Here’s what we’re not overreacting to in the SEC after Week 9:

Mississippi’s late-game collapse against LSU: Traveling through uncharted waters as one of four remaining unbeatens in college football is struggle in its own right, but taking that unblemished record on the road into Tiger Stadium is a death wish if you’re not careful. The Rebels found out the hard way Saturday night, failing to pull away from a feisty LSU team that used a 95-yard drive late in the game to spoil Mississippi’s 8-0 start. The Rebels defense provided its usual dominant effort giving up just 10 points, but it was the lack of poise down the stretch by Hugh Freeze and quarterback Bo Wallace that brought near instantaneous doubt into Mississippi’s chances as a Playoff contender. Those talks are premature considering both of the Rebels’ remaining games against ranked teams (Auburn, Mississippi State) come in Oxford.

Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs’ success against Alabama: We said before the season that Dobbs was Tennessee’s best option at quarterback even with a healthy Justin Worley, but his breakout performance in Saturday’s loss to Alabama came too late in the season. With the sophomore’s redshirt now up in flames, Tennessee’s got no choice but to play him the rest of the way along with Nathan Peterman. While he showed flashes of success with several plays away from the pocket, Dobbs’ offensive takeover has come too late for a team whose downward spiral has already begun. Alabama’s struggles containing mobile quarterbacks played into Dobbs’ strengths. He turned it over twice, but did manage 267 yards of total offense and a couple touchdowns. The Alpharetta, Ga. native gets another chance to prove his worth at South Carolina this weekend, but it’s not going to mean much across the SEC in a matchup of programs that failed to meet preseason expectations.

Mississippi State’s secondary issues at Kentucky: We know this already — the top-ranked Bulldogs’ major weakness is at the back end this season, a secondary that’s giving up a league-worst 321.6 yards per game. While Saturday’s ineptitude on deep balls at Kentucky led to a career-best outing from quarterback Patrick Towles, Mississippi State’s defensive backs — like most defenses — excel when pressure’s provided by the front four. When Towles had time, one of the Eastern Division’s most improved players made the right read and delivered with precision. He finished with 390 yards through the air, but it’s important to note that 180 of those yards came on three completions, a combination of missed tackles and faulty coverage. He did throw 19 incompletions. Big plays have been prevalent this season against the Mississippi State secondary, but the deficiency appears correctable.