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The top four teams remained the same in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings, led by undefeated Arkansas, which held onto the No. 1 spot. Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Ole Miss held steady in the next three spots, and Florida climbed one place to round out an all-SEC top five.

Georgia Tech made one of the week’s biggest moves, jumping five places to No. 7 after winning a series against Louisville, which fell from No. 5 to No. 10. No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Miami and No. 9 Texas Tech round out the top 10.

Climbers make up the next eight spots. The biggest movers in this group are Oregon State (up four to No. 16), Boston College (up five to No. 17 after winning a road series at Auburn), and Virginia Tech (up four to No. 18 after taking two of three from then-No. 25 North Carolina).

UC Santa Barbara and LSU plummeted in the rankings after bad weekends. The Gauchos fell from No. 7 all the way to No. 22 after getting swept at home in a four-game series by Oregon. LSU fell 10 spots to No. 21 after dropping a home series to Oral Roberts. Virginia fell from No. 16 out of the Top 25 following its second straight ACC series loss. And UNC dropped out from No. 25 after its series loss to the Hokies.

Arizona rejoined the rankings at No. 24 following a convincing 4-0 showing at the Frisco Classic. And Notre Dame made its debut in the rankings at No. 25 after winning its second straight ACC road series, taking two of three at Clemson.

D1Baseball editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of March 7.

Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 Arkansas 10-0 3-0 1
2 Vanderbilt 9-1 3-0 2
3 Mississippi State 8-3 3-1 3
4 Ole Miss 10-2 5-0 4
5 Florida 9-3 3-1 6
6 UCLA 8-3 4-0 8
7 Georgia Tech 8-3 2-2 12
8 Miami 5-4 2-1 9
9 Texas Tech 8-3 5-0 10
10 Louisville 7-4 1-3 5
11 TCU 8-3 3-1 13
12 South Carolina 10-0 4-0 14
13 Oklahoma State 9-0-1 3-0 15
14 East Carolina 9-2 3-1 17
15 Tennessee 11-2 4-0 18
16 Oregon State 10-1 3-0 20
17 Boston College 8-2 3-1 22
18 Virginia Tech 7-2 2-1 24
19 Texas 7-5 4-1 19
20 Florida Atlantic 8-2 2-1 21
21 LSU 9-3 3-2 11
22 UC Santa Barbara 6-5 0-4 7
23 West Virginia 4-3 0-0 23
24 Arizona 10-2 4-0 NR
25 Notre Dame 4-2 2-1 NR
Dropped Out
Virginia 6-5 2-2 16
North Carolina 7-3 1-2 25
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Mark Lindon
Mark Lindon
4 months ago

Go Hogs Go!

Bob Thorpe
Bob Thorpe
4 months ago

Sleeping on Southern Illinois

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Bob Thorpe

With their schedule, they need to better than 11-0 to be ranked.

Jim Swartzel
Jim Swartzel
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Not sure how you can be better than 11-0. Other teams gotta square up with SIU.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim Swartzel

Sure you can: 12-0, 13-0, 14-0… LOL

Jim Swartzel
Jim Swartzel
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

At this point in the season.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim Swartzel

Yeah Jim, I get it – just having some fun with you. But really, they’ve got to win more games before being considered for ranking (I would think) since they aren’t playing anyone that is ranked, etc. Hard to gauge teams that have a soft schedule.

Jim Swartzel
Jim Swartzel
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Yeah I understand. I saw collegiate baseball newspaper had them ranked.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim Swartzel

Yeah. 25th. You place your stock with them. BTW how many other polls do you think will have them in their top 25 at this point?

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

2 others……9th and 10th

Christopher M Davis
Christopher M Davis
4 months ago

Not sure how you don’t have Oregon ranked, but still have UCSB #22 after this past weekend.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago

Early season is tough….especially on the west it seems
….I should probably clarify that…it appears tough on everyone except the south that is (south—spelled S-E-C)

Last edited 4 months ago by Donald Peterson
Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago

Who they going easy on, Don?

