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Vanderbilt remained No. 1 in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings after sweeping a road series at Missouri, and Arkansas held firm at No. 2 after sweeping a road set at Mississippi State, which fell from No. 3 to No. 8. Fellow SEC West heavyweight Ole Miss climbed one spot to No. 3 after sweeping a road series at Alabama. Big 12 powers Texas Tech and Texas moved into the top five at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

There was plenty of upheaval outside the top five, thanks to a number of ranked teams losing series. Georgia Tech jumped five spots to No. 6 after winning its fourth ACC series in five tries, taking two of three at Duke. The Yellow Jackets leapfrogged Louisville, which remained No. 7 after splitting two games at then-No. 14 Notre Dame. The Jackets own a head-to-head series win over the Cardinals.

Tennessee leapt three spots to No. 9 after sweeping then-No. 22 LSU, which fell out of the rankings. Fellow SEC East contender South Carolina made the week’s biggest move, vaulting 11 spots to No. 14 after sweeping a series from Florida. The Gators tumbled 10 spots to No. 15.

Oklahoma State (up four spots to No. 16) and Louisiana Tech (up six spots to No. 17 after taking three of four at Southern Miss) also made big moves.

Two teams joined the rankings this week. Arizona returned to the rankings at No. 22 after taking two of three from then-No. 16 Oregon, which fell four spots to No. 20. And Virginia Tech rejoined the rankings at No. 23 after sweeping a road series at then-No. 15 Pittsburgh, which fell nine places to No. 24.

D1Baseball editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings.

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

Same record but Arkansas has played way tougher teams. What gives?

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  RazorHog

I’m an Arkansas fan too, but you know how ratings work.  If a team stumbles, they get passed in the rankings.  That happened when we lost 3 in a row 2 weeks ago and Vandy passed us.  If they stumble and we don’t during a particular week, we will pass them again.  Does it really hurt that bad to be #2 temporarily?

Chris
Chris
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Couldn’t agree more. As an Arkansas fan, this poll doesn’t matter too much right now and as long as they continue to win, everything will work itself out. More importantly, their RPI metrics would suggest the 1 seed in postseason play.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Agree Chris – I also know that Vandy has a very good pitching staff. I’m happy we don’t have to face them in the regular season. They probably feel the same way about Arkansas.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

I would think that they’d want to square off to settle the matter, you are or you aren’t after all….enough common foes in there to give plenty of reason to want a head to head to answer once and for all….

Last edited 4 months ago by Donald Peterson
Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago

Guess it doesn’t matter what we want or don’t want – they don’t play each other.

alex
alex
3 months ago

Maybe we’ll meet in Omaha.

Scot Spiers
Scot Spiers
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Vandy loves playing the best teams wether SEC or not. Vandy vs Ark would be a massive draw right now.

Robert Clarkson
Robert Clarkson
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

#2 is great vanderbilt was #2 nearly all season in 2019 and see how that turned out.

David Smiley
David Smiley
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Right on they will stumble sooner or later. Being #2 is pretty much the same as #1. We don’t play bandy this year until conference championship. Until then 1 or 2 doesn’t matter.

Scot Spiers
Scot Spiers
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Not at all especially in the SEC. we spend 10 weeks beating each other up. There’s legit 5 top 10 teams.

Robert
3 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Texas is ALWAYS hyped in every sport. They can’t beat Texas Tech.

NechTech
NechTech
4 months ago
Reply to  RazorHog

How bout 2 MLB ace’s on the same team that until proven otherwise guarantees Vandy 2 out of 3 games against anyone!

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  RazorHog

Are you seriously complaining about the #2 spot bro? I swear people are too soft these days. I mean do you really want the cursed #1 ranking anyways? Dude the hogs are a great team coming from a texas tech guy and #1 or #2 don’t matter right now dude. If they keep winning which id be dumb surprised if they didn’t….they will be in Omaha here in a few short months

Jeckyll
Jeckyll
4 months ago
Reply to  RazorHog

What gives is Vandy has the top 2 pitchers in college baseball.

Rob Stover
Rob Stover
4 months ago

What the heck is going on with my Auburn Tigers? Pitching is letting us down. A lot of close losses. But still losses. Surprised Kentucky is not ranked this week though.

Swires021
Swires021
4 months ago

Hmmmm… Stanford at 14-3… just took two from Fresno State over the weekend. I seem to remember that Fresno State has a fairly decent baseball pedigree… although maybe hasn’t hit their stride this year. Pittsburgh, Miami, Florida State, Florida and Virginia State’s 8 losses are better than Stanford’s 14 wins?? Hmmmm

Matt Thorne
Matt Thorne
4 months ago
Reply to  Swires021

Virginia State. Cool.
Fresno has a losing record. Stanford jumps into conference though, so opportunities to impress further.

