An updated look at the races for the top individual awards in the SEC:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Even with the off week, Richardson is tied for the SEC lead in rushing with 989 yards and leads the league with 17 rushing touchdowns. His Heisman stock could skyrocket with a strong showing against LSU Saturday.
2. Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn: He is still running in Richardson's shadow, but Dyer has had a great second year with the Tigers. He's tied with Richardson at the top of the conference in rushing and is fresh off a 177-yard, one-touchdown performance against Ole Miss.
3. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas: A new receiver makes it on the list after yet another solid showing. Wright has not only been Arkansas' best receiving threat, but he leads the league with 44 catches for 709 yards and seven touchdowns. Last week, he had 135 yards and a touchdown.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia: We have a new leader in this category yet again. Jones gave Florida's backfield, especially quarterback John Brantley, headaches all day last week after recording four sacks and four quarterback hurries. He has 44 tackles on the year and leads the SEC with eight sacks for 55 yards.
2. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: He only had one tackle against Tennessee last week, but his body of work so far makes him very deserving of being on this list.
3. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU: He was off last week and hasn't played in a game since Oct. 15. Still, he's the most exciting defensive player to watch in the country and should be itching to make even more plays against Alabama Saturday.
COACH OF THE YEAR
1. Les Miles, LSU: After watching him act so calm and loose on the Tuesday of Alabama week, you can tell the Miles has "it" and he gets "it." With all of the distractions he and his team have faced this year, LSU shouldn't be where it is. I'm not sure there's a coach out there that could have a team so focused after everything that's happened.
2. Mark Richt, Georgia: Richt not only ended a three-game losing streak to Florida but he also eliminated the Gators from the East race. Those are two major victories for a coach entering the season with the hottest seat in the SEC. Georgia can almost taste Atlanta right now, it's so close, but the Bulldogs still need South Carolina to lose. Regardless, Richt went from dead in the water to at the top of the East this season.
3. Gene Chizik, Auburn: Right when things look shaky on offense for the Tigers, things pick right up and before you know it, Auburn has a 41-23 win over Ole Miss. Chizik just knows how to make the right adjustments and he's done a fine job this season with such a young team. His best move might have been making Clint Moseley his starting quarterback. He has really grown -- along with the offense -- since taking over in the second half against Florida.