Nick Saban was sort of right about this Western Kentucky thing: They might actually have been a more difficult opponent than the one the Tide faces this week.
So, this is what the Tigers look like when they actually have a quarterback.
The bad news: South Carolina's schedule doesn't look quite as intimidating now. The good news: The Gamecocks can't plausibly argue that Arkansas is harder than Ole Miss right now.
4. South Carolina
East Carolina used to be the kind of foe that South Carolina would slop around with for three quarters before pulling out a 23-13 win. So this is progress.
We still have very little idea of how good the Volunteers really are, but they looked pretty good last week, and one impressive games counts for something in this year's SEC East.
6. Mississippi State
Congratulations, Dan Mullen. You finally have a sporting chance at fourth in the division.
Struggling with Texas A&M is marginally better than struggling with Bowling Green. Marginally.
They are ready for the SEC after all. At least, for getting to the BBVA Compass Bowl.
9. Texas A&M
I'm starting to wonder if they tell the A&M players every week, "There actually won't be a second half in this game," and then surprise them after the first half is over.
It turns out Gene Chizik was Mr. 5-19 after all.
Obviously, my optimism about James Franklin (VU) was misplaced.
At least this game against Kent State was over before midnight.
13. Ole Miss
Hey! They actually aren't in the cellar for a change!
You're dead to me.