I meant to post this earlier today, before the Grambling game, but ran out of time and didn’t get to it. Message is for our fans to NOT be concerned if our RPI dips a spot or two this week - even if we win 3 of 4 (Gramlbing, and 2 of 3 vs. S. Carolina); or, even if we sweep Carolina. RPI is based on winning, but not winning alone. When you play one of the bottom 10 teams (of about 300) in the RPI (Grambling), your SOS will take a hit. As many games as we’ve played, not a large one - but a hit, none-the-less. And S. Carolina is not having one of their typical years (you’d normally expect them to have a top 20 RPI, and they currently sit in the mid-60’s).
The good news is that our SOS is extremely high - #4 as I type this (probably before they factor Grambling in). The trade-off for that is almost anyone you play that is not in the top 20 or 30 tends to bring it down. All things considered, however, that’s where you want to be. The thing to remember is that the other schools with lofty SOS will also play some teams that aren’t rated very highly during the remainder of the season. And, we still have Missouri State and #3 Texas Tech coming to Baum, along with SEC series with A&M (#20), LSU and surprising Georgia (#6) left on our dance card.
So long as we win the series this weekend, we’re just fine - even if we drop a couple of notches. And that pretty much goes for the rest of the SEC season; win each series, and we’re a lock for a top 8 seed. Maybe an SEC Championship as well!