Both Florida and Alabama survive scares from first year coaches Saturday and cement their status at the top of the SEC. LSU bounces back to remain firmly in third. Tennessee showed a lot of fight and determination to break into my top 5 with a showdown looming against South Carolina this week.
Auburn continues its slide and Arkansas suffered a hangover from last week that traveled all the way to Oxford with them. It was pretty good week picking games going 6-0 SU, but 0-1 ATS. How does the SEC stack up after Week 8?
1. University of Terrance Cody's Forearm (Alabama)
Forget Ingram for Heisman, how about Terrance Cody for Heisman! He would have no problem with that dinner circuit. But seriously, Alabama has to find a passing game to win the national title.
I was going to put Florida number one if they looked good against Miss State but they did not. The offensive line is having issues on the interior and a down field threat has to yet to emerge.
The hat got back on the right track by beating up on Auburn. A new Saturday night winning streak begins.
4. South Carolina
What is it with South Carolina and Vanderbilt? The Gamecocks just cannot ever put these guys away.
The laughing at Lane Kiffin has gotten a lot quieter with Tennessee's performances against Alabama and Florida. But the anger is still pretty high in Gainesville with Kiffin calling Alabama the number one team in the nation by far. It's these kind of remarks that make the rivalries in the SEC the best.
The Bulldogs have about the best situation they could hope for heading in to Jacksonville. Decided underdogs against a team who has struggled their last two weeks. And UGA played pretty well in the second half vs Vandy and had a bye week to prep.
7. Ole Miss
Jevan Snead, is that you? We have been looking for you in Dallas since last January.
This team is getting better as the season goes on and could be in line for their fourth bowl bid in a row.
I bet Bobby Petrino wishes the SEC would have not made such a big deal about the refs because I think it distracted his players this week.
Dennis Green is still standing at that podium.
11. Miss State
A valiant effort by Miss State against Florida, but they proved once again you cannot win in big time college football without a QB no matter what kind of offense you are running.
If you watched the Vandy-South Carolina game it was a microcosm of Commodore football over the last 20 years - close counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, not SEC Football.
Here is how I would rank the teams by groupings.
Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Kentucky
Arkansas, Auburn, Miss State
Top Storylines for Week 9
1. World Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party
The last time Georgia beat Florida in 2007, the Bulldogs were coming off a bye week and had gotten blown out by Tennessee a few weeks earlier. I am not sayin', I'm just saying.
2. Lane Kiffin vs Steve Spurrier
The new big mouth in town meets the old big mouth as South Carolina travels to Knoxville for an important SEC East game. Kiffin has not been a favorite in the Palmetto State after telling prized recruit Alshon Jeffery if he went to South Carolina he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life.
3. Auburn In A Slide
The Tigers started out 5-0 but have come back to Earth with a three game losing streak. Can they get it going against Ole Miss who looks they are after some early season stumbles?
After eight weeks of action, here is my Southern top 10 from the ACC and SEC.
4. Georgia Tech
5. Virginia Tech
6. South Carolina
My National Top 10
8. Boise State
10. Georgia Tech