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Arkansas cemented its hold on the No. 1 spot in the D1Baseball Top 25 by winning a road series at No. 4 Tennessee, keeping the Hogs in the top position for the sixth week in a row. The Razorbacks improved to 7-1 against teams currently ranked in the top 10, and 15-3 against teams ranked in the Top 25 — with all 18 of those games played away from Baum Stadium.

The next four teams in last week’s rankings all lost their series, allowing Texas to move up three spots to No. 2 despite being off for exams. Vanderbilt fell one spot to No. 3 after losing a series at Ole Miss, and Tennessee held steady at No. 4 after dropping two of three to the top-ranked Hogs. Texas Tech returned to the top 5 after a series win at Oklahoma.

The two Pac-12 front-runners made jumps this week after sweeping series against teams toward the bottom of the conference standings. Oregon moved up four spots to No. 6, and Arizona vaulted six places to No. 7, leapfrogging No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 9 Florida, both of whom held steady.

Mississippi State and TCU were the two big fallers in the top half of the rankings. The Bulldogs tumbled seven spots to No. 10 after a bad series loss at home to last-place Missouri. The Horned Frogs fell six spots to No. 12 after dropping two of three at home to Louisiana-Monroe. Other big fallers this week include Louisville and Pittsburgh, both of whom tumbled from the mid-teens out of the Top 25 after getting swept by North Carolina and NC State, respectively. And Indiana fell out of the rankings from No. 21 after losing a road series at Michigan, which returned to the rankings at No. 24.

Other climbers this week include No. 13 Ole Miss, No. 17 Gonzaga and No. 18 UCLA, each of whom jumped five spots. UC Irvine and South Carolina moved up four spots apiece to Nos. 20 and 21, respectively.

In addition to the Wolverines, NC State returned to the rankings at No. 23 after sweeping Pitt on the road, and Arizona State made its season debut at No. 25 after taking two of three from Oregon State to improve to 14-10 in the Pac-12.

D1Baseball editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of May 16.

Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 Arkansas 39-10 3-1 1
2 Texas 38-12 0-0 5
3 Vanderbilt 36-12 2-2 2
4 Tennessee 39-13 2-2 4
5 Texas Tech 33-12 2-1 7
6 Oregon 33-11 3-0 10
7 Arizona 35-13 3-0 13
8 Notre Dame 26-10 1-0 8
9 Florida 35-16 2-2 9
10 Mississippi State 36-13 1-2 3
11 East Carolina 36-11 3-1 11
12 TCU 35-14 1-2 6
13 Ole Miss 36-15 3-1 18
14 Louisiana Tech 36-14 3-2 14
15 Stanford 28-12 2-2 12
16 Florida State 28-19 3-2 17
17 Gonzaga 30-13 3-0 22
18 UCLA 30-16 3-1 23
19 Southern Miss 35-17 2-2 19
20 UC Irvine 33-15 4-0 24
21 South Carolina 31-18 3-1 25
22 Charlotte 37-16 2-2 20
23 NC State 26-14 4-0 NR
24 Michigan 25-13 2-1 NR
25 Arizona State 30-16 3-1 NR
Dropped Out
  Louisville 26-18 0-3 15
  Pittsburgh 22-16 0-3 16
  Indiana 24-12 1-2 21
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Samuel Bond
Samuel Bond
4 months ago

I get that we just laid a huge egg against Missouri, but 7 spots…that hurts. Our only other series losses this season are to numbers 1 and 3

Frank Durham
Frank Durham
4 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

How does ECU not move but Arizona move up 7 spots for beating a bad Washington Team at Home?

B Easy
B Easy
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank Durham

Exactly. Arizona’s weekend was less impressive than ECU’s but not only do they jump the Pirates, they catapult up to #7. SMH

Caleb Stahl
Caleb Stahl
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank Durham

I completely agree that is horrible

Tracy Sutton
Tracy Sutton
4 months ago
Reply to  Caleb Stahl

Waaaa waaa waaaaaa

michael reimer
michael reimer
4 months ago
Reply to  Frank Durham

Clearly you live on the east coast or in the south! You are not aware that the pac 12 is quite good/competitive this year, an none of the teams are “bad” as you suggest

Jordan
Jordan
4 months ago
Reply to  michael reimer

pac 12 says this every year… don’t get me wrong your 3 seeds do a good job, but I won’t be surprised when your host Oregon, Stanford, Arizona let you down. UCLA & Oregon State are who i’d watch out for. & Irvine

Joel
Joel
4 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Agreed

odbpirate
odbpirate
4 months ago
Reply to  michael reimer

I get the feeling he isn’t talking about the PAC12. He is only referring to Washington. And Washington is actually quite bad. 3-18 in conference play and 17-27 overall with a RPI 161. That’s pretty bad.

Rankings in the end don’t mean a lot, but Arizona didn’t earn that jump. It was a gift.

Tracy Sutton
Tracy Sutton
4 months ago
Reply to  michael reimer

The only ranking the matters is the final one… GO DEVILS… ASU

Henry seldon
Henry seldon
4 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

Uuummmmm no, Texas swept them

faustusb
faustusb
4 months ago
Reply to  Henry seldon

I’m pretty sure he’s referring to Miss State, not So. Carolina.

Caleb
Caleb
4 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

Well we just beat vandy and only moved up 5

Allen
Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

You’re a better team than you showed last weekend. Just really bad timing hurt you. Perform well in your remaining and a top 8 seed is within the realm of possible. So is Omaha.
While I love our #1 ranking as a Hog fan, it’s historically been the kiss of death.
Perhaps this drop will give your team that extra little fight the tournament will require.
Do not despair.

Jeffrey Huddleston
Jeffrey Huddleston
4 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

You don’t lose a series like that this time of year. That’s like two and done at Omaha also says your not quality caliber peaking at right time. Go HOGS, Jeff Huddleston 1979 College World Series at true Omaha, Rosenblatt Stadium.

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

Missouri tho

Dan Ryan
Dan Ryan
4 months ago

So you promote a team that didn’t play a game last week…really?

Mike W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ryan

Strange, but true. They must have looked awesome in practice.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike W.

They performed very well on their finals, at least in Texas they weren’t virtual!

Samuel Bond
Samuel Bond
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ryan

Vandy lost and dropped, that means the team below them moves up. That’s not hard to understand

Mike W.
4 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

In this case, it kinda is hard to understand. Normally, the team that moves up does the moving up on merit, i.e., winning a few games. Maybe TX should not play another game and that way they’ll eventually be #1.

Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike W.

Arkansas Beat Texas already

DJ Ski
DJ Ski
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike W.

Until last week, Texas had played more games than any other team.

