7. Texas A&M (6-4)
Last week: 7th
The skinny: The Aggies crushed New Mexico to finish off their home schedule. A&M was 5-3 at home this season, which marks the third time in seven seasons they lost three times at Kyle Field; in addition, A&M has lost at least twice at home in all seven of those seasons.
6. South Carolina (7-3)
Last week: 6th
The skinny: The Gamecocks’ win over Florida leaves them with a 5-3 mark in the SEC this season, and unless Kentucky beats Georgia, South Carolina will finish alone in second. The Gamecocks had won just seven league games in the past three seasons combined.
5. LSU (7-3)
Last week: 5th
The skinny: If the Tigers win out, which would include a victory in their bowl game, they would have their first 10-win season since 2013. That 2013 season ended a streak of four consecutive seasons of double-digit wins.
4. Mississippi State (7-3)
Last week: 4th
The skinny: The Bulldogs’ defense held up for three quarters in the 31-24 loss to Alabama, then fell apart. Alabama finished with 444 yards of offense, and 192 came in the final period.
3. Georgia (9-1)
Last week: 2nd
The skinny: The Bulldogs were on the wrong end of a beatdown on the Plains. Georgia’s line play had been sterling all season, but both lines were dominated at Auburn.
2. Auburn (8-2)
Last week: 3rd
The skinny: WDE, indeed. Auburn manhandled Georgia along the line of scrimmage to win easily. It was just the Tigers’ third win over the Bulldogs in the past 12 meetings. Something interesting, though, is that after the two wins in that span, in 2010 and 2013, Auburn went on to play for the national title.
1. Alabama (10-0)
Last week: 1st
The skinny: The Tide had to sweat it out to survive in Starkville. After struggling offensively in a win over LSU the week before, Alabama struggled on offense for three quarters against Mississippi State before finding its stride. Truth be told, that has to be a little worrisome with Auburn’s defense still on the schedule.
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