Two weeks into SEC play, there have been some significant surprises. Everybody who knew Kentucky would be a top-20 team, step forward. Everybody who thought the Mississippi schools would open SEC play 0-12, step forward.

Don’t even get us started on Mizzou sweeping UT and then getting swept by South Carolina. It’s crazy out there.

The one constant has been some impressive hitting — hitting that should carry the SEC to Omaha and very plausibly another College World Series crown. But here and now? Here’s how the SEC stacks up at the moment.

14. Mississippi State (14-11, 0-6)

It’s not losing, it’s giving up 55 runs in 3 games to Vanderbilt. State dropped to the bottom of the SEC in ERA by almost a full run. Add in 35 errors, 9 more than the 13th-place SEC squad. It’s not getting much easier for the Bulldogs, as they host South Carolina with a strong chance to remain at the bottom of the SEC.

13. Georgia (15-9, 1-5)

The good news was 24 runs on Sunday, as the Bulldogs broke through for their first SEC win despite losing a series to Auburn. The bad news is, yes, they lost a series to another SEC team that had opened 0-3. And now Georgia will go to Nashville and face a Vanderbilt team that just blasted Mississippi State and seems to have a proclivity for jumping all over mediocre pitching — not good news for the staff with the 12th-ranked team ERA in the SEC.

12. Ole Miss (15-9, 0-6)

Admittedly, they weren’t great at this time a year ago. And yes, they went on to win the College World Series. The good news was that the Rebels were competitive in their series with Florida, losing by 2, 3, and 4 runs in the 3-game sweep. The bad news is their 0-6 SEC start could get a bit worse with a series at A&M and against Arkansas in the next 2 weeks. The Rebels, even if they get their pitching going, probably can’t bounce back from a 1-11 or 2-10 SEC start.

11. Auburn (16-7, 2-4)

Auburn partially redeemed a bad start by winning its series with Georgia, albeit while getting crushed in the Sunday game. That 5.87 team ERA is still a problem, although if Bryson Ware and Ike Irish keep crushing opposing pitching, the Tigers can win ugly, at least for a while. Joseph Gonzalez’s return keeps getting pushed back, and the Tigers need him in a serious way.

10. Alabama (19-6, 2-4)

The Tide have opened league play by dropping the first two games of each series, but then winning their finales with Florida and Kentucky. Alabama is probably better than its record, but the West is a grinder. That said, even at 2-4, the Tide have to be pleased with Ben Hess and Grayson Hitt as a 1-2 punch on the mound, and Bama’s offense is solid, even by SEC standards.

9. Texas A&M (15-9, 1-5)

The Aggies got swept by a Tennessee team that had just gotten swept by Missouri. So either that means that the Aggies are substantially weaker than Mizzou … or everything in the SEC is so unpredictably up and down that it’s hard to figure anything out. The best bet is Option 2, but it could be 1. A&M is last in the SEC in batting average and 13th in home runs. Upcoming series matchups with Ole Miss and Auburn give a breath of hope, but A&M could use a couple of series wins to turn around a bad start.

8. Missouri (17-6, 3-3, No. 25 in Baseball America poll)

The Tigers were the SEC’s darling after they blew out UT, but they had a return to Earth in getting swept by South Carolina. Losing 2 of the games in walk-off fashion suggests that the bullpen could use some shoring up. No Tigers pitcher has more than a single save, but it’s probably time to figure out that situatio.

7. Tennessee (19-6, 3-3, No. 11 in BA)

The Vols got right with a sweep of Texas A&M. The UT offense just isn’t what it was a year ago. That’s not to say it’s awful — they’re 3rd in the SEC in homers. But they are inconsistent — they’re 3rd in the SEC in strikeouts, too. The mound is where UT has to separate itself, and the starters are still working through some issues. But it’s still a very dangerous team. It is a dangerous team that’s heading to LSU next, though.

6. Kentucky (21-3, 5-1, No. 18 in BA)

Kentucky? Yes, Kentucky. UK leads the SEC in stolen bases and sacrifices. In some ways, Nick Mingione’s crew put together a 17-game winning streak by playing anti-Moneyball. If UK waits for 3-run homers, they’d wait a long time. But Kentucky has excelled in small things, and won a second series to open the year, this one over Alabama. With Missouri and Georgia up next, Kentucky has a chance to win a couple more weekend series ahead of facing some of the SEC’s big guns.

5. Arkansas (20-4, 4-2, No. 7 in BA)

Arkansas lost its series with LSU, but even winning a game in Baton Rouge is not a small accomplishment. Especially one that LSU ace Paul Skenes started. Hagen Smith and Hunter Hollan both have sub-2 ERAs, and Jared Wegner has been the consistent bat that the Hogs need (.384, 11 homers). Alabama and Ole Miss next give Arkansas a chance to flex some muscles ahead of hosting Tennessee in what promises to be an interesting series.

4. South Carolina (23-2, 6-0, No. 10 in BA)

Another week, another Carolina sweep — this one more impressive than Georgia the week before. Missouri is a legitimate NCAA Tournament-level team. But Carolina put together a couple of late rallies to beat the Tigers. Noah Hall has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the SEC — and don’t overlook the fact that not only does he lead the SEC in wins, but he leads the league in innings pitched.

Right fielder Ethan Petry was SEC Freshman of the Week for the second straight week, and he seems to always be in the right place at the right time. He’s dominating at the plate, to the tune of .444 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs. He leads SC in all 3 categories. The Gamecocks are legit, and will look to continue their winning ways against Mississippi State before a matchup with LSU arrives.

3. Vanderbilt (19-5, 6-0, No. 4 in BA)

That whole Vanderbilt not hitting thing seems a little silly. Parker Noland hit 2 grand slams. And had 11 RBIs. On Friday. Just. On. Friday.

Of course, that wasn’t all for the Vandy Boys, who now are above 5 other SEC teams in runs scored, pretty much entirely on the basis of 55 runs against Mississippi State.

2. Florida (22-4, 5-1, No. 2 in BA)

Another week to be aware that Jac Caglianone is a cheat code. All he did for the week, while leading UF to a sweep of Ole Miss, was hit .611 with 4 homers. He now has a league-high 17 on the year. He’s also 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA on the mound. Take Jud Fabian’s power, add Brandon Sproat’s pitching. He’s like Ohtani in training (hence the Jactani nickname) and it’s going to be interesting to see how his story finishes.

1. LSU (21-3, 4-2, No. 1 in BA)

Everybody’s doing the Tommy in Baton Rouge. Tommy White blasted a grand slam and 3-run homer as LSU completed its series win over Arkansas. In doing so, White took over the SEC lead in RBIs with 42.

Here’s how good LSU is: White wasn’t even LSU’s player of the week.

Dylan Crews was the standout this week (.625, 4 homers), but it can be a different guy every week for the Tigers. Admittedly, since Crews is hitting .531 for the season (yes, you read that right), it’s Crews and somebody else every week. And on the hill, don’t start us again on Paul Skenes, who is holding opposing hitters to a .112 batting average. He struck out 12 and limited Arkansas to a single run in 7 innings before the Hogs won in extra innings.