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike W.

hogs say nah son

Dan
Dan
4 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

I totally agree that Vandy lost, but why promote someone who does nothing; I would rather see someone move ahead who earned it last week versus some team that did nothing-at this rate, Texas could never play another game and move up when Arkansas loses

ARKANSAS904
ARKANSAS904
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan

When?

Kind of rude.

If**

Allen
Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Vandy is to college baseball what Notre Dame used to be in the college football rankings. They lose but don’t drop.

Rick
Rick
4 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

until you recall their first 3 games, then the somewhat weak conference, with Baylor, K-St., WVa and KU on their schedule for 4 easy weekends. Try to find 4 easy ones on any SEC team’s schedule. If all you do is raise those who did not lose, in Texas’s case, because they did not play, and lower those who did lose a series, you could teach a monkey to do such simplistic, mechanical polls.

Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick

I’m not an UT fan, but I think your comment is a little biased.. Auburn, A&M, Mizzou, LSU, Bama, Kentucky are all very weak this year. All of them having losing conference records with the bottom 3 at 8-19 and 7-20.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Six “very weak” teams because of their conference records ??? That’s a BIG stretch. BTW, there are ALWAYS going to be teams with losing records in a conference, much less one has 7 ranked teams in it, 5 in the Top Ten. Context.

Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Well, of course you’ll have winners and losers in conferences. My comment is geared towards Rick saying “try to find 4 easy ones on any SEC’s schedule” which proves the point of the bottom of the SEC is weak just like the Big 12 he calls out in his post.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

I addressed your patently absurd statement that the 6 bottom teams of the SEC were “V-E-R-Y weak.” Even bottom dweller Mizzou – the weakest of the “very weak” – just won a series in Starkville.

Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

LOL still very weak in my book, but go ahead and start your SEC chant.

Allen
Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Don’t have to, the baseball experts are doing it for us.

Vinny
Vinny
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

And the horns lost to A&M (whom you called very weak this year)

Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago
Reply to  Vinny

For one, that was a single mid week game so pretty unrelevant… And two, I don’t really get your rebuttal. A&M is 28-25 so barely over .500, well under at 8-19 conference play, and have an RPI of 69. Seems weak to me.

Vinny
Vinny
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

You may not be a UT fan but you must go to UT. You used unrelevant instead of irrelevant

Gavin
4 months ago
Reply to  Vinny

Texas would be about 6-7 best team in SEC

Jeff
Jeff
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Ryan, the bottom of the SEC is a good bit stronger than the bottom of the Big 12. If you compare the RPI of Baylor (31), Kansas (61), KSU (108) and West Virginia (111), the average is 78, but the average of LSU(18), Alabama(25), Kentucky (64), and Texas A&M (69) is 44 – a 34 point difference. Plus the Big 12 plays only 8 conference games compared to the SEC’s 10. So on weekends where the SEC was beating up on each other, Texas played Abeline Christian, TCU played Louisiana-Monroe, Texas Tech played South Florida, Oklahoma State was scheduled to play Central Arkansas (canceled -COVID), and Baylor played North Carolina A&T.

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

While I’m an SEC fan, what you did there is flat out misleading. The bottom four of the SEC are KY, Auburn, Texas A&M and Missouri (and do not include LSU and Alabama), which have a combined RPI of 313 and an average RPI of 78.25. I’d call that equivalent to the 78 average RPI you came up with for the bottom four Big 12 teams…except you got that wrong, too.

Baylor (31) should be 5th from the bottom and Oklahoma (66) fourth. After making that correction, the combined RPI of the bottom 4 Big 12 teams is 346 with an average RPI of 86.5. Hardly a big enough difference from the SEC cellar dwellers to get excited about. If you’re going to use facts, please use real ones.

Kyle Duet
Kyle Duet
3 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

Okay. Here’s a fact. Big12 hasn’t won an NCAA CWS title since 2005. My point is the conference is WEAK.

Jason
Jason
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

Conference ranks 1.SEC 2.BIG 12 3.PAC 12 4.ACC 5.CONF USA

Allen
Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Go play at LSU this weekend for giggles and grins, then come back and tell me how “weak” they are.

Tim Mitchell
Tim Mitchell
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Yeah, they have losing conference records. But the conference has had 5 teams in the top 10 three in the top FiVE for most of the year. You can be better than most and still have records like that when you play a top 10 and often a top 5 team every other week in conference play.

B. Allen
B. Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Like Ryan, no UT fan here and I greatly respect the baseballN the SEC plays BUT your comments about the Big 12 are off base. Any of the four teams you mentioned can be a tough out. There are no push overs among the 9 teams in the Big 12 and I predict Baylor will ruin some regional host’s weekend.

Anthony
Anthony
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ryan

This happens in football all the time when a team has a bye week and teams ahead of them lose! Texas is a solid team this year and has played consistently well all year long. Stop hating on things you can’t control. What matters is what happens in the regionals, super regionals and the CWS. All of these teams that dropped will still be in the college “post season” so relax for love of the game, not the standings!

Jack williams
Jack williams
4 months ago
Reply to  Anthony

Totally agree. We are talking about college kids who go to class mostly making excellent grades, on partial scholarship and. Playing a game they love. Let’s not be too hard on any of these teams. All conferences have some really go o d teams. Let’s let the regionals ,SR and CWS settle it. I’m a Vandy grad and fan but have lots of respect for many teams and conferences. Good luck to you all. Anchor down!!!

nashiscashed
nashiscashed
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ryan

We did play a game, it was 7-2 game in the bottom 4th with runners on when the game got cancelled due to rain.

DJ Ski
DJ Ski
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Ryan

Texas did have a game on Tuesday … they were leading Texas State 7-2 in the bottom of the 4th, when lightning suspended the game. It never stopped, and since the game didn’t go 5 innings, it was cancelled.

docestes
docestes
4 months ago

As a diehard Hog fan, let me say Tennessee was by far the best team we have played (beaten) this year. They should be #2 even with the narrow series loss

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

As a hog’s fan you should be concerned youre ranked #1 in the country and none of your starters can make it out of the first inning. Gonna be tough come regional time.

Mike W.
4 months ago
Reply to  John

What’s so different about a regional than a normal SEC weekend? If my count is right the regional winner will play a max of 4 games. Every team will be in the same boat pitching wise.

Jon
Jon
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike W.

The difference is that the SEC weekend is almost always tougher..

Nick
Nick
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Yep pitching is bad SMH that is why we have been #1 for what 12 straight weeks!!! Dude our bullpen is so deep, you need to understand the game and get your head out of the sand!! And by the way it is not Hog’s!!

docestes
docestes
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Show me the starter that “didn’t make it out of the first inning” this weekend. Idiotic statement

Greg
Greg
4 months ago
Reply to  John

John – Agree with your comment. Hogs beat my team, SC, but their pitching has not been that all impressive. They certainly have the intangibles but this hog team reminds me of SC’s 2000 team that went 25-5 in conference play but didn’t make it far in the post season… Time will tell… Their record is impressive!

Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn
4 months ago
Reply to  Greg

Hogs are 15 and three against top 25 teams. That should speak for it self

Mark Lindon
Mark Lindon
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Not really. DVH pulls the starters early because we’re loaded with a lot of arms.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  John

No John, what should concern those teams that have to play the Razorbacks is that they even with inconsistencies in their starting pitching they still find a way to win. Not just any games mind you, but (to steal the line from above) The Razorbacks are “7-1 against teams currently ranked in the top 10, and 15-3 against teams ranked in the Top 25 — with all 18 of those games played away from Baum Stadium.” This team has proven they can win anywhere, whether the SP gets thru the first few innings or not!

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

That whole argument is based on this notion the SEC is so strong. I do not think it is. If the league were that strong, this Arkansas team with no pitching would not be winning it. Time will tell in the regionals. Ignore the RPI. When the bias is this strong in the SEC, the RPI is meaningless.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  John

So, we ask again…what is your top 5? Do you have any opinion other than the constant “SEC bias”, “SEC overrated” trolling? Obviously you have a team or a conference that you feel is getting shafted, so let’s hear it!

Kyle Duet
Kyle Duet
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Your opinion is trash. SEC is the premiere conference in all of college baseball. The gap in talent between the SEC and every other conference is blatantly obvious. You mustn’t watch any SEC baseball. Best facilities, best players, best coaches, and best fans.

Anthony
Anthony
4 months ago
Reply to  John

I think the record against top 25 and all on the road and across different conferences speaks for its self lol

Austin Prochaska
Austin Prochaska
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Weird considering we still have not lost a series on the season. As a fan our Rotation is my biggest worry when it comes to this team but our bullpen has proven week after week just how strong they are and how well they can pick up slack from the starters. This concern is legitimate but not for regionals where at most 4 games will be played and all remaining teams will be struggling by the end of their regional with worthy pitching options.

ARKANSAS904
ARKANSAS904
4 months ago
Reply to  John

I started the season concerned about it but..look man.

The proof is in the pudding. It is kind of hard to argue with results.

Allen
Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Think so huh? Okay. Well, I guess we’ll just pack it in and go on vacation early. I mean, since you so obviously know exactly what you’re talking about, why should I even go and spend my money when you’ve told me the outcome. Thank you my new found friend, you have saved me money and heartache.
Now, make the huge goose of the baseball gods drop a MONSTER load of excrement on you and your team.

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  John

I’m sorry man, you’re gonna get blasted for saying that, and I know that it comes from the heart, but you deserve it. I’ll take 6 guys that can either get rocked or go 6 innings with 1-3 earned runs and trust our offense to counter and Kopps to close all day over 1-2 aces with an average unpredictable lineup. That formula cost us our last 2 trips. We LITERALLY haven’t lost a series all season and you choose now to question our PoA? Diehard hogs fan my ***…

Nate
Nate
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Have you met Kevin Kopps?? Asking for a friend.

axedawg
axedawg
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Yes, we should be very concerned at the moment…really untested Hogs team lately!

Dan
Dan
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

Except that Vandy also beat UT in Knoxville 2 out of 3

Rick
Rick
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

except for they lost 2 of three, in Knoxville, to VU.

docestes
docestes
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Except nothing. Just my opinion. At this moment in time, which is what polls are about. I think everyone agrees Arkansas and Vandy are the two best teams season long

Dan
Dan
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

No doubt Arkansas is #1-I think there are 3-4 teams competing to be close and Vandy, Texas and others are there. I would also keep an eye on Florida. They play Arkansas this weekend and they have loads of talent that has underperformed this year. If they gel now, look out…

Greg
Greg
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Dan – Certainly agree that Florida is lurking in the background… Kevin and his team understand that conference play and especially Hoover, AL don’t really mean anything and it’s all about the regional play. Don’t think I would ever call Florida a sleeper but they can certainly knock any team off any given weekend… And as you said, “if they gel, look out…” 100% agree

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Yeah Hogs aren’t having it man, at least not tonight. We went 14-4 against the top 25 on the ROAD, we ain’t losing at home. Period.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

TN also lost a home series to Vandy….

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

I agree – Tennessee’s 2-2 was far more respectable than the Texas 0-0 for the week! Tennessee proved they could hang in there with the best team in the country.

Jordan
Jordan
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

Ya’ll haven’t played Florida yet 😉 (or Vandy)

Kenny Ginn
Kenny Ginn
3 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

……

Last edited 3 months ago by Kenny Ginn
Darlene nestor
Darlene nestor
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

I totally agree! Tennessee was as tough as any series so far. Every inning of every game was packed with great pitching, hitting, awesome defense, and just nail biter results!

Phillip
Phillip
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

No way was Tennessee the best team we’ve played. If Van Horn hadn’t left that freshman picture in we would have swept Tennessee under the rug.

Allen
Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  docestes

Yep, another Hog fan in full agreement. However coach Vitello proved he has some growing to do with his actions after game 3. Be better than that Tony!

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  docestes

I’m sorry man, you’re gonna get blasted for saying that, and I know that it comes from the heart, but you deserve it. I’ll take 6 guys that can either get rocked or go 6 innings with 1-3 earned runs and trust our offense to counter and Kopps to close all day over 1-2 aces with an average unpredictable lineup. That formula cost us our last 2 trips. We LITERALLY haven’t lost a series all season and you choose now to question our PoA? Diehard hogs fan my ***…

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

I was replying to John I thought sorry

B Easy
B Easy
4 months ago

One more thing concerning AZ’s ranking compared to ECU, Washington is 3-18 in the PAC12 & has an RPI of 160. UC’s RPI is 87 & is 13-7 in AAC games if you subtract the 8 games they had to play vs ECU. Let’s not forget that ECU hasn’t lost an AAC series since 2018!! & the only OOC series ECU lost in that entire time span was #1 UCLA back in 2019. The Pirates deserve more respect IMO. The AAC is not the best but it’s also not chopped liver (consistently top 6 conference).

Phillip
Phillip
4 months ago
Reply to  B Easy

ECU is in a worthless conference. Very weak with hardly any talent.

John
John
4 months ago

This is just getting stupid. Vanderbilt loses another series and theyre #3 in the country? This is a waste of time checking this website. Also, Mississippi State loses a series at home to a Missouri team that is 14-3 and theyre still in the top 10? Like I said, just getting stupid with the SEC teams. Also I watched the Arkansas series this weekend against TN, by no means a #1 overall seed. They have no starting pitching. This year come regional time were gonna find the SEC bias in the polls was out of control -even more than usual.

