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Arkansas returned to No. 1 in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings after spending the last three weeks at No. 2. The Hogs won two of three on the road against then-No. 3 Ole Miss to return to the top spot. Vanderbilt fell one spot to No. 2 after dropping its first series of the year, at home against Georgia.

Texas, Mississippi State and Tennessee moved up one spot apiece to round out the top five. The Rebels fell three places to No. 6, while Louisville, Texas Tech and East Carolina held steady in the next three slots. Notre Dame rounds out the top 10, up three spots from last week after taking two of three from then-No. 15 Georgia Tech.

Big climbers this week include Oregon, Arizona, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. The Ducks moved up four spots to No. 15 after sweeping then-No. 20 Oregon State. The Wildcats and Hokies jumped six spots apiece to Nos. 16 and 17, respectively, while Pittsburgh vaulted five spots to No. 19 after sweeping then-No. 18 Miami. The Hurricanes are one of four teams that fell out of the rankings this week, joining Georgia Tech, Oregon State and UCLA.

The four newcomers in the rankings are No. 20 Stanford (which won a series from UCLA), No. 21 Charlotte, No. 22 Old Dominion and No. 23 Indiana State.

D1Baseball editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of April 11.

Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 Arkansas 26-5 4-1 2
2 Vanderbilt 25-5 2-2 1
3 Texas 25-8 5-0 4
4 Mississippi State 24-7 4-0 5
5 Tennessee 27-6 3-1 6
6 Ole Miss 24-8 3-2 3
7 Louisville 20-10 2-2 7
8 Texas Tech 22-7 2-1 8
9 East Carolina 26-5 4-0 9
10 Notre Dame 15-6 3-1 13
11 South Carolina 21-9 2-2 11
12 TCU 22-9 2-2 10
13 Oklahoma State 21-7-1 3-0 14
14 Louisiana Tech 24-7 4-0 16
15 Oregon 19-7 3-1 19
16 Arizona 21-9 3-1 22
17 Virginia Tech 19-9 4-0 23
18 Florida 21-11 3-2 12
19 Pittsburgh 17-10 4-1 24
20 Stanford 19-6 3-1 NR
21 Charlotte 22-9 4-0 NR
22 Old Dominion 24-6 3-1 NR
23 Indiana State 16-8 3-1 NR
24 Florida State 16-12 1-3 17
25 Michigan 15-7 2-2 25
Dropped Out
Georgia Tech 15-12 1-3 15
Miami 17-11 1-3 18
Oregon State 21-10 1-4 20
UCLA 17-11 1-2 21
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Robert
Robert
6 months ago

How is it that Vandy lost 2 out of 3 at home (big) to an unranked team and only dropped one spot? I listened to you guys ramble on during your podcast about trying to find a series that Vandy would lose. Come on. Meanwhile, the best series in the country took place in Oxford where Arkansas and Ole Miss proved beyond a doubt that there is not very much difference between the two. It’s fine to give respect to a program, but when the results on the field lay an egg, it’s also appropriate to do a reality check.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Who would you put as #2? I can make the same argument about Texas not deserving #3. Or several other teams for that matter.

Robert
Robert
6 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Yes, but the point is that based on what happened this weekend, Vandy deserves to drop more than one spot. They can prove they aren’t riding on reputation, which the d1 guys seem to be implying, by beating Tennessee in Knoxville. This is not about who is #2 as much as it is about examining the results on the field. You might even put Tennessee #2 at this point, but next week will be the showdown that counts. Georgia was unranked, and Vandy was fortunate that they weren’t swept at home. The Ole Miss-Arkansas series was heavily contested and an impressive display of baseball. One could not say that Vandy getting beat badly in two of three games at home was the same. Just asking that the d1 guys look more closely at results on the field instead of saying things like “How do you find a series that Vandy will lose?” Guys, drop the worship.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Yep, I can see your point. I’ve wondered myself what would happen in the rankings if Vandy lost a weekend series. I do think they are top 3 material and couldn’t imagine putting Texas or Miss State in front of them. However, they should drop just like everyone else and have to play their way back to the top. No worries though, they will be tested every week starting with this one at Tennessee.

Robert
Robert
6 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

This will all work itself out on the diamond. Meanwhile, the d1 guys need to be a lot more flexible in their assumptions.

Allen Harris
Allen Harris
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Yep, I agree, Vandy should have dropped at least 3 spots, as Ole Miss did. If we’re being fair, probably more like 4 or 5 since they got soundly whipped at home by a lesser team.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Allen Harris

That was their THIRD series loss, second at home, the first being to a distinctly lesser team (UCF) than UGa.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Yes it was an “impressive display of baseball.” Already requests are pouring in for DVDs of Sunday’s game as an instructional primer on good pitching….

