Ranking the SEC, Week 11: Georgia clinches East, ascends to No. 1

Michael Chang

The Bulldogs take over as the top team in the SEC after dismantling Auburn Saturday night.

1. Georgia Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1) -- Mark Richt goes from a certainty to be fired to back-to-back Eastern Division titles, but does anyone think the Dawgs will beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game?

2. Texas A&M Aggies (8-2, 5-2) -- Just how good are the Aggies? Johnny Football led A&M to an incredible win at Bryant-Denny, but home losses to lackluster Florida and LSU will make the difference between a special season and a possible national championship.

3. Alabama Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1) -- In back-to-back weeks, the Tide looked like a team of mere mortals instead of Sabanbots, and Texas A&M took advantage. All that preseason talk about 'Bama's shaky secondary is finally proving to be accurate.

4. Florida Gators (9-1, 7-1) -- In the last few weeks, the Florida offense that was so suspect showed up. This is the reason many experts picked the Gators to finish third in the East.

5. LSU Tigers (8-2, 4-2) -- Against Alabama and Mississippi State, Zach Mettenberger completed 66 percent of his passes for 571 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. So, what has Les Miles done with the real Zach Mettenberger?

6. South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2) -- With no Marcus Lattimore, it's up to Connor Shaw to make the Gamecock offense work.

7. Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) -- Mississippi State: Most overrated 7-0 team this season or most overrated 7-0 team ever?

8. Vanderbilt Commodores (6-4, 4-3) -- James Franklin has the 'Dores bowling for the second straight year, which is the first time that's ever happened at Vandy. Build that man a statue.

9. Ole Miss Rebels (5-5, 2-4) -- The Rebels have now lost five of six to Vanderbilt. Well, at least they're still winning the party.

10. Arkansas Razorbacks (4-6, 2-4) -- Against Carolina, the Razorbacks gave up 30 or more points for the sixth time this season. Maybe Arkansas should make defensive prowess a priority when it hires a new head coach.

11. Missouri Tigers (5-5, 2-5) -- If the Tigers can beat Syracuse next week, they'll be bowl eligible. Quite a feat considering how difficult the adjustment to SEC life has been.

12. Tennessee Volunteers (4-6, 0-6) -- Bye, Derek.

13. Auburn Tigers (2-8, 0-7) -- Bye, Gene.

14. Kentucky Wildcats (1-9, 0-7) -- Bye, Joker. Wait, that already happened.

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