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2021 D1Baseball Preseason Top 25 Rankings

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Florida opens the 2021 season exactly where it left off in 2020: ranked No. 1 in the D1Baseball Top 25. The Gators, who went 16-1 before the pandemic wiped out the season last spring, return an absurd collection of talent on the mound and around the diamond, making them the team to beat in college baseball. This marks the third time in the six-year history of the D1Baseball Top 25 that Florida has garnered the preseason No. 1 spot; it previously opened the season atop the rankings in 2016 and 2018. The Gators went to Omaha in both of those seasons.

Three other teams that finished last year ranked inside the top five are back in the top five in the preseason rankings, albeit in a different order. UCLA opens the year ranked No. 2 after ending last season at No. 5. Texas Tech is No. 3, one spot better than it finished 2020. And last year’s preseason No. 1, Louisville, begins the season ranked No. 5, one spot behind Vanderbilt (last year’s preseason No. 2).

The SEC lands five teams inside the top 10 of the rankings, as No. 6 Ole Miss, No. 7 Mississippi State and No. 8 Arkansas follow the Gators and Commodores. The SEC also leads all conferences with nine of its 14 teams (64 percent) in the Top 25. The ACC is next with seven of its 14 teams (50 percent), followed by the Big 12 with five of its nine (55 percent). No. 9 Texas and No. 10 TCU round the top 10, and West Virginia isn’t far behind at No. 14.

Just three teams from the West Coast — where a number of prominent programs did not even have fall workouts due to the pandemic — crack the Top 25: No. 2 UCLA, No. 11 UC Santa Barbara and No. 22 Arizona.

Fifteen of the 25 teams in the preseason ranking ended the shortened 2020 campaign ranked in the Top 25.

The Top 25 rankings are determined by D1Baseball national writers Aaron Fitt, Kendall Rogers and Mike Rooney.

Rank Team 2020 Record 2020 Final Rank
1 Florida 16-1 1
2 UCLA 13-2 5
3 Texas Tech 16-3 4
4 Vanderbilt 13-5 6
5 Louisville 13-4 2
6 Ole Miss 16-1 8
7 Mississippi State 12-4 17
8 Arkansas 11-5 14
9 Texas 14-3 NR
10 TCU 11-4 NR
11 UC Santa Barbara 13-2 23
12 LSU 12-5 19
13 NC State 14-3 11
14 West Virginia 11-5 NR
15 Georgia Tech 11-5 NR
16 Virginia 14-4 25
17 Wake Forest 10-8 NR
18 South Carolina 12-4 NR
19 Tennessee 15-2 NR
20 Oklahoma State 13-5 NR
21 Miami 12-4 7
22 Arizona 10-5 NR
23 Auburn 13-5 18
24 Florida State 12-5 15
25 East Carolina 13-4 NR
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dholbrook6
1 month ago

Cue Country Roads!  Good to see WV getting love.

Aaron Fitt
1 month ago

Yeah, the Mountaineers look simply loaded on the mound. We’ll probably be higher on them than any other ranking, but that’s a team I’m comfortable sticking our necks out for.

DT
DT
1 month ago
Reply to  Aaron Fitt

@Aaron Fitt
totally agree they are loaded – being overlooked for sure!!

DT
DT
1 month ago
Reply to  DT

Speaking of Mountaineers with my reply on being loaded on mound and being overlooked!!

Troy Town
1 month ago

What happened to Dallas Baptist? They’ve been consistently in the top 25 the past few years!

Trevor Jones
1 month ago

Why are UCF getting no love in these rankings?

Dan Green
Dan Green
1 month ago

I’m assuming Oregon State isn’t ranked because of how young they are and because they were struggling early on last season. Please explain your thoughts.

Eric Simmons
1 month ago

Only 2 teams from the Pac 12? Why’s that?

Last edited 1 month ago by Eric Simmons
JohnTawa
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric Simmons

The Pac needs to prove itself again. It feels like the conference has been down as a whole in football, basketball and baseball the last couple of years.

John West Coast
John West Coast
1 month ago
Reply to  JohnTawa

I agree John….we have not won a National Championship in baseball since 2018. Massive slump.

ECUPir8s
1 month ago

ECU only 25th? They are loaded at the mound and have the bats to go with it.

Steven Hyden
Steven Hyden
1 month ago
Reply to  ECUPir8s

I think a lot of teams are going to be loaded
Oklahoma State Returns 9 starters. Because of Covid, the short MLB draft and NCAA wavering the eligibility it’s going to be a heck of a season.

Flashes
1 month ago

Where are the Georgia Bulldogs on this list? Or have I missed something?

David
1 month ago

No Big 10?

Willie Mays
Willie Mays
1 month ago
Reply to  David

Bad baseball

David
1 month ago
Reply to  Willie Mays

Michigan was runner up last college World Series the last time I checked

Tyballer4
1 month ago

How is South Carolina ranked so high?

michael reimer
1 month ago

Well ain’t that sum bs! Ya’ll just drop Duke out for no good reason. smdh

Devin McNeil
1 month ago

Please tell me ASU at least got consideration for the Top 25?

Cameron
Cameron
1 month ago

Love to see the SEC

RONNIE ROSEBERRY
1 month ago

Southern Miss will earn its way on the poles.

James Mock
James Mock
1 month ago

Miami is top 5 potential, need to see how the young guys pan out, so I see the lower ranking. However, the early matchup against UF will give a decent preview on the new starting rotation.

eric burch
eric burch
18 days ago
Reply to  James Mock

They were top ten the last time they played and looked really good so I don’t see the dramatic drop.

Donald Peterson
1 month ago

Just hoping for a semblance of a season.

T. A.
1 month ago

Hoping for a full season and postseason! SunBelt is a great baseball conference and will turn some heads. Looking forward to all those very good and overlooked mid-major/G5 programs that will drop L’s on the P5.

Shawn Brasher
Shawn Brasher
1 month ago

Wreck’em

Steve
Steve
1 month ago

Wow, my Rebels can not get any love?? Ties for the best record last year 16-1, better quality wins than Florida had, lost the 1st game of the season to then #1 Louisville then takes that series, beating a always good team in S. MISS and ECU. Florida lost to FSU a very good team, but the gators win are mediocre compared. Not at all saying the Gators arent good or deserve to be #1, just that Ole Miss also is bringing back possibly one of the best rotations and a great team. Call me playing favorites they deserve to be at #2. #3 maybe, behind TT. UCLA, LSU are both ranked way to hi at this point, LSU will get there like normal, maybe 1 more year. All of course is only IMHO
Looking forward to hearing ” PLAY BALL”!!

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve

Old Mrs Rebels fold like a cheap suit when it comes to tournament time. Can’t wait for the Bulldogs to once again have their way with them weak Rebs.

Daniel Brame
Daniel Brame
1 month ago

Wrong logo for Texas.

Daniel Brame
Daniel Brame
1 month ago
Reply to  Daniel Brame

Never mind, just an alternate I’ve never seen before.

eric burch
eric burch
18 days ago

Crazy ro have Miami drop so low.

vanf
vanf
17 days ago

I wont go to this site much this year. Arkansas never get a lot of credit but to placed the Number one team in the country 3 out of the last four years and they have just slowed enough to reload the best talent in the Nation and you place them 8th. We’ll see how it settles out in June.

Russ
Russ
13 days ago

Hmmmm . . . five Big 12 teams with a combined record of 5-10?