Rick Fahr
Rick Fahr
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Pretty small strike zones forced more pitches over the plate, I thought.

Marc
Marc
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Agreed 100%. Was at the series in Oxford. As a Razorback fan, I would rather play Vandy than Ole Miss any series. Ole Miss can flat hit the ball…major props. How can the #2 and number #3 teams play a close series while the #1 team gets it handed to them by number…oh yeah unranked team. I guess those wins over Texas, TCU and Texas Tech (currently 3,10,12 in your own ranking) don’t mean too much for Ole Miss. Should have been playing Wright State and GA State like Vandy to build that RPI. By the way how does Texas get up there ahead of Ole Miss and Miss State. Texas would be 3-4 in the SEC right now with losses to Ole Miss, Miss State, Arkansas, and A&M. Do you not look at your own rankings???

Tutt
Tutt
6 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Your an idiot if you would rather play Ole Miss than Vandy. Ark and Ole Miss both proved this weekend that their pitching staff’s are not elite. Vandy, probably should have dropped to 5th, is missing 3 starters on offense and 2 major arms that would have been numbers 1 and 2 out of the bullpen or the 3rd starter. Be careful what you wish for.

Funny how you puff your chest over 1 victory over Texas, TCU, and TEXAS TECH and not series wins over them. Big difference sambo. And Texas would be 3 and 4 against the SEC based on what? Did they play a full series against anyone from the SEC? Oh yeah, they took South Carolina to the woodshed.

Its funny how fans of teams that have never won anything puff their chests when they are ranked number 1 in a poll that really does not mean squat. I guess thats the difference between the haves and the have nots. The have nots ride on meaningless polls while the haves just sit back and wait till June to knock off you have nots WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS.

Mike
6 months ago
Reply to  Tutt

Tutt, I can see you really don’t follow college baseball much by your mind-numbing comments. Oh, where to begin… Marc said he’d rather play Vandy than Ole Miss, NOT the other way around as your first states. Do you realize the 1-game wins over the 3 Texas teams came in a tournament where each team only played 1 time? I guess you’re assuming the 3 Texas teams would have won the series if it had been played. Marc (and I) assume Texas would be 3rd or 4th in the SEC based on their 0-3 mark against the the SEC teams in that tournament. For that matter, the B12’s 1-8 mark in said tournament against the SEC teams does nothing for your weak argument. I do congratulate you on your home sweep of So Carolina. When does Texas visit Columbia, next year perhaps?

You seem like you’re (or “your”, as you say) the one getting all worked up about a “meaningless poll” at this point. I do agree with you on one point that these polls are meaningless until June.

Marc
Marc
6 months ago
Reply to  Tutt

You are probably correct, I’m an idiot for not using ad hominem attacks and racial epithets(sambo …really?) to enhance my opinions. I would probably garner much more respect if I did but I’m just not that smart.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Tutt

Wow Tutty, you are a classy one aren’t you? Literally the very first word in your idiotic response is spelled incorrectly – you know, just before you called someone else an “idiot”. LMAO! Then you proceed to argue points that Marc didn’t even make – you got them backwards! You should really just put the drink and the keyboard down and let the adults talk.

Allen Harris
Allen Harris
6 months ago
Reply to  Tutt

Does Vandy still have a recruiting edge over the rest of the SEC due to their status as a private school?
If so, I’d love to see how the ‘Dores fare if the field were leveled.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Who wouldn’t want to play a team that issues NINETEEN free passes (17 BB and 2 HBP)???

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Marc

You do NOT “build your RPI” by beating weak teams at home. That shows you know nothing about the RPI. It’s actually just the opposite – you build your RPI by beating good teams, especially on the road. Vandy’s RPI probably dropped by going 3/4 vs Ga State. Of all people, a Razorback fan should understand this because formerly the Hogs RPI was wrecked every year by being forced by the state govt to play lesser Arkansas state teams!

BTW Wright State is #1 in the Horizon league and at least on a par with SEMU and Murray State. Vandy was set to open the season at the MLB4 Tourney in Scottsdale AZ with Michigan and ? It was cancelled due to COVID. Normally they play in the Southern California Classic with UCLA and USC but they went with all CA teams this year again due to COVID. Thus, Vandy had to do some last minute scheduling. Schedules are usually made over a year in advance.

Winning those 3 single games vs the Texas teams (it wasn’t a “series”) probably means only a little bit more than losing 2/3 the following week at home vs UCF. Ole Miss has lost 3 series. Their best series win is Alabama. No way should they be in the discussion for #2. Get real.

