It’s no secret the Southeastern Conference is king when it comes to College Baseball. This year is no different. With five teams in the top six in the country, it’s hard not to agree with the SEC being the king of College Baseball. On any given night, you have 14 teams that can beat you. Just about every SEC baseball team is a legitimate NCAA Tournament team. The Problem is, these 14 teams go to war with each other day in and day out.
We saw evidence of this on Thursday night as the Georgia Bulldogs traveled to Nashville to take on the top-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores. In the first game of the series, Georgia smoked Vanderbilt 14-2. Head Coach Tim Corbin put it best in his postgame presser with the Vandy media folks, “They swung the bat well, we swung it like shit.” If that quote alone doesn’t strike fear in the rest of the conference, I don’t know what will.
Not to mention, even during Covid times, SEC baseball is the hottest ticket in the country. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to travel to Starkville, Oxford, Nashville, or Lexington, Kentucky. No matter where you choose to watch a baseball game across this conference, you will find yourself amongst the best fans in the country and the best talent on the field. The combination of passionate fan bases, stellar stadiums, and superior student-athletes is what separates the SEC from the rest of the College Baseball world.
Everybody also likes to talk about the pipeline the Southeastern Conference has for the MLB. On Opening Day alone, the SEC had over 100 players on Opening Day rosters, which is simply amazing. It’s a testament to how serious the SEC treats its baseball. All fourteen programs have a roster filled with guys who can play and compete at the next level.
So what can you expect out of the last month and a half of SEC play? Quite honestly, fans can get excited about the push to win the SEC Regular Season Championship, also watch out for teams like Kentucky and Georgia to make a run to possibly lock their chances up to host a regional in the NCAA Tournament. Fans can also expect to see the top four programs in Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas to try and separate themselves from the rest of the conference as they race towards the finish line in Hoover.