SEC Stock Report, Week 8
After a week off to mourn Georgia’s likely fate, the SEC Stock Report is back with a much clearer picture of how this bad boy’s going to play out. Since I still have no idea what to do with Georgia’s stock, we’re going to take a different approach and try to pare the league into “Contenders”, “Eliminated”, and everything in between. So, what happened in Week 7, and who can we get all bullish/bearish about?
Alabama, LSU, Florida.
I don’t trust anyone else (we’ll get to that). For Alabama, it looks again like one of those years in which it requires a perfect storm to beat them. -5 in turnovers against Ole Miss certainly fits the bill, but with an improving Jake Coker, a secondary which has now progressed from ‘black eye’ to ‘indubitable strength’, and dominant trench play on both sides…yeah. Probably the best team in the country again.
With LSU? I don’t trust them as much, but a ‘pedestrian’ 180 yards from Leonard Fournette against Florida’s defense serves notice that they might have a puncher’s chance in Tuscaloosa in three weeks. Spencer Hall wrote about LSU’s return to crazy here, and that always makes them a threat. As does the fact that they have won or played for the national championship every fourth year since 2003.
Florida…yeah, we’ve made it to this point. I was relieved to see them lose to LSU on Saturday, but Treon Harris is proving, again, that Jim McElwain is some kind of quarterback savant, and the Gators are officially a problem. Amazingly, a miracle win for Georgia in two weeks puts the Dawgs in the driver’s seat in the East yet again. A loss, and it’s taps. I don’t see the Gators losing to Vandy or South Carolina.
4-6: I DON’T TRUST YOU, BUT COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS WEIRD SOMETIMES
Georgia, Ole Miss, Texas A&M
Georgia is here by virtue of the Cocktail Party being a de facto East title game (assuming, then, that the Dawgs can handle their own vs. Kentucky and at Auburn). Puncher’s chance status.
Ole Miss is a team I REALLY don’t trust due to an utter lack of a running game, but they control their own destiny. Three of their final five are at home, and their road tests are Auburn and Mississippi State. Despite the loss at Memphis, the Black Bears remain a threat.
Oh, and Ole Miss’ opponent this week? Texas A&M! Knockout game in the West, and the only worthwhile football on this week. After Ole Miss, A&M should go untested until the finale at LSU. A tiebreaker scenario in which A&M visits one-loss-to-Bama LSU would be incredible.
7: YOU HAVE TWO LOSSES AND PLAY AT ALABAMA. SORRY.
You may be pretty good, but you should hold on to fourth quarter leads.
You may suck, and *punches laptop monitor*
8-9: A PAIR OF DECENT SEC WEST TEAMS
Mississippi State and Arkansas.
Rendered largely irrelevant via early losses. Not extremely notable programs. Not going to win the West, but may ruin someone’s season. Life in Mississippi and Arkansas remains sad and plodding.
10-14: AUBURN AND THE FOUR DWARVES
I’m actually glad Auburn won at Kentucky, because it helped allay fears that Kentucky may…you know…be a threat in the East. (It’s a thing!) For Auburn, it put them one upset win away (at Arkansas, Ole Miss, at Texas A&M,
Georgia, Alabama) from bowl eligibility.
South Carolina beat Vandy, and Steve Spurrier was in Ann Arbor. So that settles the “worst team in the SEC” debate for the season.
Thanks for forgetting how to play offense as the last remnants of your Big XII days move on, Missouri.
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