Heath
Heath
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Tennessee is a very good team, my dude. Arkansas won two hard fought games against #4 on the road. And hasn’t lost a series all year. If you can’t put them at 1, who the heck is your pick? There isn’t another more qualified. While I agree the starting pitching is flawed, everyone has flaws at this point. At the end of it all, can you win tough series? The answer for Arky is “Yes.” Each game this weekend was decided by 1 run.

Mike W.
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Who’s your pick for the #1 seed and top 5, John? Arkansas’ pitching has been the same all year long playing the #1 or 2 SOS (all away from their home field) and I say it’s worked out pretty well for them so far. It’s pretty obvious from your comments that you’re butt-hurt about your team, whoever that is, not being respected as much as they should be.

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike W.

John’s not going to answer that question, because he can’t. Everybody who knows anything about college baseball knows that Arkansas, love ’em or hate ’em, is the best team in the country. No, they’re not perfect, but they keep finding ways to win against very good teams on the road.

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

I think youll find coming regional time that the Pac12 and Big12 are much stronger than everyone thinks. The ACC and Big 10 will do their usual choke artist stint in the post season. The SEC will get 2 teams to Omaha but thats because 11 teams from the league will make it to the regionals – even a blind chicken finds a kernel sometimes.

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
4 months ago
Reply to  John

I’ve never suggested that the Pac 12 or Big 12 are weak conferences, and I respect the top teams in both conferences. I just don’t think they are better than Arkansas this year. If believing that only 2 SEC teams will make it to Omaha makes you feel better right now, go ahead and believe it, but you’re going to be very disappointed when you watch the CWS. There will likely be 3 or 4 SEC teams in Omaha, and they will have gotten there the same way the other teams got there – by winning their regionals and super regionals.

Nick
Nick
4 months ago
Reply to  John

You must be a Big 12 guy.

Jon
Jon
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Same stupid post every single week by the same stupid troll..Wash..Rinse..Repeat..

Chris
Chris
4 months ago
Reply to  John

That’s got to be the worst take I’ve seen to date. Arkansas is undefeated in series for the entire season. They’ve played 18 games against ranked opponents away from Baum-Walker Stadium. You watch one weekend series that has them against the #4 team in the country, on the road, with Arkansas winning the series and you bring up flaws in their starting rotation? Hmm…let’s see…elite hitting, elite defense, elite bullpen and ability to adapt to win games no matter the situation. A power hitting team adjusted to play small ball against Tennessee to score runs. They haven’t done that all year. This team all year has won games without 1 quality starter because that’s not their style. They don’t need starters to go deep in games. Maybe they will in postseason play but that’s only if a team can figure them out and actually win a series and not just one game.

John Deem
John Deem
4 months ago
Reply to  John

John I honestly detest the SEC, not because it is the best conference because it is, hands down. Not because of all the love and attention it gets from the news media, it does by far beyond any doubt. Not because all the best recruits want to go to their schools (Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee are loaded) because they do and rightly so. Success attracts attention and the ONLY SIN in the United States is losing. The reason I detest the SEC is because so many (not all) of their fans whine so much. In a nation that has become a nation of whiners (all you have to do is listen to current pop music for proof) the fans of the SEC have the most and whine the loudest, constantly bellyaching, bawling, and complaining over trivial matters such as where their team is currently ranked. It’s more like a day care than a conference, homer heaven. This, in turn, inspires others from across the country to voice their complaints–usually at the SEC because the SEC really has nothing to complain about. The staff at D1 are hesitant to drop Vandy because they know they’re very good. Their RPI is 4th. Their ELO is 3rd. Their talent is off the chart unless you’re comparing them to the Arizona State team of 1976 that had 13 players that eventually played in the Major Leagues. Not only do their numbers justify their rank, the staff at D1, Baseball America, and Collegiate baseball also use their intuitive sense. Intuition is not a bad thing. Baseball is a game of numbers but we are human beings and that means radical variables, and that where intuition comes into play. Those are the facts.Now I know this may be a way too long winded for many of those reading but those homers are really football fans who like to keep life simple, for them the world is black and white. But baseball is a thinking man’s sport that requires mental focus. That’s what it’s all about. Emotional control and focus. If anyone does not have that, they should probably stick any number of sports better suited to emotional venting, such as football.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  John Deem

Probably the best, most well stated perspective I’ve seen yet here; I live in Yankee country and had to suffer endlessly w/ a bunch of spoiled whiners for eons back in the day when the Yanks were clearly the best team in the MLB…it was the primary reason I detested them, not because of the team, but because they’re fans were just awful!

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  John Deem

First of all, you don’t need to keep telling us how much you “detest the SEC” bloggers. It’s been obvious for quite a while to anybody paying attention. Because of this, you view posts with colored lenses and/or blinders on. The SEC has no monopoly on complaints, not all their comments are complaints, and not all complaints are “whines.” For example, todays multiple comments about Vandy being ranked #3 might be viewed as a “whine” by your ilk rather than simply a legit question about why Texas moves up despite playing no games. Indeed, all but 1 of the other polls still have Vandy #2. (Personally I am a Vandy fan and have no problem with it and actually anticipated it)
In a normal year west coast homers bombard us every week about everybody in the universe not living next to the Pacific Ocean being biased against them and for eastern teams, particularly the SEC. This reaches a fever pitch after the field of 64 is announced and they are “screwed again by the NCAA.” Curiously strange this year however has been the virtual silence so far. I can’t recall it ever happening before. It’s as if they have Internet blackouts. Maybe their enlightened “pro science” governors have warned them that COVID can be spread over the Internet. Like walking on the beach. Or surfing.
(Did you see our Not Fearless Leader recently wearing a mask on a video conference call?)

John Deem
John Deem
4 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Richard. I believe I clearly stated that it is the numerous (not all, I never use all or nothing expressions as you just did because that is precisely what I mean when I mentioned people who live in a black and white world) crybaby fans of the SEC I actually detest. They are vocal and many. There are many thoughtful and outspoken individuals out there in the SEC and the whole world over for that matter. I honestly have nothing against any team of players. They are all young men doing their best. The same is true for the coaches, They are just guys doing their job. If they do it well, I don’t have a problem with that. The whining of the fans from the most successful, most televised, and wealthiest conference currently in existence is however, detestable. It is disgusting, reprehensible, unjustifiable bawling. The reason such complaints are unjustifiable whining is because the bottom line is that it does not matter one tiny bit who is ranked in any spot at any time during the regular season in any poll anywhere. All polls are opinion polls. All humans have an opinion and that makes all opinions, even those of experts, completely worthless. Anyone who pays for an opinion is a sucker who is in reality paying to be told what he wants to hear to boost his ego. In any sport, the only thing that matters is the end result. There is no need for ranting about masks (speaking of left field, where did that come from and what does it have to do with baseball?) or crying or complaining or vainly jockeying for a better position because in the end, there can be only one champion, and that will be the team that earned the win on the field–not on an opinionated web site.

