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Can you tell me who should be ranked first among Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina? Didn't think so

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

1. Alabama
Yeah, they're great.

2. LSU
I'm still not quite sure what to make of this team. But FCS teams in South Carolina are kind of tricky, so I'll give them a pass on the Furman thing.

3. Auburn
No, I don't believe it either.

4. Texas A&M
I would call this the most schizophrenic team in the SEC. But (a) bad defense is not the same as schizophrenia; and (b) South Carolina is a member in good standing of the SEC.

5. South Carolina
6. Missouri
7. Georgia

I'll explain these three together, because it doesn't make sense any other way. Somebody has to go ahead of a team that beat them here, so I untangle it this way: Since South Carolina and Missouri won the games in the trio on the road, the edge should go to them on the neutral field theory. Also, Georgia has looked like a different team since its injuries, and I'm not sure they would beat South Carolina on a neutral field (though it's worth mentioning that they did defeat South Carolina by 11 at home before the injuries). There's really no perfect way to untangle the mess, and I understand if you disagree with mine. But this is how I'm doing it.

8. Ole Miss
Dr. Bo took it easy this week when operating upon the Vandals. They are vandals, after all.

9. Florida
I think they might beat Georgia this week. I also think they might get beaten by 20.

10. Tennessee
Nope, they're still largely the same old Tennessee.

11. Vanderbilt
Got an anchor dropped on them by Texas A&M.

12. Mississippi State
Mark Hudspeth, Dan Mullen will throw a few hundred thousand dollars your way to stay at Louisiana-Lafayette.

13. Arkansas
BERT, this is where I put you on the game film as well. Promise.

14. Kentucky
They are not as terrible as they were last year or as you probably think. But they're still a pretty bad football team right now.