Swires021
Swires021
4 months ago
Reply to  Matt Thorne

Tech… my bad… typing too fast. Agree… conference schedule coming up will show what Stanford really has. I’m just pointing out that losing to a team with a winning record… seems like it gets rewarded more than winning against a team with a losing record.

Mike
Mike
4 months ago
Reply to  Swires021

SEC bias at work. Think of the Big 10 bias in March Madness. All about them ratings

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

You literally say this every week. Don’t you ever get tired of being jealous of the SEC?

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Agreed Ken and coming from big 12 folk….bias or not you cannot argue with the crazy talent coming out of the SEC. you go to a good SEC series on the weekend and you will be seeing multiple future pros. Quit crying about bias

NechTech
NechTech
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike

So u want them to act like that tournament in Texas never happened?SEC- 8 wins Big 12- 1 win barely over MSU! Oh & Vandy wasn’t there!

Gary
Gary
3 months ago
Reply to  NechTech

As a Texas tech grad, I’ll be the first to say that all three SEC teams did look impressive for sure. I would like to see another matchup like that mid season though because teams definitely peak at different parts of the season. Tech has not been a stranger to Omaha. The SEC does have elite baseball for sure. No doubt about it and I love it when we play them.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Swires021

You are likely correct, the cardinal probably should’ve cracked the 25, Michigan should’ve dropped out at the very least, and there’s possibly some others in the bottom of the 25.

GoTigers
GoTigers
4 months ago

SEC dominant in the rankings. 7 teams in out of 14. One dropped out.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
4 months ago

TN sweeps LSU for 2nd time in history, hell of a series. TN sits at #9 with best record in nation, top 10 RPI with top 40 SOS and 0 losses outside Q1……..hoping we can maintain and have a great year. I could make an argument for a higher ranking, but i wont, long way to go and hope its a fun ride. GBO/VFL

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

I agree TN is looking good right now. Technically though, they do not have the best record in the nation. 21-4 is .840 and the top two teams are 19-3, which is .863. A minor difference, but it is true that TN has a better percentage than the teams ranked 3-8. But that’s only one factor. Keep winning – got lots of chances to prove yourselves at Alabama, against Florida, Vandy at home. Good luck.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

i thought of those % points after my post….maybe should have said most wins, lol. Most of the big games are at home and i’ll take that. (Ark/ky/vandy/fla)

Lance Hood
Lance Hood
4 months ago

These rankings will look completely different at end of season trust me. It’s a big guess right now. One team gets hot then one team slumps…

CaveHog
CaveHog
4 months ago

The main number that matters to me is 1-8, as in national seed. Get a top 8 and we are at Baum until Omaha, if we make it that far. As long as we get a top 8 then you let the chips fall where they may in the post season. With the schedule we play this year, 18-12 in SEC play almost guarantees a top 8 even if we don’t win the West.

Jordan
Jordan
4 months ago

Texas wins a series at home vs. 13-10 Oklahoma (2-1)
Georgia Tech wins a series 10-10 Duke (2-1)
Louisville splits on the road vs. #13 Notre Dame (game 3 canceled because of 20 mph wind…lol)

I understand that Georgia Tech won the head to head vs. Louisville (at home), but that was 3 weeks ago. Why is that being considered now?

I don’t understand why Texas jumped to #5. Is Louisville being punished for their split? is Texas being rewarded more for their series win vs. South Carolina (at home) after Florida’s stumble?

How does D1 evaluate splits? Is East Carolina punished for a split vs. Elon? Are 4 game series looked at in full or just the first 3 games? For example, Tennessee started out 1-2 vs.Indiana State, but picked up a win in game 4.

No complaints on SEC bias top 3 are deserving and I could even understand Tennessee & Mississippi State at 4 & 5.

Two Big 12 teams in the top 5 though…? Mississippi State beat em both. Does that head to head come into play or do you plan on waiting 3 weeks?

Chet R
Chet R
4 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

The GA Tech thing is really puzzling. They were 2-1 against an average Duke team and moved up 5 spots! WTF.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
4 months ago
Reply to  Chet R

i seen that and wondered too…..TN swept a “then ranked” opponent and only moved 3……only diff is GT won on the road, but seems the sweep of a ranked team would outweigh the GT road series win.

daddyrusses
daddyrusses
4 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

I would think that a single game on opening weekend at a neutral site wouldn’t tell you as much as a full weekend series. Yes, Miss State beat them both but since then, Miss State has some bad losses while Tech has been a buzzsaw. I wouldn’t worry about it now. Earn a top 8 seed and hash it out in the post season. As a Tech grad and fan, I would love a rematch in the post season with any of the three teams we lost to at the start of the season. Good luck the rest of the way as I know both conferences will be a beating, especially the SEC.