Marc
Marc
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

The RPI comment was sarcasm and yes I know the hit you are talking about. Got to love when politics gets into sports!
Ole Miss (and Arkansas) definitely have some pitching issues they have to figure out if they want to get to Omaha and contend. That field turns quite a few of those home runs both teams are launching into outs.
As I learn more about them, I’m starting to believe Tennessee may be the right team for the 2 spot. We’ll find out this weekend. Every team has their pro’s and con’s which makes the discussion fun.
Just glad to be on top (for the moment).

Tom
Tom
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

The key point here is that it is baseball. You don’t win every game. The poll rightfully doesn’t determine the rankings from the results of one weekend.

Brandon Walker
Brandon Walker
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

I’m confused on how ole miss is still in the top 10. It’s like the series loss to an unranked ucf never happened. Oh and by the way they now have 3 series losses. I don’t care if you did just lose to Arkansas…you still have THREE series losses ZERO quality series wins. I’d love to hear how ole miss is not over ranks instead of whining about how vandy, with one loss is still ranked high.

Robert
Robert
6 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Walker

The fact that Ole Miss emerged from the opener in Texas with a ‘series’ win over Texas, TCU and Texas Tech in three days speaks for itself. There is no reason to argue about the quality of SEC teams, particularly in the SEC West. This discussion was about the d1 guys and their lack of objectivity about what Vandy did on the field this past weekend. Ask Arkansas about the quality of the Ole Miss team. That series could easily have gone Ole Miss’ way. It will all get proven on the diamond. Vandy and Tennessee play this week, and Ole Miss and State play this week. BTW, I pay for the d1 service, so when I think they are off-base, I tell them so.

Brandon Walker
Brandon Walker
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Congrats you pay for the service. Should I ask ucf about their quality wins? By the way they have a losing record…still. And by your logic rpi doesn’t matter. All that matters is a three game stretch at the beginning. What quality wins does ole miss have other than the Texas opener? Any in the sec? And again that ugly ucf series seems to be completely disregarded in any discussion on rank which blows my mind. Since when did on the field performance matter when ranking wins and losses against opponents? So if you barely lose let’s say, 1 run, it doesn’t matter be used you almost won? A loss is a loss last time a checked. And when it’s against an unranked opponent it seems to hurt worse…or it should.
And as I recall both state and Arkansas both came out of the Texas tournament with a winning record. So I wouldn’t hang my hat on three games at the beginning of the year and base my whole argument on that and not my seasons body of work this far as a whole.

ARKANSAS904
ARKANSAS904
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

As an Arkansas fan, I dont see any difference between Arkansas and Ole Miss.

I just hope that we are on different sides of the cws

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Reality check: Oxford MS, Feb 26-27 UCF 3-2, 7-2, 5-6. That’s a pretty big “egg.”
April 11th: 17 BB, 2 HBP. Ole Miss has lost THREE series. You can find negatives on every resume. Vandy is ranked #2 in 3 of the 4 polls out including the coaches poll. Lots of clueless baseball people other than D1 no doubt.

Ronnie Fulton
Ronnie Fulton
6 months ago

Poll does not represent quality of play….No way Vandy is #2. Also, what is the justification for having Louisville and Mississippi ahead of Texas Tech?

Clark
Clark
6 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie Fulton

Texas Tech was in a tourney with Miss state, Arkansas, and Ole Miss and went winless against all 3. So I’d say that is a good justification for them not being higher.

Ronnie Fulton
Ronnie Fulton
6 months ago
Reply to  Clark

I’m aware of the State Farm Classic. Polls are based on current status…not what happened the first weekend of the season.

Marc
Marc
6 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie Fulton

Agreed on Vandy. Ole Miss did beat TT on the field. Pretty good reason.

Ronnie Fulton
Ronnie Fulton
6 months ago
Reply to  Marc

If that’s your criteria, La Tech should be rated higher than Mississippi.

Robert
Robert
6 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie Fulton

This discussion was about Vandy losing on the field to Georgia, not anyone else.

Ronnie Fulton
Ronnie Fulton
6 months ago
Reply to  Robert

The discussion was about what is a fair ranking of the teams. Everybody has an opinion…I’m just giving mine.