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  John Deem

This is actually the only intelligent post that I have read today. Yes, you are right. But then again, if we use intuition in our rankings, whats the point of even doing them? I played college baseball and I have watched it for decades. I know a good team when I see one. Tennessee isnt a good team, neither is Arkansas or Ole Miss, the only team I see in the SEC as strong is Vandy because pitching wins championships. But that being said, why arent they winning. At the end of the day, that is all that matters. In football, Alabama is an amazing dynasty – the best….the rest of the SEC is not different than any other power 5 conference. Baseball is no different other than there is no Alabama powerhouse in SEC baseball. Oh yeah, LSU looks like a high school team – what would skip bertman do?

Gates
Gates
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Dumbass

B. Allen
B. Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  John

WOW, that must be some good stuff. Smoke it!

Big12Homer
Big12Homer
4 months ago
Reply to  John Deem

Totally agree. I’m a Big12 homer and am glad that Texas Tech, Texas and TCU are faring well against the best. The SEC is loaded this year! All you have to do is look at where the top ranked incoming freshmen chose to play ball – most of those players are in the SEC with a few in the other conferences.
Come CWS in Omaha, the proof will be in the winner. More often than not, the deepest team comes out on top.

B. Allen
B. Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  Big12Homer

Another Big 12 homer and I will tell you I do not want to see any SEC team in Texas Tech’s bracket.

J. B.
4 months ago
Reply to  John

What seems to be the problem? All the games Arkansas play they have a pitcher on the mound does it matter if they are come out of the bullpen? Arkansas is still winning. I am not aware of any rule in baseball that says the starting pitcher is required to pitch x-number of innings. Maybe if some other coaches would go to pitchers from the bullpen sooner, they would have a record as good as the HOGS.
The remark you made “This is getting stupid” were you referring to the ranking system? They have teams ranked by their records, not by their starting pitchers or not by the records of the team they play. By the way the Missouri teams conference record is 7-20, Miss State’s record is 17-10. Maybe your team will either play Arkansas, Vanderbilt or Mississippi State in the Regional Tournament it will explain how stupid the rankings are. I really hope your team plays Arkansas and you can be assured a win, because they don’t have a starting pitcher, your team would surely win by default.

JohnnyREB
JohnnyREB
4 months ago
Reply to  J. B.

EXACTLY! I don’t understand why everyone had a problem with who the pitcher is or how long the starter goes in his outing. Sometimes it just isn’t their day/night. The ONLY thing that matters is the wins and Arkansas just knows how to win, period. I’m a die hard Ole Miss fan and I know how it can maybe “seem like” the NCAA or D1 Baseball, and Baseball America has some sort of bias towards the SEC, to let’s say a pac 12 or Big 12 team but these series here in the south- southeast are slap packed with 8,000-12,000 fans each game and they all feel like a regional or even super regional atmosphere. It really does JUST MEAN MORE in the SEC and if you don’t go experience it live in Oxford, Starkville, Fayetteville, or the other big parks you just don’t understand it. I don’t think the teams fans are whining as much as just stating their claim as to why their team deserves to be ranked higher or why they dropped so far when you look at the other teams/conferences who lack what the SEC has top to bottom.

JohnnyREB
JohnnyREB
4 months ago
Reply to  J. B.

By the way, I believe Patrick Wicklander should be a heavy discussion for pitcher of the year in the SEC. Of course it’ll probably go to Leiter or Rocker but he’s great from the left side!

J. B.
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnnyREB

Wtcklander has better stats then Leiter or Rocker, but my vote for pitcher of the year would have to go to Kevin Kopps ERA about .69, 10 wins 0 losses, and 8 or 9 saves. But wicklander is my second choice. John would not Kopps because he is not a starter.

Kelly
Kelly
3 months ago
Reply to  J. B.

Landon Sims of Miss. State says hello. .49 ERA, averages 2 strikeouts per inning, 73 SO vs 12 BB, no losses, no blown saves. Just 15 hits allowed all season.

Josh Finkus
Josh Finkus
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Reading your comments make me laugh. Wicklander had the best ERA in the SEC starting pitching coming into the weekend and got touched up by one of the better batting teams in the Nation on there turf not to mention Arkansas has the best closer in college baseball. Arkansas pitching is deep. You are delusional, Arkansas is number 1 for a reason you dip. Put some respect on there name son. Go back to the drawing boards and learn a little about baseball. The like of Kumer, Leiter hell I could name several that have been touched up through out the NCAA that are suppose to be unhittable. ARKANSAS has done nothing but gone 18-6 against the top 25 without a serious loss. No one is close to that mark!

JohnnyREB
JohnnyREB
4 months ago
Reply to  Josh Finkus

Agree 100% man, it’s almost like the west coast and Big XII homers don’t actually watch these games or they watch one in a series.. either way they just aren’t understanding that just because the starter doesn’t throw a complete game shutout, or a 1&2 hit complete game he’s not a good pitcher. Wicklander should be pitcher of the year in the SEC! It’ll probably go to Leiter or Rocker but Wicklander is the best to me and he’s on the best team.. you saw what happened to MSST and to Vandy this past weekend and even with great pitching you still gotta have the offense to go with it and Arkansas is the BEST. Y’all tore us up in Oxford just like y’all have so many other good teams in the conference.

J. B.
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnnyREB

Ole Miss will make a lot of POP come play-off time, they have 7 or 8 guys hitting over 300 a couple of them above .350. But after the regionals the powers that be will place as many SEC teams in the same Super Regional, to eliminate some of SEC teams from CWS.

Josh Finkus
Josh Finkus
4 months ago
Reply to  J. B.

Yes they will, pitching staff is pretty dang good. Scary team come tournament time.

Josh Finkus
Josh Finkus
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnnyREB

Ole Miss and their bats is not a team I want to see against Arkansas again lol.

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  Josh Finkus

Remember when Carson Shaddy dropped the infamous popup? Arkansas baseball.

Josh Finkus
Josh Finkus
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Made it to the last 3 games that’s all any team can ask for. Remember when Arkansas ran the gauntlet through the regular season, wait they aren’t done yet?! I see your team spinning it’s wheels straight to another regional loss!

