Monday, September 28, 2009

Moral Victory! power ratings for Week 4

Now teams are starting to play somebody.

1. Alabama, 4-0 (1-0)
The Tide couldn't be in better position after dominating a Razorback offense that gave Georgia fits last week.
Last week: No. 1
Next week: At Kentucky

2. Georgia, 3-1 (2-0)
Has there ever been a more boring last-second victory? The Bulldogs messed around with the Sun Devils and were lucky to win. Still, they haven't faced a single cupcake yet, and they've handed South Carolina its only loss. They can take a big leap in the polls with a victory over LSU on Saturday.
Last week: No. 2
Next week: At home against LSU

3. South Carolina, 3-1 (1-1)
Spurrier chalked up a signature victory over Ole Miss, the nation's No. 4 team, and are trying not to think about that last drive in Athens.
Last week: No. 5
Next week: At home against SC State

4. Auburn, 4-0 (1-0)
Tigers looked uninspired — and surrendered 30 points — in a win over a bad Ball State team. But they're undefeated, and their stomping of Miss State a couple of weeks ago looks pretty good after the Bulldogs' near-upset of LSU.
Last week: No. 3
Next week: At home against Ball State

5. LSU, 4-0 (2-0)
How good are the five-star Bayou Bengals? They couldn't deliver a knockout blow of Washington or Vandy, and they were mighty lucky to escape Starkville with a W. Next up: Georgia and Florida.
Last week: No. 4
Next week: At Georgia

6. Florida, 4-0 (1-0)
With Tebow recovering from a concussion, the Gators' bye week couldn't have come at a better time.
Last week: No. 6
Next week: Bye

7. Miss State, 2-2 (1-2)
Dan Mullen is playing to win, and his Bulldogs dang near beat LSU. Now can they avenge last year's whipping at the hands of the Yellow Jackets?
Last week: No. 10
Next week: At home against Georgia Tech

8. Ole Miss, 2-1 (0-1)
The Rebels are proof that the polls should open, say, in the fourth week of the season. Think these guys miss Peria Jerry and Michael Oher?
Last week: No. 9
Next week: At Vanderbilt

9. Kentucky, 2-1 (0-1)
Oh well, lots of teams have gotten the snot beaten out of them by Florida. And by Alabama, too.
Last week: No. 12
Next week: At home against Alabama

10. Vanderbilt, 2-2 (0-2)
The Commodores have whipped two inferior teams. Beating Ole Miss at home on Saturday would be a huge deal and would put them back where they expected to be at this point in the season. But can they do it?
Last week: No. 11
Next week: At home against Ole Miss

11. Tennessee, 2-2 (0-1)
The problem with making the third game on your schedule the game of the year? Well, you've still got nine more teams to play, and the too-narrow win over Ohio shows you've got to come to play everyday. Auburn will be much, much tougher.
Last week: No. 8
Next week: At home against Auburn

12. Arkansas, 1-2 (0-2)
Sure, Petrino's got some horses or hogs or whatever they call talented athletes in Arkansas, but the Bama whipping shows he's still got a ways to go. Going into Week 5, his only victory is over Southeast Missouri.
Last week: No. 7
Next week: In Cowboys Stadium against Texas A&M

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