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SEC Stocks: Gators Plummet, Vols Rise — For A Moment

With only three weeks left in the regular season season, teams are typically in one of three boats: championship contention, bowl contention or complete hopelessness.

Luckily for us, the SEC is home to teams in each one of those three boats. Keep scrolling to see which SEC teams are destined to sink and which are prepared to stay afloat.

Alabama — Stock Holding

The No. 1 AP-ranked Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC) bolstered their resume after defending their home field against a ranked LSU team this past weekend, but not in the dominant way many expected. LSU had more time of possession, more rushing yards and more total yards.

Nonetheless, Alabama still looked strong, and will continue its comeback tour for the No. 1 College Football Playoff rankings this Saturday against No. 18 Mississippi State in Starkville.

Arkansas — Stock Falling

The Razorbacks (4-5, 1-4 SEC) have won their last two games, but don’t let the numbers fool you. Those wins came with scores of 38-37 and 39-38 against Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina, respectively.

The Hogs almost got run out of town — at home — to a 1-8 Coastal Carolina team. And with LSU coming up next, Arkansas fans seem to already be looking towards 2018 with three games still left to play.

Auburn — Stock Rising

No. 10 Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC) has been on a roll as of late, winning six of its last seven games. Inspired play from quarterback Jarrett Stidham and running back Kerryon Johnson against Texas A&M led to a 42-27 route in College Station.

Gus Malzahn currently has the Tigers firing on all cylinders, but the biggest test so far arises in showdown at home against No. 2 Georgia this Saturday afternoon.

Florida — Stock Falling

In the last two weeks, Florida (3-5, 3-4 SEC) has been blown out twice AND fired its back-to-back SEC East winning coach. The Gators traveled to Missouri and brought the Thanksgiving spirit with them, apparently, because Drew Lock carved them up for three touchdowns and over 200 yards in the air.

Florida is in a complete free fall and most likely wont be competitive with South Carolina this weekend, either.

Georgia — Stock Rising

No team has consistently improved from week to week this season more than the Georgia Bulldogs. Even in a non-blowout win against South Carolina, Georgia (9-0, 6-0 SEC) continued to look comfortably solid in its new No. 1 College Football Playoff ranking.

Georgia is impressing the nation more and more each week, but will be put to the test this weekend against No. 10 Auburn.

Kentucky — Stock Holding

The Wildcats (6-3, 3-3 SEC) have gone .500 over their last 6 games following a home loss to Ole Miss over the weekend. Kentucky is sort of in no-man’s land at the moment with no remote chance of catching Georgia for the division title.

Its hard to say that a team is rising or falling after going 3-3 in the last six weeks, but a potential win at Vanderbilt this weekend could help right the ship.

LSU — Stock Holding

LSU (6-3, 3-2 SEC) gave Alabama all it could handle on Saturday night, proving to be quite a statement game for Ed Orgeron’s squad.

After a shaky start to the season, the Tigers have rattled off three straight wins. A hard-fought battle in a loss to one of the nation’s top teams is the reason why LSU’s stock isn’t rising nor falling at the moment. Look for the Tigers to bounce back at home against Arkansas this weekend.

Mississippi State — Stock Rising

Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 SEC) is a curious case a this time in the year. The Bulldogs are riding a four-game win streak, but against poor talent. Before the streak, the Dawgs lost two in a row to ranked opponents.

The jury is still somewhat undecided on if the Bulldogs are elite, but they are of high quality nonetheless. The wave of momentum is sure to carry in some capacity into a mtachup with Alabama this upcoming weekend.

Missouri — Stock Rising

Missouri, (4-5, 1-5 SEC) out of nowhere, has become a very hot team in the SEC in the last two weeks.

Granted, wins against UConn and Florida aren’t mind blowing, but the Tigers have dominated both games. With Tennessee rolling into town this weekend, the Tigers have a good opportunity to add another blowout win to their current win streak, and a bowl game is not out of the question yet.

Ole Miss — Stock Holding

The Rebels (4-5, 2-4 SEC) picked up their second win in the last seven games in Lexington over the weekend, but the Rebels still have no direction to speak of. Ole Miss has suffered from the competitiveness of the SEC West this year, but the Rebels draw a favorable matchup this weekend against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.

If the cards fall correctly, Ole Miss can become bowl eligible in just a few weeks.

South Carolina — Stock Rising

The Gamecocks (6-3, 4-3 SEC) laid everything out on the field Saturday against Georgia, but the Bulldogs were just too strong. However, South Carolina is trending upwards.

Will Muschamp’s team is up to second place in the SEC East and could very well be going into the final game of the season against Clemson holding a record of 8-3. The Gamecocks host the Gators this weekend.

Tennessee — Stock Rises (Then Falls)

The Volunteers of Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC) picked up their first win in what feels like ages after going winless in the month of October. The Vols’ win may even propel them to a bowl bid, if luck provides.

Things are trending upwards for Tenne… Wait. Five-star offensive lineman, family legacy member and Knoxville native Cade Mays just decommitted from the Vols? Scratch that. Vols are back to falling with a tough game against Missouri around the corner.

Texas A&M — Stock Falling

The Aggies (5-4, 3-3 SEC) needed a win while hosting Auburn last week, but ultimately came up short en route to their third loss in four games.

Now, rumors involving the future of coach Kevin Sumlin’s future with the program are swirling around. Texas A&M needs a win this week against New Mexico, but only to put some serious fires out around the program and instill some confidence into an impatient fanbase.

Vanderbilt — Stock Holding

The Vanderbilt football team (4-5, 0-5 SEC) lost five games in a row in the middle of this season, but followed that with a quality win against Western Kentucky last week. Most of the early hope for this season has bottomed out for Commodores fans, but their stock is on hold at the moment with a potential bowl berth in the works.

Vandy has to win two out of its final three games in order to go bowling this season. The ‘Dores draw Kentucky and Mizzou at home, then travel to rival Tennessee to end the season.

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