The past week in the SEC was full of surprises that resulted in several teams dropping out of the top-25. This weekend is loaded with great matchups around the conference that carry big implications with the SEC Tournament quickly approaching. Here are the power rankings for this week in the SEC.
1) Vanderbilt (2)
Record: 41-6, 21-2
This weekend: At Kentucky
Vanderbilt used last weekend to defeat South Carolina twice in a series that was cut short due to inclement weather. The Commodores are also scheduled to play Presbyterian on Wednesday night. Following their series victory over South Carolina, the Commodores are in sole possession of the SEC lead with two weekends of conference play remaining. They will now travel to take on a Kentucky team that has been struggling in recent weeks to find some consistency. The results of the upcoming weekend should show more of the same production for Vanderbilt.
2) LSU (3)
Record: 43-6, 19-5
This weekend: At Texas A&M
LSU bounced back in a big way over the weekend when they swept a Florida team that had just entered the top-25. The Tigers will now go on the road for their next series against Texas A&M where they will look to extend their lead in the SEC West. If LSU can win the series this weekend, they will hold a secure lead over Arkansas in their side of the conference. The Aggies have struggled in recent weeks and LSU is hitting a hot streak that could easily dictate the weekend early on.
3) Arkansas (11)
Record: 32-16, 15-8
This weekend: Home vs. Tennessee
Arkansas continued to be successful in the Sec over the weekend when they took two out of three games from a Kentucky team that was ranked in the top-25 at the time. The Razorbacks trail LSU in the SEC West by 3.5 games at this point. They will now host a Tennessee squad that has struggled mightily since the 2013 season began. Expect several victories, if not a series sweep, for the Razorbacks this weekend.
4) South Carolina (15)
Record: 33-14, 13-10
This weekend: Home vs. Georgia
The Gamecocks had their series against Vanderbilt cut short over the weekend due to rain, but South Carolina had already lost the series. After their two losses over the weekend, South Carolina will host Wofford on Wednesday night to try and get back on track before they continue SEC play against Georgia this weekend. Their series against the Bulldogs this weekend should be a relatively easy series to win for the Gamecocks, considering their last two have been against the top teams in the SEC.
5) Mississippi State (21)
Record: 36-13, 13-11
This weekend: At Ole Miss
Mississippi State had a big weekend in the SEC as they went on to sweep the Crimson Tide of Alabama, one of the more consistent teams in the West. After no midweek game this week, the Bulldogs will now travel to play instate rival Ole Miss. The series this weekend holds big implications when it comes to seeding in the SEC tournament. A series win would put the Bulldogs in a good position to secure a pretty high seed. A series loss would push Ole Miss even with them.
6) Ole Miss
Record: 33-16, 12-12
This weekend: Home vs. #21 Mississippi State
Ole Miss dropped out of the top-25 this week for the first time in quite a while. It was as a result of the Rebels losing two out of three games over the weekend to SEC West foe Auburn. The Rebels will now host 21st ranked Mississippi State this weekend in a series that will be very important to them. Ole Miss could move up the boards in the SEC West with a series win or sweep. This is one of the more intriguing matchups of the weekend.
Record: 27-23, 12-12
This weekend: Home vs. Auburn
Florida entered their weekend series against LSU last week on a high note. They were quickly brought back down to earth and only got worse as the series progressed. The Gators are now out of the top-25 and are fighting to stay in the mix for a good seed in the SEC tournament. They will now host an Auburn team that recently knocked off Ole Miss a couple of times. It is imperative that Florida wins the series against the Tigers this weekend, otherwise things could become very murky for the Gators.
Record: 28-19, 10-14
This weekend: Home vs. #2 Vanderbilt
The fall of Kentucky in the SEC continued over the weekend when the Wildcats were defeated twice and lost the series to the Razorbacks of Arkansas. They did bounce back to defeat Wright State on Tuesday night, but it seems that they are still struggling to find some consistency and an identity as the SEC Tournament approaches. They will now host Vanderbilt for a series that could provide even more setbacks for the Wildcats. A series win this weekend could go a long way in getting Kentucky back on track.
Record: 28-21, 11-12
This weekend: Home vs. Missouri
Alabama was absolutely dominated over the weekend and seemed very out-matched by the Bulldogs of Mississippi State when they swept the Crimson Tide. ‘Bama bounced back during the week to defeat Mississippi Valley State and will play another game on Wednesday night against Troy. Things will get much easier for them this weekend when they are set to host Missouri for an SEC series. A series win or sweep is imperative for the Tide this weekend if they hope to receive a good seed in the SEC Tournament.
10) Texas A&M
Record: 26-22, 10-13
This weekend: Home vs. #3 LSU
Texas A&M had a very successful weekend as they swept a struggling Missouri Tigers squad. The Aggies will look to continue that success this weekend when they are set to host #3 LSU for a three-game series. This weekend will provide the Aggies with an opportunity to make a statement in the SEC as well as get back into the discussion as a team that could make a run in the conference tournament. However, it won't be easy as LSU enters the series on a high note after sweeping a ranked Florida team last weekend.
Record: 28-19, 9-15
This weekend: At Florida
Auburn did something over the weekend that not many college baseball fans thought they could do when they took two out of three from then ranked Ole Miss. They also claimed a victory against Jacksonville State on Tuesday night and will go for a victory against Samford on Wednesday night. With Auburn entering their weekend series against Florida on a high note, it could be a recipe for even more success for the Tigers. But, is it too little too late?
Record: 18-26, 6-16
This weekend: At #11 Arkansas
Tennessee was only able to play one conference game against Georgia over the weekend due to bad weather, a game in which they were defeated. Tennessee has struggled all season with consistency and will look to get back on the right track on Wednesday night against Arkansas State before their weekend series against #11 Arkansas. If they don't find some sort of identity on offense, it could be a long weekend for the Volunteers against a very good Razorback squad.
Record: 15-28, 7-17
This weekend: At Alabama
The lack of success in the 2013 season continued over the weekend for Missouri when they were swept by Texas A&M. 2013 just hasn't been the year for the Tigers, but they will have a chance to redeem themselves this weekend when they travel to Alabama. They will be catching the Crimson Tide on a bit of a down note after they were swept over the weekend.
Record: 17-28, 5-16
This weekend: At #15 South Carolina
Georgia had their series over the weekend against Tennessee cut short by a couple of games due to weather. They will play the College of Charleston on Wednesday night prior to traveling to #15 South Carolina this weekend for a series. This weekend will provide an opportunity to shock the SEC if they are able to defeat the Gamecocks.
***() – Rankings according to Baseball America
SEC Baseball Poll: Week 12
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