Texas A&M. After opening with a loss to Florida, the Southeastern Conference West Division newcomer has won five in a row on the strength of its freshman quarterback.
Johnny Manziel is leading the league in rushing (112.7 yards a game) and is third in passing yardage (280 per game).
Gene Chizik. The Auburn coach is free-falling faster than Felix Baumgartner. The Tigers, the 2010 national champs, have won seven of their past 17 games and are 1-5 this season, their lone win an overtime victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
Auburn is a seven-point underdog this week at the powerhouse known as … Vanderbilt. If the Tigers keep playing like they are, Chizik could break the sound barrier in his descent.
RANKING THE BIG FOUR
1. South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC). The Gamecocks lost nothing in defeat at Louisiana State University. The big game is this week.
2. Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC). The Bulldogs are back in the SEC East race, sort of. Let’s talk next week.
3. Clemson (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Tigers wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is leading the league in receiving (49 catches, 777 yards).
4. Georgia Tech (2-4, 1-3 ACC). Yellow Jackets lead the league with 331 rushing yards a contest.
• Virginia Tech at Clemson, noon (ABC-Ch. 6)
• Georgia Southern at Furman, 1:30 p.m. (No TV)
• Boston College at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
• South Carolina at Florida, 3:30 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12)
• Georgia at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)
THIS WEEK'S STORYLINES
Clemson: The Tigers come off a bye week facing a Hokies team that’s proven to be average this year.
Georgia: The Wildcats defense should be the elixir for the Bulldogs offense.
Georgia Tech: Let the (defensive coordinator) Charles Kelly era begin in Atlanta.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks put a lock on the Eastern Division with a win.