The SEC is widely regarded as the toughest conference in college baseball, so it follows that the league’s regular-season champion would likely earn the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. That’s how it’s looking right now for Arkansas, the SEC’s leader at 15-6 and the consensus No. 1 team in the country.
In 2019, Vanderbilt entered the season ranked No. 1 but couldn’t quite catch UCLA down the stretch as the Bruins ripped through Pac-12 play. Vanderbilt, however, seemed to have the best team and ultimately did win the College World Series while UCLA fell short of the CWS entirely. The difference this season is that Arkansas is the one team with an unblemished record, as the Hogs have not lost a series in SEC play. As long as that holds up, it’s very hard to see anyone else catching coach Dave Van Horn’s club.
Three teams are within one game of Arkansas in the SEC standings, so there’s a long way to go in the regular season. Then there’s the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala., where Arkansas could easily enter as the favorite. Right now, however, the Hogs are on top and only continue to solidify that status. Here’s how the league as a whole stacks up in this week’s SEC power rankings.