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SEC Stocks: Week 8

Going into Week 7, there were no ranked matchups, and not a lot of drama was expected in the college football landscape. Instead, we saw almost half of the top 10 teams in the country lose, including a handful of undefeated teams get their first loss. Not all of that affected the SEC, but lets check out the stocks of each team going into Week 8.


The Tide’s game against Austin Allen-less Arkansas went as planned. The first play from scrimmage was a 75-yard touchdown run by Damien Harris, and the Tide never looked back from there. They went on to dominate 41-9 and get to 7-0 (4-0 SEC). Alabama continues to be the undisputed best team in the country, especially after Clemson’s loss to Syracuse. Tennessee is up next for the Tide.


No one expected the Razorbacks to put up a fight in Tuscaloosa, and they were completely outmatched from start to finish. Arkansas falls to 2-4 (0-3 SEC), and quarterback Austin Allen is expected to be out a few more weeks, so backup Cole Kelley will be taking snaps again as Auburn comes to town.


It’s amazing how much can change in just one game. Auburn looked to be clicking on all cylinders, albeit against lesser competition. After a loss in Death Valley in which the Tigers were up 20 points, Gus Malzahn’s hot seat will start to warm back up. The Tigers travel to Arkansas this week looking to bounce back.


I have been holding Florida’s stock for a little while, but back-to-back home losses has it falling. McElwain has been praised for his ability to win at home, but the loss to Texas A&M last week has pressure mounting on him, and he will be thankful for a break as Florida heads into its bye week at 3-3 (3-2 SEC).


Missouri certainly made it interesting early on against the Bulldogs, throwing a few big passes to keep up with Georgia in the first half, but the Tigers’ defense was eventually exposed. Jake Fromm had his best statical game yet, going 18 for 26 with 326 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception to lead Georgia to a 53-28 win.  The Bulldogs also racked up 696 total yards, the most in school history, and are still undefeated going into the bye week.


Kentucky did not play last weekend, and it heads to Starkville at 5-1 (2-1 SEC). A win would raise the Wildcats’ stock and show us if Mark Stoops has his team ready to compete in the East.


Ed Orgeron might be winning over some fans in Baton Rouge. A signature win over No. 10 Auburn puts the Tigers at 5-2 (2-2 SEC), and the Troy loss seems like a distant memory. Danny Etling is playing out of his mind and wide receiver DJ Chark was electric, recording five receptions for 150 yards and a 75-yard punt return touchdown. LSU travels to Oxford this week to try for a third straight SEC win.


That dominating win over LSU earlier in the season certainly looks a little better now for the Bulldogs. State is a respectable 4-2 (2-1 SEC), and Nick Fitzgerald’s offense finally got going again in the 35-10 victory over BYU. The Bulldogs have Kentucky at home this week.


Drew Lock showed why he will be an NFL prospect by airing it out a couple times in the first half to keep Missouri close to Georgia, but the Tiger defense continues to be horrendous. The worst team in the conference is 1-5 (0-4 SEC) and will hope to get a win at home against Idaho this week.


Ole Miss has yet to hear from NCAA on what its punishment will be, but its record could be much worse considering the circumstances. A 57-35 win over Vanderbilt puts Matt Luke’s squad at 3-3 (1-2 SEC), and Shea Patterson has been playing well to complement an excellent receiving corps. Ole Miss has a big test this week with LSU coming to town.


The Gamecocks are 5-2 (2-2 SEC), but do not yet have a statement win over an SEC opponent. Will Muschamp continues to own Tennessee, however, getting to 6-0 against the Vols and 3-0 against Butch Jones after the 15-9 victory in Neyland. A bye week this week will prepare the Gamecocks for a home game against Vandy.


No announcement was made on Butch Jones’ job status after Saturday’s loss, which brought the Vols to 3-3 (0-3 SEC). Fans are hoping John Currie is waiting to make the firing after the Alabama game this week, which is looking more and more like an incoming beatdown on the CBS game of the week.


You have to credit Kevin Sumlin with how he has turned his team around after a rocky start. A 19-17 win in the Swamp brings the Aggies to 5-2 (3-1 SEC). They are off this week, but back at Kyle Field next week against Mississippi State.


I think Alabama broke Vanderbilt. Derek Mason’s defense has allowed close 50 points per game in its last four games, starting with the 59-0 loss to ‘Bama. Ralph Webb was better, producing 163 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, but Vanderbilt dropped the game against Ole Miss, 57-35. After four straight losses, the Commodores will be thankful for the upcoming bye week.

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