The SEC’s “Best Conference in College Football” title is officially in jeopardy with the regular season still a week away.
A five-team league that all felt they had a way into the college football playoffs in the first half of the season now has two such teams. Just one of them is a good position to walk this road to glory.
Georgia didn’t look too good in the penultimate game of the season against Kentucky, winning 16-6. But the Bulldogs are still the No. 1 team in the country.
Tennessee’s possible claim as a CFP contender went up in smoke when the Vols gave up more than 60 points to South Carolina.
Meanwhile, Ole Miss can no longer claim to have narrowly lost to powerhouses LSU and Alabama when Arkansas defeated the Rebels and earned Bowl eligibility, possibly even helping the program close off-season coaching questions avoid.
Oh, and what SEC list would be complete without Vanderbilt. The Commodores are also one win away from making a bowl game after tearing Florida in two.
At least that’s a hell of a lot of fun. Unless, of course, you’re one of the other 13 teams without a shot. We’re sorry.
1. Georgia (last week 1)
10/15/2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart walks off the field with defenseman Christopher Smith (29) after the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
2nd LSU (3)
11/19/2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States; LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) tries to pass the ball in the second half at Tiger Stadium against the UAB Blazers. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
3. Alabama (4)
10/22/2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Jahmyr Gibbs (1) celebrates with offensive lineman Tyler Booker (52) after scoring in the first half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
4. Tennessee (2)
11/19/2022; Colombia, South Carolina, United States; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) is helped off the field after suffering an apparent injury against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
5. Arkansas (8)
11/19/2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks running back Raheim Sanders (5) rushes in the first quarter against the Ole Miss Rebels at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
6. Ole Fraulein (5)
FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS – NOVEMBER 19: Jaxson Dart #2 of the Mississippi Rebels makes a pitch during the first half of a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on November 19, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
7. State of Mississippi (7)
10/22/2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) throws under pressure from Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) in the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
8.South Carolina (10)
9/3/2022; Colombia, South Carolina, United States; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) plays against the Georgia State Panthers in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
9. Kentucky (9)
10/15/2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Will Levis (7) during the second quarter against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
South Florida Bulls cornerback T-Mac Simpson (33) tackles Florida Gators running back Montrell Johnson Jr. (2) in the second half against the Bulls at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Saturday September 17 2022 at Florida won 31-28 [Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun]
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11. Missouri (11)
10/22/2022; Colombia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Brady Cook (12) runs the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half of play at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
12. Vanderbilt (13)
10/22/2022; Colombia, Missouri, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Mike Wright (5) throws a pass against the Missouri Tigers during the second half of the game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
13. Maroon (12)
Players are greeted by fans during the Tiger Walk before the Auburn Tigers take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.
14.Texas A&M (14)
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