Josh Finkus
Josh Finkus
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Just a side note and strictly my opinion Arkansas was by far the better team. They laid an egg. That freshman pitcher was lights out in the last game and 3 innings he threw

docestes
docestes
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Nope
Didn’t drop it
Never hit a glove
And matters about as much as what the 1935 Cincinnati Reds did in game 47 of that season

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Yes, it is getting stupid…starting with your post. You say the same thing every single week, but then never offer your own top 5 or top seeds. Simply just SEC envy, pure and simple!

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  John

What is consistently stupid are clueless posts like yours. Yes, please stop checking this website. Go away. Where on the west coast do you live? or is it Big 12 wild west country?

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Vandy should be getting some pitching back in next few days.

Jon
Jon
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Once again.. You win this week’s, Stupidest Comment of the Week Award.. Great job!!.. You have now won like 10 weeks in a row..keep up the great work!!!

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
4 months ago
Reply to  Jon

Impossible to pick just one of his comments as the stupidest. As with a good baseball team, consider his whole body work.

Ronald A Jones
Ronald A Jones
4 months ago

Having been there and watched all 3 games, we were an embarrassment. Coaching has to play some part in that.

Jim
Jim
4 months ago

I would truly like to thank the D1 staff for not drinking the Irish Flavor-Aid and moving Notre Dame up without cause.

The other ACC “elites” tanked this week and the conference had already been proven to be subpar in 2021.

They may be a top 16 but the hype doors not match the talent and results.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim

There is absolutely NO way most people out here in the BloggoSphere can know how good or bad any ACC team is this year. It is chaotic. Most series are tossups. I tend to trust the judgment of the D1 staff, but I still have reservations about ND being a Top 10 team or a national seed.

Thomas Evans
Thomas Evans
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim

Jim…you hit the nail on the head…Norte dame wins 2 games and they are all world…but much of the rankings are just politics…the SEC is a tough conference and they beat up on each other…ole miss, South Carolina, Mississippi state, Tennessee, Missouri, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Arkansas, these are all really good teams…that’s why a team can lose one game a week and still be ranked high…the regionals, and super regionals will weed out the field…there are many good teams in America…any team can get on a roll and win a national championship…

Adam
Adam
4 months ago

CP was lights out again yesterday against GT getting the 2 inning save and allowing only one walk, Do you see Miami transitioning him to a starter next year, or will he be like a Kyle Bellamy?

Jimmy Hintz
Jimmy Hintz
4 months ago

LSU continues to win and now has a 2-0 record over LA Tech (outscoring them 32-15), a #18 RPI and the #2 Strength of Schedule to go along with a 32-19 record, but still is not a part of the Top 25.

Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Hintz

I think that 11-16 conference record is what’s giving ya’ll a black eye…

Last edited 4 months ago by Ryan
Jimmy Hintz
Jimmy Hintz
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

When you play the #1, 3, 4, 10 and 13 teams in a 3 game series your conference record is going to be impacted……

Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Hintz

I don’t disagree that there is tough competition in the SEC, just saying the sub .500 conference record is what is probably keeping ya’ll out of top 25 conversations.

ARKANSAS904
ARKANSAS904
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Hintz

Lol

It’s not as if you won those games and still aren’t ranked?

I dont understand the question here..

If you want to be thought of as a team capable of beating anyone but have proven that you cant…

What’s the deal?

Jon
Jon
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Hintz

If they make the SEC tournament; they might be able to pad their resume a little more.. If they make the SEC tournament.. IF

John Deem
John Deem
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Hintz

Jimmy I have a distaste for the SEC even though I was born in Louisiana and still love LSU as much as I ever have. But your comment hits at exactly what I don’t like about the SEC. That is to say complaining about something that don’t amount to a hill of beans. Rankings don’t mean a damned thing. RPI does mean something and it will count a lot when the selections are made. Deep down you’re fretting because LSU is on the bubble and rightly so. The big problem is they have a losing record in SEC play. I know they are good. I know they are capable of beating anyone on a given day, including Arkansas (5-4 on May 1). But you gotta be consistent against the good competition son. They haven’t done that. The numbers don’t lie, and not being close don’t get the job done. It ain’t horseshoes. Now, down the stretch, they should win three of their last four games, including 2 of 3 at Texas A&M. Their RPI is 18, and their ELO is 13. I believe they should get in, and if they do, they have a chance tom go a long way. Now if they don’t win 2 of 3 at Texas A&M there is that old consistency thing again. The NCAA will notice that, and they might not get in. They have been more consistent lately, so I think they will, and if they don’t, it nothing to cry about. There’s always next year and the year after that. Life ain’t over just because you don’t get into the regionals. A year and a half ago, I was watching Joe Burrows pick apart Alabama while setting next to a Crimson Tide fan. I made the remark that LSU hasn’t had a quarterback that good since Bert Jones. He said “LSU ain’t never had a quarterback like Joe Burrows.” Well maybe so? But even though he is gone now don’t mean there ain’t another lined up somewhere on a playground. You never know what the future holds, but the future for LSU baseball honestly looks pretty good, so there ain’t no need to have an apoplexy over not being ranked in the opinion of an online baseball magazine. Worry more about winning 2 of 3 at Texas A&M.

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  John Deem

The fact that LSU is even on the bubble is SEC bias. If they didnt have high TV ratings and sell out the stadium every game, they wouldnt be in the conversation – and the rest of American knows it.

John Deem
John Deem
4 months ago
Reply to  John

John. I agree there is a media bias that favors the SEC because it is the same bias that favors success in our country. Their numbers are very good, which is why I mentioned 18 RPI and 13 ELO rankings. Baseball is a game of numbers and their numbers do not lie. I would not want to play this team in the post season. They can beat anyone one out of three, and you never know when it is their day? They are also getting more consistent. I don’t think they are consistent enough to make a run at the National Championship yet, but they can cause anyone an untimely loss.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Hintz

Going 1-8 the 1st 3 weekends appears likely ultimately to be too deep a hole. I did have hope for them until they blew the sweep at OM. Now it appears they need a sweep at A&M this weekend (doable but very difficult) and 2 wins in the SEC tourney. A VERY large hill to climb.

Rick
Rick
4 months ago

seems odd when two teams have virtually the same record, and one plays 2 teams that are in the top 25, and the other plays 5 (6 in SEC in Top 25, #3 was not scheduled against Arkansas), that you would move one ahead of the other. I think you just proved a point I postulated long ago, polls are to stir things up, no one who knows any sport understands polls are the cherry on top of the sundae, the ice cream and hot fudge are the season and post season. Did not Texas begin against SEC teams and get whipped, not just beaten, but beaten badly? If I am wrong, I’ll be back to admit such. Also, did they not just lose 2 of 3 to Texas Tech? Don’t think it is the time of the year to raise teams that just sat out the week. They likely make Omaha, as with that rating won’t draw a really good team to their region, and then will pair up with a 14-16 seed for the Supers.

