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D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings: Arkansas Takes Over No. 1

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For the second week in a row, there’s a new team from the SEC West atop the D1Baseball Top 25. Arkansas ascended to No. 1 for the first time in the seven-year history of the D1Baseball rankings after improving to 7-0 on the season. The Hogs’ previous high ranking was No. 2, first achieved in the 2018 final rankings and matched last week.

Arkansas supplanted Ole Miss, whose reign atop the rankings lasted just one week. The Rebels dropped a home series to unranked UCF and fell three spots to No. 4. SEC teams occupy the top four spots in the rankings and five of the top six, as Vanderbilt and Mississippi State moved up to Nos. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Florida climbed one spot to No. 6 after a 5-0 week. Miami, which won a series at Florida in Week One, dropped three spots to No. 9 after losing a home series to Virginia Tech.

The Hokies are among five newcomers in the Top 25, three of them from the ACC. Boston College, which won a road series at then-No. 25 Duke, checks in at No. 22, while Virginia Tech is No. 24 and North Carolina is No. 25 after taking two of three at home from then-No. 12 Virginia. The other new entrants to the rankings are No. 20 Oregon State and No. 21 Florida Atlantic, which won a series against UCF in Week One and went 4-0 in Week Two.

Other climbers this week include South Carolina (up three spots to No. 14), Oklahoma State (up five spots to No. 15), and East Carolina (up five to No. 17).

While three ACC teams joined the rankings, four other ACC teams fell out of the Top 25, including the aforementioned Blue Devils. NC State plummeted out of the rankings from No. 13 after an 0-4 week that included getting swept at home by Georgia Tech, which climbed three spots to No. 12. Wake Forest dropped out from No. 16 after a 1-3 week that included a home series loss to Notre Dame. And Florida State fell out from No. 24 after getting swept at home by Pittsburgh. The Fighting Irish and Panthers were among the teams just outside the Top 25 this week. The fifth team that fell out of the rankings was Auburn, which posted a losing weekend at the Round Rock Classic.

D1Baseball’s editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of Feb. 28.

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

WOOPIGSOOIE BABY!!!

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason Shadell

The Hogs pitching staff is deep and they are hitting pretty well!

Drholland77
Drholland77
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason Shadell

We win the National Championship might as well not play any more gamex

beavers83
1 month ago
Reply to  Drholland77

You tried that…. didn’t work out that well…. lol.

RICHARD
1 month ago

Vandy played 7 games in 7 days. What an incredibly stressful stretch. Possibly everybody on the team got some time on the field.

Last edited 1 month ago by RICHARD
Bryan C Hammitt
Bryan C Hammitt
1 month ago
Reply to  RICHARD

TN played 9 games in 10 days…lot of new guys on field

Dan
Dan
1 month ago

The SEC regular season looks to be brutal this year

Kevin
Kevin
1 month ago

4 out of the 5 teams dropping out are ACC teams. And yes, SEC schedule is going to be brutal.

Jack Lupo
Jack Lupo
1 month ago

LSU is underrated!

Chad
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Lupo

Too young of a team to be overrated.

John sullivan
John sullivan
1 month ago
Reply to  Chad

seriously??

Rick Fahr
1 month ago
Reply to  Jack Lupo

that comment doesn’t look great after the 22-7 loss to Oral Roberts at home today

John Swindler
John Swindler
1 month ago

Coastal should be ahead of west virgina they are 5-2 3 wins vs top 25 and beat wva 10-5

Bryan C Hammitt
Bryan C Hammitt
1 month ago
Reply to  John Swindler

Duke and Wake,,,,both sub 500 and neither ranked

SCOTTIE SPEER
SCOTTIE SPEER
1 month ago

Both were ranked when they played Coastal. And West Virginia is still ranked and Coastal beat them as well.

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  SCOTTIE SPEER

The “ranked when we played them” is virtually meaningless and not a valid argument. Where the opponent is ranked NOW is what counts. The opponent may indeed be ranked again later. Or not. The RPI “wins versus” divisions (1-25, 26-50, etc) change every week. The only ranking/RPI that counts as far as NCAA selection is the one at the end of the regular season. I had this discussion several years with a fan asserting “we beat a top 10 team” in week two. In week four that team was not ranked and ultimately did not make the NCAA field. Needless to say a “win over a top 10 team” was NOT on their resume.

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  John Swindler

I agree Coastal Carolina should get some love. As for being ranked ahead of another team just because you beat them once, can’t say that I agree on that point.

Rosita Isales
1 month ago
Reply to  John Swindler
PalmerThombs
PalmerThombs
1 month ago

Was any consideration given to Georgia after the Bulldogs have won seven in a row?

PalmerThombs
PalmerThombs
1 month ago
Reply to  PalmerThombs

Weird how much disparity there is on UGA. No. 7 in Collegiate Baseball and No. 20 in Perfect Game yet unranked here.

Randy Barber
1 month ago
Reply to  PalmerThombs

No team they beat has a winning record.