Based on the entire season…not just this past weekend, my top eight ranking would be:

1) Arkansas (appears to be the best)
2) Texas (having a good run)
3) Ms State (deep bullpen and bats warming up)
4) Vandy (two great starters)
5) Tennessee (see Texas)
6) Texas Tech (seem to have all the parts)
7) Ole Miss (pounding the ball..great couple of starters, but not much pitching depth)
8) Louisville (best 10 loss team in the country)

Marc
Marc
6 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie Fulton

Thought you would understand. Not trying to play six degrees of separation game. Point is two similarly ranked teams …a head to head should carry some weight. TT is a good ball club but what happens on the field should matter else the ZAGS would be national champs in basketball.
Can’t just wash away those pesky losses.

Bob
Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie Fulton

If we’re gonna play that game then morehead state should be ranked above Louisville.

Devin Robinson
Devin Robinson
6 months ago
Reply to  Ronnie Fulton

Mississippi state hasn’t lost a game since the arkansas disaster.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Marc

One game 1st week season. Find a better reason.

Marc
Marc
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

If that were their only loss they would be #1. We could dig through SOS, comparable losses and wins etc. to find no compelling difference. If only they could play each other….

Reason – Similar record and results. Games should matter. Ole Miss gets the nod (today).

Lots of ball to be played and one thing is certain….rankings don’t mean crap once the first pitch is thrown!

Hope, M.S.
6 months ago

The fact that Tech is 5-4 in Big12 and Ole Miss is 8-4 in SEC(Ole Miss went 3-0 against TCU, Tech, and Texas in Arlington) is a justifiable reason. They played Arkansas close all weekend without Elko(ACL injury) who led the SEC in RBIs and the Rebs in HRs before the weekend. The same Razorback team that also went 3-0 at Globe Life Park.

Gary
Gary
6 months ago
Reply to  Hope, M.S.

Ole miss is a good ball club without a doubt and will not be surprised to see them in Omaha again this year. I wish Tech could get another shot at any of those teams too though (Ole miss, Ark, Miss St) because teams peak at different points of the season. Tech has been to Omaha 4 out of the last 6 years for a reason. Even though I’m a tech grad, I still watch and keep up with SEC baseball because it’s good quality ball to watch too.

John
John
6 months ago

This is ridiculous. Vandy loses to a weak Georgia team at home and drops one spot?!?! This is so silly. Rank all the SEC teams in the top and when they all beat each other just shuffle them around.

Davis
Davis
6 months ago
Reply to  John

Georgia is not a weak team by any stretch. They are right outside the top 25 right now and are in the top 25 of RPI.

Mike
Mike
6 months ago

No Georgia? They completely dominated Vandy this week. Vandy only led in 1 inning all series.

People will point out that Georgia had gone 1-2 against A&M, SC, and Tennessee, but only the A&M series loss is a bad loss. SC and Tennessee are good teams and you would expect a team ranked #20-25 to go 1-2 against Top 10 teams.

The way Georgia handled Vandy on the road should’ve vaulted them into the Top 25 in my opinion.

Samuel Bond
Samuel Bond
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike

You answered your own question, you can’t lose 3 straight and then jump into the rankings with a big win. Georgia has a really solid club, but they have to win a little more consistently

Kaden
Kaden
6 months ago

Woo pig sooie go hogs

Bob
Bob
6 months ago

Hopefully, being dropped out of the top 25 will spur UCLA on to better Friday & Saturday play. This team is still planning on Omaha in June.
If they don’t improve weekend play, it will be very difficult to reach that goal in 2021.

Kaden
Kaden
6 months ago

I agree how does #1 vandy lose to an unranked opponent and still get be #2

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

How did Arkansas drop from #1 to begin with? They have not lost a weekend series. They dropped to #2 after losing 3 games in a row, but still won their weekend series against Alabama that week. Now they have 3 road series wins against ranked teams (Miss State, Ole Miss, La Tech).

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Nobody is arguing Arkansas is not #1 so what is your point?

Kaden
Kaden
6 months ago

I wanna know how vandy is ahead of ole miss they may say hotty toddy and throw drinks in the air but they played neck to neck with best time in the country

Jordan
Jordan
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

Congrats on losing closely. 2nd place out of 2 is really undervalued.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

UCF…..FLA…..ARK

Carl
Carl
6 months ago

Ranking does not matter now.
The only thing that matters is seedings for tourney.
Lots of baseball left.

Samuel Bond
Samuel Bond
6 months ago

I was figuring Ole Miss would drop to 6-7 and Vandy would drop to 4-5, so the Ole Miss spot seems about right. The Vandy spot though…I feel like the Vols have earned that #2 spot for now. Vandy will have the chance to earn it back against them. I’m also a little surprised that both Old Dominion and Charlotte got in ahead of Southern Miss.

Scott Willard
Scott Willard
6 months ago

Maybe if Liberty beats #17 Va Tech Tuesday they will get some love.

