Week Three SEC Softball Power Rankings
#1 Florida (14-0) Best team in SEC until someone proves otherwise.
#2 Alabama (16-0) New #1 ranked team in poll, but still #2 here.
#3 Georgia (14-1) Whipped #1 Arizona in 5 innings last weekend.
#4 Tennessee (14-2) Beat #3 UCLA to finish solid 9-2 west coast trip.
#6 LSU (12-5) Split 4 games in California, still seeking that quality win.
#7 Auburn (15-0) Great start, but yet to face any ranked opponents.
#8 South Carolina (9-4) Loss Sunday snapped 6 game win streak.
#9 Arkansas (7-8) Hogs have scored 84 runs, but have given up 76 runs.
#10 Miss State (6-9) Pitching has given up the most runs of SEC teams.
#11 Ole Miss (5-11) Rebs have only scored 50 runs so far this season.
Weekly thoughts from left field…
The SEC has the top 3 ranked teams in the brand new ESPN.com top 25 poll. All told, there are seven of the eleven softball playing SEC members ranked in the top 25 now. Undefeated Auburn just slipped in at #25 this week. LSU was the only SEC member to lose ground in the poll falling one spot from #20 to #21 this week.
Alabama is the new #1 ranked team in the latest ESPN.com poll. First time this season an SEC member has garnered the top ranking. Alabama has only beaten one ranked opponent all season (#15 Missouri). Of Alabama’s 16 wins, only five have come outside the state of Alabama. Crimson Tide have scored 162 runs this season which leads the SEC. Alabama is averaging 8.4 runs a game and outstanding pace of scoring over a run an inning.
Florida travelled to California and participated in the Cathedral Classic last weekend. They finished 5-0 for the tournament beating two ranked teams in #12 Texas and #3 UCLA. The Gators have moved up to #3 in the latest ESPN.com poll. The Gators have only allowed 14 runs to be scored in 14 games this season. That’s only one run allowed a game and it also leads the SEC. The next closest team is Kentucky, which has only allowed 21 runs in 14 games for an average of 1.5 runs allowed a game.
Georgia also journeyed out west to play in the Cathedral Classic last weekend. The Bulldogs had the toughest schedule of the SEC members to participate in this years Classic event. Georgia faced off against 4 ranked teams out of the 5 games they played in California. The Bulldogs beat #6 Oklahoma and #21 Texas A&M, but lost to #18 Oklahoma State before totally crushing the #1 team in the country Arizona 8-0 in five innings. The Bulldogs have moved up to #2 in the ESPN.com poll after last weekends success.
Tennessee has moved up to #7 in the new poll. Tennessee won all 5 games they played in California last weekend capping the trip off with a 7-1 win over #3 ranked UCLA on Sunday. The Vols finished their two week road trip out west at 9-2 and return home for a tourney this weekend before starting SEC play.
Thanks to Ollie Walden for writing this article for SEC Sports Fan.
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