SEC rankings, Week 5: Wildcats gaining on Gators

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Despite a slow start, Kentucky is right back in the SEC race.

Despite a slow start, Kentucky is right back in the SEC race.

The rest of the SEC can thank Arkansas for bringing Florida back to the pack, but the Gators are still in the driver’s seat going into a showdown against surging Kentucky.

1. FLORIDA (19-3, 9-1. Last week: Lost to Arkansas, defeated Mississippi State. This week: Tuesday vs. Kentucky, Saturday at Auburn): Gators finally look human in beatdown at Arkansas.

2. KENTUCKY (17-6, 8-2. Last week: Defeated South Carolina, Auburn. This week: Tuesday at Florida, Saturday at Tennessee): Red-hot Wildcats have won five consecutive games.

3. MISSISSIPPI (18-5, 7-3. Last week: Defeated Mississippi State, lost to Missouri. This week: Wednesday at Texas A&M, Saturday vs. Georgia): Rebels get nod over Missouri because they’ve won road games.

4. MISSOURI (17-6, 6-4. Last week: Lost to Texas A&M, defeated Mississippi. This week: Wednesday at Mississippi State, Saturday at Arkansas): After crushing loss in College Station, road win this week a must for Tigers.

5. ALABAMA (15-8, 7-3. Last week: Lost to Auburn, defeated LSU. This week: Tuesday at Georgia, Saturday vs. South Carolina): Tide scored 37 points in loss at Auburn.

6. GEORGIA (12-11, 6-4. Last week: Defeated Tennessee, Texas A&M. This week: Tuesday vs. Alabama, Saturday at Mississippi): Bulldogs have won five straight, including three road games).

7. ARKANSAS (14-9, 5-5. Last week: Defeated Florida, lost to Vanderbilt. This week: Wednesday at Auburn, Saturday vs. Missouri): Razorbacks rip Gators, then suffer beating at Vandy. Sounds about right.

8. LSU (13-8, 4-6. Last week: Defeated Vanderbilt, lost to Alabama. This week: Thursday at South Carolina, Saturday vs. Mississippi State): Tigers’ three-game winning streak snapped in tough loss to Tide.

9. TEXAS A&M (14-9, 4-6. Last week: Defeated Missouri, lost to Georgia. This week: Wednesday vs. Mississippi, Saturday at Vanderbilt): Aggies follow nice win against Mizzou with a dud against Georgia.

10. TENNESSEE (11-10, 3-6. Last week: Lost to Georgia. This week: Today at South Carolina, Wednesday at Vanderbilt, Saturday vs. Kentucky): Bad home loss against Georgia.

11. VANDERBILT (9-13, 3-7. Last week: Lost to LSU, defeated Arkansas. This week: Wednesday vs. Tennessee, Saturday vs. Texas A&M): Commodores snapped four-game skid by routing Razorbacks.

12. AUBURN (9-14, 3-7. Last week: Defeated Alabama, lost to Kentucky. This week: Wednesday vs. Arkansas, Saturday vs. Florida): Tigers’ win against Tide might end up costing rival NCAA bid.

13. SOUTH CAROLINA (12-10, 2-7. Last week: Lost to Kentucky. This week: Sunday vs. Tennessee, Thursday vs. LSU, Saturday at Alabama): Gamecocks have lost five of six.

14. MISSISSIPPI STATE (7-15, 2-8. Last week: Lost to Mississippi, Florida. This week: Wednesday vs. Missouri, Saturday at LSU): Bulldogs are in free-fall mode (eight straight losses).

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