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

It’s where the starting blocks are set; every year very heavy on SEC orgs in the top tier, we all know it takes about a month to sort out bonafides from possibles and RPI’s don’t commence with/ any meaning until about that time, meanwhile under the radars play lights out w/ no chance of making up ground, particularly less-ballyhooed mid majors. I know, have to start somewhere but I’ve seen Florida several years running very highly ranked only to drop half a dozen games by week five and still be in the top twelve or so. SEC is probably the best all around league, but I do think they also get considerable benefit of the doubt

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago

I can’t argue about ranking a lot of SEC teams highly in preseason polls – they are. The question is – do they deserve it? Depending on which poll you look at, the SEC had 5 of 10 top-10 positions. In the first week, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Miss State played Texas, Texas Tech and TCU (also top-10 teams in some polls). The SEC teams trounced the Texas teams. I think at least those SEC teams proved that they deserved to be where they were ranked.

Osbaldo Valadez
Osbaldo Valadez
4 months ago

Makes no sense to rank UCSB ahead of Oregon at this point. That’s a four game sweep on the road! Do you guys even watch or care about baseball outside the ACC and SEC?

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago

Here we go again…just because your team won a series against a ranked team doesn’t mean you swap places. Baseball isn’t like basketball, where if you lose 2-3 games you can fall out of the rankings. They tend to look at it by SERIES. UCSB lost 1 series against a decent Oregon team – they dropped 15 places in the poll. If they lose another series, they will drop out. Likewise, if Oregon beats Oregon State next weekend (wins the series), you’ll be ranked.

Joel
Joel
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

They didn’t just get beat…..they got swept 4 straight, were crushed and humiliated on their home field. UCSB got it handed to them big time.

Last edited 4 months ago by Joel
theguz66
theguz66
4 months ago
Reply to  Joel

In the second game on Saturday, yes. The two 1 run games and a 10 inning win, not so much.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Joel

Just explaining how these guys do the rankings. If there’s a team that’s ranked pretty highly, they aren’t going to fall out of the rankings after losing 1 series. You can neg me all you want, it doesn’t change the facts. Good luck against Oregon State.

David Jones
David Jones
4 months ago
Reply to  Joel

How’d Oregon do against the WAC?

Tom P
Tom P
4 months ago

How many years of rankings does it take to spot a biased trend? 

A major goal of any top 25 contender is to be awarded a Super Regional so you can have the playoff advantage to get to the CWS. Those Super Regional awards are heavily influenced by the rankings…so the rankings become VERY important in the path to Omaha. 

The attached chart is a summary of the results of the last last 10 years. Can anyone spot a conference that might be gaining the advantage of a ranking bias?

Last 10 years (2010-2019)

  # of Super 
Regionals Hosted CWS Final 2 CWS Champion
        ________________     __________      ______________

ACC       26 2 1
SEC      25      11 5
Pac 12     13 5 3
Big 12 8                0              0
Big 10            2               1                0
Sunbelt 2              0                0
Big West 2               0                0
Missouri Valley 1                0                0
Big South 0                1                1

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Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom P

Lets at least compare apples to apples. Statistics can be used to imply things that aren’t necessarily true. First of all, the ACC has 15 teams and the SEC has 14 teams compared to the PAC-12’s 12 teams. So the ACC has 25% more teams to be eligible to host a super-regional. The SEC has 17% more teams. This doesn’t sound like much, but since your numbers are cumulative it adds up over time. If the ACC can host 25% and SEC 17% more regionals over a number of years, the numbers will be skewed that way. That said, not sure if that translates exactly the same when determining both the number and locations of the Super-Regionals.

Tom P
Tom P
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Sort of a good point…but with ACC having 25% more teams eligible, it sure doesn’t translate into championships (or even final 2 appearances) as a percentage.

(ps…Pac 12 only has 11 teams playing Baseball)

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom P

So the percentage advantage is even higher to host regionals. I can’t speak for the ACC’s poor performance in the CWS. I’m an SEC fan and it appears that the SEC is at least translating their appearances at the same rate as the PAC-12 (11).

