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Despite the big upset at the top, not many changes in the ratings this week.  This coming week has some huge games, look for more movement in the next installment.

SEC Power Ratings
(Oct. 15)

1. LSU (Last week, 1) lost to Kentucky, 43-37 (3OT)
Sure, they lost. They're still the top team in the league unless someone else earns the spot  And with all the other upsets in the Top 10, the Tigers aren't out of the national championship hunt.  Tommy Tubberville and company can change all that. Next week: vs. Auburn

2. Florida (2) did not play
The Gators probably have to win out if they want to make it back to the SEC Championship game.  Coming off a bye after two consecutive losses should have them primed and ready to take down last week's giant-killers.  But can the defense contain Woodson? If not, the defending champs will be out of the race. Next week: at Kentucky

3. South Carolina (3) beat North Carolina, 21-15
While Kentucky gets all the headlines for beating LSU, the Gamecocks are quietly putting together a great season. And they beat the Wildcats. Respect will have to wait, but in the meantime USC needs to avoid a letdown to keep pace in the East. Next week: vs. Vanderbilt

4. Kentucky (6) beat LSU, 43-37 (3OT)
The only real decision I had this week was how high to move the Wildcats after their big win. This spot seems fair, although it won't be easy to keep with another powerhouse coming to town. Beat the Gators, and they have a case for the number one spot. Next week: vs. Florida

5. Tennessee (4) beat Mississippi State, 33-21
With a workmanlike win against the Bulldogs, the Vols may be hitting their stride after a shaky first half. But they are coming up against a team looking for a signature win, so they will need to bring their best effort or risk falling back in the pack in the East. Next week: at Alabama

6. Auburn (5) beat Arkansas, 9-7
Classic SEC defensive struggle. Either that, or two really bad offenses, take your pick. The Tigers were hoping to catch LSU coasting as the number one team -- so much for that. The SEC West may be riding on this one, and Auburn will have its hands full with an opponent looking to take out its frustations. Next week: at LSU

7. Georgia (7) beat Vanderbilt, 20-17
This game was looking like a loss for most of the day, but the Bulldogs rallied for their first win over an SEC East opponent since early last season. They now get a rare bye week before facing the Gators, something they hope will help turn the tide in what has become a lopsided rivalry. Next week: Bye

8. Alabama (8) beat Ole Miss, 27-24
Speaking of turning the tide, The Crimson Tide barely escaped from Oxford thanks to a last-minute replay reversal. If Alabama wants to be a factor in the SEC West, they'll need a reversal of recent history against the Vols, who have won 10 of the last 12 games in the series. Next week: vs. Tennessee

9. Arkansas (9) lost to Auburn, 9-7
Still winless in SEC play, the Razorbacks are probably out of the SEC West race. About all they can do at this point is keep Darren McFadden in the Heisman race and try to save Houston Nutt's job. All things considered, I bet they choose the former. Next week: at Ole Miss

10. Vanderbilt (11) lost to Georgia, 20-17
Last week we said Vandy would have to show more to move up, and they did, despite the loss. Still, the toll of playing in college football's toughest division is just too much to expect the Commodores to overcome with any consistency. Next week: at South Carolina

11. Mississippi State (10) lost to Tennessee, 33-21
Things are going to get ugly from here on out, unless the Bulldogs can muster up whatever they did to beat Auburn. Are we sure they won that game? Someone get the tape. Next week: at West Virginia

12. Ole Miss (12) lost to Alabama, 27-24
This sort of effort will usually get you a boost in the ratings. But the Rebels have little to show for their efforts this season, and here is no exception. Next week: vs. Arkansas


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