While there is a lot of cash at stake, the suggestion that "the fix is in" when Bama or Florida plays is patently absurd. Granted, both teams have benefited from some awful calls in recent weeks but the idea of a conspiracy to clear their path to the Georgia Dome is just crazy.
That said, here are this week's SEC Ratings:
1. ALABAMA (9.5): The Tide (9-0 overall, 6-0 SEC) relied on its Big Three of Mark Ingram (22 carries, 144 yards), Greg McElroy (19-34, 276 yards) and Julio Jones (4 catches, 102 yards, 73-yard TD) in a 24-15 defeat of LSU.
2. FLORIDA (9.5): The Gators (9-0, 7-0) notched their 19th consecutive victory overall and their 19th consecutive win against Vanderbilt by subduing the Commodores 27-3 in Gainesville. Florida led just 13-3 until Tim Tebow scored with 1:52 left in the third period.
3. LSU (8.0): The Tigers (7-2, 4-2) lost ace tailback Charles Scott (broken collarbone) in their 24-15 loss at Alabama. Jordan Jefferson completed 10 of 17 passes for 114 yards before he, too, left the game due to injury. LSU was outgained 452-253 in total yards.
4. TENNESSEE (7.5): Jonathan Crompton completed 21 of 27 passes for 331 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Vols (5-4, 2-3) routed Memphis 56-28. Tennessee raced to a 42-7 halftime lead, then cleared its bench.
5. OLE MISS (7.5): The Rebels (6-3, 2-3) broke from a 14-14 second-quarter tie to post a 38-14 blowout of Football Championship Subdivision team Northern Arizona. Tailback/receiver Dexter McCluster got most of the day off, but Jevan Snead still completed 16 of 29 passes for 235 yards and a pair of TDs. Shay Hodge (7 catches, 169 yards, 2 TDs) was on the receiving end of the key passes.
6. ARKANSAS (7.5): The Razorbacks (5-4, 2-4) continued their late-season rally by dumping visiting South Carolina 33-16. Ryan Mallett completed 23 of 27 passes for 329 yards, with D.J. Williams catching 7 balls for 137 yards.
7. AUBURN (7.5): Gene Chizik's Tigers (7-3, 3-3) got a combined 27-of-30 passing performance from Chris Todd (17 of 18, 256 yards) and Neil Caudle (10 of 12, 117 yards) in a 63-31 annihilation of Furman. The Tigers outgained the Paladin 655-266 in total yards.
8. GEORGIA (7.5): Mark Richt's Bulldogs (5-4, 3-3) need to face teams coached by Watson Brown more often. They drilled Brown's Tennessee Tech squad 38-0 last weekend, posting their first shutout since they dumped a Brown-coached UAB team 34-0 in 2006. Joe Cox completed 10 of 13 passes for 140 yards and a pair of TDs. The Dawgs gained 304 rushing yards and limited the Golden Eagles to minus-13.
9. SOUTH CAROLINA (7.0): The Gamecocks (6-4, 3-4) appear to be in freefall after losing 33-16 at Arkansas. On the plus side, Stephen Garcia completed 20 of 34 passes for 327 yards and Alshon Jeffery caught 5 of the passes for 116 of the yards.
10. MISSISSIPPI STATE (7.0): Dan Mullen's Bulldogs (4-5, 2-3) enjoyed an open date.
11. KENTUCKY (6.0): The Wildcats (5-4, 1-4) finished off the last of their non-conference cupcakes by drubbing Eastern Kentucky 37-12. Freshman QB Morgan Newton completed 20 of 29 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. The Big Blue pass defense limited the Colonels to 9 completions in 29 attempts.
12. VANDERBILT (5.5): The Commodores (2-8, 0-6) managed just 100 passing yards and 99 rushing yards in a 27-3 loss at Florida. Mackenzi Adams completed 13 of 29 passes and freshman Warren Norman rushed 12 times for 65 yards.