SEC Baseball Poll: Week 5

The teams at the top of the rankings took care of business over the weekend, while others struggled on the opening weekend of SEC play. Week two in the SEC will prove to be quite a test for several schools looking to get back on track.

Following the opening weekend of SEC play, there wasn't a whole lot of movement among the top-ranked teams in the conference. The biggest shakeups came towards the bottom of the rankings, with several teams moving up and a couple falling a few spots. Week 2 in the SEC will once again provide fans with an opportunity to see where everyone stacks up, as there are some great matchups on tap.

1) Vanderbilt (2)

Record: 19-3, 3-0
This weekend: Home vs. Florida

Vanderbilt opened up SEC play on a high note by sweeping Auburn to open the conference season. However, the Commodores let their guard down in their midweek game and lost to Middle Tennessee State. They will now host Florida for the second SEC series of 2013 in what should be another positive weekend for the second-ranked Commodores.

2) South Carolina (5)

Record: 18-3, 2-1
This weekend: Home vs. #21 Arkansas

The Gamecocks opened SEC play by taking two out of three from Missouri. Most feel that South Carolina should have swept the Tigers, but it isn't a cause for concern at this point. They also defeated The Citadel in a midweek contest and will now host #21 Arkansas in what could prove to be the first real test of 2013 for South Carolina.

3) Ole Miss (6)

Record: 20-2, 2-1
This weekend: Home vs. Texas A&M

Ole Miss also started off SEC play by taking two out of three from Arkansas. The Razorbacks were ranked 15th when the Rebels hosted them, so it is a good gauge of where Ole Miss stands in the SEC pecking order. They will now host Texas A&M, a team that is also off to a hot start in SEC play.

4) LSU (7)

Record: 19-2, 2-1
This weekend: Home vs. Auburn

The Tigers traveled to Mississippi State to open SEC play. LSU shouldn't be disappointed with the results, as they took two out of three from the Bulldogs. They also added another victory over Northwestern State in a midweek game. LSU will now host a struggling Auburn squad this weekend to open SEC play in Baton Rouge.

5) Kentucky (10)

Record: 16-4, 2-1
This weekend: Home vs. #19 Mississippi State

Kentucky began last week by taking two out of three from Florida at home. However, they slipped up a bit and lost to Western Kentucky following their productive weekend in the SEC. They will now host 19th ranked Mississippi State who is coming off of a rough start to their SEC slate.

6) Mississippi State (19)

Record: 20-4, 1-2
This weekend: At #10 Kentucky

The Bulldogs opened SEC play by losing two out of three to LSU at home over the weekend. They bounced back to defeat Alcorn State in a midweek matchup in preparation for week two of the SEC. They will now travel to tenth-ranked Kentucky in what could prove to be another long weekend for the Bulldogs if consistency is not found.

7) Arkansas (21)

Record: 14-7, 1-2
This weekend: At #5 South Carolina

Arkansas continued their inconsistent 2013 season by starting SEC play the same way. The Razorbacks were defeated in two out of three games by the Rebels of Ole Miss to begin conference play. Things won't get any easier for them this weekend as they travel to fifth-ranked South Carolina to continue SEC play.

8) Texas A&M

Record: 15-7, 3-0
This weekend: At #6 Ole Miss

Texas A&M had a strong start to their SEC schedule over the weekend against an overmatched Georgia Squad, sweeping them in a three-game series. The Aggies also defeated Dallas Baptist in a midweek game that was potentially a tougher challenge than their SEC opener. The Aggies are on a bit of a roll right now and will look to produce some magic against sixth-ranked Ole Miss this weekend.

9) Alabama

Record: 13-9, 2-1
This weekend: At Georgia

Alabama took two out of three games from Tennessee over the weekend. They also won midweek games against Samford and Jacksonville State. The Crimson Tide should be able to continue their success in the Sec this weekend when they travel to face a struggling Georgia Bulldog squad. Look for Alabama to add a few more wins to their record over the weekend.

10) Auburn

Record: 15-6, 0-3
This weekend: At #7 LSU

After a strong start to the 2013 season, Auburn opened SEC play on a sour note over the weekend. They were swept by second-ranked Vanderbilt. However, they bounced back to defeat Alabama State and Southern Miss during the week. Things in the conference don't get any easier for the Tigers this weekend when they travel to LSU to take on the seventh-ranked Bayou Bengals.

11) Tennessee

Record: 11-9, 1-2
This weekend: Home vs. Missouri

Tennessee opened up SEC play much like everyone would have expected. They dropped two out of three to Alabama, further showing that they are struggling with consistency. They bounced back in a midweek game to defeat Western Carolina and are poised to get on the right track this weekend when they host Missouri for their second SEC series.

12) Florida

Record: 10-12, 1-2
This weekend: At #2 Vanderbilt

Florida continued their struggles over the weekend when they were defeated in two out of three games by Kentucky to open SEC play. They were able to scrap together a victory against North Florida during the week, but things will get very tough on the Gators this weekend when they have to travel to face the second-ranked Commodores of Vanderbilt.

13) Missouri

Record: 7-10, 1-2
This weekend: At Tennessee

Missouri opened SEC play by losing two out of three to South Carolina in a series that most did not expect to be very competitive. They also split with Arkansas State during the week. The Tigers will get a chance to get some SEC wins this weekend when they travel to Tennessee to face an inconsistent Volunteers team.

14) Georgia

Record: 8-13, 0-3
This weekend: Home vs. Alabama

Georgia was swept by Texas A&M to open up the 2013 SEC schedule. They continued their losing ways when Furman defeated them in a midweek contest. The Bulldogs will look to get back on track this weekend when they host Alabama. However, things could get awfully murky for Georgia if they have another weekend like the last.

***() – Rankings according to Baseball America

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