CharleeB
CharleeB
6 months ago

I really don’t understand why week in and week out people get their panties in a bunch and pass and moan about the d1baseball rankings as if after you cry about it they are going to go back and change it. What really matters is keep winning and making the post season. That is where you prove yourself anyways

Mike
6 months ago
Reply to  CharleeB

People love getting their panties in a bunch. This is why reading the D1 comments are so entertaining.

Greg
Greg
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike – 1000% agree… The best part of Monday is reading the D1 comments… I grab a coffee, kick my feet up, and prepare to be amused! Thank you D1 guys for allowing non-members to keep reading these comments!

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago
Reply to  Greg

I see it as healthy debate…..only ones who got panties in a wad drop to name calling and demeaning comments. I enjoy the comments too…but seems most are just fans expressing views.

Kaden
Kaden
6 months ago

My top 5 1) Arkansas, 2) Louisville, 3) Tennessee, 4) Ole Miss 5) Vandy

Austin
Austin
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

Yep, this is what the Top 5 should actually be

couchjc
couchjc
6 months ago
Reply to  Austin

Silly take. Louisville shouldn’t even be in the conversation. Their rpi is 61. They’ve split their only 2 games against teams in the rpi Top 50 and have 4 losses against teams below 100. I don’t worry too much about rankings because all that matters is post-season seeding. There’s a reason the D1 Baseball staff (despite some of the ignorant and minimally informed opinions in this string) place teams where they do, and it’s heavily based on a much broader range of knowledge than any of us.

Last edited 6 months ago by couchjc
Austin
Austin
6 months ago
Reply to  couchjc

What are your thought on Texas? They are 3-3 against teams in the RPI Top 50, yet the D1 Baseball staff has them at #3 in the polls. If Louisville doesn’t belong in Top 5, then neither does Texas.

couchjc
couchjc
6 months ago
Reply to  Austin

No real argument if you say Texas doesn’t belong there, but they’ve at least won every series since the Round Rock Classic, have an rpi of 16, and have won 8 straight. Since March 30, Louisville is 4 – 4. Texas is 8 – 1. Somebody has to be there, & I think Texas has a much better case than Louisville. Lots of people have correctly noted that the rankings are just a guess, and all that really matters is how they’re seeded before the regionals & what they do with it.

Jordan
Jordan
6 months ago
Reply to  couchjc

Louisville is 2-0 in the last 2 weeks not 4-4 🙂 Weekdays don’t matter

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Arkansas got dropped to #2 without losing a weekend series. At least most of us didn’t whine about it.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Huh? People are whining about Vandy NOT being lower than #2. Vandy supporters are perfectly happy with #2. Big difference. Again you manage to work Arkansas into the conversation when they are totally irrelevant to it.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

Ole Miss has THREE series losses including at home to UCF or do you just want to forget that and keep bragging about what happened the week before that in Texas???

Samuel Bond
Samuel Bond
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

Louisville at 2 is comical, Texas Tech or Texas should replace them somewhere in that order

Jordan
Jordan
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

1) Arkansas
2) Tennessee
3) Vandy
4) Texas
5) Mississipi State
6) Louisville

from a louisville fan they shouldn’t be #2

Ole Miss shouldn’t be top 5 after 3 series losses. You should not be rewarded for losing to good teams.

Last edited 6 months ago by Jordan
Sutpens 100
Sutpens 100
6 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Ole Miss is NOT top 5, and I don’t care where they are ranked so long as it is ahead of Louisville, the best 10-loss team in the country.

Kelly
Kelly
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

Says the Ole Miss fan. LMAO at the complete lack of credibility shown by not including rival Miss. State. Typical delusional OM fan.

Kelly
Kelly
6 months ago
Reply to  Kelly

Or is it a UPig fan hoping to boost their series win over OM. If UPig, you obviously have a great team, and deserve to be considered better than Miss. State. But keep in mind, you did not get our best. Not saying you weren’t better…just that we played uncharacteristically bad that series. It’s baseball. That happens sometimes. But if you think Louisville, Tenn & OM deserve to be ranked higher than Miss State at this point, that’s just silly. But as others have said, it really doesn’t matter much at this point. This should work it’s way out by the time national seeds are announced. I just have a quarrel with your assessment, as it seems to not include logic or reason.

Samuel Bond
Samuel Bond
6 months ago
Reply to  Kelly

As a die hard MSU fan, I’d be completely fine with Tennessee above us right now. They have the best record in college baseball with some quality wins. Louisville though, no. Ole Miss, well we’ll see that in a few days.