Tom P
Tom P
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

percentage (maybe) higher to host regional…but my point is Super Regional…and those seeds go where the pollsters set them…not necessarily geographically. And I agree with you the SEC and PAC translate similarly in Final 2 and Championships percentages. It’s all good…but never to early to start planning your trip route to Omaha 🙂

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom P

Tom, I think we agree on a lot. I see a lot of people on here alleging bias, but then I look at the top 25 and see a lot of teams from different conferences that seem to be ranked highly despite a number of losses. For example, we have a 5-4 and a 7-4 team in the top-10. Not saying they don’t belong there – but both are in the ACC. In the bottom 15, there is a 6-5 Big West team (UCSB) that some are complaining about being still ranked after a 0-4 sweep. We also have Texas (Big 12) at 7-5 that is ranked 19th. I’m not complaining about their rankings – just pointing out that the controversies about rankings seem to cross all conferences.

Last edited 4 months ago by Ken Hood
RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Only 3/8 and the same old tired “argument” is being dragged out. ALL the writers (and coaches) across the USA who do the 7 collegiate rankings are biased for the ACC/SEC and against the PAC/WCC. Even California based ESPN. And the NCAA. Watch how they again will put WAY too many ACC/SEC teams in the field of 64 and WAY too few PAC/WCC teams. Why the ONLY reason the SEC gets so many teams to Omaha is they get so many more teams in the field! (Of course you have to ignore the fact that this numbers “logic” does not apply to the ACC). We again will be told that even if none of the top 4 PAC teams make it to Omaha, IF ONLY #5-9 had been given the chance – like the ACC and SEC – then things would be different. It happens every spring.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Ok, so you’ve made up your mind that it’s biased. I’m not going to argue that point, as it is pointless to do so. Tell me Richard, what is your solution? How do they equalize it so that it’s fair to you? Does it start right now? The top 5 are SEC teams. Who doesn’t deserve to be there and why?

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

I think Florida probably, seem to be perennial highly touted under-performers. Loaded w talent, but not able to put that season together. Very early, but they are following a very familiar path that I’ve observed

Byron
Byron
4 months ago

Florida was 16-1 last year when the rest of the season was canceled. Before that they made 4 CWS trips in the prior 5 full seasons (which includes 1 CWS Championship and 2 other Semifinals). How is that perennial under-performers?

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Byron

Point taken, I went back and looked at their performances and they did have outstanding seasons from 2015-2018, and I don’t mean to single out UF here, but from my VERY neutral vantage point I see that certain schools are given much longer leashes in just about all ranking systems, and that goes for all team sports—football, basketball AND baseball; I call it the pedigree effect, schools that have legacies of great sports programs take longer to be adversely affected by losses than schools that are having great years w/ strong teams that come together. And I would consider that to be bias, which so many decry on these forums. D1 is a great website, and I love what these guys do, but I think they are just as prone to those same pedigree prejudices as the other polling systems are. Florida in 2019 wasn’t very good, back to back CWS appearances kept them up in the rankings much longer than other schools would’ve been, and though they didn’t host a regional as I saw, they still were ranked high enough to get a good seeding. I know, it’s the nature of the business of collegiate sports, but I do see a bit of bias at times.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

READ my comment again, Don’t be so literal, It’s SARCASM! The “solution” of course can only be QUOTAS!. We must rein in the systemically biased baseball establishment. No league should be allowed to have more than 2 teams in the top 10, 5 in the top 25, nor 5 in the NCAA. We must have diversity and equity if the sport is to survive! To hell with merit! Once the top HS athletes realize that playing in the ACC/SEC could severely jeopardize their chances of playing in the postseason. many will opt to play in less competitive leagues/midmajors and this will “level the playing field” (intentional) especially for schools which don.t have turf

Tom P
Tom P
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Ah…so fun to get the umpire blood flowing so early in the season. 🙂

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom P

Racial inequities need to be addressed at some point too. Quotas are needed here too. There are far too few players “of color” in the NCAA, a clear manifestation of the systemic racism of the country as a whole. (Ever notice how much “darker” the major leagues are?) I suggest 25% as a starting point for discussion. 😉

