- South Carolina – South Carolina is off to a blazing hot start in SEC play, as they swept Tennessee this past weekend. The Gamecocks have swept three of their four series in SEC play and currently sit atop the standings at 10-2. The Gamecocks are led on the mound by Clarke Schmidt, who has dominated in SEC play.
- Mississippi State – Good lord, what a job John Cohen has done. From 8-22 last year to 8-4 in the league after four series. The Bulldogs dropped last Friday’s opener to Florida with first-round pick Dakota Hudson on the mound, but rebounded nicely and cured their Sunday pitching woes. The Bulldogs host Texas A&M this weekend in a series that could go a long way in determining the West champion.
- Florida – The Gators may be the most talented team in the SEC, but they’ve been inconsistent so far. The Gators were without the services of first-round pick A.J. Puk last weekend, but Florida struggled offensively against the Bulldogs and couldn’t get anything on the board on Sunday until a Peter Alonso two-out home run in the ninth inning. The Gators are a definite national title contender, however, and will be a force to be reckoned with come June.
- Kentucky – It’s time to buy into the Wildcats. Kentucky is 9-3 in SEC play with a series win over Florida. While, yes, Kentucky has an advantage with their stadium confines (I think it’s around 255 feet to the left field foul pole) they’ve played extremely well so far early in SEC play.
- Texas A&M- They hit. They hit a lot. They hit everything and everyone. They shelled Georgia ace Robert Tyler on Friday night, and put up around a billion runs. The Aggies will have to pitch a tad better if they’re going to make national title noise, but man, can they swing it.
- Vanderbilt – I’m not convinced Vanderbilt is as high as I have them. I have serious questions about their starting rotation and, frankly, if this team can hit. They looked confused the first two games at Alex Box last weekend. The Commodores will always have flame-throwers on the hill, but they may have taken a step back.
- LSU – While the Tigers don’t look like their normal selves so far, they’ve won two series in a row and may be piecing it together. They have a dominant weekend arm in Alex Lange and are always a tough outcome postseason play.
- Ole Miss – Ole Miss played arguably their best weekend of the year this past weekend. Arkansas has struggled as of late, but the Rebels really took the fight to Arkansas. The Rebels jumped out early and didn’t look back on Friday and Saturday. Ole Miss has to keep that type of play going forward. Ole Miss’ RPI is at 4 right now, and if they were to finish above .500 in SEC play, they would put themselves in serious contention to host a regional.
- Alabama – The Crimson Tide lost two of three to Kentucky last weekend. The Tide have a dominant Friday night arm in Geoffrey Bramblett, who has a 2.39 ERA in eight starts this season. The Crimson Tide had an early season series win over Maryland, but the Terrapins have struggled this year.
- Tennessee – While, yes, Tennessee was swept this weekend, they played pretty well in Columbia against the Gamecocks. Tennessee is without two of their best players in Kyle Serrano and Jeff Moberg who are missing the season with injuries. The Volunteers hit extremely well and will provide a tough time for some higher-level competition on the weekend.
- Arkansas – So starting a midweek guy, your closer, and a random reliever didn’t work out, huh? How about that.
- Georgia – The Bulldogs have Robert Tyler on the mound who gives them a chance every Friday night, except last Friday night when he got bombed by Texas A&M.
- Missouri – They took two of three from Auburn last weekend, so they get the precious 13th spot in this weekend’s power poll.
- Auburn – If you think about it, the season is almost halfway over.