Austin
Austin
6 months ago

Texas doesn’t belong in the Top 5. They are 0-4 vs. the SEC West, outscored 22-4. They have 1 good series win vs. South Carolina and that’s it. They will get exposed by Texas Tech and TCU.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Austin

First of all NONE of the pollsters now give much weight to those 3 single games in Texas the first week of the season, so it is ridiculous to keep bringing it up. It was NOT a series. They look at SERIES wins, especially on the road. That is the best predictor of how far you can go. Who is your best series win. For TX, it was a home sweep over South Carolina. For Ole Miss a road sweep at Alabama. For MSState a home sweep vs KY or a road win at LSU take your pick. For TN, the home win vs FL or the sweep vs LSU take your pick, and their road wins at Ga and Bama are noteworthy. For Vandy a road win vs Oklahoma State but their road sweeps at LSU and Mo are noteworthy. I think it is reasonable to say that Texas DOES belong in the Top 5.

Tutt
Tutt
6 months ago

So funny seeing all these whiners over a poll in April. It will be decided on the field in June. Easy to tell who has never won anything because they come here every week whine about their spot in the polls.

Kaden
Kaden
6 months ago

did yall see christian franklin preseason 1st team all american rod a homer

Kaden
Kaden
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

sorry rob not rod

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

Yep, saw that – it was a great play. They said Franklin made it look easy. That will be on his highlight video. What was funny was the announcers compared it to the Ole Miss outfielder TJ McCants missing a similar HR earlier in the game that bounced off of the top of the fence. It was like “great” (Franklin) versus “not so great”.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago

For all the posters (mostly SEC East homers) below whining about Vandy being #2 based SOLELY on the fact that they lost a home series to an “unranked” Ga team (who have a 20-11 record and an RPI of 23 and are not Little Brothers of the Poor) The scores are irrelevant. A loss is a loss regardless of the score. Shit happens. Teams have bad weekends. D1 thought them good enough to be #1 for a month. NOBODY makes an argument WHY any other team say #3-#6 should be ranked ahead of them. So I will toss out a few facts that PROBABLY influenced D1.

  1. Vandy is the ONLY #2-6 team to win a ROAD series against a RANKED opponent (OK State) and the only team to SWEEP an SEC team on the road (LSU). Positives.
  2. Texas does not have a series loss unless you want to count the 1st week of the season which I’m sure D1 does not. Their main “negative” is that they have NOT yet played any of the other league contenders – TTU, TCU and OK State. And #1 above.
  3. A special comment about Ole Miss. Give me a break. In addition to #1 above, they have lost THREE series, including one at HOME to “UNRANKED” UCF ( 14-18, RPI 140).

I bet most of these things will be mentioned on the weekly chat today

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Raise your hand if your team:
Most Q1/Top 50 wins
Most wins in nation
Won 7 series with 4 sweeps
Hasnt lost a series
Has 0 losses outside top32 rpi
Fla is the worst rpi loss? wow

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

I could make a compelling argument either for TN and/or Texas to be ranked ahead of Vandy. I listed the reasons why I think D1 had Vandy #2. I actually made a mistake. Vandy is the only one of those #2-6 teams to have swept an SEC team on the road AND they have done it TWICE – LSU and Mo. The naysayers will poo poo that because they are not upper echelon SEC teams but nonetheless it IS a big POSITIVE when you do it, regardless of the opponent. And I repeat – Vandy is the only one of those teams to have a series ROAD win over a ranked team – Ok State. Another big positive. D1 looks at the POSITIVES for ranking a team in a particular spot not so much for negatives to not rank them. That’s just the way they do their rankings. They also are the least reactionary of all the polls. I would not be surprised to see Vandy ranked lower than #2 in all the other polls with perhaps the exception of the USA Today Coaches Poll.
You can find negatives on EVERY team, some of which turn out NOT to be a negative at all. As a Vol fan, certainly you remember all the crap said about UT’s
“only” going 2/4 at home vs Indiana State, how they “could” have been swept, which is true, BUT THEY WEREN’T and Indiana State is now ranked. Arkansas came within a whisker of being swept at home by lowly Auburn, BUT THEY WEREN’T. There are plenty of similar situations involving other teams.
Over the next 5 weekends, Vandy plays TN, Florida and Ole Miss on the road and Ms State and Alabama at home. We’ll find out on the field whether Vandy is a contender or a pretender.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

