SEC rankings, Week 8: Gators chomp down on SEC title

Despite being pushed, Florida holds off Alabama.

Despite being pushed, Florida holds off Alabama.

1. FLORIDA (23-5, 13-3. Last week: Lost to Tennessee, defeated Alabama. This week: Wednesday vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday at Kentucky): Gators wrapped up SEC title with win over Tide.

2. MISSOURI (21-8, 10-6. Last week: Defeated South Carolina, LSU. This week: Tuesday vs. Arkansas, Saturday at Tennessee): Road win against Gamecocks likely punched ticket to NCAA tourney.

3. ALABAMA (19-10, 11-5. Last week: Defeated Auburn, lost to Florida. This week: Tuesday at Mississippi, Saturday vs. Georgia): Tide still on outside looking in at Big Dance.

4. KENTUCKY (20-9, 11-5. Last week: Defeated Mississippi State, lost to Arkansas. This week: Thursday at Georgia, Saturday vs. Florida): Dangerous week for a team teetering on NCAA bubble.

5. OLE MISS (21-8, 10-6. Last week: Defeated Texas A&M, lost to Mississippi State. This week: Tuesday vs. Alabama, Saturday at LSU): The wheels have officially come off after loss to Mississippi State.

6. ARKANSAS (18-11, 9-7. Last week: Lost to LSU, defeated Kentucky. This week: Tuesday at Missouri, Saturday vs. Texas A&M): Bracing for the not-so-welcome “home” for Mike Anderson.

7. GEORGIA (14-15, 8-8. Last week: Lost to Vanderbilt, defeated Tennessee. This week: Thursday vs. Kentucky, Saturday at Alabama): Bulldogs are a handful of breaks from being 12-4 in SEC play.

8. TENNESSEE (17-11, 9-7. Last week: Defeated Florida, lost to Georgia. This week: Wednesday at Auburn, Saturday vs. Missouri): Second loss to Georgia takes some of cache off win over Gators.

9. LSU (17-10, 8-8. Last week: Defeated Arkansas, lost to Missouri. This week: Wednesday at Texas A&M, Saturday vs. Mississippi): NIT bid would be nice reward for improving young team.

10. VANDERBILT (13-15, 7-9. Last week: Defeated Georgia, Auburn. This week: Wednesday at Florida, Saturday vs. South Carolina): Commodores have won three straight.

11. TEXAS A&M (17-12, 7-9. Last week: Lost to Mississippi, defeated South Carolina. This week: Wednesday vs. LSU, Saturday at Arkansas): Aggies haven’t won back-to-back games since January.

12. AUBURN (9-20, 3-13. Last week: Lost to Alabama, Vanderbilt. This week: Wednesday vs. Tennessee, Saturday at Mississippi State): Tigers have lost seven consecutive games.

13. SOUTH CAROLINA (13-16, 3-13. Last week: Lost to Missouri, Texas A&M. This week: Wednesday vs. Mississippi State, Saturday at Vanderbilt): At what point does Frank Martin regret leaving Kansas State?

14. MISSISSIPPI STATE (8-20, 3-13. Last week: Lost to Kentucky, defeated Mississippi. This week: Wednesday at South Carolina, Saturday vs. Auburn): Bulldogs have had a miserable season but essentially ruined their archrival’s season Saturday.

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Big 12 rankings, Week 8: Sunflower dead heat

Yes, this is a charge.

Yes, this is a charge.

1. KANSAS (25-4, 13-3. Last week: Defeated Iowa State, West Virginia. This week: Monday vs. Texas Tech, Saturday at Baylor): Sure, it took some “errant” calls, but No. 9 in a row is a week away.

2. KANSAS STATE (24-5, 13-3. Last week: Defeated Texas Tech, Baylor. This week: Tuesday vs. TCU, Saturday at Oklahoma State): Wildcats’ chances at a share of conference title come down to road trip to Stillwater. Tough assignment, to say the least.

3. OKLAHOMA STATE (22-6, 12-4. Last week: Defeated TCU, Texas. This week: Wednesday at Iowa State, Saturday vs. Kansas State): Gut-wrenching loss at home to Kansas likely to end up costing Cowboys conference crown.

4. OKLAHOMA (19-9, 10-6. Last week: Lost to Texas, defeated Iowa State. This week: Wednesday at West Virginia, Saturday vs. TCU): Sooners suffered one of the biggest chokes in conference history, coughing up 22-point lead in final eight minutes against Longhorns.

5. IOWA STATE (19-10, 9-7. Last week: Lost to Kansas, Oklahoma. This week: Wednesday vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday at West Virginia): Bogus loss to Jayhawks might have finished off Cyclones.

6. BAYLOR (17-12, 8-8. Last week: Defeated West Virginia, lost to Kansas State. This week: Monday at Texas, Saturday vs. Kansas): Upset of Kansas a must for Bears to have any shot at NCAA bid.

7. WEST VIRGINIA (13-16, 6-10. Last week: Lost to Baylor, Kansas. This week: Wednesday at Oklahoma, Saturday vs. Iowa State): Mountaineers have lost four straight and five of six.

8. TEXAS (13-16, 5-11. Last week: Defeated Oklahoma, lost to Oklahoma State. This week: Monday vs. Baylor, Saturday at Texas Tech): Longhorns showed some life in comeback against Sooners.

9. TEXAS TECH (10-17, 3-13. Last week: Lost to Kansas State, defeated TCU. This week: Monday at Kansas, Saturday vs. Texas): Win over TCU snapped nine-game losing streak.

10. TCU (10-19, 1-15. Last week: Lost to Oklahoma State, Texas Tech. This week: Tuesday at Kansas State, Saturday vs. Oklahoma): Horned Frogs have lost seven straight since stunner against Kansas.

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