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SEC morning links

1. The new College Football Playoff rankings are out. Ole Miss dropped down to No. 11 after its loss to Auburn, but the SEC West still has three teams in the top 5. No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 3 Auburn stayed in place, but Alabama moved up a spot to No. 5. Too high? Some might argue that TCU belongs ahead of the Tide, but as Brad Edwards explains, the committee used the eye test (In) when choosing between the two teams. Don’t worry. There’s still plenty of football left to be played. In fact, here’s a look at the top 10 remaining games that will have the most impact on the playoff. Not surprisingly, five of the 10 come from the SEC including Saturday’s tilt in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, between Alabama and LSU.

2. After Saturday’s loss to Florida, Georgia dropped to No. 20 in the latest playoff rankings. The good news, though, is that star running back Todd Gurley will be reinstated next weekend when the Bulldogs host Auburn. On Tuesday, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity made his first public comments since Gurley’s suspension and provided a detailed look into how the university handled the case. McGarity also said that Gurley never considered quitting the team to focus on his pro prospects. The All-SEC back will miss Saturday's game at Kentucky which means a heavy dose of freshman Nick Chubb. However, Mark Richt indicated that fellow freshman Sony Michel might be ready to return to the backfield against the Wildcats.

3. Tennessee might have found its quarterback of the future (I’ll get to that), but senior Justin Worley has played his final game as a Volunteer. The Week 1 starter got hurt a couple weeks ago at Ole Miss, and head coach Butch Jones announced Tuesday that Worley will miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum. He remained upbeat despite the news, tweeting his gratitude to the fans. A thumb injury cost Worley the last four games of last year, too. Now to the future and Joshua Dobbs. The sophomore lit up South Carolina this past Saturday, and some are already tabbing him as an emerging superstar in college football. That might be jumping the gun, but UT fans should certainly be excited about the kid.

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