Neil White’s weekly rankings of the SEC and ACC are a thoroughly unscientific compilation. No computer programs were used and no votes were taken to assemble this list of best to worst in the SEC and ACC. However, several boards — Ouija and dart — were used as guidance. And all ties were broken by a best two-of-three in rock-paper-scissors.
1. ALABAMA (4-0)
Rout of Arkansas should be good tuneup for Swamp visit.
2. LSU (4-0)
Never miss a local story.
Mighty Tigers are skyrocketing in those other polls.
3. SOUTH CAROLINA (4-0)
Payback time for USC after two Auburn losses last year.
4. VIRGINIA TECH (4-0)
Best ACC game pits Clemson offense against Tech defense.
5. FLORIDA (4-0)
Time to learn if the Gators are back with Tide rolling in.
6. CLEMSON (4-0)
If Tigers survive Blacksburg, they’ll be headed to mountaintop.
7. GEORGIA TECH (4-0)
No way N.C. State can avoid attack of Yellow Jackets.
8. ARKANSAS (3-1)
Razorbacks to give A&M a taste of what future will be like.
9. AUBURN (3-1)
Should provide a truer test of how good the Gamecocks can be.
10. FLORIDA STATE (2-2)
Beat-up Seminoles have to like the timing of their off-week.
11. NORTH CAROLINA (3-1)
Tar Heels face road challenge of rowdy East Carolina fans.
12. GEORGIA (2-2)
Who let the ‘Dogs out? Mississippi State invades Athens.
13. TENNESSEE (2-1)
Simply by not playing, Vols make a big jump in this poll.
14. VANDERBILT (3-1)
Commodores should use bye week to search for their offense.
15. MISSISSIPPI STATE (2-2)
MSU seriously hoping to avoid 0-3 SEC start against Georgia.
16. VIRGINIA (2-2)
With Idaho coming to town, Cavs ready to bake a few potatoes.
17. WAKE FOREST (2-1)
Deacons could go to 2-0 in ACC if they can handle lowly BC.
18. MIAMI, FLA. (1-2)
A loss to Kansas State? Better get that checkbook back out.
19. MARYLAND (1-2)
Blasted by Temple, Terps will see if they can beat Towson.
20. KENTUCKY (2-2)
Two straight losses with another to come on visit to Baton Rouge.
21. N.C. STATE (1-2)
No-show against Cincinnati proves the Wolfpack have no bite.
22. DUKE (2-2)
A devilish two-game win streak has Duke sinfully thinking of three.
23. OLE MISS (1-3)
Sometimes you feel like a Nutt, most times Rebel fans don’t.
24. BOSTON COLLEGE (1-3)
Win over FCS UMass has Eagles looking to salvage season.