Week Four of the 2013 college football season may have lacked some luster in the SEC ranks, but it wasn’t entirely uneventful. One conference contender lost its quarterback for the season, while another was tested against its former offensive coordinator.
There weren’t many changes in the weekly SEC power rankings, but the Wall Street-inspired Stock Report has a couple of interesting shakeups. This weekly analysis evaluates SEC teams as if they were stock, and rates them as a “buy,” “sell,” or a “hold.”
SEC Power Rankings
4. Ole miss
5. Texas A&M
7. South Carolina
12. Mississippi State
The Crimson Tide only led 17-6 in the fourth quarter against former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain’s Colorado State squad. But AJ McCarron and the Alabama offense seem to be able to kick things up a notch whenever they need to. The Tide defense was back in dominant form, so it’s a “buy” for the nation’s top-ranked team.
The Bayou Bengals jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead against Auburn in the Tiger Bowl, but let off the gas in the fourth quarter. The Plainsmen battled hard, and cut the deficit to 35-21, but LSU never allowed Auburn to get too close. Zach Metternberger, Jeremy Hill, and the LSU offense made it look easy at times, but they’ll need to put in a full four quarters of work to have a chance against Georgia this weekend.
Georgia only led 28-21 late in the third quarter against North Texas, but added three quick scores to secure a 45-21 victory. The Bulldogs can be forgiven for not devoting complete focus to the Mean Green, however, as a huge clash with LSU looms this Saturday.
Coming off a big win over Texas, the Black Bears were idle on Saturday. Ole Miss has been nothing less than impressive this season, as Bo Wallace has developed into a highly respected SEC quarterback. This weekend will reveal a lot more about the Black Bears, however, as they travel to Tuscaloosa to challenge the Tide.
It may be news to some that Missouri is off to a 4-0 start. It’s a very quiet 4-0, however, as the Tigers still don’t have an SEC win under their belts. But this past weekend’s trip to Indiana couldn’t have gone any better, as Missouri claimed an impressive 45-28 victory over the Hoosiers – a Big Ten opponent. Caution should be exercised, but Missouri is finally a “buy.”
The Gators may have defeated Tennessee 31-17 on Saturday, but they lost starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for the season. While the loss was significant, Florida was able to showcase its outstanding defense, which could very well be the best unit in the entire country. When considering that Driskel’s replacement, Tyler Murphy, demonstrated promising poise in the pocket, it’s certainly not unreasonable to “buy” on Florida again.
Texas A&M bounced back from the loss to Alabama with a 42-13 drubbing of June Jones’ SMU Mustangs. Johnny Manziel and the Aggies have certainly feasted on their share of cupcakes, but they came up short against the Tide in their only true test of this young season. For now, it’s still a “hold” on A&M.
Jadeveon Clowney and the Gamecocks have had a bit of a roller coaster season thus far. They bested North Carolina and Vanderbilt in convincing victories, but lost to Georgia on the road. Steve Spurrier’s squad was off last week, so we’re holding on them at the moment.
Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers looked as though they would get blown off the field at LSU last Saturday night, but they recovered rather impressively and made a game of it. Quarterback Nick Marshall was inconsistent from an accuracy standpoint, but made a couple of excellent throws on deep balls. The Tigers have plenty of chances left to prove their worth, but for this week, it’s a “hold.”
The honeymoon is over for first-year head coach Bret Bielema in Fayetteville. Razorback fans are none too pleased that their team blew a 24-7 lead in a road loss to Rutgers. Bielema’s highly regarded rushing attack managed only 101 yards, and his Hogs are a definite “sell” this week.
The Commodores struggled to earn a 24-7 victory over Massachusetts this weekend, in a contest that was closer than the score indicates. Vanderbilt only led 10-7 in the fourth quarter against the Minutemen, who are winless on the season. The Commodores have still yet to secure an SEC victory, and for that, they’re a “sell.”
Sure, the Bulldogs beat up on Troy to the tune of 62-7. But like Vanderbilt, they too are winless in the SEC, and were unimpressive against Oklahoma State in a big non-conference match-up to open the season. We’re still selling on Mississippi State.
After turning some heads to start the season, Tennessee has now fallen back to earth under first-year coach Butch Jones. The Volunteers may not have given up 59 points like they did against Oregon, but they were beaten soundly this past Saturday by a Florida team that had lost its starting quarterback.
The Wildcats most likely enjoyed every minute of this past weekend’s open date. It’s back to the grind for Kentucky this week, though, as they get set to take on Florida.