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SEC Updates: Overrated edition

Some of the teams pegged as SEC division contenders have proven otherwise to start the 2015 season.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Through four games of the 2015 college football season, it's becoming clear which teams are living up to the hype placed on them before the season, which teams are surpassing expectations, and which teams were overrated at the beginning of the year. That's especially true in the SEC, the conference that has won or been in contention for the National Championship for the last decade.

All the SEC teams who played non-conference teams took care of business, as No. 7 Georgia topped Southern 48-6, No. 8 LSU defeated Syracuse 34-24, South Carolina handled UCF 31-14, and No. 13 Alabama crushed Louisiana Monroe 34-0. The most impressive performance in the non-conference match-ups once again came from LSU's phenom running back, Leonard Fournette. The sophomore finished the day with 244 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, following a 228 yard and 3 score performance the previous week against Auburn. Through three games, Fournette has amassed 631 yards and 8 touchdowns, averaging 8.6 yards a carry. He's already gained over half his total yardage from his freshman year in a little over a third of the amount of carries from last season.

After this last weekend, every SEC team has played at least one conference game. Which means from here on out, these articles will feature an updated SEC standings. Here's how things are shaping out through Week 4:

SEC East
Conference W-L
Overall W-L


2-0 4-0


2-0 4-0


2-1 3-1


0-1 3-1


0-1 2-2

South Carolina

0-2 2-2


0-2 1-3
SEC West
Conference W-L
Overall W-L

Ole Miss






Texas A&M



Mississippi State

1-1 3-1










So far, it appears as though Arkansas, Auburn, and Tennessee were by far three of the most overrated teams heading into the 2015 season. The Razorbacks are on a three-game losing streak after dropping non-conference games to Toledo and Texas Tech then losing 28-21 in overtime to No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday. Arkansas looked better in their first SEC game than they did in the last two games, but they still fell to the Aggies. The Vols blew yet another two-score lead in the 4th quarter this week, this time to Florida. The Gators erased a 27-14 deficit, and after Tennessee head coach Butch Jones elected not to go for two after Tennessee's touchdown in the 4th quarter, Florida was able to steal the lead with a late touchdown with 1:26 left in the game and prevailed 28-27. The Vols had a 55-yard field goal miss by a mere foot, and Tennessee dropped their 11th straight to Florida. The Vols and Razorbacks play this upcoming weekend in a game of embattled head coaches and angered fan bases.

As for Auburn, the wheels are just continuing to fall off. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn benched quarterback Jeremy Johnson in favor of Sean White, but the offense looked just as ineffective with the new leader under center. The Tigers failed to score a single touchdown, and despite allowing just 62 rushing yards, Auburn fell to Mississippi State 17-9, losing their second straight SEC match-up. The Tigers were picked by many to not only compete for the SEC West this season, but also to supplant Alabama and win the division. But now Auburn is 0-2 with no answer in sight for their ailments.

No. 3 Ole Miss looked disinterested through a large part of their game against Vanderbilt, but the Rebels ultimately prevailed 27-16 over the Commodores. A week after receiving dark horse Heisman talk, quarterback Andy Kelly completed just 24-of-42 passes and tossed two interceptions. But Vanderbilt's offense couldn't do much against Ole Miss's defense, and the Rebels held on with a late touchdown in the 4th quarter to seal it. Kentucky managed to win their second conference game of the season with a 21-13 victory over No. 25 Missouri, handing the Tigers a loss in their first SEC game of the year. Wildcats' quarterback Patrick Towles rebounded after an abysmal performance last week against Florida by completing 22-of-27 passes for 249 yards and a couple scores, adding a rushing touchdown as well.

It's early in the season still, but both divisions are already establishing a clear pecking order. Georgia appears to be the head of the pack in the East, but Florida has snuck two wins in to begin conference play, and Kentucky has started out strong. The West is still more of a toss-up, but Ole Miss and LSU are the cream of the crop for now. Texas A&M has a legitimate shot to win the division as well, and Alabama has the talent and coaching to never be counted out.

The 2015 SEC season should provide plenty of drama, as next week features elite match-ups between Alabama and Georgia, Ole Miss and Florida, and Mississippi State and Texas A&M. The rest of the conference line-up consists of South Carolina visiting Missouri and Tennessee hosting Arkansas.