Florida (18-1): The Gators are widely considered to be the top team in the country.
Vanderbilt (16-1): The only vote for No. 1 team in the coaches’ poll that didn’t go to Florida went to Vandy. The Commodores, along with Texas A&M, are expected to challenge Florida for the top spot in the conference.
South Carolina (17-2): USC is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2015 season. The Gamecocks are off to strong start but lost two of three to Clemson in only real test.
Kentucky (12-4): Evan White is hitting .388 with 20 RBIs and UK has won nine of 10.
Georgia (13-5): UGA has played a weak schedule and enters conference play on a five-game winning streak.
Tennessee (11-5): The Vols can hit and score runs. Pitching is the question mark. Jeff Moberg and Chris Hall are both batting over .400 and Jordan Rodgers leads the SEC in RBIs with 31 in only 16 games.
Missouri (13-6): The Tigers got off to a fast start to the season but have lost three of last four games against weak competition.
Mississippi (17-1): The Rebels were very impressive in the non-conference portion of the schedule.
Texas A&M (15-1): Joining Florida and Vandy in top five, A&M has an 11-game winning streak. The Aggies open the series against Auburn with momentum after earning a walk-off win over Texas in their final nonconference tune up.
Arkansas (15-3): The Razorbacks enter SEC play 3-0 against top 25 teams and have won five straight games. Arkansas is expected to be one of the top teams in the SEC West this season.
LSU (13-3): The Tigers have yet to play a team from a power five conference but are ranked in the top 10.
Mississippi State (12-5): Bulldogs have eight starters batting better than .300 and six players with at least 10 RBIs. If the pitching holds up MSU could be dangerous.
Alabama (11-5): After getting off to a fast start the Crimson Tide has lost four of its past six games. Alabama has a series win over Maryland to go along with a win over Notre Dame.
Auburn (9-8): Tigers off to slow start but have scored 10 runs or more in past three games, all wins. Auburn enters SEC play coming off of a 14-3 win at Georgia Tech.
-- Matt Connolly