Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates as he leaves the field following their 38-17 victory over the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama Crimson Tide: With the 38-17 drubbing that they gave to LSU, there’s no more questioning whether or not the Tide are still the best in the land. They absolutely are and a trip to Pasadena looks very good at the moment.
Auburn Tigers: Gus Malzahn has this team improving seemingly every week. They handled Tennessee easily on Saturday, and the Iron Bowl in a few weeks with Alabama could provide some late-season drama.
Texas A&M Aggies: Really have to wonder where this team would be if not for the two close losses, but the Aggies are playing great football right now and another trip to the Cotton Bowl may be in the cards–if not the BCS by some miracle.
Missouri Tigers: After the close loss to South Carolina, Gary Pinkel really has this team focused on the task at hand of still winning the SEC East and making a trip to the Georgia Dome in early December.
South Carolina Gamecocks: Spurrier and crew were off this week, but they have a date with the Gators upcoming this week, who has pretty much become the punching bag of the SEC.
Georgia Bulldogs: The season hasn’t been what many expected, but they have a chance this week to really redeem themselves when they head to Auburn to face the red-hot Tigers.
Ole Miss: The Rebels were the latest team to beat Arkansas on Saturday, and have a bit of a breather coming up agaisnt Troy.
LSU Tigers: The Alabama loss may have opened up some eyes of everyone involved with the program. Thankfully, they’ll have a week off this week to ponder all of that.
Vanderbilt Commodores: You almost never know which Vandy team you’re going to get, but Saturday, Florida got the good one. The Commodores will have a chance to pick up their sixth win of the year this week when they take on Kentucky.
Florida Gators: You really can’t judge anything with this group given all they’ve had to deal with injury wise. Although, the “Fire Muschamp” crowd is beginning to grow by the hour.
Tennessee Volunteers: While they were blown out in the end by Auburn, this team continues to show flashes of progression under Butch Jones. They’ll be there in a few years.
Mississippi State Bulldogs: They absolutely did their best to hang with Texas A&M, but it just wasn’t enough in the end. Unfortunately, though, a date with Alabama is next.
Kentucky Wildcats: College basketball season has started and Julius Randle is really good. As far as the football team goes, I firmly believe that our conversations about this program will be a little more positive come next season.
Arkansas Razorbacks: If anything, Bret Bielema is getting one hell of a learning experience this season. Now, we just have to see what kind of offseason adjustments he can make.
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