After another exciting weekend of SEC baseball, there are still plenty of questions about each of the conference’s 14 programs.
Tennessee was the only team to sweep a series this weekend, and the Volunteers did so against the No. 1-ranked Ole Miss Rebels. Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, La South Carolina and Kentucky also had series wins. There were plenty of comebacks and close matchups, but some shocking blowouts also happened this weekend.
Here’s this week’s SEC power rankings:
Of all the teams in the SEC, Tennessee is the clear favorite for the best in the conference. The Volunteers swept Ole Miss in Oxford over the weekend…and it wasn’t close. They are explosive in almost every way and have yet to be challenged in conference.
Arkansas struggled early in the season, but the Razorbacks started to figure things out. Although they lost a game to Missouri over the weekend, they hold a 5-1 conference record and lead SEC West. Can they hold on as the SEC game gets tougher.
Vanderbilt had two very bad days this weekend in the series loss to South Carolina. However, there’s no reason to believe the sky is falling for the Commodores. They still seem to be one of the strongest teams in the SEC and have a chance to make a statement next weekend against Tennessee.
Four games into SEC play, LSU looked lost. However, the Tigers turned things around on Saturday and Sunday and scored blowout wins over a talented Florida team. The team may have sorted out their issues, and if so, they will continue to dominate with their talented roster.
5. Ole Miss
Ole Miss has an incredibly talented offense but can’t seem to get any help from the bullpen. After being swept by Tennessee over the weekend, the Rebels will need to find some efficiency on the mound before heading to the rest of their SEC slate. There are so many things an offense can do on its own.
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What a tough weekend for the Gators. After handling LSU fairly easily on Friday night, Florida was beaten the last two games and ultimately dropped out of the series. In just about every game this season, the Gators have been either dominant or barely able to produce…regardless of the opponent.
The Bulldogs faced a bump in the road this weekend in their series loss to Kentucky. Just like last week, Georgia was in complete control on Friday night and fell apart on Sunday. The team is going to have to rely on more pitchers than just ace Johnathan Cannon to be successful in the SEC this season.
8. Mississippi State
Mississippi State picked up two big wins over Alabama to secure a series win. However, the Bulldogs have struggled a lot with consistency all year. They need to get better innings from their pitchers and find consistency on offense if they want to keep up with the rest of the conference.
Last weekend, Auburn picked up a big win over Ole Miss but were beaten hard in the other two matchups. This weekend, the Tigers picked up a series win over Texas A&M. The two series couldn’t have been more different, but Auburn could progress quickly if the Tigers can keep doing enough in the two halves of an inning.
10. South Carolina
There weren’t high expectations placed on South Carolina at the start of the season. Despite that, the Gamecocks already have big series wins over Vanderbilt and Texas this season. They don’t have a great record but might be able to do some magic this season.
Kentucky picked up a big series win over a ranked Georgia team this weekend after starting 0-4 in SEC play. The Wildcats can put runs on the board quickly, but can they string together full games as the season progresses?
12. Texas A&M
Texas A&M picked up a big series win over LSU last weekend but dropped out of this weekend’s series at Auburn. The Aggies are good, but they are so hot and cold that it was hard to fathom just how good they really are.
The Crimson Tide just can’t hold up late in games. Alabama lost multiple runs late in the ninth inning twice this weekend against Mississippi State. MSU has a history of being a comeback team, but there’s no way the Crimson Tide should have allowed for big comebacks two nights in a row.
The Tigers had an opportunity for a series win over Arkansas but couldn’t earn a comeback victory on Sunday. Missouri’s 1-5 record is the worst in the SEC so far, but they have faced two top-five teams in the first two weekends of action. There is still plenty of time to turn the season around.