I try to look at many variables as well…..its just a “ranking” based on opinions and perception. I also see where potential somewhat outweighs accomplishment but there is a fine line there for debate. Similar to playing/winning vs a team that was ranked when you played them but where are they ranked now……which is more accurate judgement? TN has 2 SEC road series wins (GA/AL) which are both near top25 in D1….and are in top25 in many other polls, time tell if they become “more worthy” series wins. My post was designed to represent the reason to put TN at #2, not disparage any team(s) and with most true fans, we know Vandy is a contender, without a doubt. I’m just glad we have a space to debate and have fun doing so.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

As I said, I could make a compelling argument for either TN and/or TX being ranked ahead of Vandy. My original issue was that people were coming forth asserting Vandy should NOT be #2 simply because they just lost a home series vs Ga but NOBODY making an argument why some other team should be #2 instead. Ole Miss lost a home series to UCF and have lost 3 series so even considering them seems ludicrous to me. I am really looking forward to next weekend in Knoxville.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

I cant find a reason to put TX at 2…..and not much credit given for sweeping Mizz…..yet

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

Texas has been very good since the first weekend. They have not lost a series BUT haven’t played TTU, TCU or OkState yet. Swept a good S Carolina team at home. Worthy of being in the discussion.

Nobody else has swept Mizzou, much less in Columbia….yet 😉

Samuel Bond
Samuel Bond
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Mississippi State literally just swept an SEC series on the road. (Auburn) So Vandy isn’t the only one in that group.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Samuel Bond

My mistake. I had limited time to peruse the records of the 5 teams due to a doctor’s appointment and missed last weeks result vs Auburn. Vandy still alone with 2 road sweeps.

Jordan
Jordan
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

#17 loses on the road to #7… drops to #24 (this week)
#15 loses on the road to #13… drops out of the top 25 (this week)
#3 loses on the road to #15… stays at #3 (last week)

whatever ya’ll are smoking, please hook me up

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago

Raise your hand if your team:
Most Q1/Top 50 wins
Most wins in nation
Won 7 series with 4 sweeps
Hasnt lost a series
Has 0 losses outside top32 rpi (Fla at 32)
My case for TN at #2….. GO VOLS

Last edited 6 months ago by BrunoVFL
Marc
Marc
6 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

Compelling argument…go beat Vandy this week! If things work out for both of us I’ll be buying some stupidly priced tickets in Knoxville in May!

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago
Reply to  Marc

they are stupidly priced now

Jordan
Jordan
6 months ago

#17 loses on the road to #7… drops to #24 (this week)
#15 loses on the road to #13… drops out of the top 25 (this week)
#3 loses on the road to #15… stays at #3 (last week)
whatever ya’ll are smoking, please hook me up

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

You come on here every week with the same BS and now you complicate it by not naming teams. A team’s movement is NOT solely determined by what they did the previous week. The rest of the season still counts. What other teams do has an impact. To whit, Fl State didn’t really “drop” to #24; Va Tech and Pitt with series SWEEPS plus 4 newly ranked teams all passed them. Ga Tech didn’t merely lose on the road this week. They have lost 6 of their last 8 games with 2 series losses including at home vs VA. I have no clue what #3 team you are talking about. Ole Miss was #3 last week. TX this week. What have YOU been smoking?

Jordan
Jordan
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Poor Richard,

My intention was to simplify this for you, but it seems even the simplest concept flies right over your head. Take one more look at the part labeled “(this week)” and “(last week)”. You are correct in saying that Texas is #3 this week. But last week #3 (Ole Miss) stayed at #3 after losing to #15 (Florida). I even put the names in there for you this time.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

If you even paid the slightest attention to how the polls work you wouldn’t be coming on here with the your whining questions about why such and such team did this and only this happened compared to such and such team doing that and only that happened. You have tunnel vision and can’t see beyond the results of a single week or series. Read my response again. What other teams do matters. What a particular team has done beyond the last week matters, i.e. trends matters. There is a cumulative effect. I believe it’s you that likes to whine about midweek games counting or not counting. The fact is that an isolated midweek loss is blown off, BUT if you have a lot of them, especially to teams you should have beaten, then there is a cumulative negative effect, e.g. Louisville. Try educating yourself by reading the weekly chat or even addressing your concerns to the staff.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Try this on for CLARITY.
“TWO weekends ago #3 Ole Miss lost a series at #15 Florida but remained at #3 in last week’s poll.”
Leaves no doubt what you were saying and the reader doesn’t have to be pulling up past polls to know who you’re talking about.
Several years ago somebody was posting on a high school blog about an unnamed player from an unnamed school. I asked him WTF he was talking about? Instead of telling me, he launched into a tirade about my being so stupid as not to know. Immediately half a dozen people said they didn’t know who the mystery player was either. Turns out it was a player for a small Christian school 200 miles away basically unknown to anybody who didn’t live nearby. Name names.

