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SEC power poll ballot, March 3: Gamecocks sweep to the top

South Carolina took three games from arch rival Clemson over the weekend.

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

1. South Carolina (10-0, Last Week: 3) -- The Gamecocks trailed, 6-1, going to bat in the fifth against Clemson Friday night. They outscored the Tigers, 23-5, over the next two and a half games to pull off a sweep.

2. Vanderbilt (10-2, LW: 1) -- Vandy suffered its first two losses of the year in the midweek, but the 'Dores rallied with a nice weekend sweep of Stanford.

3. LSU (9-2, LW: 2) -- The Tigahs dropped their first two losses of the year, too. Although, the midweek defeat to ranked Louisiana-Lafayette, in a game called due to weather in the sixth, isn't so bad.

4. Tennessee (10-0, LW: 4) -- The Vols are still unbeaten and still mashing the ball, averaging 8.7 runs per game over the weekend. This team is starting to feel a little like 2011 Kentucky: an offensive power that makes a regional run out of nowhere.

5. Ole Miss (11-1, LW: 6) -- The Rebels certainly proved their ability to win close games in the last week, taking four of the one-run variety. Two of those were extra-innings victories.

6. Mississippi State (10-4, LW: 8) -- It wasn't against great competition (Mount St. Mary's, Michigan State, Eastern Illinois), but the Bulldogs put up a perfect week and outscored opponents, 47-8.

7. Arkansas (7-2, LW: 5) -- Remember when we said the Razorbacks were about to show who they are? Arkansas didn't start well, dropping two of three to South Alabama.

8. Texas A&M (7-4, LW: 7) -- A&M left Blue Bell Park for the first time this season and came home with three losses to Fresno State. That's a bit troubling after the Aggies went 6-14 on the road last season.

9. Kentucky (9-2, LW: 9) -- The 'Cats have won seven in a row by an average score of 10-2. If the pitching can hold up during SEC play, Kentucky could be dangerous.

10. Alabama (5-5, LW: 11) -- How rough is the bottom of the conference right now? Alabama went 1-3 and moved up a spot. The only silver lining for the Tide was the weekend series loss came against UL-Lafayette, a legit top-10 team.

11. Auburn (6-5, LW: 13) -- The Tigers could have gone into a tailspin after a Friday night loss to Presbyterian. Instead they bounced back to win the series thanks to great pitching from Keegan Thompson in Game 2 and an offensive breakout in Game 3. Auburn has a long way to go, but at least it's showing some fight.

12. Florida (6-6, LW: 10) -- When you go 1-3 and drop two games to a B1G team (Illinois), you don't get to maintain your ranking from the previous week.

13. Georgia (5-6, LW: 14) -- Don't look now, but the Dawgs have won four out of five! Of course, that loss came to mighty Georgia State, a team that just lost two of three to something called Northern Kentucky.

14. Missouri (4-6, LW 12) -- Woof. Mizzou managed to snap a five-game skid with a 4-0 win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday, but after losses to Liberty, Campbell and IPFW, that was probably little consolation.