After Week 5 in the SEC, a few teams are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the conference, which is looking pretty below-average this year as a whole. Here are our SEC stocks as we head into Week 6.
ALABAMA — STOCK RISING
Their first team will crush you. Their second team will beat you. Their third team will probably beat you, too. This is the deepest, most elite team in the country, and right now it doesn’t appear to be by a close margin. A merciless 66-3 win over Ole Miss now has the Tide outscoring their opponents 125-3 in their last two games. A trip to Aggieland this Saturday will be their toughest road test yet, but they will likely still win by a few scores.
ARKANSAS — STOCK FALLING
A 42-24 win over New Mexico State did not do much to settle Arkansas fans after their heartbreaking loss to Texas A&M the week before. The Razorbacks go to South Carolina Saturday, then have Alabama and Auburn in the following weeks. Bret Bielema needs a win in Columbia or he’s really going to start feeling the pressure.
AUBURN — STOCK RISING
Jarett Stidham is starting to find some consistency, while the Tigers’ defense played lights out again in a 49-10 win over Mississippi State. The Gus Bus rolls along as Auburn hosts Ole Miss this weekend, so expect another big win.
FLORIDA — STOCK RISING
Last week I had the Gators’ stock holding, but the back-to-back SEC East champs have won three straight conference games after beating Vandy at home 38-24. They are 3-1, and would be 4-1 had their game against Northern Colorado not been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Luke Del Rio was efficient, going 10-of-14 through the air, but went down with a season-ending collar bone injury. It seemed as thought the Gators had found their quarterback, but they will have to continue with Feleipe Franks and Malik Zaire. LSU is coming up at home for Jim McElwain.
GEORGIA — STOCK RISING
You think the Bulldogs got their revenge for last year’s Hail Mary? Georgia stomped into Neyland Stadium and rolled over Tennessee, 41-0, in a game that was never in contention. However, Kirby Smart is going to have a tough decision on his hands at quarterback this week with Jacob Eason returning to full health. True freshman Jake Fromm has now led the Bulldgos to two straight SEC blowout victories, and may be starting to win over Georgia fans, who had nothing but praises for him in Knoxville over the weekend. Georgia travels to Nashville this week to play Vanderbilt with a chance to remain undefeated and hang around in the top five of the AP Poll.
KENTUCKY — STOCK HOLDING
They Wildcats escaped with a 24-20 win over Eastern Michigan, but I still think Kentucky might at least make some noise in the SEC East for now. They have a more-than-winnable matchup against Missouri this week and an opportunity to start its season 5-1.
LSU — STOCK FALLING
Tennessee fans, you’re not alone. LSU fell to Troy in its homecoming game, snapping a 49-game win streak against non-conference opponents in Death Valley. Pressure on the head coach is mounting, much like here in Knoxville. Going to Florida this weekend will not be easy for Ed Orgeron as he tries to save his job.
MISSISSIPPI STATE — STOCK FALLING
Man, it seems as though the Bulldogs are not as good as we thought they were. It turns out that winning big over LSU at home isn’t too great of an accomplishment right now. Since that game, Dan Mullen’s squad has been blown out twice, granted by Georgia and Auburn. They will have a much- needed bye week coming up.
MISSOURI — STOCK FALLING
The Tigers did not play this weekend, but Missouri is still bad. It heads to Lexington on Saturday.
OLE MISS — STOCK FALLING
Shea Patterson couldn’t bail out Ole Miss at all in Alabama, and going to Auburn this week won’t be a whole lot easier against another good defense. Their schedule will lighten up a bit once they get through this week.
SOUTH CAROLINA — STOCK FALLING
A promising start to the season is behind the Gamecocks, and injuries are starting to pile up now for South Carolina. Three starting offensive linemen are banged up and star receiver Deebo Samuel is lost for the season. Jake Bentley can’t do it all himself, and their offense is starting to struggle, as put on display in a 24-17 loss at Texas A&M Saturday. They have back-to-back games coming up against struggling programs Arkansas and Tennessee, respectively, and will have a shot to try to get things back on track.
TENNESSEE — STOCK FALLING
Tennessee ran five plays in Georgia territory, did not get in the red zone, and put up a goose egg on the scoreboard Saturday in the most lopsided loss in Neyland Stadium’s history. Fans are calling louder than ever for Butch Jones to be fired, however athletic director John Currie has yet to make an announcement. It’s looking likely that Butch will head into the bye week and next weekend’s game against South Carolina as Tennessee’s head coach.
TEXAS A&M — STOCK RISING
A&M looked like a dumpster fire just a couple of weeks ago after blowing a five-touchdown lead to UCLA and struggling against Nicholls State and Louisiana-Monroe early in those games. Suddenly, after two big wins over Arkansas and South Carolina, the Aggies have won four straight. They will pack out Kyle Field for Alabama on Saturday, but I wouldn’t expect them to be too competitive.
VANDERBILT — STOCK FALLING
A win in the Swamp would have shown us if Vandy was for real. Instead, the Commodores lost 38-24. Kyle Shurmur rebounded well from the Alabama game with 264 yards and three touchdowns through the air, but Ralph Webb was held to a measly 29 yards, and he still can’t quite get going this season. A home game against Georgia may make for a third-straight loss for Derek Mason’s squad.