If the NCAA was to follow this poll for their seeding, would remind me of how Duke used to get to F4’s in basketball. Sent to a poor East Regional, and one year really stood out, as they were in with teams bumped up a spot on their seed, all the other top 4 seeds were really a 3, 4 and maybe a 5. Don’t forget, I believe they have been in one regional, ever, with UNC. Kentucky and Louisville have been “paired” in 7 regionals. But the good news is, there is no bias, all that is happenstance. Yep, and I am chairing the Emmert for President campaign. And not President of the NCAA, he’s been so good I mean, to take Joe Biden’s place. All he has to do is eliminate the vote for women, and we men can all sit on thrones for our daily constitutional, and hey, at least that short trek to the outhouse for women to do the same will be rewarded when they get there, their outhouses will all have a roof and walls! What else could they want? TP? There we go, pampering to the fair sex again. And don’t take long ladies, there are meals to prepare. No more tongue in cheek than raising Texas above all who bounced them for their 0-3 start to their season, courtesy of three SEC teams. If Pitt is awarded a region, did so by also sitting out a weekend, that was caused by their own issue with COVID. Although their weak record should be plenty to give a pass on that. Not saying Texas does not deserve a regional hosting, but not at #2 overall. Know that all SEC teams would love to have had 3 easy weekends, the ones where Texas played K-State, WVa and KU, with Baylor not too tough, either. Texas did have to play Tech and TCU, and split those two series. Sounds like the recipe for an over-seeding to me. Week off, check, lost 2 of 3 to Tech two weekends ago, check, got bludgeoned by 3 SEC teams to begin the season, check. #2 nationally is a huge reach, a huge gift should it transpire.

Rick
Rick
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick

meant “everyone” knows seedings are the cherry on top of the sundae, not “no one”.

Rick
Rick
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick

I just want all to know how much i hate Texas. I know they have only lost 1 series all year (to a top 5 team), and I know they have the #2 RPI, and I know they have a 38-9 record since the preseason Ice tournament (in which no Texas based team had been allowed to practice for a week prior), but regardless, I hate Texas and they should not be ranked. Sounds like Rick alright.

ARKANSAS904
ARKANSAS904
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick

3000k.

That’s the temperature of the business end of your crack pipe rn lol.

What kind of pseudo sexist/Texas hating rant was that anyways.

I think you need a lie down lol

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Baseball’s not basketball, a little apples and oranges on the tourney comparisons as baseball is double elimination in each bracket, meaning that pitching is very integral to the success of any team, versus hoops which is like cotton candy, a lot of fluffy stuff with no substance. The whole point-four of a second left to win w/ yet another buzzer beater is media-made crap! Commerce plain and simple—-yawn!

Allan Christensen
Allan Christensen
4 months ago

How is the third place team in the Big Ten ranked 23rd? Last year was last year guys. Snap out of it.

Allan Christensen
Allan Christensen
4 months ago

Whoops, 24th.

Gregg Mattox
Gregg Mattox
4 months ago

I agree. And when you say last year, you mean 2019.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago

Courtesy to the team they think is the best of the Big 10?

Husker from Omaha
Husker from Omaha
4 months ago

This weekend is separation week in the B1G with the top 4 teams playing one another. Michigan vs Maryland (in Ann Arbor) Indiana vs Nebraska (in Bloomington). Michigan has a real shot at taking over the top spot being down only 1 game. Nebraska could easily go 0-4 in this weekend’s pod (though I think 2-2). So, D1B simply looked at this weekends schedule and made a presumptive prediction. However, if Nebraska goes 3-1 on the road in a 4 game weekend and holds the top spot on, yes they’ll be ranked. Also, keep in mind, the only reason they aren’t ranked is the fact that they laid and egg (actually 3 eggs) against Rutgers at home. They have only themselves to blame.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago

This week’s a mess no doubt, but I think UT has a legit claim to move up one, Ark, Vandy—despite loss—UT, Tex, TTU maybe?

Caleb Stahl
Caleb Stahl
4 months ago

Why didn’t ECU move up even though they have one of the best records in all of college baseball

mgl
mgl
4 months ago
Reply to  Caleb Stahl

Because there is no good out there for ECU

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Caleb Stahl

Because everybody is biased against ECU. And west coat teams. Not necessarily in that order.

Caleb Stahl
Caleb Stahl
4 months ago

As a diehard ECU fan, I was wondering How come ECU has the second-best record in college baseball at 36-11 and they stayed the same after beating a team that has only lost 2 AAC series this year both against ECU. We are not in the best conference but we are still in a pretty good conference and we haven’t lost a series since 2019 and it was against the #1 team at the time UCLA. They deserve better!!

Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago
Reply to  Caleb Stahl

ECU has been impressive this year. Sitting 36-11 is no small feat, but I think what’s keeping them out of the top 10 is possibly the SOS? You guys haven’t really played much T25 T50 teams at all, so that combined with being in a not so stellar conference is probably what is playing against them.

RICHARD
RICHARD
4 months ago
Reply to  Caleb Stahl

Look no further than the number of teams ranked 1`-50 in the RPI they have played.

Tony Spicchiali
Tony Spicchiali
4 months ago

GO PACK!

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
4 months ago

What a week, my Vols had their chances and missed on a huge opportunity. Top 5 team and i still remember just a few years ago fighting to make the SEC tourney, seems like we have hired a valuable coach. Now the struggle is worse, worse i tell ya, like hell-fire and damnation has arrived as i find myself pulling for Florida this weekend to win the series and maybe sweep Ark, giving TN a chance to win the SEC regular season title! GBO

Corbin believer
Corbin believer
4 months ago

Pretty sure that anyone trying to say that Arkansas doesn’t deserve the #1 seed is not in touch with reality of college baseball. As a Vandy fan I don’t really care if they are #2-#5 or even #6….pretty sure their resume supports at least that seed. No one other than Arkansas has more RPI top 25 wins or RPI top 50 wins. Not sure how many national seeds the SEC gets but I can assure you that no one wants Ark, Vandy, Tn, Florida, Miss St, or Miss as their regional or super regional opponent. These are all seriously battle tested teams that can play with anybody on a given weekend. If they are not matched against each other in Super Regional play then Omaha could be another SEC party. This time next month we will know who was overrated or not…..and yes I am sure there will be a cinderella team that takes down some mighty overrated SEC team to feed the fire of the SEC haters.

