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2019 Top 100 Programs: By The Numbers

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Over the last two weeks, we have counted down the top 100 programs in college baseball, as they stand in 2019. For the purpose of this exercise, we don’t care what happened in the 1970s or 80s, or even the 90s — that’s ancient history to a potential recruit in 2019. Tradition is nice, but it’s more important to establish a tradition of consistent winning in the last decade, and especially in the last five years. Our ultimate goal here is to identify the programs in the best shape right now, with an eye toward the next five to 10 years.

Now it’s time to unveil the entire Top 100, in chart form. The chart below is sortable by state and by conference, which makes it easy to see how all of the Top 100 programs stack up relative to the other teams in their state and league. A few factoids:

• The SEC leads all conferences with 14 teams in the Top 100. This marks the first time any conference has placed each of its members in the Top 100. The SEC also occupies each of the top four spots in the rankings. Six SEC teams landed in the top 11, and 10 SEC teams are in the top 30.

• Here’s the full conference-by-conference breakdown: ACC (12 of 14 teams landed in the Top 100), Pac-12 (9 of 11), Big Ten (8 of 13), Big 12 (7 of 9), American (6 of 9), Big West (5 of 9), Conference USA (5 of 12), WCC (4 of 10), Sun Belt (4 of 12), Mountain West (3 of 7), Missouri Valley (3 of 8). The A-10, Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big South, CAA, Horizon and Southland had two teams apiece in the Top 100, while the NEC, OVC, Patriot, SoCon, Summit and WAC landed one team apiece on the list. Overall, 24 different conferences are represented.

• California leads all states with 14 teams in the Top 100, followed by Texas (nine), Florida (eight), North Carolina (seven), Louisiana (five), South Carolina and Virginia (four apiece). The following states have three teams apiece on the list: Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee.

• Eleven teams entered the Top 100 after being unranked in 2017. Out of that group, Stetson made the biggest vault, landing at No. 57. Others that made big jumps into the Top 100 include Campbell (entering at No. 68), Tennessee Tech (69) and Indiana State (76).

• Of the teams that were already in the Top 100 in 2017, Georgia made the biggest jump, catapulting 57 spots from No. 86 to No. 29. The other biggest climbers are Duke (up 43 spots), Ohio State (33 spots), Baylor (28 spots), Auburn (24 spots), Minnesota (23 spots), Michigan (22 spots) and UConn (21 spots).



Program Analysis:

Teams 1-5
Teams 6-10
Teams 11-20
Teams 21-30
Teams 31-40
Teams 41-50
Teams 51-60
Teams 61-70
Teams 71-80
Teams 81-90
Teams 91-100


 

RankProgramConferenceRank in Conf.StateRank in StateRank Change2017 Rank2015 Rank
1FloridaSEC1FL1013
2VanderbiltSEC2TN1021
3ArkansasSEC3AR1101312
4LSUSEC4LA1-135
5LouisvilleACC1KY1166
6Oregon StatePac-121OR1288
7Florida StateACC2FL20711
8Mississippi StateSEC5MS181621
9Texas TechBig 121TX191838
10TCUBig 122TX2-647
11Texas A&MSEC6TX3-11014
12VirginiaACC3VA1-752
13North CarolinaACC4NC1-11210
14UCLAPac-122CA11154
15Cal State FullertonBig West1CA2-6917
16TexasBig 123TX442015
17Oklahoma StateBig 124OK142119
18South CarolinaSEC7SC1-7119
19Ole MissSEC8MS201918
20Coastal CarolinaSun Belt1SC2-31733
21MiamiACC5FL3-71413
22StanfordPac-123CA383031
23ClemsonACC6SC312424
24NC StateACC7NC212525
25AuburnSEC9AL1244962
26East CarolinaAmerican1NC3123851
27ArizonaPac-124AZ1-52222
28Dallas BaptistMVC1TX502835
29GeorgiaSEC10GA1578670
30Arizona StatePac-125AZ2-12916
31MichiganBig Ten1MI1225367
32IndianaBig Ten2IN1-13123
33Southern MissC-USA1MS303388
34BaylorBig 125TX6286259
35RiceC-USA2TX7-122320
36ConnecticutAmerican2CT1215760
37Missouri StateMVC2MO134049
38LouisianaSun Belt2LA2-122630
39DukeACC8NC44382NR
40OklahomaBig 126OK2-53527
41WashingtonPac-126WA1135469
42Georgia TechACC9GA2-63634
43UC Santa BarbaraBig West2CA4-63756
44HoustonAmerican3TX8-172729
45Florida AtlanticC-USA3FL465153
46UNC WilmingtonCAA1NC524848
47Sam Houston StateSouthland1TX9-153274
48St. John’sBig East1NY1-44442
49MinnesotaBig Ten3MN12372100
50IllinoisBig Ten4IL1166636
51NebraskaBig Ten5NE1-84340
52Wake ForestACC10NC6-1042NR
53San Diego StateMWC1CA5-84543
54Ohio StateBig Ten6OH1338789
55West VirginiaBig 127WV11873NR
56CaliforniaPac-127CA6147046
57StetsonA-Sun1FL5N/ANRNR
58KentuckySEC11KY2-174154
59Oral RobertsSummit1OK366571
60South FloridaAmerican4FL6-25863
61Kent StateMAC1OH266750
62Wright StateHorizon1OH366880
63Long Beach StateBig West3CA7-243978
64OregonPac-128OR2-184626
65South AlabamaSun Belt3AL2-155081
66Southeastern LouisianaSouthland2LA3-115595
67IowaBig Ten7IA1-66187
68CampbellBig South1NC7N/ANRNR
69TennesseeSEC12TN2N/ANRNR
70MarylandBig Ten8MD1-363439
71UCFAmerican5FL7-125961
72TulaneAmerican6LA4-126064
73GonzagaWCC1WA2679NR
74College of CharlestonCAA2SC4-106437
75LibertyAtlantic Sun2VA268155
76Indiana StateMVC3IN2N/ANR94
77CreightonBig East2NE2199677
78AlabamaSEC13AL3-265228
79Fresno StateMWC2CA8-27758
80Southern CaliforniaPac-129CA948447
81UC IrvineBig West4CA10-344732
82BryantNEC1RI1-196372
83New MexicoMWC3NM1-275644
84Sacramento StateWAC1CA11N/ANRNR
85Tennessee TechOVC1TN3N/ANRNR
86MercerSoCon1GA3-117582
87BYUWCC2UT1693NR
88Boston CollegeACC11MA1N/ANRNR
89ArmyPatriot1NY2N/ANRNR
90Louisiana TechC-USA4LA5191NR
91TroySun Belt4AL4N/ANR92
92VCUA-101VA3-167675
93Virginia TechACC12VA4N/ANR79
94MissouriSEC14MO2-98566
95Illinois-ChicagoHorizon2IL2N/ANRNR
96FIUC-USA5FL8-19597
97Saint LouisA-102MO319896
98PepperdineWCC3CA12-296941
99Cal PolyBig West5CA13-257452
100San DiegoWCC4CA14-297145

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