Ok here is my mid season report on the state of the SEC. Now I am going to give a power ranking as I see it for the league plus a few little rewards. Again as I see them if you have any disagreements leave an intelligent comment and tell me why.
1. Alabama - As mid-season has approached no other team in the SEC is playing better in all three facets of the game. Impressive wins over Virginia Tech, Arkansas, and Ole Miss have paved the way.
2. Florida - Haven't been as dominant on the offensive side of the ball as they were last year, but defense may be even more dominant than last years National Championship Team.
3. LSU - Despite setback against Florida the Bayou Bengals still have a chance to win the West. Must get better results from both offensive and defensive lines if they hope to knock Alabama off.
4. South Carolina - Impressive win over an over rated Ole Miss team has catapulted the Gamecocks to the 2nd best team in the East. Is it possible that a Spurrier coached team can be known for its defense. Big test in their next game in Tuscaloosa.
5. Auburn - Did anyone see this kind of offensive output coming for the Tigers after last season's abysmal attempt to run the spread. Halfway through the season they have as many wins and more points scored than last years team.
6. Arkansas - Impressive win over Auburn has Hogs ahead of perinnial East powers Georgia and Tennessee at this point of the season.
7. Tennessee - Physically dominated the Dogs last week. Who was that wearing the #8 Jersey. Already has a great running attack and a really good defense all they need the rest of the way is a passing attack that doesn't give the games away.
8. Ole Miss - Coach Nutt better figure out in a hurry what is wrong with Jevan Sneed. This team is going down fast and the schedule isn't getting any easier. Possibly the most over rated team in the country at the beginning of the season.
9. Georgia - The Dogs are barking for Coach Richt to fire his defensive coordinator Willie Martinez. After the beating the Vols put on them it is easy to see why.
10. Mississippi St. - Coach Dan Mullen has this team getting better and better with each game they play. Will upset somebody before the year is over.
11. Kentucky - Has any team played a tougher stretch of games the last three weeks? Wildcats have played better with each successive game. The rest of the schedule is favorable for the Wildcats to make another bowl appearance this year.
12. Vanderbilt - Anytime a team from the SEC loses to a service academy then that is cause for concern. Commedores shouldn't look for a 2nd consecutive bowl trip this year.
Biggest Surprise (Team) - Auburn Tigers - Most people critisized the school when they announced the hiring of Gene Chizik to replace the Riverboat Gambler Tommy Tuberville, but so far he has made AD Jay Jacobs look like a genius. That being said the easy part of the schedule is over so lets see how the team repsonds as the schedule heats up.
Biggest Surprise (Individual) Greg McElroy/Jevan Snead (tie)- These two are the biggest surprises for different reason. McElroy because he has been nothing but efficient in leading the Crimson Tide to an undefeated first half. Snead has been a huge surprise not because of anything positive. He has been a huge disappointment for the Rebels. Snead is completing less that half his passes and has as many interceptions as touchdowns.