Can Florida keep up with the Joneses? More particularly, can they hang on through what have been some tumultuous times and remain as a viable SEC East contender, or will Georgia win the division by acclimation? The Gators got past Kentucky thanks to a steady second half from quarterback Kyle Trask off the bench, and have a chance to pick up a second SEC win against Tennessee this weekend. But unless the Gators or Missouri find some consistency, it’s hard to see Georgia being challenged in the East. The Western Division remains a mosh pit of madness and Saturday’s Auburn-Texas A&M game is just the beginning of sorting that all out.

Rank

Team

Last Week

1

 

 1

The Crimson Tide is holding on to the top spot by virtue of tradition and Tua Tagovailoa’s right arm but there are other areas needing work, lots of work.

2

 2

The Tigers travel to Nashville, which has become the SEC’s trendy vacation spot. Expect the crowd to have plenty of purple, maybe 50 percent, at the Commodore’s resort — err, I mean, home field.

3

 

 3

Notre Dame made the CFP field last year and Georgia didn’t, but I don’t think the Fighting Irish were the better team. This isn’t 2018, but Georgia can at least handle that item of business in its own for 2019.

4

 4

How much Bo Magic will it take for Auburn to win in College Station? A lot, if AU’s injury report doesn’t get better. But the Aggies have found astonishing ways to lose to Auburn before.

5

 5

What we know for sure about Texas A&M is that the Aggies rank somewhere been Clemson and Lamar in the college football pecking order. Saturday may determine which one they are closer to being.

6

 

 6

It’s a shame Feliepe Franks will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg. He isn’t Tua or Fromm, but he was highly entertaining. And without him, the Gators are really going to have a hard time competing in the East.

7

 8

Missouri Mules or actual dark horses? The Tigers could be either.

8

 9

The Wildcats had every opportunity to beat Florida, right up until a chip-shot field goal in the final minute. Opportunity — and field goal — missed.

9

 11

Cal fans visiting Oxford this weekend may be surprised to find a charming, cultured small town and all sorts of delicious haute cuisine in The Grove. Pair it with a nice local wine like Okolona Octane.

10

 10

Is Ryan Hilinski a breakout star after his 300-plus yards against Alabama? We shall see against Mizzou.

11

 

 7

Freshman quarterback Garrett Shrader’s helicopter twirl wasn’t as productive as Najee Harris’ hurdle, but ranked right up there as Move of the Week.

12

 13

A quarterback switch to Nick Starkel was the spark the Razorbacks needed. With San Jose State ahead this week, the Razorbacks could finish the year 3-0 against teams from the Rocky Mountains and areas to the west and 0-9 against teams from the Central and Eastern Time Zones

13

 

 12

The Commodores had an off week but retained its ranking as the worst defense (509.5 yards per game) among all Power Five schools.

14

 

 14

This is what is strange. There were observers who were not sure if UT would get past Chattanooga. (The Vols not only cruised past the Mocs, they did so without their boat bursting into flames.) Now some of those same observers think UT could beat a banged-up Florida and escape the Power Poll cellar.