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  PalmerThombs

They don’t have much of a resume so far – they haven’t really played anyone yet. This is the downside of scheduling mid-majors and teams that aren’t traditionally powerhouses. You might win them all, but then what have you proven? Once they get into conference play they’ll get their chance to prove their worth.

Jared Davis
1 month ago
Reply to  PalmerThombs

The guys that put together this poll are some of the best journalists in college baseball so I am sure Georgia was given consideration. Georgia has lost a game and, of course, it matters who they have played (and where they played). However, since they play in the SEC, they will have every opportunity to be ranked. Best of luck to the Bulldogs this year.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

Mississippi remaining anywhere in the top 10 is a placement only neutered stooges would make.

John sullivan
John sullivan
1 month ago

this is a joke. Lose two games stay the same. Win all 5 and stay the same.

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  John sullivan

Who are you talking about and who did they beat?

Eric Simmons
1 month ago

No Stetson? They’re 9-0

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Simmons

Seriously? You realize it matters WHO you play, right? 8 of their 9 wins are against 2 teams that haven’t won a game! The only respectable win was against a still unranked UCF.

Gary
1 month ago

Not sure how TT remains at #10 after losing three to top five power teams and winning three against HBU by lopsided scores. LSU should move into #10 and TT somewhere more consistent with their record. Give them points for losing to top teams, but they are still losses. HBU was batting practice to help them work out the kinks.

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary

Funny how you call Texas Tech’s wins “batting practice”, but think LSU’s wins against teams with losing records as more viable for ranking? I don’t think LSU has proven anything yet.

Gary
1 month ago

Don’t understand how TT can remain at #10 when they lost three to power teams (yes, all top five teams) and then worked out the kinks with batting practice against HBU. Give them points for playing top five teams, but they are still L’s.

Jason Rickabaugh
1 month ago

How’s Virginia ahead of a 6-1 UNC team that just took 2 or 3 from them.

Ken Hood
1 month ago

They dropped Virginia 4 spots and UNC moved into the top 25. What did you expect to happen – a swap? LOL. I could understand your comment if Virginia was previously ranked near the bottom of the poll, but not when they’re 12th and UNC was unranked!?

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Give up. LOGIC has NO place in this forum. You will type yourself blind if you keep this up. Many will never accept that WHOM you played counts. If a post starts out “Why?” or “How come?” or “I don’t understand?” or some frequently whining equivalent, it’s best to move on. 🙂

Last edited 1 month ago by RICHARD
Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard

I think your are right, sir!

nnameindmjf
1 month ago

Mississippi State moves up? After being given 2 games, otherwise they would have been swept. Wow! You must only follow the scores and not the play.

couchjc
1 month ago
Reply to  nnameindmjf

If only scores didn’t count, right? Point is, Mississippi State took 2 out of 3. Tulane pitched pretty well, but they couldn’t stop the bats when it mattered. What’s unfair about that?

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  couchjc

Perfect response to what amounts to someone complaining that Miss State got credit for WINNING the series.

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Cant wait till conference season starts!!! These SEC games are going to be top notch!

Last edited 1 month ago by Ben
Truth
Truth
1 month ago

I was blown away by OSU Beavers this past weekend! GCU is no give me and the series could have easily gone 1-3 the other direction. After watching a weekend of baseball Tennessee, Virginia and Arizona St were not impressive!

Northeast Baseball Guy
Northeast Baseball Guy
1 month ago

Get BC out of there, just awful

Earl
Earl
1 month ago

LSU iseiko hitting rhetoric ball well and thEirik has been stellar.

Earle
Earle
1 month ago

Stupid auto check LSU is hitting well and their starting pitching is stellar. Jaden is Hill is living up to the lofty expectations.

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  Earle

Looks like Oral Roberts is hitting pretty well too 😉

Gabe
Gabe
1 month ago

What do you think about Georgia state? Sunbelt team that’s starting out with 18 games in a row against high majors and holding their own so far going 3-5 against ranked West Virginia and Vandy, with 4 more against ranked teams coming up this week in Georgia Tech and Tennessee?

Richard
Richard
1 month ago
Reply to  Gabe

They definitely are not short on balls of any kind….

Gabe
Gabe
1 month ago
Reply to  Gabe

As I say that they are up 8-0 on Georgia Tech in the top of the 6th. So, what would they have to do to get ranked? Right now they look to go to 4-5 on the year against ranked teams (Vandy, WVU and G.Tech) plus the loss against GA. Positive run differential. If they took 2 out of 3 against ranked Tennessee would that have them in your top 25 at 6-6 against a brutal schedule (worst team in their first 12 is the 1 game against GA)?

Ken Hood
1 month ago
Reply to  Gabe

If they beat TN & especially if they sweep, they’d be on my radar but wouldn’t rank them yet. So I’d say they would probably need to win the next two series (TN and KY). Wouldn’t hurt to beat Florida in between too.

BrunoVFL
1 month ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

@ken-hood….I was concerned about GaSt…..we got a fortunate sweep this weekend.  They made us work for it.