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Almost nobody could've predicted who sits atop the East and West at this point in the season.

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This past Saturday's round of SEC games provided another bit of shocking results, both in conference play and in some non-conference match-ups. There were several marquee games this weekend, and No. 13 Alabama visiting No. 8 Georgia was top billing for the conference. But the "best game" of the weekend in the SEC was anything but.

Before the results are discussed, here are the SEC standings after this weekend's games:

SEC East
Conference W/L
Overall W/L
Florida 3-0 5-0
Georgia 2-1 4-1
Kentucky 2-1 4-1
Missouri 1-1 4-1
Tennessee 0-2 2-3
Vanderbilt 0-2 2-3
South Carolina 0-3 2-3
SEC West
Conference W/L
Overall W/L
Texas A&M 2-0 5-0
LSU 2-0 4-0
Ole Miss 2-1 4-1
Alabama 1-1 4-1
Arkansas 1-1 2-3
Mississippi State 1-2 3-2
Auburn 0-2 3-2

As mentioned, the Crimson Tide vs. Bulldogs game didn't live up to the hype, as Alabama came out swinging and knocked Georgia out early in the contest, prevailing 38-10 over the Bulldogs. Georgia struggled to get any sort of production out of both quarterbacks they played, and running back Nick Chubb wasn't a major factor until he broke off an 83-yard touchdown run late in the game when the score was meaningless. Alabama blocked a punt and returned an interception for a score in the game as well, and the Tide dominated on all aspects of the game.

If you thought that game was shocking, then the results of the Ole Miss-Florida game will make your jaw drop even further. The No. 25 Gators beat the No. 3 Rebels by the same score, 38-10, and looked just as dominate doing it. Florida jumped out to a 25-0 lead by the time the first half ended, and the Rebels managed only 88 rushing yards on 32 carries. Florida quarterback Will Grier had just five incompletions on 29 pass attempts and threw four touchdowns to four different receivers. The win over Ole Miss came just two weeks after the Rebels defeated Alabama, and it also keeps Florida undefeated in the SEC and put them in sole possession of first place in the East.

In other SEC East action, Missouri held off South Carolina in an ugly game, getting their first SEC victory after a 24-10 win. Missouri picked off South Carolina quarterback Lorenzo Nunez three times, and quarterback Drew Lock wasn't asked to do much in Maty Mauk's absence for the Tigers, throwing for just 139 yards but also tossing two scores and avoiding any interceptions. The Gamecocks have yet to win a conference game, falling to 0-3 in SEC games.

And in breaking news, the Tennessee Volunteers once again came up small in a big game, as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Arkansas but ended up losing 24-20 to the Hogs. The Vols were held to just 90 yards of offense in the second half, and despite Arkansas having a field goal blocked and a fake field goal snuffed out, Tennessee never capitalized and let the Razorbacks win their first SEC game of 2015. The Vols dropped to 0-2 in the conference for the 8th consecutive season, and Arkansas ended a three game losing streak.

Closing out the SEC action was No. 14 Texas A&M playing host to No. 21 Mississippi State and handling them from the outset. The Aggies moved into a tie for first place in the West with a 30-17 victory over the Bulldogs, as A&M held Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott without a passing touchdown. Prescott was able to rush for 96 yards and a score, but had no help from anyone in the backfield and was held in check through the air. Kyle Allen threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns, and Tra Carson added 110 yards on the ground and a score.

Half the SEC teams in non-conference play handled their business, as Auburn defeated San Jose State 35-21 and LSU beat Eastern Michigan 44-22 while running back Leonard Fournette earned another 200 yard rushing game, his third straight such game. But Vanderbilt and Kentucky struggled to win games against allegedly outmatched opponents, as both had to mount comebacks to win. Vanderbilt trailed Middle Tennessee State 13-3 in the fourth quarter but were able to score two late touchdowns to avoid even more embarrassment, and Kentucky had to win in overtime against Eastern Kentucky after trailing 27-13 in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats prevailed 34-27 after holding Eastern Kentucky scoreless in their lone overtime possession.

If the season were to end today, the SEC Championship game would pit Florida against Texas A&M or LSU depending on tie-breakers. But the season isn't even halfway over yet, so there will be plenty of decisive action left to play out. The upcoming weekend's match-ups include No. 7 LSU at South Carolina, No.19 Georgia visiting Tennessee, No. 8 Alabama hosting Arkansas, and No. 11 Florida going on the road to Missouri.