For all the grumbling there sometimes is about whether the SEC is really the best conference or deserves what has almost become an automatic berth in the national championship game, there's not much controversy this week about many of the SEC's teams. In fact, there seems to be quite a bit of consensus about most of them.
Results for Week 9
SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Rankings 2011
Only Texas A&M and Mississippi State have a standard deviation over three, and only Alabama has a standard deviation of more than two but less than three. Meanwhile, LSU, Georgia and Florida are all under one and South Carolina is less than two. If you look at the other standard deviations on the chart, you don't have to be a stat geek to realize that the SEC teams inspire more consensus than some of the others. (And while Alabama is moderate, all of the teams who have No. 1 votes have a standard deviation of more than two.)
In movement, of course, we see Florida dropping five spots after losing to Georgia, which moves up nine places. South Carolina moves up six on a narrow win against Tennessee, probably more because of teams moving down; other teams around the same place also saw their rankings rise because of some upsets of more highly ranked teams.
Including by Mississippi State, which dropped five places after the loss to Alabama -- which doesn't seem that bad. Texas A&M moved up five. But those rankings are a little more controversial than the others, of course.