College Baseball Projected Field Of 64: May 8Postseason
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Another week is in the books and the postseason picture once again is getting clearer.
Last week, we made a change in the top three and the teams included UCLA, Vanderbilt and Arkansas. There’s some consistency this week, as those three teams lead the charge atop our national seeds. As a matter of fact, no changes were made in the top six of the top eight with Mississippi State, Louisville and Georgia Tech at No’s 4,5 and 6, respectively.
The lone change in the top eight was the removal of Oregon State and the inclusion of Texas Tech. The Beavers still have a pathway back to the top eight, but they’ll need to take care of business and have some help elsewhere. OSU is still tied atop the league standings with Stanford, but the RPI is down to 21 with just a 3-6 mark vs. RPI Top 25 clubs. Texas Tech, which took the Beavers place, is one of the hottest teams in college baseball and is surging near the top of the Big 12 standings. The Red Raiders are up to 9 in the RPI with a 15-6 mark vs. RPI Top 50 and a 4-3 mark vs. RPI Top 25. Tech also played an outstanding non-conference schedule.
East Carolina is right on the cusp of the top eight and comes in at No. 9 this week. The Pirates continue to dominate the American Athletic Conference and have a strong RPI. It would not be surprising to see ECU enter the top eight at some point soon.
In terms of the other Top 16 seeds, there were only two changes this week with both Baylor and West Virginia dropping out of the Top 16. West Virginia took a step back last week by losing a home series to TCU and seeing its RPI drop to 19 with a losing record vs. RPI Top 50 teams. Meanwhile, the Bears could easily get back into the Top 16 if they can hold off Texas Tech atop the league standings. BU leads the Big 12 and has winning records vs. RPI Top 25 and 50. However, the Bears’ RPI also dropped down to 27 over the past week after losing a single game to Kansas State.
Oklahoma State and Ole Miss entered as Top 16s this week. The Cowboys surged in the RPI, have a solid conference standing and have arguably the best road series win in college baseball this season, while the Rebels are up to 17 in the RPI with a strong SEC mark, nine wins vs. RPI Top 25 and 16 wins vs. RPI Top 50. OSU and Ole Miss are both teams that could surge into the top eight discussion with an incredible finish to the regular season and a solid showing in their respective conference tournaments.
Here are how the overall bids breakdown by conference: SEC (10), ACC (9), Pac 12 (5), Big Ten (4), Big 12 (4), American (3), Missouri Valley (3), Conference USA (2) and Big West (2).
Resident bracketologist Mark Etheridge and national writers Kendall Rogers and Aaron Fitt make up the postseason field each week.
LAST FIVE IN: Tennesee, Clemson, UC Irvine, Wake Forest, Illinois State
FIRST FIVE OUT: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Louisiana Tech, Florida, UCF
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