This Week in the SEC

The rating game

Ranking the Southeastern Conference’s 14 teams after Week One:

1. Alabama (1-0; Last Week: 1)

All is not perfect in Titletown — Bama averaged just 2.5 yards per rush against Virginia Tech.

2. South Carolina (1-0; LW: 2)

Gamecocks can stamp selves as BCS contender, eliminate Georgia in one fell swoop.

3. LSU (1-0; LW: 5)

Enjoy “Saturday night in Tiger Stadium” while you can. LSU guaranteed only three of those.

4. Texas A&M (1-0; LW: 6)

OK, we’re stumped. Why doesn’t Johnny Football get it?

5. Florida (1-0; LW: 4)

Watching someone pave a street in Gainesville more interesting than Gators’ offense.

6. Georgia (0-1; LW: 3)

Panic button being pushed to the breaking point in Athens this week.

7. Ole Miss (1-0, 1-0; LW: 7)

Bring the good silver — The Grove is open for business again. Ah, Magnolias.

8. Arkansas (1-0; LW: 12)

“Football is played in a stadium. War Memorial Stadium.” — George Carlin

9. Auburn (1-0; LW: 11)

Careful, Gus. Malzahn left a team at Arkansas State good enough to upset the Tigers.

10. Missouri (1-0; LW: 10)

Toledo, which played at Florida last week, seems as much like an SEC team as Mizzou.

11. Tennessee (1-0; LW: 13)

Who would you take in a coaching draft: WKU’s Bobby Petrino or Butch Jones? Thought so.

12. Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-1; LW: 8)

Commodores back on familiar ground after come-from-ahead loss to Ole Miss.

13. Mississippi State (0-1; LW: 9)

It’s hard to see Bulldogs going bowling after offense-less loss to Oklahoma State.

14. Kentucky (0-1; LW: 14)

After loss to WKU, UK is the third-best team in Kentucky. At best.

This week’s schedule


UAB at No. 9 LSU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 12 Florida at Miami, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky, 11 a.m. (FSN)

Western Kentucky at Tennessee, 11:21 a.m. (SEC)

Alcorn State at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m. (CSS)

Toledo at Missouri, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

No. 6 South Carolina at

No. 11 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Samford at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (PPV)@

Southeast Missouri at

Ole Miss, 6 p.m. (PPV)

Sam Houston State at No. 7 Texas A&M, 6 p.m. (PPV)

Arkansas State at Auburn, 6:30 p.m. (FSN)

Austin Peay at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. (CSS)

IDLE: No. 1 Alabama

@-at Little Rock, Ark.

All times Central

Game of the week

No. 6 South Carolina at No. 11 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

If the Bulldogs go 0-for-the state of South Carolina, Georgia’s national title hopes will be done just two weeks into the season. The Bulldogs lost a 38-35 heartbreaker last week at Clemson. Now they return home to host a South Carolina team that has beaten UGA three straight years, including a 35-7 smackdown last season, but has watched Georgia go on to the SEC Championship Game the last two. Adding injury to insult, UGA will be without top WR Malcolm Mitchell the rest of the way after he tore an ACL celebrating RB Todd Gurley’s first touchdown run. Meanwhile, ESPN got a Georgia church and movie theater to change their signs to ask, “How do you stop (Jadeveon) Clowney?” It may be a TV stunt, but it’s no joke.

Around the league

LSU is in the AP Top 25 for the 66th straight week, the second-longest active streak nationally behind only Alabama. ... Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino never started 2-0 in SEC play in his four seasons at Arkansas, but can reach that mark with a win over Tennessee after beating Kentucky 35-26 last week. ... Georgia QB Aaron Murray has a chance to move into the top five in SEC history in total yards. Murray ranks seventh with 10,609 yards. Ex-Georgia QB Eric Zeier (1991-94) is fifth with 10,841. ... Alabama is the first SEC team to have an open date. The Crimson Tide’s second open date will be the weekend of Nov. 2. LSU also has an open date that weekend before playing Nov. 9 at Alabama.