SEC Baseball Poll: Week 2

Teams had their ups and downs in week two around the SEC. A lot was learned about teams that had high expectations heading into 2013. However, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. How have the power rankings changed in the span of a week?

After two weeks of baseball around the SEC, there was a lot learned about teams that had high expectations heading into 2013. The conference is still dominating the national polls with seven teams ranked in the top-15. However, some schools slipped up in week two. Here are the SEC power rankings after week two.

1) Vanderbilt (2)

Record: 9-1
This weekend: Home vs. Illinios-Chicago

The Commodores improved their record to 9-1 with a series sweep against Monmouth over the weekend, in addition to wins over Arkansas State and Evansville (IN). Vanderbilt looks to continue their dominance on the diamond this weekend against Illinois-Chicago. A series sweep could push them into contention for the number one spot in the polls.

2) Arkansas (3)

Record: 7-1
This weekend: Arizona State, Gonzaga, and Pacific in the Coca Cola Classic in Surprise, Arizona.

Arkansas continued their winning ways over the weekend by sweeping Evansville (IN). The Razorbacks will get a big test this weekend when they travel to Arizona to face a trio of schools, most notably Arizona State. This weekend will be a good gauge on where Arkansas stands in the national rankings.

3) Mississippi State (5)

Record: 11-0
This weekend: Home vs. St. Josephs for a four game series

Mississippi State won five games in week two. They beat both Purdue and Samford twice and also defeated Rhode Island. They host St. Josephs this weekend, so the victories for the Bulldogs should begin to pile up quickly.

4) South Carolina (7)

Record: 6-1
This weekend: Clemson

South Carolina played host to Albany over the weekend and ended up sweeping them. They also defeated Furman. The Gamecocks will get a test this weekend when they play their in-state rival Clemson. This will be the first true test of the season for the Gamecocks.

5) Ole Miss (8)

Record: 8-1
This weekend: At Florida International

Ole Miss had a hot week in week two. They swept Rhode Island and collected single victories against both Memphis and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Rebels will travel to Florida International this weekend in what should be a solid test for them on the road.

6) LSU (9)

Record: 7-1
This weekend: Home vs. Brown and Nicholls State.

LSU had somewhat of an up and down weekend in week two. The Tigers defeated BYU in dramatic fashion on Thursday night and then were defeated pretty handily by the Cougars on Saturday. The Tigers finally got their bats going on Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana and continued their offensive production in a victory over UL-Lafayette. Brown travels to Baton Rouge for their opening series this weekend against the Tigers. LSU should collect a few more victories this weekend.

7) Kentucky (11)

Record: 7-1
This weekend: Home vs. Akron

Kentucky suffered their first loss of the season over the weekend to Kansas State. However, they bounced back to win four games against Elon, Coastal Carolina, Murray State, and Eastern Kentucky. Akron travels to Lexington this weekend and the Wildcats should reach double-digit wins.

8) Alabama

Record: 7-1
This weekend: Home vs. Tulane

Alabama had a solid week two, after making the trip to play Florida Atlantic over the weekend. The Crimson Tide also defeated Samford in a week that saw them win three out of four games. The Tide will now play host to Tulane this weekend in what could be a good test against good competition.

9) Auburn

Record: 6-2
This weekend: Home vs. Eastern Illinois

Auburn suffered two losses in week two, one each to Middle Tennessee State and Kennesaw State. The Tigers bounced back to defeat the College of Charleston and Indiana State. Auburn will play host to Eastern Illinois this weekend in an effort to add more victories to their record.

10) Texas A&M

Record: 7-3
This weekend: Houston, Rice, and North Carolina in Houston, Texas

Texas A&M played some stiff competition in week two against Pepperdine. It showed as Pepperdine took two out of three from the Aggies. The Aggies righted the ship by defeating Northwestern State twice during the week. Things don't get any easier for them this weekend as the will travel to Houston to play Houston, No. 13 Rice, and No. 1 North Carolina.

11) Florida

Record: 3-6
This weekend: Home vs. Miami (FL)

Perhaps the most surprising topic in the SEC after two weeks of baseball is the Florida Gators. After entering 2013 with very high expectations, the Gators have now lost five games in a row, after being swept over the weekend by Florida Gulf Coast. Florida also lost in extra innings to North Florida. Miami (FL) travels to Gainesville this weekend for a series that won't be easy for the Gators.

12) Georgia

Record: 2-6
This weekend: Home vs. UAB

The Bulldogs lost two out of three to Belmont over the weekend to continue their slow start to 2013. They were also defeated by Georgia State a few days later. Georgia will look to correct their mistakes this weekend when UAB travels to Athens.

13)Tennessee

Record: 3-5
This weekend: Notre Dame, Massachusetts, and Virginia Tech

Tennessee had about as good of a weekend as could be expected from the Volunteers. They were able to steal a game from Arizona State in a three game set. They also collected a victory against ETSU. The Volunteers will travel to North Carolina this weekend to play Notre Dame, Massachusetts, and Virginia Tech in what should be a great weekend of baseball for Tennessee.

14) Missouri

Record: 0-6
This weekend: Home vs. Northwestern

The Tigers continued their losing ways over the weekend by getting swept by Memphis. With no wins on the season, this is not the start that Missouri had hoped for in their first season in the SEC. The Tigers have to turn things around quickly and they will attempt to do that this weekend against Northwestern at home.

***() – Rankings according to Baseball America

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