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SEC Football Week 5: Who's HOT and Who's NOT in the SEC This Week

Nick Saban and the Tide are looking to repeat as National Champs.
Nick Saban and the Tide are looking to repeat as National Champs.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Michael EllisCorrespondent IJune 18, 2016

Week 5 came and went like a thief in the night. 

There were some great games and several outstanding performances. Then again, there were some that we'd all like to forget.

Let's check in on all the conference teams that saw action this weekend and see who's "HOT" and who's "NOT."

 

SIZZLIN'

Nick Saban - Head Coach - Alabama

Saban's Tide is now 5-0 after destroying Florida 31-6 on Saturday and is easily the consensus pick to win the SEC and repeat as national champs.

 

Cam Newton - QB - Auburn

Newton threw for 245 yards in completing 14 of 19 passing attempts with three touchdowns and one interception in Auburn's 52-3 rout of La. Monroe. Newton is the front runner for SEC Player of the Year and a legitimate contender for the Heisman. 

 

Stevan Ridley - RB - LSU

Ridley slashed the Tennessee defense for 123 yards on 22 carries and the decisive touchdown with no time left on the clock as LSU escaped 16-14 over the Vols.

 

Vick Ballard - RB - Mississippi State

Ballard cruised to 119 yards and three touchdowns on the ground on just eight carries as the Bulldogs ripped Alcorn State 49-16.

 

WARMIN' UP

Chris Relf - QB - Mississippi State

Relf continues to improve, throwing for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-15 passing, helping State improve its record to 3-2.

 

Tauren Poole - RB - Tennessee

Poole returned to form for the Vols, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries against the bruising LSU defense.

 

Mike Hartline - QB - Kentucky

Wildcats signal caller threw for 300 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on 27-of-46 passing in the 42-35 loss to Ole Miss.

 

Aaron Murray - QB - Georgia

In a losing effort to Colorado, Murray completed 16 of 27 passing attempts for 221 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.

 

A.J. Green - WR - Georgia

Green's return was great for Georgia, as he caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough in the Bulldogs' 29-27 loss at Colorado.

 

Derrick Locke - RB - Kentucky

Locke carried for 68 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and caught eight passes for 108 yards in the loss to Ole Miss.

 

NOT SO HOT

John Brantley - QB - Florida

Gators QB struggled in the 31-6 loss to No. 1 Alabama. Brantley was 16-of-31 for 202 yards and two picks.

 

Matt Simms - QB - Tennessee

Simms was 12-of-23 for only 120 yards and was sacked five times in the heartbreaking loss at LSU.

 

Les Miles - Head Coach - LSU

The Hat and LSU tried to give Tennessee the W, but the Vols just wouldn't take it. Tiger message boards are lit up, calling for Miles to be out at year's end. Wait, isn't LSU 5-0?

 

CHILLIN'

Mark Richt - Head Coach - Georgia

Richt stays cold for the second week in a row after Georgia's fourth straight loss. This week's game in Athens versus the Vols has now become a must win for Coach Richt.

 

Jordan Jefferson - QB - LSU

Okay, I'm with you, LSU fans. Jefferson had the 83-yard touchdown run on the first play against Tennessee, but that was about it. He completed just three of 10 passes for 30 yards and had two picked off.

 

The SEC has named its Football Players of the Week.

Offensive Player: Stevan Ridley of LSU

Defensive Player: Courtney Upshaw of Alabama

Special Teams: Jesse Grandy of Ole Miss

Offensive Lineman: Chance Warmack of Alabama

Defensive Lineman: Nick Fairley of Auburn

Freshman: LaDarius Perkins of Miss. State

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