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Alabama Week 7 Review

The Crimson Tide’s NCAA Tournament chances took a hit after a weekend sweep at home to Arkansas. Alabama has struggled in recent weeks and is only a game ahead of Tennessee and Georgia for last place in the SEC. The Tide currently is 25-24 overall and 8-16 in conference play. They travel to Auburn this weekend for a crucial road series.

Auburn Week 7 Review

Over the last few weeks, Auburn has been playing its best baseball of the season. The Tigers won another series last weekend, defeating South Carolina twice on the road. Auburn improved to 32-17 overall and 12-12 in league play. As of now, the Tigers are likely in the NCAA Tournament field. Auburn hosts Alabama this weekend.   

SEC baseball rankings

1. LSU (40-8, 16-7)

2. Texas A&M (41-7, 16-7)

3. Vanderbilt (35-14, 17-7)

4. Florida (36-13, 15-9)

5. Arkansas (29-18, 14-10)

6. Missouri (28-21, 14-10)

7. Auburn (32-17, 12-12)

8. Kentucky (26-21, 11-12)

9. South Carolina (28-21, 10-14)

10. Ole Miss (25-24, 11-13)

11. Alabama (25-24, 8-16)

12. Mississippi State (24-24, 8-16)

13. Georgia (22-25, 7-16)

14. Tennessee (19-24, 7-17)

Week 9 Previews and Predictions 

Mississippi State at Ole Miss. This rivalry series comes at a crucial time for both teams. The Rebels are fighting for a NCAA Tournament berth and have been floating around .500 for most of the season. A series win – or even better, a sweep – would give Ole Miss some breathing room entering the postseason. Mississippi State is fighting to remain in the conference tournament field, but the Bulldogs would love nothing more than to spoil Ole Miss’s season. Series Prediction: Ole Miss 2, Mississippi State 1.

South Carolina at Texas A&M. The Aggies are still playing as well as anyone in the country and should be able to continue their dominance this weekend against a reeling South Carolina team. The Gamecocks remain as a likely tournament team but they have not been playing well the last few weeks. Series Prediction: Texas A&M 3, South Carolina 0.

Missouri at LSU. Much like Texas A&M, LSU is playing like one of the best teams in the country right now. Missouri enters Baton Rouge after a big series win over Ole Miss and look to steal a game on the road in Baton Rouge this weekend. Series Prediction: LSU 3, Missouri 0.

Georgia at Kentucky. If the postseason started today, Georgia would be on the outside looking in for the SEC Tournament. Kentucky is likely in the NCAA Tournament at this point but still need to win the series against the Bulldogs. Series Prediction: Kentucky 2, Georgia 1.

Tennessee at Arkansas. Over the last several weeks, Arkansas has been playing its best baseball of the season. The Razorbacks are firmly in the tournament field and currently are simply trying to improve their seeding. Series Prediction: Arkansas 3, Tennessee 0.

Florida at Vanderbilt. The two best teams in the East Division – and two of the best teams in all of college baseball – square off this weekend in Nashville. Both schools will likely host a Regional of the NCAA Tournament. The Commodores have a two-game lead over the Gators in the SEC East standings, and the winner of this series has a good chance to win the division. Series Prediction: Vanderbilt 2, Florida 1.

Alabama at Auburn. These rivals have been trending in opposite directions for the last few weeks, but Alabama has a chance to change the course of its season this weekend on The Plains. A series loss or a sweep would be devastating for the Tide, but a series win could provide the spark they need to finish out the season on a strong note. For Auburn, another series win would be crucial against anyone, especially over in-state rival Alabama. Series Prediction: Auburn 2, Alabama 1.

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