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    SEC Volleyball Blog – Week 2 – 9/26/2013
    By: Phil Bush
    SEC Digital Network
    It’s Conference time.
    We are ready for conference play, and it is going to be interesting.
    Topics for this week:
    Conference strength and power rankings
    Key matches this week
    Compelling statistics
    Conference Strength and Power Rankings
    The current power ranks for SEC teams – out of 300+ Division I schools is:
    8.    Florida
    9.    Missouri
    27.  Texas A&M
    34.  Kentucky
    41.  LSU
    44.  Georgia
    54.  Arkansas
    66.  Auburn
    85.  Alabama
    89.  Ole Miss
    118.  South Carolina
    120.  Mississippi State
    151.  Tennessee
    The average is 65.1.  What that means in most directed terms:
    1. The only conferences with higher average power ranks are:
         a. Big Ten
         b. Pac 12
    2. Matches inside the conference will be VERY, very had to prepare for- especially for road teams.  You will have to be prepared to go way above and beyond to win in the conference.  I expect the translation of this will be a HUGE number of matches going four and five sets.  Speaking of which:
    Key Matches for the Week:
    Arkansas at Ole Miss – This match will be likely decided by defenses on both sides
    Kentucky at Auburn – Big match both ways. Auburn vs. yet another ranked team
    Georgia at LSU – Similar statistically, it is hard to go to Baton Rouge and win
    South Carolina at Tennessee – Hard road trip for South Carolina – coming from Missouri to play at Knoxville will hard – Tennessee’s defense could prove the difference
    Arkansas at Mississippi State – Can the Bulldogs shake off the notorious Gator Effect?
    Watch these matches and see how the teams start up their First Conference Matches of the year.  I will be interested to see which teams have prepared themselves well for the season by playing very tough pre-conference opponents and how that translates into conference play.
    We will look at these matches next week to see how things played out.
    Compelling Statistics
    Missouri and Florida have two high powered offenses – opposing teams be aware.
    LSU is blocking balls at a big rate!  It will be tough to put a ball down on these Tigers
    Mississippi State is using a combination of good serving and good back row play as the season starts up, and their record so far reflects that.
    As I will always say, if you have questions or suggested topics for The Rotation, please let me know.