QB Bo Wallace leads an Ole Miss offense averaging 413.2 ypg, including 247.6 passing. Meanwhile, LSU’s offense has finally gained a long-sought balance with QB Zach Mettenberger, who has thrown for 571 yards, 3 TDs and no INTs the last two games.

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