| The Tuscaloosa News
We have reached the critical question of our times: Can college football survive without the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game? Coronavirus problems at Arkansas (the schedule shuffle is difficult to follow) have led to the postponement of that game, which probably will be played eventually. Whether it should be canceled on aesthetic grounds is another question.
1. Alabama (7-0)
Alabama at this point is the aggressive Black Friday mom knocking 5-year-olds out of the way because she has a coupon for 20% off on a PS5.
2. Texas A&M (5-1)
A COVID-19 hiatus has taken the Aggies out of the national spotlight, so a win would help ease them back to the CFP conversation.
3. Florida (6-1)
With a win over Kentucky this week, Florida can start breaking down Alabama film. (They already have.)
4. Georgia (5-2)
“Hey, let’s try another quarterback, Coach” seemed to work out well for the Bulldogs.
5. Auburn (5-2)
Contemplate a universe where Bo Nix is 2-0 against Nick Saban and an SEC legend.
6. Ole Miss (3-4)
Not even Faulkner’s fictional Mississippi world could have foreseen Lane Kiffin in an Egg Bowl.
7. Missouri (3-3)
Imagine finding out on a Monday afternoon that you have a new opponent for Saturday. That’s 2020, and Vanderbilt isn’t an easy preparation.
8. LSU (3-3)
Alabama might have been a little dubious about the LSU cancellation, but it didn’t devolve into a Dabo-esque farce – which is better for football no matter how much fun Nick and Ed jawing at each other would have been.
9. Arkansas (3-5)
Edged out by LSU last weekend and caught by coronavirus this week, but Arkansas still has respect for its turnaround.
10. Kentucky (3-5)
Depleted by the virus and playing Alabama and Florida back to back is cruel and unusual punishment.
11. Tennessee (2-5)
Jeremy Pruitt not playing Vanderbilt this week might have been a bad break, or it might have been a reprieve.
12. Mississippi State (2-5)
In a roller-coaster of a season, starting high and then plummeting, the Bulldogs won a 49-cowbell salute by pushing Georgia to the final minute with fewer than 50 scholarship players.
13. South Carolina (2-6)
The interim season marches to an inevitable end.
14. Vanderbilt (0-7)
The mystery game against Missouri is yet another “probably not … but maybe” for Vanderbilt.
Reach Cecil Hurt at [email protected] or via Twitter @cecilhurt