College Baseball Central Top 25: 5/15/2017

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Another weekend of college baseball is gone, and for the second week in a row, the top 25 didn’t see that much change. The top six are all in the same place as they were last week, and there were only a couple of small changes in the rest of the top ten.

Stanford moves up two spots, to seven, after winning their series with rival Cal, with the finale of that series coming Monday. Kentucky stays right behind them, moving from ten to eight, after going 4-0 this week, with a nice midweek win over Indiana and a sweep of Tennessee. LSU is also up two spots, moving to nine, after sweeping Auburn. TCU moves down three spots, to number ten, after losing their series with Oklahoma.

Beyond the top ten, most teams stayed put or moved up a single spot, but there were a few other jumpers. Missouri State is up three spots, to 18, after sweeping Indiana State. The Bears clinched the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title on Saturday, and astonishingly, stayed undefeated in MVC play. UCF is up two spots, to 20, after a 3-1 week that included a midweek win over Miami and a series win over Cincinnati. Wake Forest is up three spots, to 21, after a series win over Florida State. Oklahoma is the only new team in the rankings this time around. After falling out of the top 25 a few weeks back, the Sooners return after winning their series with TCU at number 25.

Similarly, there were just a couple of fallers outside of the top ten. Clemson falls four spots, to 12, after they were swept by Louisville. They’ve had a rough of it of late against the top teams in the ACC, UNC and Louisville, as they were swept in both series.

Mississippi State falls from 13 to 16 after losing their series with Georgia. That’s the second week in a row Georgia has pulled off an upset series win against a ranked foe. Last week, they took down Kentucky. South Florida is down two spots, to 22, after a 2-2 week that included a series loss to Connecticut. A midweek win over Florida was enough to keep them from falling further, however.

Auburn drops all the way from 17 to 24 after an 0-4 week, including a sweep at the hands of LSU. If you go back to last weekend’s sweep against Alabama, the Tigers have now lost seven in a row. The only team to fall out of the rankings this week was Texas A&M, previously ranked 25. They lost their weekend series on the road against Mississippi.

1. Oregon State Beavers (41-4)

Last week: 1
Results: Oregon W 6-1, Oregon W 5-4, Oregon W 1-0

2. North Carolina Tar Heels (41-10)

Last week: 2
Results: Davidson W 7-6, UNC-Asheville W 16-4, Virginia Tech W 9-4, Virginia Tech L 8-4, Virginia Tech W 20-0

3. Louisville Cardinals (46-6)

Last week: 3
Results: Vanderbilt W 6-2, Clemson W 4-2, Clemson W 6-4, Clemson W 6-4

4. Texas Tech Red Raiders (39-13)

Last week: 4
Results: Idle

5. Florida Gators (38-14)

Last week: 5
Results: South Florida L 15-10, Alabama W 2-1, Alabama W 13-6, Alabama W 10-5

6. Virginia Cavaliers (38-12)

Last week: 6
Results: Liberty W 8-7, Miami L 5-1, Miami W 13-6, Miami W 7-4

7. Stanford Cardinal (33-13)

Last week: 9
Results: San Francisco W 4-0, Cal W 6-5, Cal W 8-5

8. Kentucky Wildcats (36-16)

Last week: 10
Results: Indiana W 5-2, Tennessee W 15-5, Tennessee W 8-3, Tennessee W 7-2

9. LSU Tigers (34-17)

Last week: 11
Results: South Alabama L 7-6, Auburn W 4-0, Auburn W 5-3, Auburn W 9-1

10. TCU Horned Frogs (36-13)

Last week: 7
Results: Oklahoma W 9-6, Oklahoma L 9-8, Oklahoma L 10-9

11. Long Beach State Dirtbags (32-16-1)

Last week: 12
Results: Minnesota W 3-2, Minnesota L 12-6, Minnesota W 9-1

12. Clemson Tigers (37-15)

Last week: 8
Results: Furman W 10-5, Louisville L 4-2, Louisville L 6-4, Louisville L 6-4

13. Cal State Fullerton Titans (31-17)

Last week: 14
Results: UCLA W 4-3, UC-Santa Barbara W 8-4, UC-Santa Barbara L 6-3, UC-Santa Barbara W 12-3

