College Baseball Central Top 25: 2/19/2018

The first weekend of college baseball action is in the books, and as is pretty customary in the rankings early in the season, things largely stayed the same at the top.

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The first 12 teams are in the same place as they were in the preseason rankings, and of those 12 teams, only North Carolina, in their weekend road series with South Florida, came into Sunday with even a chance of having a losing weekend. Those 12 teams also only lost two games total all weekend. In addition to UNC’s loss to USF, TCU dropped the finale of their series with Grand Canyon in extra innings.

And while there weren’t a ton of individual moves in the back half of the rankings, either, the moves we did have were significant. Mississippi State dropped seven spots, from 13 to 20, after they were swept by Southern Miss. LSU, after a series loss to Notre Dame that was nearly a sweep, falls from 16 to 21. And Cal State Fullerton falls from 18 to 25 after they were swept by Stanford.

The rises in the rankings were moderate, save for one, and that’s Southern Mississippi’s move into the rankings, all the way to 19, after their sweep of MSU. Among other risers, Indiana moves up two spots to 15 after their 2-1 weekend at their tournament in South Carolina. Right behind them, Virginia is up three spots, to 16, after going 2-1 in the tournament down in Orlando. Vanderbilt is the biggest in-rankings jumper this week. They go from 21 to 17 after winning their series with Duke. NC State is the final riser this week, as they move up two spots, to 18, after winning their series with Seton Hall.

Oklahoma, previously ranked 25, is the only team to fall out of the rankings this week. They went 1-3 in their tournament in South Carolina, with one-run losses to South Alabama and Coastal Carolina and a blowout loss to Virginia Tech.

1. Florida Gators (3-0)

Last week: 1
Results: Siena W 7-1, Siena W 10-2, Siena W 19-2

2. Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0)

Last week: 2
Results: Bucknell W 14-2, Bucknell W 32-4, Bucknell W 3-1

3. Oregon State Beavers (3-0)

Last week: 3
Results: New Mexico W 5-2, Gonzaga W 4-3, Cal Poly W 16-7

4. Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0)

Last week: 4
Results: Maine W 4-2, Maine W 12-1, Maine W 12-5, Maine W 21-6

5. Florida State Seminoles (3-0)

Last week: 5
Results: Xavier W 11-1, Xavier W 7-2, Xavier W 5-1

6. North Carolina Tar Heels (2-1)

Last week: 6
Results: South Florida L 4-3, South Florida W 12-5, South Florida W 9-8

7. Kentucky Wildcats (4-0)

Last week: 7
Results: Wofford W 6-1, USC-Upstate W 6-5, USC-Upstate W 10-3, Evansville W 8-4

8. TCU Horned Frogs (2-1)

Last week: 8
Results: Grand Canyon W 3-2, Grand Canyon W 14-6, Grand Canyon L 9-8

9. Stanford Cardinal (3-0)

Last week: 9
Results: Cal State Fullerton W 5-1, Cal State Fullerton W 5-3, Cal State Fullerton W 6-5

10. Louisville Cardinals (3-0)

Last week: 10
Results: Richmond W 4-3, The Citadel W 8-3, George Mason 15-8

11. UCLA Bruins (3-0)

Last week: 11
Results: Portland W 7-2, Portland W 13-0, Portland W 15-3

12. Texas A&M Aggies (3-0)

Last week: 12
Results: Rhode Island W 4-1, Rhode Island W 4-3, Rhode Island W 10-2

13. Mississippi Rebels (3-0)

Last week: 14
Results: Winthrop W 7-3, Winthrop W 8-1, Winthrop W 3-1

14. Dallas Baptist Patriots (3-0)

Last week: 15
Results: Monmouth W 7-4, Monmouth W 5-3, Monmouth W 15-4

15. Indiana Hoosiers (2-1)

Last week: 17
Results: Oklahoma L 6-3, Kansas State W 5-0, South Alabama W 8-4

16. Virginia Cavaliers (2-1)

Last week: 19
Results: UCF L 6-3, Samford W 10-4, Rice W 3-0

17. Vanderbilt Commodores (2-1)

Last week: 21
Results: Duke W 9-1, Duke L 5-4, Duke W 9-1

18. NC State Wolfpack (2-1)

Last week: 20
Results: Seton Hall W 8-4, Seton Hall W 3-1, Seton Hall L 8-6

19. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (3-0)

Last week: NR
Results: Mississippi State W 11-0, Mississippi State W 7-4, Mississippi State W 5-2

20. Mississippi State Bulldogs (0-3)

Last week: 13
Results: Southern Mississippi L 11-0, Southern Mississippi L 7-4, Southern Mississippi L 5-2

21. LSU Tigers (1-2)

Last week: 16
Results: Notre Dame W 7-6, Notre Dame L 10-5, Notre Dame L 11-3

22. Sam Houston State Bearkats (2-1)

Last week: 22
Results: Kent State L 7-4, Kent State W 5-1, Kent State W 12-6

23. Houston Cougars (2-1)

Last week: 23
Results: Holy Cross L 3-2, Holy Cross W 7-1, Holy Cross W 3-2

24. Texas Longhorns (2-1)

Last week: 24
Results: Louisiana W 3-0, Louisiana W 5-3, Louisiana L 2-1

25. Cal State Fullerton Titans (0-3)

Last week: 18
Results: Stanford L 5-1, Stanford L 5-3, Stanford L 6-5

Out: Oklahoma (25)

Others Considered: South Alabama, Clemson, Auburn







About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.