Georgia at Missouri
Missouri kicked a last second field goal to beat Iowa on Tues- Oh, no that’s still baseball. Mizzou scored 17 runs to fend off the Hawkeyes Tuesday night. This raised their RPI to 22. Both teams are in great shape to make the postseason... but Missouri could use another resume-building win if they want to possibly get in the hosting conversation.
The Dawgs really need this series, if not for anything more than just a few more resume-padding wins. They end the season at Gainesville and in Athens against Arkansas. The schedule gets tougher, but they have proven they can stand a challenge. The Tigers are at home, but they are still have a tendency to be inconsistent. This series started Thursday.
#14 Kentucky at Tennessee
RIVALRY SERIES! Kentucky and Tennessee do not like each other, that’s well known. However, Kentucky is in a much better spot than the Vols are right now. On paper, this doesn’t look like much of a series. It’s in Knoxville, and home field could always play a factor. It will not, though. Be sure to bookmark/screenshot this when Tennessee wins the series.
#4 Ole Miss at South Carolina
This is the upset alert for the week. Mark Kingston has his boys playing absolutely excellent baseball right now. The Gamecocks have won six of seven, including series wins against LSU and Vanderbilt. They beat the ‘Dores in Nashville, too. Oh, the Rebels come to Columbia this weekend, and the Gamecocks always have nice crowds.
At 35-12, Ole Miss doesn’t have much to worry about. They will probably get a national seed, but they would still like to win their division and improve their SEC Tournament seeding. They sit one game behind Arkansas in the west, and own the tiebreaker over the Razorbacks. South Carolina is on the fringe of regional talk, and they need the series more.
Prediction: South Carolina
#23 Vanderbilt at Auburn
The Commodores are still in fine shape for a Regional, with an RPI of 33, but they better be careful and keep winning games. 25-19 doesn’t look too impressive, but the national ranking will help. That is why they need to keep winning.
Auburn is safely in with an RPI of 6, and somehow not nationally ranked despite being 31-14. Casey Mize gives Auburn an advantage in every series, and they take advantage here. Mize dominates on Friday night, Auburn is able to scrounge across one of the next two.
Mississippi State at Alabama
Mississippi State might have the most talent in the league, hands down. That’s not a joke. Without a coach, they are still right in the thick of postseason talk. Their RPI is 39th, and that’s with the 3rd-best SOS in the country. They get a chance to get some more wins this week with an Alabama team that is still trying to find their footing under Brad Bohannon. Regardless if it’s in Tuscaloosa, the Bulldogs should have no trouble stemming the Tide this weekend.
Prediction: Mississippi State
#1 Florida at #21 Texas A&M
Oh look, Florida being in the matchup of the week again, ho hum. This time, they go to a hostile environment with a rowdy fan base. If the Gators fall behind, the Aggies will do their best to rattle the defending champs.
Texas A&M is certainly capable of beating the Gators, especially at home. Talent wise, both of these teams match up well offensively. The pitching is no contest. No disrespect to the Aggies, but Florida’s rotation is on another level. As tempting of a pick A&M is, until somebody beats Florida, it’s tough to pick against Florida until somebody beats them.
#5 Arkansas at LSU
Oh man oh man, is LSU reeling. They are now almost completely out of the postseason picture, save for the SEC Tournament. They have lost six of eight overall, and playing the Razorbacks right now certainly doesn’t help matters. The Hogs take advantage of a reeling LSU squad and take the series.