SEC Baseball Poll: Week 13

Over the last week in the SEC, there were some pretty big surprises on the diamond for several teams. An SEC team now holds the top spot in some major polls and the rest of the pack is fighting for higher seeds in the last weekend of play.

For the most part, the SEC power rankings didn't change a whole lot after an eventful weekend of games around the conference. Some teams got the wins that they needed, while others lost crucial contests. With the final weekend of SEC play quickly approaching, there are still plenty of uncertainties heading into the SEC Tournament.

1) Vanderbilt (1)

Record: 46-6, 24-2
This weekend: Home vs. Alabama

Vanderbilt took over the top spot in the polls this week after North Carolina faltered a bit over the weekend. The Commodores took care of business over the weekend when they swept Kentucky easily in three games. They also defeated Belmont in a midweek contest to keep things rolling in the right direction. Vandy will now host Alabama for the final series of the regular season SEC schedule. With the regular season conference title already locked up, Vanderbilt doesn't have much pressure on them this weekend prior to the SEC Tournament beginning next week.

2) LSU (2)

Record: 46-7, 21-6
This weekend: Home vs. #23 Ole Miss

LSU's weekend got started in a bad way when they traveled to Texas A&M. The Tigers lost the opening game of the series to the Aggies, but bounced back to win the final two games. They defeated the University of New Orleans on Tuesday night in a midweek game. LSU will now prepare to host No. 23 Ole Miss for their last series of the season. LSU is in a good position and will likely try to get a lot of players some playing time this weekend, as well as rest some of the starters. It should be an eventful weekend matchup between two solid teams.

3) Arkansas (11)

Record: 34-17, 17-9
This weekend: At Auburn

Arkansas spent their weekend defeating Tennessee twice and winning the series. Arkansas is in a holding pattern right now with the seed that they are expected to receive in the SEC Tournament. Because of this, the Razorbacks just have to maintain their current state. They will now have to travel to take on the Tigers of Auburn for their final conference series. If they are productive this weekend, Arkansas could be poised for a big run in the tournament next week.

4) South Carolina (14)

Record: 38-14, 16-10
This weekend: At #24 Mississippi State

South Carolina has had a very productive last week. The Gamecocks were successful in sweeping the Bulldogs of Georgia over the weekend. They were then able to narrowly defeat Presbyterian during a midweek matchup on Tuesday night. It seems as through South Carolina is getting hot at just the right point in their season. They will now have to travel to take on a Mississippi State team that has struggled to find consistency throughout their SEC schedule. A productive weekend by the Gamecocks could solidify a good seed for them and get them on the right track heading into the SEC Tournament.

5) Ole Miss (23)

Record: 35-18, 14-13
This weekend: At #2 LSU

Ole Miss has struggled with consistency for the better part of their SEC schedule in 2013. They had a big weekend in SEC play, however, when they faced off against instate rival Mississippi State. The Rebels took two out of three games from the Bulldogs and may have just set the tone for the rest of their conference season. Southern Miss dismantled them on Tuesday, though. They will now travel to take on second-ranked LSU in a series that could put the Rebels in a good position to make a run in the SEC Tournament. If they defeat LSU at least once, it will secure a good seed when games begin next week.

6) Mississippi State (24)

Record: 38-15, 14-13
This weekend: Home vs. #14 South Carolina

Mississippi State did exactly the opposite of what it needed to over the weekend, as the Bulldogs had hoped to improve their seeding possibilities against Ole Miss. They ended up losing two of their three games to the Rebels, but they bounced back on Tuesday night with a victory against Oral Roberts. The Bulldogs will now host No. 14 South Carolina for a series that has big implications. It will also be a meeting between two teams that seem to be going in opposite directions.

7) Alabama

Record: 31-22, 13-13
This weekend: At #1 Vanderbilt

Alabama had a productive weekend series when they won two out of three games against Missouri. They didn't have a midweek contest, but things will get very tough for the Crimson Tide this weekend when they have to travel to take on No. 1 Vanderbilt to close out their conference slate. Alabama is at a crucial point in the season when they need wins to help secure a higher seed in the SEC Tournament. With Vanderbilt having no pressure on them, be on the lookout for a very competitive series this weekend with some implications for Alabama.

8) Florida

Record: 28-25, 13-14
This weekend: At Georgia

Florida has definitely seen their fair share of ups and downs throughout the 2013 schedule. After being swept the weekend before at LSU, the Gators didn't have much more luck against Auburn this weekend. They were defeated twice and ultimately lost the series. They will get a chance to improve their record this weekend against last-place Georgia. The Gators are already in the SEC Tournament, but can increase their seed with a couple more victories. That should happen this weekend.

9) Texas A&M

Record: 28-24, 11-15
This weekend: At Tennessee

The Aggies continued their struggles over the weekend as they were defeated twice by LSU, when they seemingly had two games in hand. They have lacked consistency for the better part of the 2013 season. The Aggies did defeat UTPA in a midweek game to get back on track. They will get a chance to secure a spot in the SEC Tournament this weekend when they travel to take on a struggling Tennessee squad. If they secure a couple of victories, there is a good chance that they could make it into the tournament.

10) Kentucky

Record: 29-22, 10-17
This weekend: At Missouri

Kentucky had a very rough weekend when they had to take on Vanderbilt. They Wildcats were defeated in all three games of the series by the Commodores. The series sweep just added to the misery of Kentucky, which has struggled to find an identity all season long. They did bounce back to defeat nationally ranked Indiana on Tuesday night. Kentucky will have a very good opportunity to notch a couple more wins when they travel to take on Missouri. Wins are at a premium for Kentucky right now, and they need them if they want their season to continue.

11) Auburn

Record: 31-21, 11-16
This weekend: Home vs. #11 Arkansas

Auburn had a great weekend when they took two out of three games from Florida. While they did something that most people did not foresee them doing against the Gators, the Tigers did the same thing on Tuesday night against Jacksonville State. Auburn was defeated in the midweek matchup. They will now host No. 11 Arkansas for a series that could be one of the toughest they have faced since the early parts of the 2013 season.

12) Tennessee

Record: 21-28, 7-18
This weekend: Home vs. Texas A&M

Tennessee lost two out of three to Arkansas over the weekend in a series that most expected to go in favor of the Razorbacks. The Volunteers defeated Morehead State on Tuesday night to get things back on the right track prior to hosting a struggling Texas A&M squad for a series beginning on Thursday night. They don't have a realistic chance of making the SEC Tournament, so all that is left for them to do is to try and play spoiler.

13) Missouri

Record: 16-30, 8-19
This weekend: Home vs. Kentucky

Missouri continued their struggles over the weekend when they were defeated twice by Alabama. The Tigers are out of the running for a spot in the SEC Tournament, but will still have to face off against Kentucky this weekend at home. The Tigers could close the 2013 season out on a high note with a series victory against the Wildcats and there might not be a better time to do it with Kentucky struggling.

14) Georgia

Record: 19-30, 5-19
This weekend: Home vs. Florida

Georgia was swept again over the weekend, only this time was against South Carolina. The Bulldogs surprised a lot of people on Tuesday night when they defeated Georgia Tech in extra-innings. They will get a tough test from Florida this weekend because the Gators will need a good performance this weekend to make the SEC Tournament. People can expect to see more of the same out of Georgia as the 2013 season will come to a close for them.

***() – Rankings according to Baseball America

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