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SEC baseball power poll ballot, Feb. 24: Vanderbilt leads tight group of elite teams

The Commodores have been one of the SEC's best programs under Tim Corbin, and that doesn't look like it's changing this year.


We're two weeks into college baseball season, so it's time to make an attempt at sorting out the SEC from top to bottom. It's still early, and there will no doubt be major shifts throughout the year, but this is how the conference looks after a couple of weekends of action.

1. Vanderbilt (7-0) -- The 'Dores look like they once again have the SEC's best pitching, and they've outscored opponents 50-7 this year. That's an average final score of 7-1. That's pretty good.

2. LSU (7-0) -- Really, LSU should be considered 1A. Vandy gets the edge for the top spot just because the Commodores have two more top-50 RPI wins right now. The Tigers, too, are outscoring the competition, 7-1.

3. South Carolina (7-0) -- Really, South Carolina should be considered 1B. The Gamecocks' strength of schedule isn't quite as good as Vandy's or LSU's, but they've been just as impressive on the field. They haven't allowed a run in their last five games, scoring 28 of their own.

4. Tennessee (7-0) -- Here's the big surprise of the league so far. It's been ages since the Volunteers have been relevant, but head coach Dave Serrano looks like he has Tennessee ready to be a player. The Vols' bats look like they could be among the conference's best.

5. Arkansas (6-0) -- The Razorbacks' next three weekends feature series against South Alabama, Cal and Florida, so we'll soon find out what they're made of.

6. Ole Miss (6-1) -- The Rebs seem to have a little more pop on offense, and their Friday and Saturday pitching has given up two runs in four games.

7. Texas A&M (6-1) -- After being shutout Friday night against Sacramento State, the Aggies did a nice job of taking the series with 12 runs in their last two games.

8. Mississippi State (4-4) -- State was ranked as high as No. 2 before the season, but the Bullies have struggled against a fairly weak schedule. Their normally solid pitching has been a bit of a let down so far.

9. Kentucky (5-2) -- Still too early to know just what to expect from the Wildcats, but a season-opening win against top-ranked Virginia was nice.

10. Florida (5-3) -- The Gators just lost two of three on the road at Miami, but that's nothing to be ashamed of. Are they ready to bounce back from a disastrous 2013 season?

11. Alabama (4-2) -- 'Bama entered the year with a little respect, garnering a top-25 ranking in multiple preseason polls. It's taken a couple of late rallies to avoid losing series against Saint Louis and Stephen F. Austin.

12. Missouri (3-3) -- Mizzou hasn't really done much against a not-so-tough schedule. Have to think these Tigers will be battling for one of the last SEC Tournament spots.

13. Auburn (3-4) -- The Tigers' pitching has been pretty solid, but that offense is atrocious. It may take a season to figure out who's going to be on board with new head coach Sunny Golloway.

14. Georgia (1-5) -- The best thing to happen for the Dawgs this season was the final game of their series at Florida State being rained out.