The rating game
Ranking the Southeastern Conference after Week 4:
1.ALABAMA (3-0, 1-0; LAST WEEK: 1)
Signs of trouble in Tuscaloosa: Bama struggles with Colorado St., then Katherine breaks up with AJ.
2. LSU (4-0, 1-0; LW: 2)
Can you go home again? Ask Zach Mettenberger on Sunday.
3. TEXAS A&M (3-1, 0-1; LW: 3)
Aggies should beat Arkansas, but A&M is last in SEC in rushing D.
4. GEORGIA (2-1, 1-0; LW: 4)
Four-year starter Murray has only one more top-10 win than Mett.
5. SOUTH CAROLINA (2-1, 1-1; LW: 5)
Game at UCF could leave USC spinning like the Mad Tea Party.
6. OLE MISS (3-0, 1-0; LW: 6)
Are the Rebels ready to take a gigantic leap with Bama upset?
7. FLORIDA (2-1, 1-0; LW: 7)
Injury bug sending Gators’ out-of-pocket expenses soaring.
8. MISSOURI (3-0; LW: 9)
Don’t sleep on Mizzou; Tigers starting to look a bit dangerous.
9. AUBURN (3-1, 1-1; LW: 8)
Tigers still running no-huddle plays on LSU during open week.
10. ARKANSAS (3-1; LW: 10)
Loss at Rutgers was deflating ... more to come for Razorbacks.
11. TENNESSEE (2-2, 0-1; LW: 11)
Enjoy win over South Alabama, UT. Not many more ‘Ws’ left in 2013.
12 (tie). VANDERBILT (2-2, 0-2; LW: T-12)
Vandy QB to call signals in Latin vs. UAB just to keep it sporting.
12 (tie). MISS. STATE (2-2, 0-1; LW: T-12)
With LSU next, Bulldogs spend open week painting cowbells.
14. KENTUCKY (1-2; LW: 14)
Give Wildcats a puncher’s chance against wounded Gators.
Game of the week
No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Georgia, 2:30 p.m. CDT (CBS):
The biggest game in the nation this weekend will be Between the Hedges at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium and between the ears of the opposing quarterbacks. LSU’s Zach Mettenberger returns to face his former team in his hometown with an eye to validating both himself and the Tigers’ BCS hopes. Georgia’s Aaron Murray has piled up enormous numbers in his career, but he might feel the pressure of the one negative number on his resume: a 2-9 record in top-10 games. Then again, the game may come down to who runs it best — LSU’s Jeremy Hill or Georgia’s Todd Gurley. Both defenses have looked vulnerable, so expecting to win this one without scoring at least 30 points is a fool’s errand.
Around the SEC
Murray needs 398 yards to become the SEC’s all-time leading passer. ... Colorado State is the first team Alabama has outgained this season (338-279). ... LSU (111-25) and Florida (100-34) are the only SEC teams with 100 or more wins since 2003. Georgia is third at 99-36. ... After this week, Missouri will be the only SEC team not to have played a conference game.