It’s time to do a run through of the 12 SEC teams and assign a buy or sell call on each. Maybe a hold on a few, but a hold is boring, no? Let’s get to it. This should rile up the SEC fans…
Auburn Tigers – Let’s start this off with a lil’ controversy. I’m selling Auburn. Why? Because they’re at the top, and there’s nowhere else to go up. The team is undefeated. Now, Auburn is a great program – a program I’m a big fan of – but we’re kidding ourselves if we say that the team would be undefeated with another quarterback. Moreover, I don’t anticipate Cam Newton sticks around especially with the NCAA’s microscope on him for the rest of his collegiate career. Auburn finishes the year strong with maybe a national championship, but I don’t think they are back competing on a national stage next year without #2. I’m selling.
Alabama Crimson Tide – The Tide is sort of like when Apple’s stock got knocked down due to the Steve Jobs retirement rumors a few years ago. The stock then roared back. Alabama is flying under the radar a bit due to a couple losses and the attention on the team from Auburn. I’m buying Saban and the Tide.
Arkansas Razorbacks - I’m doing a bit of day-trading on the Razorbacks. I’m short-term buying their stock, but then selling it. They are playing very well right now and have given them a shot at a possible BCS bowl. Even so, assuming Mallett leaves, I’m selling the Razorbacks going into 2011. The SEC West will be very competitive next year, and I don’t like their chances without Mallett. With that said, I’ll implement a tight stop loss on that sell order since backup QB Tyler Wilson has shown he can sling it.
Florida Gators - This stock has hit rock bottom. You have to buy it here. It can’t go lower. With the program in place, top-notch recruits coming in every year, you have to know Florida will go up from its current level. This is easy money fellas. If you see a move away from Steve Addazio and/or John Brantley, you might want to take some money off the table as you’ll see a spike in positive sentiment.
Georgia Bulldogs - This is another easy buy. Georgia has a disappointing 5-6 record and is coming off a tough loss to an excellent Auburn team. Georgia has a bright future and is led by stud quarterback Aaron Murray. Although, they will need to replace playmaker AJ Green who is essentially unguardable. I’m a big buyer on Georgia at current levels.
Kentucky Wildcats - Kentucky has a 6-5 record and is 2-5 in conference play. Kentucky football is a stock that I might nibble at on down days. I like Joker Philips and think they can win some games, but Kentucky will continue to struggle in the ultra-competitive SEC East. You can afford to be patient on this one and wait for better buying opportunities. As for now, I’m not buying.
LSU Tigers - I’m holding my LSU stock right now. LSU has had a great season and has defied the skeptics on Les Miles and the LSU team hampered by a mediocre offense. LSU always has loads of high-quality talent, and if they can get a quality quarterback in there (Zach Mettenberger?), you might have your 2011 SEC West champ. Your LSU stock is riding high, I wouldn’t buy at current levels, but I’m not selling either.
Mississippi State Bulldogs - While I love what the Bulldogs have done this year, I’m selling their stock. The team is 7-3, but no wins come from a team that is currently ranked. Florida is their biggest win, and while it’s a great win, we all are fully aware of Florida’s struggles. I don’t see how Miss St competes in the SEC West, even though Dan Mullen is doing a great job there. If the Bulldogs can beat Arkansas, I might change my call here.
Ole Miss - While you’d think you want to be a buyer here since Ole Miss is down right now, I can’t pull the trigger. Ole Miss – somewhat like Mississippi State – will have a tough time competing in the SEC West. If I’m not mistake, I think Ole Miss allocates less money to their football program than any other team in the SEC West, which is a structural disadvantage for the team. I’m not a buyer of this stock, even at its currently low level.
South Carolina Gamecocks - I am buying South Carolina stock even though it’s not cheap. Marcus Lattimore is a heck of a running back, Stephen Garcia will be back next year most likely and Alshon Jeffery is the best receiver in the SEC not named AJ Green. South Carolina could win the east again next year. Oh yeah, Steve Spurrier isn’t too bad either. Buy the Gamecocks baby.
Tennessee Volunteers - I’m also buying Tennessee at current levels. Tennessee has great young talent that is being developed and Tyler Bray has lit it up in recent weeks. Derek Dooley has the potential to become a legend in Knoxville if he can bring this program back to an elite status. Buy the Vols.
Vanderbilt Commodores – Vandy is like a penny stock. It’s too low to be traded on the big boy stock exchange, and is to be avoided for the most part by regular traders due to the abnormal activity that penny stocks often exhibit. I’m not touching Vandy.