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Topics for Discussion: Does the SEC Even Make Any Sense Now?

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Who is the favorite in the SEC East? What about the SEC West? And which teams aren't even going to make a bowl game this year?

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Is Florida now the favorite in the SEC East? The Gators clobbered Ole Miss to move to 5-0 on the season and remain the only undefeated team in the division. At the same time, Georgia was getting waxed by Alabama in a game that seemed to show that the hype about the Bulldogs was as much a product of UGA having played Vanderbilt and South Carolina as it was about the quality of the team. So is Florida now in the driver's seat in the SEC East? Or would that be an overreaction to their early success?

Who is the favorite in the SEC West? The favorite for much of the last week was chomped in the Swamp. Alabama put on a show in Athens, but the Crimson Tide still need another loss by the Rebels to feel good about their chances in the division. One of the SEC West's remaining undefeated teams is Texas A&M, which beat Mississippi State to move to 5-0 on the season. The other is LSU, which prevailed in an uninspiring 44-22 win against Eastern Michigan. Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State are all running on fumes if they're running at all. So who's going to emerge from that division to head to the SEC Championship Game?

What do you make of Kentucky? The Wildcats stand out to me as something of a curiosity. They beat South Carolina and Missouri and lost respectably to Florida. On the other hand, Kentucky needed overtime to hang on against Eastern Kentucky. Which is notably a member of the FCS. Before Saturday night, you could have made a case for the Wildcats as a dark horse in the SEC East if a couple of bounces went their way. Now, they look like a marginal bowl team. What's the ceiling and what's the floor for the Cats?

Who is the second-best running back in the SEC? Let's all go ahead and agree that Leonard Fournette is a Brinks truck with a jet engine and, thus, the best runner in the conference. Who's No. 2? Is it Nick Chubb, who struggled outside of one big run against Alabama but still ended up with 146 yards on 20 carries? What about Derrick Henry, who generated 148 yards on 26 attempts to help the Tide trump Georgia? Or could it be Alex Collins, who carried the ball 27 times for 154 yards in Arkansas' win over Tennessee?

Who isn't going to make a bowl? As we approach the halfway point of the season, there are four SEC teams that have three of the seven losses needed to knock someone out of the postseason: Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Which of those teams won't be bowling when the season comes to an end? Are there some other teams that you can see missing out on the postseason?