Neil White’s weekly SEC-ACC team rankings

November 28, 2012 

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney shake hands and chat prior to their game last season at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, SC.


Neil White’s final weekly rankings of the SEC and ACC - a thoroughly unscientific compilation. No computer programs were used and no votes were taken to assemble this list of best to worst in the SEC and ACC.

1. ALABAMA (11-1)

Defending national champs need two wins to repeat.

2. GEORGIA (11-1)

Who saw this run coming after the USC loss?

3. FLORIDA (11-1)

Gators make big statement for SEC against FSU.

4. LSU (10-2)

Tigers’ only losses came to two teams above them.

5. TEXAS A&M (10-2)

It’s time to clear off shelf space for a Heisman Trophy.


Jadeveon Clowney just sacked Tajh Boyd again.


Jimbo Fisher has no more complaints about the BCS.

8. CLEMSON (10-2)

Dabo wishes he had played Southern Cal or North Carolina.


Commodores headed somewhere besides Academic Bowl.

10. OLE MISS (6-6)

Believe it or not, this is a pretty good .500 team.


It’s a steep drop from 7-0 and Top 15 national ranking.


The bowl shirt for the Heels is a plain white T.

13. MIAMI (7-5)

And the ‘Canes make it a double order of shirts.

14. TENNESSEE (5-7)

Hang down your head, Derek Dooley.

15. N.C. STATE (7-5)

A winning season so bad the Pack fired their coach.

16. GEORGIA TECH (6-6)

That’s 11 losses in 12 seasons to Georgia. Ugh(a).

17. MISSOURI (5-7)

Does the Big 12 have a return policy?


Sour note of season may end in Music City Bowl.

19. ARKANSAS (4-8)

End of John L. Smith era makes me a tad misty

20. DUKE (6-6)

Four straight losses propel Devils to postseason play.

21. VIRGINIA (4-8)

Just wait until lacrosse season!

22. WAKE FOREST (5-7)

Three straight blowout losses end season early.

23. MARYLAND (4-8)

Terps are looking ahead to rivalry with Rutgers.

24. AUBURN (3-9)

Gene Chizik’s biggest win? The Cam Newton lottery.


Come on back home, Tom O’Brien.

26. KENTUCKY (2-10)

Basketball team only lost 14 games over last three seasons.

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