We’ve reached the final week of the SEC Baseball season with the level of intensity staying the same. We have Tennessee on top of the conference as the outright SEC regular season Champion, Arkansas and Texas A&M are in a battle for the West Crown, and teams like Kentucky and Ole Miss are near the bottom, fighting tooth and nail for a chance at postseason play.
However, before we get into the craziness that is to follow this week in the world of Southeastern Conference Baseball, we first need to take a second to recap the craziness that happened this past weekend.
First, Ole Miss Baseball is a roll, and their momentum followed them to Baton Rouge, where the Rebels swept the LSU Tigers three games to none. Who would have ever thought it, Ole Miss was dead in the water, and now the Rebels have secured their spot in the SEC Tournament next week with a potential bid to the NCAA Tournament as a reward.
However, something will have to give this weekend as the Rebels host the red hot Aggies from Texas A&M starting on Thursday for the weekend’s most anticipated matchup. A little more impressive of a run than the Rebels, Texas A&M comes into Oxford ranked inside the top ten and winners of the last six series.
In Knoxville, the outright SEC Champion, Tennessee is fresh off a series win over Georgia, ranked number one in the country, as they head to Starkville, Mississippi, to take on the Bulldogs.
As the Volunteers make their way south, they’ll be facing a Mississippi State team that is facing a must-win situation to earn a position in the postseason SEC Tournament in Hoover. Mississippi State is a team that has had a lot of injuries and just hasn’t found the right lineup to carry over from last season’s National Championship.
Elsewhere around the Southeastern Conference, last weekend did no favors settling out the log jam we have underneath Tennessee. At this point, entering the final week of the regular season, we still have no idea who will finish from 2nd through the final 12th spot in the SEC Tournament.
Sure, we have an idea of ten programs that will be in Hoover next weekend but as far as the seeding goes, who knows. Luckily Saturday night, we’ll have the bracket, and the excitement around the SEC Tournament will start to mount.