There are several specific examples showing us that Southeastern Conference football has gone crazier than Tom Cruise this season.
For instance, Florida is 2-3 in the SEC, and has lost three straight games, the last two at home.
For instance, Auburn surrendered 43 points in a conference shootout Saturday, and still won by 22.
For instance, Georgia slept through a 1-4 start.
For instance, Louisiana State won one game when Tennessee was penalized for having 13 players on the field, and won another when a fake field goal pitch miraculously bounced right into the attended target's hands.
For instance, Tennessee is 0-3 in the league.
For instance, Kentucky beat Steve Spurrier.
For instance, Kentucky beat Steve Spurrier on Saturday, the fans rushed the field, and the next day, star jack-of-all-trades Randall Cobb sent out tweets ripping the fans for what he considered less-than-supportive behavior.
"Love we have to play against our own fans!" wrote Cobb in a sarcastic salvo that was later deleted.
And, in the most bizarre instance of all, Kentucky is 1-3 in the SEC and right in the middle of the East Division race.
"At 5-3, we'll have a chance to win in the East," Coach Joker Phillips said right after his Cats had rallied from a 28-10 halftime deficit to beat 10th-ranked South Carolina 31-28. "We will. I don't know what the other teams are doing on this side. ... But at 5-3, we'll have a chance. We'll have a chance."
He's right. Through seven weeks of the college football season, every team in the SEC East has at least two losses. No team, not even Tennessee, has more than three. Even with the loss Saturday, South Carolina leads the way at 2-2. Vanderbilt is 1-2. Then come Florida (2-3), Georgia (2-3), Kentucky (1-3) and Tennessee (0-3) in a losers logjam.
Thing is, those losers could just as easily turn into winners. Yes, Kentucky would have to win out to meet that 5-3 target, but after Saturday's stirring second-half comeback, plus the fact the Cats have finally climbed the Spurrier hurdle, and given the relative weaknesses of the remaining foes, who's to say that can't be done?
Next up is Georgia, which seems to be on a roll now that receiver A.J. Green is back from suspension. The past two weeks, the Bulldogs have battered Tennessee and Vanderbilt by a combined 84-14. On the other hand, UK trumped Mark Richt's team last year in Athens, and has won two of its last four meetings with the Dawgs.
After Georgia comes a trip to Mississippi State, which might be the most difficult mountain for Phillips' team to scale. The Bulldogs are fresh off a 10-7 upset of Florida in The Swamp. State has even slipped into the coaches' rankings at No. 24.
But if Kentucky could get past Georgia, and survive Starkville, the Cats would be 3-3 in the SEC, with just Vanderbilt and Tennessee left on the conference calendar. That's the Vanderbilt that was drubbed 43-0 in Athens on Saturday. That's the Tennessee that is a stunning 7-12 in its last 19 conference games.
"We're still in that hunt," UK wide receiver Chris Matthews said Saturday. "No matter how we do it, we're going to do it."
No matter who may or may not be there to support them, according to Cobb, who in a Sunday pique issued some rapid-fire tweets criticizing the fans for showing up late Saturday night, failing to pack Commonwealth Stadium for a game with the 10th-ranked team and then hurling insults at the team while it fell behind by 18 points at halftime.
I don't know any fans like that, do you?
A short time later, the tweets had been deleted from Cobb's account, replaced with "To all the fans that has been true to this program throughout the years. Yall deserved a win like that last night! Let's keep it going!"
And who knows, in this bizarre SEC East season, the Cats just might.