The rating game
Ranking the Southeastern Conference’s 14 teams after Week 2:
1.ALABAMA (1-0; LAST WEEK: 1)
Tide won’t stay atop the polls if it stays last in SEC offense.
2. LSU (2-0; LW: 3)
SI.com no distractions for what is right now SEC’s best balanced team.
3. GEORGIA (1-1, 1-0; LW: 6)
Rating Game admits it judged the Bulldogs too harshly after Clemson loss.
4. TEXAS A&M (2-0; LW: 4)
Bama could be high water mark of Manziel mania — or send it into orbit.
5. SOUTH CAROLINA (1-1, 0-1; LW: 2)
Gamecocks not done. Every remaining game (even Clemson) is winnable.
6. OLE MISS (2-0, 1-0; LW: 7)
A rising star tries to come back from the Lone Star State a stunning 3-0.
7. FLORIDA (1-1; LW: 5)
A one-handed Gators team won’t get its hands on the SEC trophy.
8. AUBURN (2-0; LW: 9)
Still don’t think AU is all that, but win over Wazzu adds more luster now.
9. TENNESSEE (2-0; LW: 11)
Vols held serve at home. Now it gets tough, starting Saturday at Oregon.
10. MISSOURI (2-0; LW: 10)
Tigers order Shakespeare’s Pizza and veg in front of TV during open date.
11. ARKANSAS (2-0; LW: 8)
Hogs drop three for that silly “A” hand symbol Jennifer Bielema invented.
12. VANDERBILT (1-1, 0-1; LW: 12)
Vandy about to be best 1-2 team in America after loss at South Carolina.
13. MISS. STATE (1-1; LW: 13)
If State loses at Auburn, Dogs will already be circling SEC West drain.
14. KENTUCKY (1-1; LW: 14)
Next 4: Louisville, Florida, South Carolina, Bama. Who did UK make mad?
Game of the week
No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. (CBS): Not just the game of the week in the SEC but the game of the year nationally. Alabama has had 10 months to concoct an antidote for Johnny Football’s abilities. It had better dream up some offense, too, because not even Nick Saban will keep Johnny Manziel off the scoreboard.
Around the SEC
The Alabama-Texas A&M game marks the start of CBS’s weekly coverage of SEC football, which continues through the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 7. … Alabama and LSU are 1-2 nationally in consecutive weeks in the AP poll at 83 and 67, respectively. … The Kentucky-Louisville rivalry is referred to as The Governor’s Cup. ... Southern Miss and Arkansas are meeting in football for the first time.