This week's SEC rankings were voted upon by five members of the College and Magnolia baseball staff. Team listings include overall and SEC records, voting point totals and first-place votes. Commentary by Dusty Miller and Chris Fuhrmeister.
1. South Carolina, 36-12/16-8, 59 (4) -- We were thinking the Gamecocks might never lose again, but they did drop one game to Arkansas. Still, Carolina won the series and has won 15 of its last 18 SEC games. This team looks like a national title contender once again.
2. LSU, 38-11/16-8, 53 (1) -- The Bayou Bengals picked up a big road series win over their hated rival, Ole Miss. LSU is now tied with South Carolina atop the league standings and also has the look of a team that could be Omaha-bound.
3. Kentucky, 37-11/15-9, 50 -- After playing incredible baseball for most of the season, Kentucky has now dropped two straight series to Vanderbilt and Florida. The Commodores are playing their best ball of the year, and the Gators are no pushovers, so Wildcat fans don't have much of a reason to panic.
4. Florida, 36-13/14-10, 47 -- Florida rebounded from the series loss to Arkansas by taking two of three from UK. The Gators aren't dead yet in the race for the regular-season SEC title.
5. Arkansas, 34-15/12-12, 41 -- Arkansas lost a tough series to South Carolina, but there's certainly no shame in that. The Razorbacks have proven this year that they have the talent to compete with anyone.
6. Mississippi State, 30-18/12-12, 32 -- The Cowbells started slowly in SEC play, but they're quietly climbing the conference ladder. State has now won three straight conference series and is at .500 in SEC play for the first time this season.
7. Ole Miss, 31-18/11-13, 29 -- The Rebels are trending in the opposite direction. Ole Miss has now lost four of its last five SEC series and is 6-9 in conference games over that stretch. A team that once looked destined to host an NCAA regional now is simply jockeying for position in Hoover.
8. Georgia, 28-20/12-12, 28 -- The Dawgs came away with a home sweep over Auburn, but we're not really sure how impressive that is. This team is good, but it's very inconsistent. Georgia will make the postseason, and it wouldn't surprise us if it made an early exit or put together a run to Omaha. The Bulldogs are that unpredictable.
9. Vanderbilt, 24-24/11-13, 20 -- As Vanderbilt struggled through much of the season, we couldn't understand how a team so talented could play so poorly. Well, the 'Dores have righted the ship. Vandy has won three of four conference series and should be a lock to make the SEC tournament. It was hard to see that being possible a month ago.
10. Auburn, 26-22/10-14, 16 -- Auburn promptly took all of its momentum from the sweep of Tennessee and threw it out the window by losing three in a row at Georgia. Barring a total disaster, the Tigers should hold on to the No. 10 and final SEC tournament slot. Then again, Auburn faces Arkansas and Florida to close out the regular season, so a total disaster is very possible.
11. Tennessee, 23-24/8-16, 10 -- Tennessee is 3-12 in its last 15 SEC games, but if the Vols can steal one of their final two series, they might be able to sneak into Hoover. If Auburn falls apart against the Hogs and Gators, Tennessee could make up the two-game difference in the standings.
12. Alabama, 18-30/7-17, 5 -- 'Bama has shown a couple signs of life this season, but this team is just plain bad. Senior Taylor Dugas, who hit a walk-off home run against Auburn, has been the one bright spot in Tuscaloosa this spring.