SEC's top five

dshirley@macon.comOctober 21, 2013 

1. Refocusing the goals again: After losing to Missouri last week, Georgia had to turn its focus away from a national title directly to the SEC East. Now, those goals have to be adjusted again after the Bulldogs blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost at Vanderbilt. It was a stunning collapse by the Bulldogs, who had numerous mistakes in the final quarter.

2. Tigers are for real: Everyone seems to keep waiting for Missouri to slip up, but the Tigers just keep winning. They dominated Florida, which has no offense whatsoever, and the Tigers debuted in the BCS standings at No. 5. Missouri has beaten Georgia and Florida in consecutive weeks. Impressive stuff.

3. Tigers are for real, too: In the West, Auburn has responded to its loss to LSU with three straight wins. The latest, a 45-41 thriller at Texas A&M, put former Wilcox County quarterback Nick Marshall in the national spotlight, and he put on a show. He completed just 11 passes but for 236 yards and also ran for 100 yards.

4. Tough Tennessee: South Carolina's game at Tennessee looked dangerous on paper, and it proved to be so. The Volunteers had been close to a signature win, and they got it, with some help from the Gamecocks, in Butch Jones' first season at the helm.

5. Revved up Rebels: Mississippi came up just short of a big win the week before, losing a thriller to Texas A&M. But the Rebels got that win Saturday, edging LSU in another thriller.


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