14 Thoughts for Week 14

14 Thoughts is the Tidebits version of a PowerPoll…

14. Kentucky (previous 14) (2-9, 0-7) – Of all the ugly losses Kentucky has suffered though in 2013, last Saturday’s loss to Georgia was perhaps the ugliest.  I’m very doubtful Mark Stoops can turn this program around because, well, because it’s Kentucky.  On the other hand, Tennessee is also in the SEC East.

13. Florida (10) (4-7, 3-5) – You can’t lose to a FCS team without a major drop in the poll.  The Gators did and, well, here they are.  It’s hard to imagine Florida keeping Will Muschamp after how this team threw in the towel on the year.

12. Arkansas (13) (3-8, 0-7) – Rank the Hogs ahead of Florida?  Yup.  At least for a week.  The Pigs are bad, but at least they have a direction.  Head coach Bret Bielema knows how he wants this team to look, he just doesn’t have the pieces yet.  In other words, they aren’t rudderless like the Gators.

11. Tennessee (12) (4-7, 1-6) – The Volunteers moved up a spot this week despite losing to their in-state rival, Vanderbilt.  I guess the Vols should send UF a thank you card.  Vandy’s a decent team and the Vols hung in for almost the entire game.  Like Bielema, Butch Jones is a coach who knows how this team should look and play, he just doesn’t have the pieces.

10. Mississippi State (11) (5-6, 2-5) – The Bulldogs need one more win to go bowling and that win will need to come against Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.  I’ll bet Dan Mullen isn’t so fired up now about playing Oklahoma State in the opener.  Had the Bullies scheduled another cupcake, they’d already have a bowl secured.

9. Ole Miss (8) (7-4, 3-4) – The Rebel Black Bears failed their latest test, their moment in the sun again, against Missouri.  If there was a way this team could flub around and make a mistake, they did it against the Tigers.  Next week brings the Egg Bowl against State and this should be a really good game.  After this tough defeat to Mizzou will Hugh Freeze be able to rally his boys and keep State out of a bowl?

8. Vanderbilt (9) (7-4, 4-4)- The ‘Dores have wins over Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the same season.  Good work, James Franklin.  Vandy will be looking to finish off this bright, shiny season with a win over Wake Forest next week.  What is that rivalry called?  The Big Brain Bowl?

7. Georgia (7) (7-4, 5-3) – Yes, I do on-purpose have the Bulldogs ranked higher than Vandy, though the ‘Dores did beat UGA earlier this year.  Why?  Well, because it’s my poll for one, and two, I think if they played again this year, the Dawgs would win.

6. Texas A&M (5) – Johnny Football will be back on CBS at 2:30 this week against LSU.  That usually means a lot of points.

5. LSU (6)  (8-3, 4-3) – The Tigers thoroughly embarrassed Johnny Manziel and the Aggies last Saturday in a game that must have been bittersweet for LSU fans.  How could a team shut down a player like Johnny Football and lose to Freeze, Bo Wallace and the rest of the RBBs?  Next week’s win over Arkansas will close out a decent regular season for the Tigers.

4. Missouri – (4) (10-1, 6-1) – The Tigers made it passed their elimination game with Ole Miss and move on to the A&M round this week.  All they have to do to lock up the SEC East is beat Manziel and A&M at home.

3. South Carolina (3) (9-2, 6-2)  – The Gamecocks destroyed Coastal Carolina in their warm-up for Clemson.  I can’t wait to hear how Steve Spurrier will zing Dabo Swinney this week.  Just wait, it’ll happen.

2. Auburn (2) (10-1, 6-1) – The Tigers are fresh off a bye week and ready to host the Tide.

1. Alabama (1) (11-0, 7-0) – ‘Bama pasted Chattanooga, as expected, in their tune-up for Auburn.