College Baseball Central Top 25: 2/26/2018

This week’s rankings are similar to last week’s rankings in that there wasn’t seismic movement, but the movement we did have was significant for those teams that moved.

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The top five remains relatively unchanged, although there was some subtle movement with Arkansas and Oregon State swapping places. The Razorbacks drop a spot, to three, after going 2-2 for the week, while Oregon State continued to cruise through their early-season slate, earning their move up to number two.

There are a couple of notable risers in the top ten. Stanford is up three spots, to six, after pushing their record to 8-0 with a five-win week that included a four-game sweep of Rice. A couple of spots behind them, Mississippi moves up four spots, to nine, after a 4-0 week that included a sweep of Tulane.

The rest of the rising teams in the rankings enjoyed moderate jumps, as Indiana moves from 15 to 14 after a 4-0 week and Vanderbilt goes from 17 to 15 after a dominant 5-0 week. NC State also moved up one spot, from 18 to 17, after a 5-0 week of their own.

Two new teams join the rankings this week. Clemson jumps in at 18 after they looked dominant in a sweep of Dallas Baptist. East Carolina sneaks in the back of the rankings at 25 after their series win over North Carolina.

The fallers this week are North Carolina falling seven spots, to 13, after going 1-4 for the week, and Dallas Baptist, which fell ten spots, to 24, after they were swept by Clemson. With two teams jumping into the rankings, two teams obviously fell out. Those were Texas, after losing their series with LSU, and Cal State Fullerton, after they lost their series with Houston.

Several teams at the back of the rankings, most notably LSU and Sam Houston State, probably deserved to move up in the rankings given their very successful weekends, but there was just such a logjam in that portion of the rankings that there simply wasn’t room to do so fairly.

Condolences go out to South Alabama, as they are team number 26 for the second week in a row. Last week, they were poised to hop into the rankings, but Southern Miss, with their sweep of Mississippi State, jumped them in the pecking order. This week, they once again were in position to join the rankings, but ECU’s series win over UNC was just too impressive to ignore.

1. Florida Gators (7-1)

Last week: 1
Results: Florida Atlantic W 6-1, Bethune-Cookman W 7-4, Miami W 7-3, Miami W 8-2, Miami L 2-0

2. Oregon State Beavers (8-0)

Last week: 3
Results: New Mexico W 15-3, Nebraska W 9-1, Ohio State W 10-8, Nebraska W 10-3, Ohio State W 6-1

3. Arkansas Razorbacks (5-2)

Last week: 2
Results: Arizona W 1-0, Cal Poly L 4-3, San Diego State W 5-2, San Diego L 7-6

4. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-0)

Last week: 4
Results: New Mexico State W 12-0, UTSA W 5-0, UTSA W 3-0

5. Florida State Seminoles (7-0)

Last week: 5
Results: South Florida W 5-2, Troy W 7-3, Troy W 6-5, Troy W 9-4

6. Stanford Cardinal (8-0)

Last week: 9
Results: UC-Davis W 3-2, Rice W 7-2, Rice W 6-2, Rice W 7-4, Rice W 2-0

7. Kentucky Wildcats (7-1)

Last week: 7
Results: Xavier L 3-2, Oakland W 10-1, Oakland W 17-6, Oakland W 15-6

8. TCU Horned Frogs (4-2)

Last week: 8
Results: Long Beach State L 3-2, Long Beach State W 8-3, Long Beach State W 5-2

9. Mississippi Rebels (7-0)

Last week: 13
Results: Memphis W 8-6, Tulane W 5-4, Tulane W 9-1, Tulane W 6-3

10. Louisville Cardinals (7-0)

Last week: 10
Results: Eastern Kentucky W 4-2, Youngstown State W 11-0, Youngstown State W 8-1, Youngstown State W 12-2

11. UCLA Bruins (6-1)

Last week: 11
Results: Pepperdine W 2-1, Baylor W 5-2, Baylor L 8-6, Baylor W 3-0

12. Texas A&M Aggies (7-0)

Last week: 12
Results: Stephen F. Austin W 11-4, Cornell W 3-2, Cornell W 22-0, Cornell W 8-2

13. North Carolina Tar Heels (3-5)

Last week: 6
Results: UNC-Wilmington L 5-4, St. John’s L 5-2, East Carolina L 2-1, East Carolina W 5-4, East Carolina L 12-0

14. Indiana Hoosiers (6-1)

Last week: 15
Results: Coastal Carolina W 6-5, Rutgers W 7-6, Boston College W 4-0, Chicago State W 7-2

15. Vanderbilt Commodores (7-1)

Last week: 17
Results: Presbyterian W 7-1, Presbyterian W 15-2, UMass-Lowell W 15-0, UMass-Lowell W 15-2, UMass-Lowell W 9-2

16. Virginia Cavaliers (4-3)

Last week: 16
Results: VMI L 9-4, Eastern Kentucky L 7-6, Eastern Kentucky W 12-3, Eastern Kentucky W 13-1

17. NC State Wolfpack (7-1)

Last week: 18
Results: North Carolina A&T W 9-7, Charlotte W 9-6, Furman W 10-0, Furman W 9-2, Furman W 9-0

18. Clemson Tigers (7-0)

Last week: NR
Results: Furman W 12-4, Dallas Baptist W 12-1, Dallas Baptist W 9-1, Dallas Baptist W 3-2

19. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (5-2)

Last week: 19
Results: South Alabama L 10-9, Tennessee-Martin W 16-2, Tennessee-Martin W 13-4, Tennessee-Martin L 13-10

20. Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-4)

Last week: 20
Results: Jackson State W 12-1, UC-Santa Barbara W 7-4, Nicholls State W 14-4, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi L 6-3

21. LSU Tigers (4-3)

Last week: 21
Results: New Orleans W 14-6, Texas W 13-4, Texas W 10-5, Texas L 11-1

22. Sam Houston State Bearkats (5-1)

Last week: 22
Results: Cincinnati W 5-3, Cincinnati W 3-2, Cincinnati W 10-6

23. Houston Cougars (4-2)

Last week: 23
Results: Cal State Fullerton L 2-1, Cal State Fullerton W 9-4, Cal State Fullerton W 10-5

24. Dallas Baptist Patriots (3-3)

Last week: 14
Results: Clemson L 12-1, Clemson L 9-1, Clemson L 3-2

25. East Carolina Pirates (6-1)

Last week: NR
Results: Campbell W 7-2, North Carolina W 2-1, North Carolina L 5-4, North Carolina W 12-0

Out: Texas (24), Cal State Fullerton (25)

Others Considered:¬†South Alabama, Auburn, Connecticut, St. John’s





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.