JohnnyREB
JohnnyREB
4 months ago

The only posts I see on here that are stupid are the ones saying how the SEC teams are overrated or non deserving of the teams they have in the top 25! So many of y’all try to say Arkansas isn’t as good or as deserving to be #1 because the starting pitching hasn’t been going as deep as you THINK is should.? The point of playing these games isn’t to see if your starter can pitch 9 complete without giving up a run or a hit, last I checked it’s to see who’s the best team and that’s the one with a W beside their name after the game is over. I get it, everyone not a fan of an SEC school hates the SEC.. We are used to that by now, we hear it in football as well but we are literally playing against the best pitchers, the best infielders and the best outfielders WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT! I loved that my team, {Ole Miss} along with Arkansas and MS State was able to go to Texas to start the season and get 8 out of 9 possible wins against the Big 12’s best!! Only loss was Texas beat MS State. The Big 12 is without a doubt a great baseball conference… just not as deep as the SEC and the PAC 12 is just not deep at all but there are good teams everywhere. It’s gonna be a fun postseason.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnnyREB

Go Vols, SEC.
There needs to be notation on that first weekend, disadvantaged opponents.

Samuel Bond
Samuel Bond
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnnyREB

TCU beat State

John
John
4 months ago
Reply to  JohnnyREB

I remember circus clowns like you saying the Pac12 wasnt deep when Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State won the NCAA championship recently. Go chant SEC SEC SEC.

Josh Finkus
Josh Finkus
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Past 20 years SEC 7 National titles, 7 runner ups pac12 5 Titles 4 runner ups. Yeah I would say we know who the real 🤡 is.^

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Josh Finkus

Uhhh, Josh, I’d say those PAC numbers are nothing to sneeze at, in fact, it’s pretty darn impressive considering the PAC puts such a high standard on academics as they do; Vandy and UF are probably the highest academic standard SEC schools, and we all know that overall baseball players tend to carry higher cumulative team GPA’s than either football or basketball, so the fact that Stanford, Cal, UCLA are all as competitive as they are, and listed in both Forbes and US News is quite a statement to the very core mission of a learning institution, that is EDUCATION! Only Vandy in the SEC lands on that list, which says an awful lot about Corbin’s scouting, recruiting and retention ability. Of course it helps Vandy that they can woo the best and brightest w/ a strong slate of academic scholarship offerings, but too often this stuff is completely lost in the conversation. I’ve always viewed the SEC as a quasi semi pro sports conference, sports are more important than education.

Josh Finkus
Josh Finkus
4 months ago

Never said it was, those are very respectable numbers, ACC, and the BIG12 have all been well represented through the years. I do think you are being a bit bias. For example The University of Arkansas using them because I am a Arkansas fan, has a high regard for Academics/EDUCATION. Not sure those list(making the list/ being left off the list)means other schools lack the ability to hold students/student athletes to a higher standard of education. Arkansas produces what I would say I high number of graduating athletes. But then again we aren’t talking about EDUCATION we are talking about baseball…… which I’m a little confused as to how we landed in this conversation. Guessing your a PAC guy. I’m definitely an SEC guy by nature, but ultimately and for most I am just a SPORTS fan doesn’t matter the conference.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Josh Finkus

No I’m from the northeast where we suck at baseball, but we do have some guys that can play, just weather and such make it very hard to put together competitive teams. I agree that the south is the best ball, and I’ve been to Hoover and a few SEC locations to watch games—football and baseball because it’s the best, but my pint is more subtle, the SEC is the best because the brand is so important to the conference so AD’s will carry more stature in ensuring the best players make it into schools. It actually is relevant, and in my opinion, it’s the reason the SEC is as good as they are.

Shawn Davis
Shawn Davis
4 months ago
Reply to  Josh Finkus

Its all for not ark is the most dominant team in years even w shaky pitching still doesn’t matter DVH getting his natty this year ..

Mike Niederer
Mike Niederer
4 months ago

why is Florida state, a team just 9 games above .500, ranked at all? Indiana is 12 games above, and they get knocked out, which should’ve happened long ago to FSU

Matt
Matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike Niederer

You dumby

Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt

…said the man who can’t spell.

Matt
Matt
4 months ago
Reply to  Sutpens 100

Said the man with bad vocabulary

Matt
Matt
4 months ago

Idiots

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago

Do have to wonder if the turmoil we saw this week w/ so many upsets is due to hitters finally getting in their grooves, and pitchers showing some fatigue…about 150 live AB’s allowing batters to get more comfortable at the dish as the weather warms while Friday-Saturday guys are 13 weeks long…looks like May to me.

Matt
Matt
4 months ago

Huh

Jonny B. Good
Jonny B. Good
4 months ago

FSU will win it all!!

Last edited 4 months ago by Jonny B. Good
Shawn Davis
Shawn Davis
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonny B. Good

Lol

B. Allen
B. Allen
4 months ago

I am a Texas Tech fan and I am astonished that we are in the top 5 at this point. This may be the Tech coach’s best job ever. With Tech “roster issues” (notice I did not say “injuries”) we have been inconsistent. Also we were not allowed to play

s. Bowden
s. Bowden
3 months ago
Reply to  B. Allen

I must say that Tech has been impressive this season. They have a heckuva lineup for sure.

NotreDameFan
NotreDameFan
4 months ago

Go Notre Dame! Hopefully, we can get up soon. Also congrats to Texas for getting the No.2 seed.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
4 months ago

Final weekend of the regular season and the Vols should make top 4 of the SEC, which in turn should also make top 8 national seed. I am excited to see this series and hope we finish strong to win the east and get 3-4th seed overall. It has been a good year, GBO.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
3 months ago

Winning a division title is something to celebrate, especially knowing you took it from lil brother. Its like taking a stick and poking him in the eye!! Go Vols.

John
John
3 months ago

If you dont believe the NCAA has a bias towards the SEC, look no further than the softball regionals taking place a we speak. All year long, the coaches poll had the Pac12 teams ranked in the top 10 all year. Come regional seeding time, the NCAA puts all SEC teams in the top 8 and shuts out the Pac12. U of Washington was ranked in the top 5 in the coaches poll all season – gets the #16 seed. This ensures those advertisements slots values are maximized as the sports addicted SouthEast has plenty of teams in the playoffs

Dave Sisson
Dave Sisson
3 months ago

I certainly am not cognizant of all the information at poll members fingertips but I think the members are somewhat overlooking the team at Liberty University.
Coach Scott Jackson’s team this year has 5 wins over ACC teams, swept a 3 game series at Central Florida, won 3 of 4 from Virgina Commonwealth and 5 of 6 from Kennesaw State. Just one weekend before, the same KSU team beat Georgia Tech 2 of 3. Liberty has a 37-12 record, winning 35 of the last 42 games.
I think Liberty, with its record, should be ranked ahead of Old Dominion, Southern Miss, Charlotte and even Louisville. Perfectgame.org had them ranked #17 last week.

Dave Sisson
Elliston, VA.