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SEC Stocks: Week 9

Another week brings another slate of college football games in the Southeastern Conference. A few teams were on a bye week, so we didn’t learn a whole lot, but here are our updated stocks as we head into Week 9.

ALABAMA — STOCK RISING

If you had Alabama covering against Tennessee (which I did), congrats, you made some money this weekend. Another week, another dominating performance by the Tide. No one has to be embarrassed by Alabama this weekend with the Tide’s bye week coming along.

ARKANSAS — STOCK FALLING

Things aren’t looking any better for the Razorbacks after another big loss. Despite being back at home for the first time in three weeks, they were blown out by Auburn, 52-20. The Hogs’ bowl hopes are looking worse by the week, and they play at Shea Patterson-less Ole Miss this weekend without an SEC win yet.

AUBURN — STOCK HOLDING

Gus Malzahn bounced back from a terrible loss in Death Valley to lead a dominant win over Arkansas and move his Tigers to 6-2 (4-1 SEC), but Auburn fans aren’t happy. A win against Georgia in a few weeks may be the only thing that settles them, but Tiger fans have to wait through a bye week this weekend.

FLORIDA — STOCK FALLING

The Gators (3-3, 3-2 SEC) were off this week, but pressure is still high on Jim McElwain after back-to-back home losses.

This week holds a big game for McElwain in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party against Georgia. Anything can happen in this rivalry, but the Gators are certainly outmatched, and they’ve already given the Bulldogs some bulletin board material.

GEORGIA — STOCK RISING

Georgia was off last weekend as well, but the Bulldogs are still the No. 3 team in the AP Poll. Can the Bulldogs remain undefeated in Jacksonville against Florida?

Like I mentioned before, this rivalry always has provides plenty of entertainment, but this is without a doubt the biggest gap we’ve seen between the two teams in a while.

KENTUCKY — STOCK HOLDING

I know it’s Week 9, but I am still not prepared to say the Wildcats are a good football team yet. A road win over South Carolina was solid for Mark Stoops’ squad, but the ‘Cats were drubbed by Mississippi State 45-7 this week.

Kentucky is 5-2, but just 2-2 in conference games, and a win over the floundering Vols this weekend won’t prove much more. However, it will at least make Big Blue Nation bowl eligible.

LSU — STOCK RISING

LSU (6-2, 3-1 SEC) has bounced back better than anyone expected since the homecoming loss to Troy, and has crept into the AP Poll at No. 24. This offense has done a complete 180-degree turn from three weeks ago, and that was evident in a 40-point performance in a 40-24 win at Ole Miss.

Danny Etling is playing with confidence while counterpart Derrius Guice was unstoppable with 276 yards and a touchdown on only 22 carries against the Rebels. A bye week gives LSU a week longer to prepare for Alabama.

MISSISSIPPI STATE — STOCK RISING

Nick Fitzgerald seems to be finding his groove again, leading the Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2 SEC) in passing and rushing yards in a 45-7 win over Kentucky. If Dan Mullen can get a win this weekend at Texas A&M, State will be in position for a 9-win season, and Mullen will start popping up on a lot more coaching hot boards than he already is.

MISSOURI — STOCK FALLING

The Tigers (2-5, 0-4 SEC) finally got their first win since week one over Idaho, 68-21. Drew Lock continues his good season, going 23-of-33 for 467 yards and six touchdowns. The Tigers travel to UConn this weekend in another non-conference matchup.

OLE MISS — STOCK FALLING

A tough season got worse for Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3 SEC) as they fell to LSU 40-24 and lost Shea Patterson for the season with a knee injury. Backup Jordan Ta’amu came in and played respectably, going 7-of-11 for 78 yards and adding 20 more on the ground.

The Rebels have a winnable one this week when they host Arkansas, so we’ll see if Ta’amu can get it done.

SOUTH CAROLINA — STOCK HOLDING

I had the Gamecocks’ stock holding last week, and nothing changes after USC sat out this past Saturday. Will Muschamp’s team is at 5-2 (3-2 SEC), but only has one quality win: NC State in week one. A win over Vanderbilt at home this week will have the Gamecocks bowl eligible with four weeks to go in the regular season.

TENNESSEE — STOCK FALLING

You could make the argument that Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) is the worst team in the conference right now, next to Missouri. A 45-7 loss at Alabama makes three-straight losses for the Vols, and they go to Kentucky this week as a six-point underdog. Will it take Tennessee’s second loss to Kentucky in 32 years for John Currie to pull the trigger on Butch Jones’ firing?

TEXAS A&M — STOCK RISING

The Aggies got to rest last weekend after a huge road win over Florida that brought them to 5-2 (3-1 SEC), and they might be among the top three teams in the SEC right now. Facing Mississippi State at home is huge for Kevin Sumlin who, despite the turnaround, could still be fighting for his job this season.

VANDERBILT — STOCK FALLING

The ‘Dores (3-4, 0-4 SEC) had a much-needed bye week after a rough four-game stretch in which the defense was completely gashed week after week. The road game at South Carolina this week is an opportunity to get a promising season back on the rails a bit.

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