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D1Baseball Top 25: Ole Miss Vaults To No. 1

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After a tumultuous opening weekend in college baseball, Ole Miss took took over the No. 1 spot in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings for the first time in the seven-year history of the rankings. The preseason No. 6 Rebels went 3-0 at the State Farm College Baseball Showdown with wins over three Big 12 opponents who ranked in the preseason Top 25: then-No. 3 Texas Tech, then-No. 9 Texas and then-No. 10 TCU.

Arkansas also made a big jump on the strength of its own 3-0 showing in Arlington, with three wins against the same three opponents Ole Miss defeated. The Razorbacks vaulted six spots from No. 8 to No. 2, matching their highest ranking ever in the D1Baseball Top 25, last achieved in the final ranking of the 2018 season.

Vanderbilt and Louisville moved up one spot apiece to Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, and Mississippi State moved up two spots to No. 5 following a 2-1 showing in Arlington.

Miami made the biggest jump of the week, from No. 21 to No. 6, after going on the road and taking two of three from preseason No. 1 Florida, which fell six spots to No. 7. Preseason No. 2 UCLA also tumbled six spots to No. 8 after dropping a home series to San Francisco. And preseason No. 3 Texas Tech fell to No. 10 after going 0-3 in Arlington. UC Santa Barbara moved up two spots to No. 9.

Other teams that took tumbles in the rankings included TCU (down four spots to No. 14), Texas (down 10 spots to No. 19), and West Virginia (down nine spots to No. 23). The Mountaineers went 2-2 against Georgia State, but their fall in the rankings also reflects a recalibration in light of the news that key weekend starter Ryan Bergert will miss the season due to injury — a development that was released after our preseason Top 25 was published.

One new team joined the rankings this week. Duke, the unofficial team No. 26 in our preseason rankings, went on the road and took two of three from Coastal Carolina to climb into the rankings at No. 25. The Blue Devils replace Arizona, which fell from No. 22 out of the rankings after a 2-2 week at home against Ball State.

D1Baseball editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records below are through games of Feb. 22.

Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 Ole Miss 3-0 2-0 6
2 Arkansas 3-0 2-0 8
3 Vanderbilt 2-0 0-0 4
4 Louisville 3-0 3-0 5
5 Mississippi State 2-1 1-1 7
6 Miami 2-1 2-1 21
7 Florida 1-2 1-2 1
8 UCLA 1-2 1-2 2
9 UC Santa Barbara 2-1 2-1 11
10 Texas Tech 0-3 0-2 3
11 LSU 2-1 1-1 12
12 Virginia 2-1 2-1 16
13 NC State 2-0 2-0 13
14 TCU 1-2 1-1 10
15 Georgia Tech 2-1 2-1 15
16 Wake Forest 2-1 2-1 17
17 South Carolina 3-0 3-0 18
18 Tennessee 3-0 3-0 19
19 Texas 0-3 0-2 9
20 Oklahoma State 2-0 1-0 20
21 Auburn 3-0 3-0 23
22 East Carolina 3-0 3-0 25
23 West Virginia 2-2 2-2 14
24 Florida State 2-1 2-1 24
25 Duke 2-1 2-1 NR
Dropped Out
  Arizona 2-2 1-2 22

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Christopher Beck
Christopher Beck
6 months ago

Why does it seem none of the collegiate outlets like Tennessee? They get absolutely no love at all!!!!

Alexander
Alexander
6 months ago

Georgia Southern………….SMH

razorbackz
razorbackz
6 months ago

Chris – no love? They are #18. Not sure what you were expecting. They are 3-0, but haven’t played a ranked team yet and they didn’t exactly blow Georgia Southern out of the water. Who should they be ranked above?

Jake
Jake
6 months ago

Maybe they shouldnt fill their entire non conference schedule with cupcake games 🤷🏼

Rick Fahr
Rick Fahr
6 months ago

When DVH hangs up his spikes, I would love to see Vitello take over. That guy can flat coach and recruit.

