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I'm not even sure where to begin with this bumbling group in the 4-12 spots of the SEC. The bubble tier of SEC teams just continues to screw up, and one gets the feeling that none of them is that terribly interested in going to the tournament this year. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Florida - man, you guys have had so many opportunities, get it together!! So yes, my declaration that Florida was in the "Big Four" was premanure. They haven't arrived there, yet. Certainly a win over #3 Kentucky would go a long way towards clinching a dance ticket. Ditto with Mississippi State, and their game against Tennessee - right on the heels of a nasty loss to a surging Auburn team.

With Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee all locked into their seeds (and three of those in the NCAA Tournament), this weekend comes down to jockeying for position among the little guys. Can anybody playing on Thursday get a draw that will lead them into the "win-and-you're-in" game on Sunday? Can State and Florida get a marquee win or two to round out their dance sheet?

Here are the rankings for your consideration ...

CBS Sportsline* RPI Rank SOS 1wk-trend 3wk-trend
Alabama 103 45 +2 -5
Arkansas 137 38 -2 -23
Auburn 133 62 +10 +10
Florida 52 36 -7 +4
Georgia 96 8 +5 +6
Kentucky 4 39 -1 +2
LSU 222 83 -7 -2
Mississippi State 61 113 -3 +11
Ole Miss 57 69 +5 -18
South Carolina 96 16 -23 -32
Tennessee 16 23 +4 +6
Vanderbilt 12 22 +3 -1

* CBS Sportsline used because it is a consistently good approximation of the actual NCAA published weekly RPI.

More rankings after the jump ...

Pomeroy Rank SOS 1wk-trend 3wk-trend
Alabama 65 54 +3 +5
Arkansas 100 84 -2 -7
Auburn 91 74 +9 +17
Florida 49 66 -3 -1
Georgia 82 12 -2 +6
Kentucky 8 60 -1 -1
LSU 184 59 +1 +24
Mississippi State 43 90 +1 -4
Ole Miss 50 67 +2 -10
South Carolina 92 34 -9 -14
Tennessee 30 46 +2 -2
Vanderbilt 25 23 +4 -5

Sagarin Rank SOS Predictor 1wk-trend 3wk-trend
Alabama 76 51 66 +6 +6
Arkansas 113 68 106 +2 -7
Auburn 108 73 96 +13 +15
Florida 42 46 49 -7 +1
Georgia 83 10 88 +4 +12
Kentucky 4 63 8 0 +2
LSU 186 64 175 -5 +11
Mississippi State 52 87 42 -3 +4
Ole Miss 44 74 41 +4 -8
South Carolina 82 19 84 -8 -13
Tennessee 24 47 24 -2 -8
Vanderbilt 17 35 23 +2 -2

Basketball State Rank 1wk-trend 3wk-trend
Alabama 105 +1 0
Arkansas 146 -17 -23
Auburn 131 +17 +28
Florida 64 -10 +1
Georgia 99 -3 -1
Kentucky 4 -1 +2
LSU 215 -5 +5
Mississippi State 48 +1 +7
Ole Miss 57 +4 -8
South Carolina 117 -22 -38
Tennessee 23 +1 -5
Vanderbilt 11 +2 +1