SEC Power Rankings: Week 6

Every week, we’re ranking SEC teams based on their performance and potential. All stats and records are through games on Wednesday March 25.

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The second weekend of SEC baseball had several upsets and plenty of late inning drama, proving the conference’s depth.

Vanderbilt won a series at Auburn after losing the Friday game 6-4. In the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Auburn scored three runs in the ninth to force extra innings. Vandy took the lead back in the top half of the tenth on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Reynolds and held it in the bottom of the frame to win 7-6.

Ole Miss won their weekend series over Florida at Swayze Field with a 5-2 win in the first half of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Rebels have won their last four series over number one ranked teams (2015 Florida, 2012, Florida, 2011 South Carolina, and 2009 Georgia). For the Gators, Harrison Bader has seven home runs and 31 RBI on the season, while hitting at a .367 mark. Bader’s seven home runs is more than 76 Division 1 Teams.

Texas A&M suffered their first loss of the season to Alabama in the second game of a double-header on Saturday, 6-2. Alabama had a late lead in the first game of the set, but blew a 5-3 lead in the top of the eighth by allowing seven runs in the final two innings.

LSU rebounded from a Friday loss to take the series against Arkansas in Fayetteville. In the final game, LSU tallied 15 hits in a 7-4 win as freshman pitcher Jake Godfrey improved his record to 5-0 on the season. LSU shortstop and SEC Player of the Year candidate Alex Bregman already has three home runs to begin SEC play.

South Carolina rallied to avoid the sweep with a 7-5 win over Missouri on Sunday. The game was tied at three in the seventh inning when senior first baseman Kyle Martin doubled off Missouri reliever Andrew Schwaab. The Gamecocks drove in Martin and two more runs in the eighth to take a 6-3 lead.

Kentucky claimed the series over Mississippi State in Lexington, aided by strong starts by Dustin Beggs and Zack Brown. Brown (2-2) lasted 7 1/3 innings and allowed only one run on two hits in the 10-2 win on Friday, while Beggs (3-2) went six innings, allowing four hits and three runs in the 9-7 win on Saturday.

Georgia swept Tennessee in Knoxville last weekend. It was the first SEC road sweep for the Dogs since 2009.

This week marks the third edition of my SEC series 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.

Sam’s Record: 9-5 Overall (3-4 Last Week)

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

Now let’s get to the power rankings.

1. Vanderbilt Commodores green

(3-1 Last Week, 5-1 SEC, 20-5 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: #2

Weekend Series: vs. Tennessee

The ‘Dores are back on top this week after two series wins to begin SEC play. Walker Buehler is recovering nicely from injury, he notched the win in both his conference starts.


2. LSU Tigers green

(3-1 Last Week, 4-2 SEC, 22-3 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: #1

Weekend Series: vs. Kentucky

Star shortstop Alex Bregman already has three home runs in SEC play for the Tigers. LSU leads the conference in batting average at .354 through six games.


3. Texas A&M Aggies green

(3-1 Last Week, 5-1 SEC, 25-1 Overall) 

Top 25 Rank: #3

Weekend Series: vs. Missouri

The Aggies suffered their first loss in 2015 to Alabama in Hoover last weekend. I am interested to see how they hold up when they face top-tier SEC competition. So far, they are second in the SEC in hitting and first in pitching.


4. Florida Gators redredred

(2-2 Last Week, 3-3 SEC, 21-5 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: #4

Weekend Series: vs. Alabama

The Gators had a tough week at Ole Miss. Inconsistent production at the plate spoiled two good pitching performances in the first two games.


5. South Carolina Gamecocks blue <img src="images/" width="600" height="440" alt="SEC Power Rankings: Week 5 - SEC Power Rankings: Week 5">

(1-3 Last Week, 4-2 SEC, 18-7 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: #12

Weekend Series: vs. Georgia

The Gamecocks lost a series on the road to Missouri and dropped a 9-8 thriller at Coastal Carolina on Tuesday. On the plus side for South Carolina fans, Wil Crowe has a 1.20 ERA in 2 starts in SEC play.


6. Missouri Tigers greengreengreengreengreen

(3-2 Last Week, 5-1 SEC, 19-7 Overall) 

Top 25 Rank: Considered

Weekend Series: at #3 Texas A&M

The biggest jump in the history of the SEC power rankings. The main concern with the Tigers is their production at the plate. They have managed to hit .249 in conference play, but have a dominating pitching staff that ranks third in conference ERA.


7. Alabama Crimson Tide red

(1-3 Last Week, 3-3 SEC, 13-10 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: NR

Weekend Series: at #4 Florida

Alabama knocked Texas A&M from perfection, but they lost the series and dropped a game to South Alabama during the week. Shortstop Mikey White is hitting .409 with two home runs in conference play.


8. Arkansas Razorbacks greengreen

(3-3 Last Week, 2-5 SEC, 13-12 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: NR

Weekend Series: vs. Ole Miss

Don’t be fooled by the Razorbacks SEC record, as they have played #1 LSU and #2 Vanderbilt to start the year. Clark Eagan has fueled one of the top offenses in conference play, he is hitting .423 with three extra base hits in six games.


9. Ole Miss Rebels red

(2-4 Last Week, 3-3 SEC, 13-13 Overall) 

Top 25 Rank: NR

Weekend Series: at Arkansas

Ole Miss had a roller coaster week. They took the series from Florida over the weekend, but dropped a pair to UAB on Tuesday. When star duo Brady Bramlett and Christian Trent are pitching, this team is Omaha material. However, when another starter gets the ball, they are possibly the worst team in the SEC.


10. Mississippi State Bulldogs redredred

(1-3 Last Week, 2-4 SEC, 18-9 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: NR

Weekend Series: vs. Auburn

Mississippi State has struggled on the mound to start conference play, allowing 40 runs in 52 innings. They look to turn around their recent plunge against Auburn in Starkville this weekend.


11. Auburn Tigers redred

(1-3 Last Week, 1-5 SEC, 15-10 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: NR

Weekend Series: at Mississippi State

Auburn played a competitive series with Vanderbilt and even took the game Friday in a 6-4 victory. This team will be better than their record shows. They have already played #3 Texas A&M and #2 Vanderbilt to star conference play.


12. Georgia Bulldogs greengreen

(4-1 Last Week, 3-3 SEC, 16-10 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: NR

Weekend Series: at #12 South Carolina

A series sweep of Tennessee brings the Bulldogs back up to the twelfth spot in this week’s rankings. The biggest concern for the Dogs is their struggle at the plate to begin conference play. They are hitting .189 in 201 at bats. They have, however, stolen 11 bases in 11 attempts.


13. Kentucky Wildcats blue <img src="images/" width="600" height="440" alt="SEC Power Rankings: Week 5 - SEC Power Rankings: Week 5">

(3-2 Last Week, 2-4 SEC, 16-9 Overall)

Top 25 Rank: NR

Weekend Series: at #1 LSU

Kentucky’s pitching depth is causing inconsistency early in conference play. They have two of the better starters in the SEC in Zack Brown (2.43 ERA) and Dustin Beggs (3.44 ERA), but have struggled to find consistent production in the late innings, leading to a 4.29 team ERA this season.


14. Tennessee Volunteers redred

(1-3 Last Week, 1-5 SEC, 10-11 Overall) 

Top 25 Rank: NR

Weekend Series: at #2 Vanderbilt

A team with high preseason expectations, Tennessee definitely has the tools to turn their season around. Bret Marks has been dominant this season, posting a 1.38 ERA in six games started. With him on the mound, this team can beat anyone.

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