Moe Cheese
Moe Cheese
6 months ago

How is it that the national runner up last season, Michigan is not in the top 25?

razorbackz
razorbackz
6 months ago
Reply to  Moe Cheese

Due to COVID, Michigan has suspended all athletics for 2 weeks. Their first game is on 3/5 and they have a 44-game conference only schedule. Should we hold a top-ten spot for them when they’ve been hit by the virus and playing a reduced schedule, when other teams are playing well?

bcedge68
bcedge68
6 months ago
Reply to  Moe Cheese

because this is 2021 not 2019.

Christopher Beck
Christopher Beck
6 months ago

Georgia Southern swept Georgia last year when they where ranked 3rd and returned everyone! GS is going to surprise alot of people this year!

Matthew Matousek
Matthew Matousek
6 months ago

How exactly is West Virginia still ranked… 2-2 vs Georgia State (including a 20-4 whipping) 🤔. No disrespect to Georgia State… c’mon

Jack Hoxie
Jack Hoxie
6 months ago

Mississippi vaults 😅. You vault who you wanna vault, we see what you do, you are expert poll vaulters vaulting for dollars. Experts shmexperts, media hack$ is more accurate a description of you guys.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Hoxie

They “vaulted” because just about everyone in front of them either faltered or played cupcakes. Nothing was handed to Ole Miss. Ole Miss and Arkansas both went 3-0 and beat the #3, #9 and #10 ranked teams in the nation – and their pitching looked better than expected. You beat 3 top-10 teams in any sport and you are going to move up! The previous top 3 teams lost their series, including poor #3 Texas Tech (0-3). Louisville went 3-0, but played….wait for it – “Bellarmine”. Come on dude, it’s not hard to figure out.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

I think “Hoxie” should be “Hoaxie.” Probably trolling. Hard to believe anybody is that clueless.

Jack Hoxie
Jack Hoxie
6 months ago

This list isn’t about merit, it never is. The higher a set of certain teams gets ranked, the more RPI credit they get for cashing in at post season selection time.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Hoxie

Same argument, every year. So how do you propose they determine merit differently than they do now??? You obviously have a team that you think should be ranked and isn’t — who is it and why do you think they have more merit than the teams that are ranked?

Ryan
Ryan
6 months ago
Reply to  Jack Hoxie

Last I checked RPI has nothing do with a team’s ranking on a random website. BUT I COULD BE WRONG.

Tyballer4
Tyballer4
6 months ago

Still no Clemson smh

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Tyballer4

What did Clemson do to impress the rankers? Just beating Cincinnati, a .500 team at best isn’t going to cut it.

Tyballer4
Tyballer4
6 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

What did they do to not be ranked to start the season? Ranked last year…

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Tyballer4

Apparently they are #25 in one poll. Be happy with that – if they keep winning they will be noticed. Don’t they play South Carolina soon? If they win, they’ll be recognized.

Richard Steinfeld
Richard Steinfeld
6 months ago

0/3 teams do not deserve a ranking

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago

I disagree without context. That’s about the same as saying a team that goes 3-0 should be ranked. You people that are only obsessed with record, smh….

Dgbro
Dgbro
6 months ago

South Carolina beat Dayton 29-7 /3-0. No matter who your playing that’s good. Gamecocks are finally back with same caliber of team as their back to back national champ. teams. Up 1 spot in the polls? Texas and Texas Tech should have been booted completely out. No wins and ranked…Cmon. Know it’s early but you need at least a win to be ranked.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Dgbro

Dayton – another .500 team. A ranked team is supposed to beat them 9 times out of 10. 1 spot sounds about right.

Truth
Truth
6 months ago

How far is Oregon State from getting back into National conversation again?

Mike E
Mike E
6 months ago
Reply to  Truth

Shhhhhh, lets just hope they continue to be overlooked & stay out of the conversation, like they were in 05, 06, 07, 13, & 17. Those years ended up turning out pretty well. FYI, they are now 5-1 & have outscored their opponents 48-11 so far.

Beaverton Mike…

John H
John H
6 months ago

WE are about 6 games into the season. Rankings are meaningless. Last week’s top 25 has already changed a bunch. In 4 weeks it will change much more. Have a beer and relax.

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