If the Southeastern Conference eliminated the three preseason games that each team plays (Georgia vs. Oklahoma State, West Carolina, and Troy State -- combined score 124-64; and LSU vs. Middle Tennessee State, Tulane, and Louisiana Tech -- combined score 136-19), and played the remaining three SEC teams that they don't play, the poll rankings would be less controversial.
Comparative regular-season scores indicate that Georgia would lose to LSU by five and Arkansas by two, and prevail over Mississippi State by seven for an overall record of 8-4. LSU wins by five over Georgia, seven over Tennessee (sound familiar?) and 11 over Vanderbilt for a record of 10-2.
Championship prediction: Ohio State 24, LSU 21.
C.E. Hopson, Augusta