Emmett
Emmett
6 months ago

I don’t think Ole Miss should drop THAT much. They only lost twice to (1) Arkansas and beat them once, too.

Ronnie Fulton
Ronnie Fulton
6 months ago
Reply to  Emmett

Emmett, when you lose four out of your last six conference games you will drop in the polls..

If you win this weekend’s series with Ms State, you’ll rebound. Lose again this weekend, you’ll drop farther. That’s the way it works.

Rosalee B Robertson
Rosalee B Robertson
6 months ago

Love these Hogs

Ronnie Fulton
Ronnie Fulton
6 months ago

Really enjoy the discussion after the top 25 is posted..
Two really good matchup of top six teams this weekend.

Vandy at Tennessee
Ole Miss at Ms State

I’ll be in Starkvegas…

Adam Barry
Adam Barry
6 months ago

May I ask why Michigan is in the top 25 when Nebraska is the team leading the Big Ten???

Rob
Rob
6 months ago

Indiana St, Florida St, Michigan, Charlotte and Pittsburgh over Southern Miss? Otay!

Rob
Rob
6 months ago

Indiana St, Florida St, Michigan, Charlotte, Old Dominion and Pittsburgh over Southern Miss? Otay!

Fred Sims
Fred Sims
6 months ago

SEC! SEC! SEC!

Chris
Chris
6 months ago

It’s crazy to see a midseason top 25 polls garner such emotional reactions. If rankings were easy then we’d all have our own websites and our rankings would be listed on every major television network during weekends series. I dare say that it isn’t as easy as some high level and simplistic compare/contrast explanation. Keep in mind that these writers travel all over the country and watch teams first hand which gives them more than just a this team won or lost mentality. Born and raised a hog fan and happy to see the recognition but who cares if they are ranked #1 or #2 if they don’t get to Omaha and put the fly ball fiasco to bed from a few years ago….

Just win the games and everything works out in the end.

RICHARD
RICHARD
6 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Most bitch and whiners come on here to protest a team – usually their team – being ranked too low. This week was different. It was about a team – obviously not theirs – being ranked too high. They obviously wanted some other team – probably theirs – ranked #2 BUT none offered up any justification other than Vandy lost. They must be punished. On the chat, when challenged about the ranking, the staff said they were “perfectly comfortable with Vandy at #2” because they considered it an “aberration” and they knew, unlike probably all of the whiners, that Vandy played without a number of regulars due to injury. They still have Rocker and Leiter, which makes it highly probable that they will win series. If that changes, if Rocker has actually gone off his rocker, or Leiter fades, or if either is injured, if they keep losing – that’s a different story.

Chris
Chris
6 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

i see your point. It still amazes me that 7 days ago no one disputed arkansas and candy ad 1 or 2. Not sure the first series loss against Georgia, which included injuries, magically makes them drop more. So, basically, I agree with you.

More than anything, us Hog fans need to be concerned about the potential to not host because of the recent legislation in our state.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
6 months ago

Wow!…

Corbin believer
Corbin believer
6 months ago

I am a big Vandy fan but I could care less where they are ranked as long as it is not #1.  Whatever it takes to have the opportunity to host a super regional is all that matters.  Vandy boys won’t be happy unless they get back to Omaha and have a chance to defend their title.
That being said 8-4 against the top quadrant is better than most.  Playing Tennessee on the road this weekend gives both teams the opportunity to make a legitimate claim to remain the top few teams chasing Arkansas.  I fully expect both teams to be there in the mix by the end of May no matter what happens this weekend.  Probably good for Vandy to lose a series now while their lineup is depleted and get ready for a stretch run.
No matter where Vandy ends up I would not want to be the team catching them in a regional or super with Rocker, Leiter and a surprisingly good bullpen group behind them.  

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago

Who is ready for the weekend? Midseason is upon us.
VOLS grabbed a Q1 road game midweek, Bring on da’ boys!
The real drama starts at how far Vandy falls next week, GBO.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

Game 1 didnt work as planned, do it!

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

Game 2 a thriller!! GBO

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

Aberration……GBO

Corbin believer
Corbin believer
6 months ago

I am heading up I40 to Lindsey Nelson to watch Leiter and the boys tomorrow….hopefully Kumar sets the table tonight on ESPNU.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
6 months ago

Enjoy the games…..have fun

Corbin believer
Corbin believer
5 months ago

Happy to get 2 of 3 from the Vols

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago

Great series…….Super Regional type games

Ken
Ken
5 months ago

You have the Gamecocks going 2-2 for the week, when in fact they were 3-1

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