The Southeastern Conference is just under half way into its conference baseball schedule and enough play has occurred on the diamonds around the South to tell where everyone stands.
As the term power ranking infers, the list below will include every SEC baseball team but it might not include them in the same order that coincides with current standings. This list will also take no look into the future and guess how things will end.
These power rankings are solely a snapshot into where each SEC baseball team stands at this very moment.
1. LSU (31-2, 11-1 SEC) – LSU might be the hottest team in the country right now. The Tigers have won 13 straight and their 31-2 start to the season is LSU’s best 33-game stretch ever. Sweeping a highly-ranked Kentucky team (and outscoring them 31-6) shows just how unstoppable LSU might be.
2. Vanderbilt (30-4, 11-1 SEC) – Vanderbilt went on the road and toughed out three wins by a total of four runs. The Commodores have won 11 straight and their 11-1 start to SEC play is the school’s best ever.
3. Arkansas (24-10, 8-4 SEC) – Over the last three weekends Arkansas has swept South Carolina and taken 2-of-3 from both Mississippi State and Alabama. That’s not the easiest stretch of baseball to earn seven wins.
4. South Carolina (27-7, 8-4 SEC) – South Carolina’s only blemish to its record since March 24 is a 6-5, mid-week loss to Furman. Beating up on Texas A&M and Tennessee won’t make up for being swept by Arkansas a few weeks back. The Gamecocks might have a few more wins over the last few weeks than Arkansas, but they aren’t ready to jump up just yet.
5. Alabama (21-13, 8-4 SEC) – Alabama is doing what it’s supposed to do right now by beating up on Georgia and Auburn but losing a tough series to Arkansas. We’re going to see just what the Crimson Tide are made of over their next two conference series against an underperforming Ole Miss team and the top dog LSU Tigers.
6. Mississippi State (27-9, 5-7 SEC) – Mississippi State turned the corner last weekend by taking 2-of-3 from Florida and ending a month’s worth of weekend series’ losses. The Bulldogs have one of the toughest conference schedules, and it’s not all behind them. MSU has already faced LSU, Kentucky and Arkansas and still has to travel Vanderbilt and Ole Miss before hosting South Carolina.
7. Kentucky (23-9, 6-6 SEC) – Just like last season (at least after the Wildcats dropped down from the stratosphere last year) Kentucky is tough to place in both polls and power rankings. Are the Wildcats the team that got trounced (as most do) in LSU or the team that hasn’t dropped an SEC series prior to last weekend?
8. Florida (16-18, 5-7 SEC) – Florida was the last team to take a game from Vanderbilt but that was just one game and the Gators have been treading water since, actually all season.
9. Auburn (19-13, 3-9 SEC) – Auburn’s conference record looks ugly, but two-thirds of those losses were series against Vanderbilt and LSU and everyone loses to them.
10. Texas A&M (21-13, 6-6 SEC) – Things I like about Texas A&M: 1) They played South Carolina pretty tough two weekends ago 2) Took 2-of-3 from then-sixth-ranked Ole Miss three weekends ago; but the Aggies dropping a series to Auburn last weekend hurt badly.
11. Missouri (12-17, 4-8 SEC) – Taking 2-of-3 from Georgia was a good step for Missouri, but I’m still focused squarely on the Tigers losing two games to Tennessee in late March as a reason why they can’t rise to high in the rankings.
12. Georgia (12-22, 2-10 SEC) – One-third of Georgia’s wins for the season have come in the team’s last 10 games. The Bulldogs overall record doesn’t indicate it, but the team is starting to figure a few things out.
13. Ole Miss (23-10, 4-8 SEC) – Ole Miss is still the No. 18 team in the country but has lost its last six games in a row and eight of its last 10. The Rebels are much better than this; both the way they are playing and this power ranking. Now they just have to start playing like it on the field.
14. Tennessee (14-17, 3-9 SEC) – Prior to Tuesday’s win over East Tennessee State; Tennessee had dropped eight games in a row, seven to SEC teams. With Kentucky, Ole Miss and Florida in the immediate future for the Volunteers, it may be a while before they notch another SEC win.