SEC Football: A Look at Each Team in the Conference After 8 Weeks

Jeremy HillmanContributor IOctober 23, 2011

SEC Football: A Look at Each Team in the Conference After 8 Weeks

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    The season is flying by, as we are already past the eighth week of the SEC football season.

    Over eight weeks, Alabama and LSU have proven to be the elite in the conference, followed by Arkansas, who could be considered a dark horse for the conference title at this point, and then the rest of the teams are left to battle for bowl eligibility and position.

    For each of these teams, the ongoing season has brought ups and downs and a weekly struggle to out-battle the competition.

    In eight weeks of football, we have been able to get a pretty good picture of what each squad brings to the table.

    This slideshow will break down of each SEC teams, where they have been and where they may be going.

    Here are my power rankings of the Southeastern Conference as it stands today...

12. Kentucky Wildcats

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    The Record: 3-4 (0-3)

    Fans Mood: Not happy and ready for the basketball season to start. This has been a disappointing 2011 season for the Wildcats.

    Best Win of The Season: Kentucky 27 Central Michigan 13

    Worst Loss of The Season: Louisville 24 Kentucky 17

    Projected Regular Season Record: 3-9

    Updated Bowl Projection: No Bowl Game

11. Ole Miss Rebels

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    The Record: 2-5 (0-4)

    Fans Mood: The Rebel faithful are not happy, and there are state newspaper ads to prove it. Head coach Houston Nutt will be gone at season's end, and Ole Miss will try to start a new era in Oxford.

    Best Win of The Season: Ole Miss 38 Fresno State 28

    Worst Loss of The Season: Vanderbilt 30 Ole Miss 7 

    Projected Regular Season Record: 4-8

    Updated Bowl Projection: No Bowl Game

10. Tennessee Volunteers

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    The Record: 3-4 (0-4)

    Fans Mood: The fans aren't thrilled, but they understand the significance of injuries to star quarterback Tyler Bray and top wideout Justin Rogers.

    Because of that, Dooley will get a pass from most of the Vol nation for this disastrous start to 2011, but will need to produce in 2012 to avoid a mighty hot seat in Knoxville.

    Best Win of The Season: Tennessee 45 Cincinnati 23

    Worst Loss of The Season:  Georgia 20 Tennessee 12

    Projected Regular Season Record: 6-6

    Updated Bowl Projection: Music City Bowl (Tennessee Vs Miami)

9. Vanderbilt Commodores

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    The Record: 4-3 (1-3)

    Fans Mood: The Commodore fans are thrilled with first-year coach James Franklin and excited to have a shot at a bowl game.

    Best Win of The Season: Vanderbilt 30 Ole Miss 7

    Worst Loss of The Season: South Carolina 21 Vanderbilt 3

    Projected Regular Season Record: 6-6

    Updated Bowl Projection: Liberty Bowl (Vanderbilt Vs. Houston)

8. Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    The Record: 3-4 (0-4)

    Fans Mood: Very disappointed and frustrated. With such lofty expectations in the preseason, and after Week 1, it has been tough for Bulldog fans to swallow an 0-4 start to the 2011 SEC season.

    Best Win of The Season: Mississippi State 59 Memphis 14

    Worst Loss of The Season: Georgia 24 Mississippi State 10

    Projected Regular Season Record: 6-6

    Updated Bowl Projection: Compass Bowl (Mississippi State Vs Pittsburgh)

7. Florida Gators

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    The Record: 4-3 (2-3)

    Fans Mood: After a solid start to the season, fans are disappointed at how the season is progressing.

    Many of them understand that some of the problem is the loss of starting quarterback John Brantley to injury, but they also realize the Gators are lacking size and talent at some key positions, like linebacker. 

    Best Win of The Season: Florida 33 Tennessee 23

    Worst Loss of The Season: Auburn 17 Florida 6

    Projected Regular Season Record: 7-5

    Updated Bowl Projection: Gator Bowl (Florida vs. Iowa)

6. South Carolina

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    The Record: 6-1 (4-1)

    Fans Mood: The fans are worried because of the loss of star running back Marcus Lattimore for the season.

    After the Auburn loss and the poor play from the quarterbacks, Steve Spurrier's popularity around Columbia is dwindling slowly, as some fans believe the ole' ball coach may have taken the Gamecocks as far as he can.

    Best Win of The Season: South Carolina 45 Georgia 42

    Worst Loss of The Season: Auburn 16 South Carolina 13

    Projected Regular Season Record: 8-4

    Updated Bowl Projection: Chic-Fil-A Bowl (South Carolina Vs. Virginia Tech)

5. Auburn Tigers

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    The Record: 5-3 (3-2)

    Fans Mood: The schedule has been brutal for the Tigers, and they have lost three games to Top 10 teams on the road.

    However, Auburn fans knew this was a rebuilding year and are pretty content with the young team's wins over South Carolina, Mississippi State and Florida and a chance at as many as eight wins on the season.

    Best Win of The Season: Auburn 16 South Carolina 13

    Worst Loss of The Season: Clemson 38 Auburn 24

    Projected Regular Season Record: 7-5

    Updated Bowl Projection: Outback Bowl (Auburn Vs. Michigan)

4. Georgia Bulldogs

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    The Record: 5-2 (4-1)

    Fans Mood: Disappointed and frustrated after an 0-2 start, the Bulldog nation has rebounded and is now starting to believe the Bulldogs will make the trip to Atlanta as the SEC East Champion.

    The fans' psyche and Mark Richt's job probably depends on his ability to get his team ready to beat rivals Florida and Auburn over the next few weeks.

    Best Win of The Season: Georgia 24 Mississippi State 10

    Worst Loss of The Season: Boise State 35 Georgia 21

    Projected Regular Season Record: 9-3

    Updated Bowl Projection: Cotton  Bowl (Georgia Vs. Texas A&M)

3. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    The Record: 6-1 (2-1)

    Fans Mood: Were disappointed in the Alabama game and the first half of the Ole Miss game this weekend, but have confidence that Arkansas can stay a dark horse in the SEC title race.

    Best Win of The Season: Arkansas 42 Texas A&M 38

    Worst Loss of The Season: Alabama 34 Arkansas 14

    Projected Regular Season Record: 10-2

    Updated Bowl Projection: Capital One Bowl (Arkansas vs. Nebraska)

2. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    The Record: 8-0 (5-0)

    Fans Mood: The Tide fans are very happy and very much looking forward to the huge LSU game in two weeks.

    Best Win of The Season: Alabama 38 Arkansas 14

    Worst Loss of The Season: No losses

    Projected Regular Season Record: 11-1

    Updated Bowl Projection: Sugar Bowl (Alabama vs Oklahoma)

1. LSU Tigers

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    The Record: 8-0 (5-0)

    Fans Mood: Fired up and looking forward to the epic game against Alabama in two weeks.

    The off-the-field issues are a sore subject with many Tiger faithful, but the on-the-field production has them smiling through it.

    Best Win of The Season: LSU 40 Oregon 27

    Worst Loss of The Season: No losses

    Projected Regular Season Record: 12-0

    Updated Bowl Projection: BCS National Championship Game (LSU vs. Stanford)