SEC Stock Market: Week 3

Will HarkinsContributor ISeptember 20, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 05:  The Alabama Crimson Tide enter the field to face the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Georgia Dome on September 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

What a weekend. We learned a lot about the SEC. So let's jump right in and see whose stock rose and whose fell.

Alabama: 100, +0. 

This is the new team to beat in the SEC. Alabama has consistently beat the tar out of their opponents, cupcakes and contenders. If Alabama keeps this up, they could be looking great at season's end. Of course, next week starts the death trap/gauntlet/minefield that is the SEC schedule. Arkansas, Kentucky and Ole Miss are Alabama's next three opponents, so we'll soon find out just how tough this Alabama team really is.

Florida: 95, -5 

Not much offense from a team that's supposed to be the best in the country. Tim Tebow went 14-for-19 for 115 yards, an interception and 75 yards rushing. If you have any hope of running the table in the SEC, you have to do better than that, especially with LSU and Alabama in your future.

Ole Miss: 95, +5

An impressive 52-6 win earns them a few extra stock points in my book. Next week opens SEC play for the Rebels, so we'll start to find out just how good they are and if they can live up to the hype they've been getting.

Auburn: 85, +0 

Last week I gave Auburn too much credit, and that is why they are not getting any this week. Auburn played horribly in the first quarter, when West Virginia piled up half of their entire offensive output. But AU's defense proved to be the difference maker, coming up big with six turnovers, five of them interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. Auburn was very opportunistic, scoring 24 points off turnovers. Their run game was shut down, so Chris Todd got a chance to show what he can do, going 16-for-31 with 284 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He looks nothing like the Todd from last year. If Auburn can start playing more consistently on both sides of the ball, they could rival Alabama and Florida for the SEC title.

LSU: 80, +3

They beat Lafayette the way they should have beat them, 31-6. It's a good win that featured a great goal line stand.

Arkansas: 80, +5 

Arkansas knows how to move the ball. The SEC West needs to be on high alert because the Hogs can change how the West is won quickly. Ryan Mallett is for real. He went 21-for-39 for 408 yards and five touchdowns against UGA. That's impressive. They should give Alabama fits next week.

UGA: 80, +10

Just like Arkansas, UGA knows how to move the ball. Florida needs to be on high alert.  After racking up over 500 yards of offense and 52 points, Georgia earns 10 points this week.

Kentucky: 70, +5  

Kentucky continues to show some offensive capabilities while coming through in clutch moments in the game. They shouldn't be a big factor in the East, but as we all know in the SEC, anything can happen.

South Carolina: 70, +0 

The Gamecocks didn't really show anything that would make me give them credit or take any away. It was a little closer than it should have been, but I won't take anything away from them after winning by 22.

Tennessee: 65, +45

Yeah I know, let me have it. I already have surgery planned to remove my foot from my mouth. I forecasted a huge blowout against Florida, and I dropped you to 20 last week, but Tennessee's defense gave me reason to believe that they won't go down easily.  If they could have gotten an offense to help out that defense, they would have won today.

Vanderbilt: 55, -10 

MISSING: Vandy's offense. If seen, please return ASAP.

Mississippi State: 55, -10

Last week I gave the benefit of the doubt, thinking MSU might be a factor with an offense. That theory proved wrong this week.

When the season started, the West was tough and the East was Florida. Now, the West is freakish with maybe (and I only mean maybe as a remote chance) five possible contenders. And if Auburn and Arkansas aren't contenders then they are certainly spoilers to be wary of.


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