This Week in the SEC

Associated Press photo by JOHN RAOUX -- Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy warms up before last week's game against Arkansas. Show caption
Associated Press photo by JOHN RAOUX -- Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy warms up before last week's game against Arkansas.

The rating game

Ranking the Southeastern Conference after Week 6:

1. ALABAMA (5-0, 2-0; LAST WEEK: 1)

Tide has allowed 7 TDs, six of them by Texas A&M. Lame schedule since the A&M game helps.

2. GEORGIA (4-1, 3-0; LW: 2)

UGA’s red is for Red Cross. Scary spot for banged-up Bulldogs.

3. LSU (5-1, 2-1; LW: T3)

Chance of rain in Tiger Stadium: never. But this week, bring an ample supply of sunscreen.

4. TEXAS A&M (4-1, 1-1; LW: T3)

Aggies’ dates getting chapped lips from so many post-TD smooches.

5. FLORIDA (4-1, 3-0; LW: 6)

Gators won’t ask for meet-and-greet with Troy Landry. Think about it.

6. SOUTH CAROLINA (4-1, 2-1; LW: 5)

Something tells me this Jadeveon Clowney thing won’t end well.

7. MISSOURI (5-0, 1-0; LW: 8)

Tigers are big shocker so far, but next three games (Georiga, Florida, South Carolina) tells the tale.

8. AUBURN (4-1, 2-1; LW: 9)

Win over the Rebels puts Auburn’s rebuild ahead of the chains.

9. OLE MISS (3-2, 1-2; LW: 7)

Remember when we thought the Rebels would be where Missouri is right now?

Tie-10. VANDERBILT (3-3, 0-3; LW: 10)

Tie-10 . MISS. STATE (2-3, 0-2; LW: 11)

Tie-10 . ARKANSAS (3-3, 0-2; LW: 12)

Tie-10. TENNESSEE (3-3, 0-2; LW: 13)

There’s a clear dividing line between haves and have nots in the SEC, and here it is. Some are rising, some are falling, all are winless in the SEC and none will probably win this week, either (Tennessee, Vandy are idle).

14. KENTUCKY (1-4, 0-2; LW: 14)

Wildcats gave Florida, S. Carolina scares, but still not winning.

Game of the week

No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU

2:30 p.m. (CBS)

Take away LSU’s home-field advantage in Tiger Stadium (albeit in the daytime) and on paper, this matchup looks like a tight one. LSU’s superb offense vs. Florida’s excellent defense, and the Tigers’ struggling defense against the Gators’ middling offense. Three keys to watch: LSU’s ability to convert third downs against Florida’s ability to stop them (both best in the SEC), the ability of young Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy to match arms with LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and special teams. Tigers kicker Colby Delahoussaye has yet to miss a field goal or an extra point while the Gators’ kickers are only a combined 5 of 9.

Around the SEC

Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway, according to several reports. The game could draw 150,000-160,000 fans. ... Florida is the SEC’s best road team since 1992 with a 70-24 record (.745) in conference play. ... Georgia QB Aaron Murray is now the SEC’s all-time leading passer with 11,625 yards. ... With two nonconference games this week — Western Carolina at Auburn and Bowling Green at Mississippi State — the SEC has a chance to go 335-74 in nonconference play since 2006. The next-best conference is the Big 12 with a 262-93 record.

Scott Rabalais