Surprise -- Gators, Vols not the elite teams anymore

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Updated: November 1, 2002, 9:34 AM ET
By Pat Forde | Special to ESPN.com

It's tempting to say that the Southeastern Conference misses Steve Spurrier, but you'd get some argument from the good people of Athens, Oxford and Baton Rouge.

If Visor Boy were still around, Georgia might not be enjoying life as the league's lead dog. The goalposts might not have been uprooted at Ole Miss. And LSU might not have rung up the biggest win by a visitor to Gainesville in 23 years.

Yet for all the joy spread at Ron Zook's expense, life without Spurrier hasn't been good ...

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