Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE
Arkansas takes the top spot in our look at the pecking order in SEC baseball so far. But two undefeated teams and a list of other competitors are making some noise
We don't have a formal SEC Baseball Power Poll yet, but that's no reason that your humble correspondent can't do power rankings. Again, these are power rankings, so it's not a straight evaluation of everyone's resume. And since we're still early in the season, preseason perceptions do count in this exercise, so any contention that they do will be met with shrugs.
1. Arkansas (7-1)
Before the season, they looked like the best team in the SEC. They haven't done anything to call that into question so far.
2. Ole Miss (7-0)
One of two undefeated teams in the SEC, the Rebels swept TCU on the season's first weekend. Of course, Cal State-Fullerton swept the Horned Frogs on the second weekend, so we'll have to wait and see whether that means Ole Miss and Fullerton are that good or TCU is that bad. But for now, the Rebels settle in here.
3. Vanderbilt (7-1)
Yes, they're here more based on preseason expectations than anything they've done on the field. But so are most of the teams at this point.
4. LSU (6-1)
5. South Carolina (5-1)
6. Kentucky (5-1)
The Wildcats won their first two games by a combined score of 29-5. Even though they lost to Kansas State -- no , I don't know why they lost to Kansas State -- we'll give them the benefit of the doubt for the time being.
7. Mississippi State (9-0)
State fans are probably going to hate me for this, but I have to see a little bit more before I start putting the Bulldogs up in the top tier of the league. The undefeated start is impressive, but it will be more impressive if it's still going (or even if the Bulldogs only have two or three losses) after a brutal stretch in March that includes games against LSU, Kentucky and Arkansas.
8. Auburn (6-1)
They look decent right now. We'll know more in a few weeks.
9. Texas A&M (5-3)
They've started their first year in the SEC a bit unevenly. We'll see how things go from here.
10. Alabama (6-1)
I'm still extraordinarily skeptical about this team, simply because I've seen the Tide get off to hot starts before and fade down the stretch.
11. Florida (3-5)
I'm trying not to overreact to the first two weeks of the season, but -- you got swept by Florida Gulf Coast University.
12. Tennessee (2-5)
Further incompetence below keeps the Vols out of the proverbial basement.
13. Georgia (2-5)
Yeah, it looks like that odd-numbered year thing isn't going to work out for David Perno this season.
14. Missouri (0-6)