1. South Carolina (12-0)
With Tiffany Mitchell and some Dawn Staley-inspired toughness, the Gamecocks are again the team to beat.
2. Texas A&M (12-2)
If somehow South Carolina were to falter, Courtney Walker and the Aggies are the most likely candidate to take the title.
3. Tennessee (10-2)
The Lady Volunteers aren’t what they have been in years past, but getting Isabelle Harrison back makes them a talented terror for anyone.
4. Kentucky (11-2)
OK, they won’t eclipse UK’s men this season, but Jennifer O’Neill and Azia Bishop are a dangerous duo for anyone.
5. Georgia (12-1)
With Shacobia Barbee and Krista Donald the Lady Bulldogs are enjoying a bit of a revival, but loss to Seton Hall shows their inconsistency.
6. Mississippi State (15-0)
The Bulldogs are the surprise of the SEC, but aside from a November win over West Virginia the nonconference slate hasn’t been a test.
7. Vanderbilt (8-4)
The Commodores have lost four of their past six and could slip further starting SEC play against A&M and Tennessee.
8. Arkansas (10-2)
Jimmy Dykes leaving ESPN to coach the Razorbacks was a shocker, but with Kelsey Brooks scoring and strong rebounding they could pull some upsets.
9. Alabama (11-4)
Ashley Williams and Brianna Hutchen have Bama poised for a return to respectability under Kristy Curry.
10. Auburn (9-4)
One can only hope to see Bruce Pearl make a shirtless, orange-painted appearance courtside.
11. Missouri (10-3)
Dead eye Morgan Eye can burn you from 3-point range, but Mizzou doesn’t have much else.
12. LSU (6-6)
The Lady Tigers could get a big boost if Danielle Ballard returns, but right now this is the weakest LSU team in 20 years.
13. Florida (8-5)
Florida A.D. Jeremy Foley has already booted Will Muschamp and may do the same to Amanda Butler if the Gators don’t improve.
14. Ole Miss (10-3)
Tia Faleru is worth watching, but the rest of the Lady Rebels are still pretty much a project.