Hunter Wilbanks
Hunter Wilbanks
4 months ago
Reply to  Tom P

Whether or not the rankings and seedlings are biased is nearly impossible to quantify… MLB teams invest millions of dollars on draft picks, therefore it is their best interest to squash any bias they have and look at player talent objectively. Which conferences completely dominates the draft year after year? The SEC and ACC. Therefore it stands to reason that the SEC and ACC had better players. If you are a top prospect in high school, are you going to want to play against the best competition? Yes, so what conference are you going to go to? The SEC and ACC. It’s not rocket science. The SEC and ACC have the best players. Everyone knows that including people who vote in polls, so when an SEC team loaded with MLB draft picks loses to a mid major, the pollsters still believe that the SEC team is good and give them the benefit of the doubt considering the nature of baseball and the fact that the best team in the MLB every year loses 30 to 40 percent of their games.

JohnTawa
JohnTawa
4 months ago

I rank girls high school and club volleyball teams nationally and have done so for more than 20 years. I have a system. It isn’t perfect — none is — but the focus is on results on the court. Anything else, to me, is an exercise in hubris.

Before the season, when I put out pre-season rankings, that’s when I allow my opinion to matter. I consider personnel, coaching, schedule, history of success, etc. It’s tough to rank 100 teams when there are 17,000 playing volleyball.

Once the season starts, it’s all about scoreboard. So, when Oregon sweeps four straight on the road from a ranked team, there’s no way that either UCSB should remain ranked or be ranked when Oregon is not. To do otherwise is to say to Oregon, “Yes you won, but we still think UCSB is better than you.” To that, I ask, on what basis other than you judged the Gauchos to be better in the pre-season? That, to me, is not a criterion once the season begins. If games don’t matter, you might as well rank teams in the pre-season and call it a day.

That being said, I LOVE the work the D1Baseball crew does! It’s fun, informs and stimulates discussion. At the end of the day, D1 Baseball gets to have its own ranking system. I just happen to disagree with it.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnTawa

Hey John, good to see you again, let’s hope for a full season this year. How’s your boy doing? Good points made as well

JohnTawa
JohnTawa
4 months ago

He’s doing fine, thanks for asking! Really having a great time playing with talented, exciting young teammates. Tweaked a muscle on Friday that kept him out most of Saturday and all of Sunday, but the hope is recovery is quick.

Jim Bunch
Jim Bunch
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnTawa

Thanks for ranking Omaha Marian High School #1 😉

JohnTawa
JohnTawa
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim Bunch

Was that back when Rochelle was head coach? Really enjoyed the Marian student section when I went to the state tourney back at the Coliseum in 2008 I believe

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnTawa

It’s because they DO rank the teams in the preseason. largely based on PERSONNEL, after extensively evaluating them, that they don’tt have the huge reactionary changes that that can be seen seen in other polls. Was there any change in these teams PERSONNEL? One good/bad weekend does not change the personnel of the respective teams nor does it necessarily predict future performance. D1 tends to wait for trends to be established.

JohnTawa
JohnTawa
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

I hear you and understand their methodology;I just don’t agree with it. It puts too much emphasis on pre-season evaluations that could be flawed and then sticks doggedly to those evaluations when objective evidence proves their assumptions false, at least for the time being. If that highly-ranked, poorly-performing team picks it up later in the season, by all means put them back in the rankings. They’ve earned a spot. But don’t shrug your shoulders when the lose four straight at home and say “Oh well…”

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnTawa

I actually agree with you about UCSB. I think D1 was exceedingly forgiving with them. I, like you, would not have been so kind. But they did think enough of them to rank them in the top 10 before and were not inclined to toss that out over one weekend, no matter how bad. I have not yet heard/read the weekly podcast/chat but I am sure they discussed this. IMO saying they disregard results or stick doggedly to prior rankings is a huge overstatement. They usually give one big break to teams they have rated highly. USCB has little if any room for another flub. They can’t lose any more home series to teams they’re supposed to beat. I would expect them to be favored in all their series except of course at UCLA in May. I think if you check the history, D1’s preseason rankings are pretty “spot on” and more so than the other polls. So far, most of the “discrepancies” have involved a highly unpredictable and unusually balanced ACC. Wake Forest had the biggest change (drop) BUT they lost a starting pitcher and other key players, i.e., had a major change in personnel.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

RPI and SOS eventually come into play, but that’s hard to do w/ mid-majors, and probably going to be even a more difficult to rely on w/ this Covid business constraining schedules this year, and somehow, there’s a perspective that western clubs are more adversely affected by RPI’s than some of the eastern teams, though I’m not entirely certain I understand that position. I recall Pat Casey complaining about RPI during the season, and then going on to win the CWS championship.

