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Bulldogs Remain One Game Up Ahead of Showdown with Auburn

Tight? Yes, one could say so about the Southeastern Conference standings after six weekends.

With four series remaining, the top-half of the league lineup are within two games of each other and thus in the first ‘three’ spots. Only Mississippi State, the surprise story of the SEC, is alone and in the best spot of all at 13-5.

Right on the Bulldog heels three teams are knotted in second place; with three more another step-back. For that matter ten SEC squads are .500 or better after playing 18 games. And yes, everyone has been able to play the complete schedule through six weekends without any washouts.

This is not just a trivial item either. Remember, conference baseball standings are set by SEC winning percentage and not wins alone. So the weather wild card continues to lurk in the background as everyone scrambles into the new weekend.

Also, with a dozen (scheduled) games left for everyone, no team has been eliminated from the SEC Tournament. Not mathematically. Realistically, after being swept at Mississippi State the odds of 2-16 Alabama appearing in nearby Hoover are just about nil now. This isn’t good news for the box office crew, though that’s mostly off-set by the resurgence of the other SEC surprise squad Auburn and the near-certainty of keeping the best out-of-state fan bases booking hotels for late May.

And speaking of the Tigers, they come to Dudy Noble Field this weekend in a series which will shuffle both the overall and Western Division standings by Sunday.

 

SEC STANDINGS

1.Mississippi State 13-5

2.Auburn 12-6, Arkansas 12-6, Kentucky 12-6

5.Florida 10-8, LSU 10-8, Texas A&M 10-8

8.South Carolina 9-9, Ole Miss 9-9, Vanderbilt 9-9

11.Missouri 8-10

12.Georgia 5-13, Tennessee 5-13

14.Alabama 2-16

 

WEEK #7 SCHEDULE:

(Thu) Ole Miss @ Arkansas

(Thu) LSU @ Alabama

Auburn @ Mississippi State

Florida @ Georgia

Kentucky @ South Carolina

Texas A&M @ Missouri

Tennessee @ Vanderbilt


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