14. Michigan Wolverines (39-12)

Last week: 15
Results: Central Michigan W 4-2, Central Michigan L 4-3, Purdue W 2-0, Purdue W 9-4, Purdue W 5-1

15. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (40-12)

Last week: 16
Results: UAB W 5-2, UAB W 9-4, UAB W 8-0

16. Mississippi State Bulldogs (33-19)

Last week: 13
Results: Georgia W 9-3, Georgia L 4-1, Georgia L 4-1

17. St. John’s Red Storm (37-8)

Last week: 18
Results: Xavier W 7-3, Xavier W 4-3, Xavier W 15-3

18. Missouri State Bears (36-14)

Last week: 21
Results: Indiana State W 14-4, Indiana State W 4-1, Indiana State W 5-2

19. Arizona Wildcats (33-17)

Last week: 19
Results: Arizona State L 14-3, College of Charleston L 3-1, College of Charleston W 4-3, College of Charleston W 6-0

20. UCF Knights (36-16)

Last week: 22
Results: Miami W 5-2, Cincinnati W 16-2, Cincinnati W 3-1, Cincinnati L 8-5

21. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (35-16)

Last week: 24
Results: High Point L 5-3, Radford W 9-2, Florida State W 4-3, Florida State L 4-0, Florida State W 10-9

22. South Florida Bulls (39-12)

Last week: 20
Results: Florida W 15-10, Connecticut L 2-1, Connecticut L 6-2, Connecticut W 2-0

23. Old Dominion Monarchs (35-16)

Last week: 23
Results: Richmond L 5-1, VCU W 4-1, Florida International W 21-1, Florida International L 10-9, Florida International W 11-10

24. Auburn Tigers (32-21)

Last week: 17
Results: UAB L 8-2, LSU L 4-0, LSU L 5-3, LSU L 9-1

25. Oklahoma Sooners (34-18)

Last week: NR
Results: TCU L 9-6, TCU W 9-8, TCU W 10-9

Out: Texas A&M (25)

Others Considered: Houston, Nebraska, Indiana, Southeastern Louisiana

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.

  • Randall Staton

    Please explain how Arkansas is not ranked in your top 25 but have a much better resume than several teams that you have ranked.

    • Joe Healy

      Randall, thanks for the comment.

      I admit that I’ve probably been too harsh on Arkansas since that stretch where they lost series to Auburn and Mississippi, and then split with Tennessee.

      Let’s just draw a comparison between the two other SEC teams toward the back of the rankings. Auburn has hit the skids a bit lately, but I like their series wins over Florida, Arkansas, and Mississippi State more than the top results on Arkansas’ resume, which is a sweep of MSU.

      Same goes for MSU, actually. The head to head goes to Arkansas, and you can’t ignore that. But MSU’s series win over Kentucky can’t be overlooked. To me, that’s the most impressive result on either of the two resumes. The rest of the results are somewhat interchangeable. Both won series against Mizzou, MSU swept both UT and OM, while the Hogs went 2-3 against those two. Arkansas won the series with Georgia, while MSU lost it. Both won series over A&M. You get the idea. I think those two are pretty close.

      In the end, polls are subjective, and I just disagree with the majority opinion on this one. It’s not that I don’t respect those opinions, whether from some of the college baseball writers whose work I enjoy or passionate fans of the program. I just simply disagree.

      And while we’re on the topic, I actually like Arkansas’ team, especially their offense. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see them make a deep run in the postseason. The great thing about college baseball is that they’ll get their shot to prove that I’m dead wrong, with runs in the SEC Tournament and in what will probably be a home regional.

      • Randall Staton

        Thanks for the response. I agree that polls are subjective. And I also agree that Arkansas had a 3 week stretch where they didn’t perform well at all. I really wish we would have got a full series with Tennessee. At this point I think the hogs need to win one game in the SEC tournament in order to lock up a host spot. If Knight and Stephan are both in mid season form and our offence is clicking, the hogs could make a nice run in the post season. Yeah I am a little partial (as if you couldn’t tell) but I have seen every game they have played this season and watch college baseball any time I can.

  • Randall Staton

    Once again you left Arkansas out of your top 25 even though they are ranked in the top 15 in every other poll and have a top 15 RPI. If you take a few minutes to compare their resume against the last 5-10 teams that you have ranked, Arkansas looks much better.