Every week, we’re previewing crucial match-ups across the SEC and ranking teams based on their performance and potential. All stats and records are through games on Thursday March 12.

All rankings are provided by D1Baseball.com.

Fire up the grills and breakout the tailgating gear, SEC baseball is back! A long month of out-of-conference play was largely marred by weather delays and cancellations.

Despite the weather, February was very kind to many SEC teams. There are currently five SEC teams in D1Baseball.com’s top seven and Texas A&M (18-0) is the last remaining undefeated team in college baseball.

The beginning of SEC play marks the start of my predictions this season. I will pick the winner for every series and keep track of my record throughout the year. Have predictions of your own? Tweet them @BB_Essential.

  • Alabama over Mississippi State
  • Florida over Tennessee
  • Georgia over Missouri
  • LSU over Ole Miss
  • South Carolina over Kentucky
  • Texas A&M over Auburn
  • Vanderbilt over Arkansas

Now let’s get to the power rankings.

1. Florida Gators blue

(5-0 Last Week, 0-0 SEC, 16-2 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: #1

Weekend Series: vs. Tennessee

The Gators continue to possess a consistent attack on the mound and at the plate. Sophomore Logan Shore has been lights out in his four starts this season. He heads in to SEC play boasting a 19 1/3 inning scoreless streak. Even more impressively, he has only allowed two extra base hits all year.

Going into SEC play, the Gators are at the top in many individual and team categories.

Weekend prediction: Florida sweeps Tennessee 3 games to 0

Florida’s weekend rotation has a clear advantage over a Tennessee team that has hit .270 so far this season. This series should be low-scoring, but the Gators’ attack led by Harrison Bader and JJ Schwarz will be the difference.

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