Conference Power Rankings
As anyone who follows college football knows, parity has struck the nation this season like no other. Upsets have been rampant and the New World Order of the college football landscape gets flipped seemingly every week.
In no other place does parity reign as much as in the SEC East, where the pecking order has been relatively stable for the past 10 years. Florida, Tennessee and Georgia have pretty much taken turns at the top, followed by South Carolina. And Kentucky and Vanderbilt have battled for No. 5, with the Wildcats landing there more often than the Commodores.
In 2007, however, one through six is a jumbled mess. Barely halfway through the season, five SEC East teams have two conference losses, and cellar-dweller Vanderbilt is sitting one game out of first place with three. After this weekend's action, assuming Kentucky beats Mississippi State, there will be three teams with two losses and three teams with three losses.
And Kentucky beating Mississippi State is no sure thing, even though the game is in Lexington. As daunting as SEC stadiums are, and as rabid as the home crowds can be, homefield advantage has been minimal this year. In SEC games, road teams are 15-13, further demonstrating the parity throughout the conference.
Parity does not mean mediocrity, however. The SEC has produced several classics. LSU's successive games with Florida (win), Kentucky (loss) and Auburn (win) were all thrillers. Alabama stunned Arkansas in the final minute, then lost to Georgia in an OT nail-biter. The Bulldogs won at Vanderbilt on the final play of the game, as did Auburn at Florida.
The SEC likes to think of itself as the closest thing college football has to the NFL. In terms of parity, at least this season, that feeling is not far off.
Last week, I named
Here is my Pac-10 compliment: Best Uniforms, as a whole. Even Oregon somewhat made up for past transgressions with those sweet all-whites last weekend.