Jim Bunch
Jim Bunch
4 months ago

Once again, Warren is a disgrace by not allowing Big Ten teams to play out-of-conference. Teams can travel to Texas to play one another, but they can’t travel to Texas to play Texas. You can’t make this stuff up. I’ll save the ‘no fans’ crap for next time. Spending that season ticket money on adding to the bourbon collection this year.

Scott ODonnell
Scott ODonnell
4 months ago

How about Ball State? They’ve beaten Arizona twice at Arizona and traveled to Kentucky who was 6 – 0 and took the series winning two out of three at Kentucky. RPI has Ball State #1 today but not in your top 25? Thanks.

Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
4 months ago

I wonder if UH will rise into the ranking anytime soon

Jeff
Jeff
4 months ago

Bear Down Zona

Vince
Vince
4 months ago

No way Florida should be ranked in the top five with their soft schedule. Any team they’ve played with a pulse, they’ve lost to. I understand ranking teams on potential but I’d rather see them ranked on accomplishment up to this point.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Vince

The teams are ranked not their schedules. At this point how many teams have even played much less beat a ranked team (Miami)? With your criteria you could toss out half the ranked teams. If the LA Dodgers were to start out their season playing less than elite competition and losing a game or two, would that disqualify them from a top 5 ranking? Food for thought….
BTW what is your opinion of 11-0 Southern Illinois? Undefeated is certainly an “accomplishment.” Would you rank them? If so, which team would they displace?

Vince
Vince
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

No, Richard I wouldn’t rank S. Illinois undefeated or not at this time. Not saying Florida shouldn’t be ranked right now; I just don’t happen to think they have a top 5 resume currently. Having said that, they may well end the season in Omaha, time will tell.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Vince

Question. How many top 25 teams have played a 3 game series against another ranked team? Excluding ACC teams because they have some solely because they have been playing each other for 2 weekends. Answer – Only 2 – Florida and Miami. The ONLY series between 2 ranked teams from different conferences was Florida vs Miami.

There are @300 teams in Div 1, so on any given weekend series there are going to be at least 250 teams who are NOT playing a ranked team.

D1 looks for reasons to rank a team. Many bloggers look for reasons NOT to rank a team. You can find faults in any team resume. Schedule should be a factor but not an excluding factor. You can only play the schedule you are given and they are largely made years in advance. That resume builder may be a resume killer by the time you play. And vice versa.

Last edited 4 months ago by RICHARD
Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Arkansas, Ole Miss, Miss. State, Texas Tech, Texas and TCU. These teams started the season playing 3 ranked teams (albeit 3 different teams). Ark and OM went 3-0 and Miss State went 1-2 against 3 TOP TEN teams. Statement made! That pretty much set them up for respect for the first few weeks of the season.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Edit: Miss State went 2-1.

Caesar73
Caesar73
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Sorry nice correction

Caesar73
Caesar73
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Mississippi State went 2-1in that tournament. Only lost to TCU.

Donald Mustard
4 months ago

Can someone help me understand how Texas A&M isn’t in…no beef…and what it takes for them to be in…just wondering

Byron
Byron
4 months ago
Reply to  Donald Mustard

A bad start to the season with a series loss to Xavier and a loss to ACU. Starting 1-3 is quite a hole to start the season in. We don’t have any wins over ranked teams to help offset those losses.

To get ranked, take care of business in the mean time and win the series at Florida would do it.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Donald Mustard

You going on the 11-4 record alone? Like Byron said, if you start badly you really have to earn your way in. If you were already ranked, it’s different. Looks like A&M has a soft schedule until Florida.

Jon
Jon
4 months ago

Oklahoma State. Fear us.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Jon

LOL…maybe if you beat Vandy. Good luck with that.

leo4
leo4
4 months ago

Why is southern illinois university not ranked?