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SEC Rankings: Pre-Halloween SEC Armageddon

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The Carnage of the SEC

Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports

October 19 will be long remembered by a plethora of SEC fans as the day their team’s title hopes died. A day of stunning upsets that began with Georgia and included South Carolina and Texas A&M. The SEC carnage ended with an improbable Ole Miss win over a stunned LSU Tiger squad who were caught possibly looking ahead to Alabama.

The only traditional SEC powerhouse that held serve was the machine that has become Alabama Football under Nick Saban. The Tide made quick work of an Arkansas program that just two years ago was a serious player in the BCS National Title picture. SEC fans take note how quickly your team can go from the elite to battling with Kentucky for the basement position in the conference. Did anyone see this coming? The answer is not to this extent. Alabama began running in second and third team personnel in the third quarter and those guys were still superior to a surprising and clearly inferior Razorback squad.

The Swine have not scratched the win column since prior to the infamous #karma Twitter comment by Hogs Coach Brett Bielema's wife Jen some six weeks ago. It’s going to be a long winter in Wal Mart land for the Razorbacks.

Missouri has continued to amaze and bewilder SEC heavyweights and smashed a bunch of Florida Gators who many think have underperformed thus far this season. Missouri has made a believer out of me and I think they clinch the SEC East Title this weekend at home against the Old Ball Coach and the fighting Roosters of South Carolina.

The Tigers are on a collision course with the Crimson Tide in Alabama scheduled for December at the SEC Title game in the SEC friendly city of Atlanta. While Missouri has bested all foes thus far they haven’t seen anyone like the Saban led Crimson Tide. Good news for Missouri is they won’t see them for another five or six weeks. Those SEC East Title rings are sure going to look good and surely going to chap the tails of Florida, South Carolina and an injury depleted Georgia Bulldog team.

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#8 Florida

Denny Medley, USA TODAY Sports

Florida fans are not happy with the underachieving and offensively-challenged Gators.

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#7 Georgia

Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports

Georgia just a couple weeks ago was on top of the world. Injuries and losses have been a disaster for the depleted Dogs.

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#6 Ole Miss

Spruce Derden, USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss got the signature win last week for Hugh Freeze against LSU. The Rebels look to continue the surge this week

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#5 South Carolina

Beth Hall, USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina is in a must-win this week at SEC East leader Missouri

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#4 Texas A&M

Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports

The Texas A&M Aggies are still very dangerous if they have a healthy Johnny Manziel.

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# 3 LSU

Derick E Hingle, USA TODAY Sports

LSU tries to bounce back from a soul-crushing loss last week

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# 2 Missouri

Denny Medley, USA TODAY Sports

The Missouri Tigers have plenty of Tigers in their tank and move to get a stranglehold on the SEC East

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#1 Alabama

John David Mercer, USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide still reigns supreme in the SEC