Jordan
Jordan
4 months ago
Reply to  daddyrusses

Bad losses? They are 5-1 with their only loss to Arkansas. TTU is on a streak, I got no problem with them. I was mainly talking about Texas.

Wayne Heilbronner
Wayne Heilbronner
3 months ago
Reply to  daddyrusses

tech has had several games against those 3 teams that you want a rematch with. They haven’t won any ‘that I recall

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Keep in mind that it’s usually what happened THIS WEEK versus the rest of the field. Miss State just got swept – they were going to drop no matter who they beat in week 1. Although I admit I can’t explain Georgia Tech jumping 5 spots. Bottom line is that if you regularly win your weekend series against Quad 1 teams, you’re going to be respected in the polls.

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Man I really get tired of hearing people chirp about how they beat the two big 12 teams that are in the top 5. You do realize those weren’t series wins over texas tech and texas right? Quit bringing it up. Those 3 sec teams beat the big 12 teams in a one game shot. So you can’t really make the case that those two big 12 teams don’t belong. I mean seriously are you just another sec team fan crying about a not all top 5 sec polling? Dude it is still early and at the end of the day it matters where you are at in june…..not the end of March. You’re soft bro

Jordan
Jordan
3 months ago
Reply to  CharleeB

Lol, I’m not an SEC fan. I am Louisville fan. I despise the SEC, but I’ve been a fan of college baseball long enough to know how dominant the SEC is.

I agree that one game means nothing. But they didn’t play one game they played three and they both lost them all

I bet the top 3 teams in the American Conference could’ve done better than 1-8. Actually I know they could’ve cause UCF took 2 off Ole Miss, on the road.

Last edited 3 months ago by Jordan
Sportsmaniac10
Sportsmaniac10
3 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

UCF’s wins over Ole Miss were a fluke. Bad weekend by the Rebels especially given how poorly UCF has performed since.

CharleeB
CharleeB
3 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Yes 3 games total but 1 against each team is what I meant. Opening weekend too. 0eople always want to throw that weekend around as if it was impressive. Teams don’t even hit their stride until now or later. Guaranteed it would be a different outcome in a true 3 game set or another tournament like that.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
3 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

So UCF took 2/3 from Ole Miss and you are saying the top 3 in AAC can take 1-8 teams….LOL! Give it a shot against Vanderbilt or Arkansas. Would love to take that bet.

Jordan
Jordan
3 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

I think you misunderstood me Ken. I wasn’t saying the top 3 AAC teams could beat teams 1-8 (I may have misunderstood you too). I was saying if you had the top 3 teams in the AAC vs. the top 3 teams in the SEC, they could finish with a better RECORD than 1-8 (the record that the top 3 big 12 teams finished with). Since UCF (a top 3 AAC team) went 2-1 vs. Ole Miss (a top 3 SEC team), the worst case scenario in this hypothetical situation is 2-7.

it was also a joke. An easy cheap shot at the Big 12. AAC is probably behind the Big Ten this year.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
3 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Yes, I definitely misunderstood you. I agree, hard to do worse than 1-8…LOL. I thought you meant the teams ranked #1 thru #8, so you can see where I’d disagree.

Nthompso23
Nthompso23
3 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

And they might have. Still would mean nothing. All one game, early season, games. Only thing that matters is post season 1-8.

TCUFAN123
TCUFAN123
4 months ago

TCU #1

Barry Draper
Barry Draper
4 months ago
Reply to  TCUFAN123

Vanderbilt pitching great staff

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  TCUFAN123

😂 I’ll be at the texas tech vs tournament game on April 10th. Gotta pull for my red raiders. TCU is lookin darn good too

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  TCUFAN123

Oops I meant tx tech vs tcu I don’t know why it autocorrected to tournament lol

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

13 on you list are not top 25 including 6 in your top 10… Do you not watch the games? Does strength of schedule mean nothing to you guys? You’re embarrassing yourselves…

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

You’re embarrassing yourself kid

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

These gentlemen do this for a living and you want to act like a expert. Which 6 teams exactly don’t belong because I’m telling you I watch all of em and they all belong. They keep winning and isn’t that the point. Who is your team that you are all butthurt not being in the top 10? Go ahead ill wait

Jordan
Jordan
4 months ago
Reply to  CharleeB

UCLA hanging on by a thread. Notre Dame would’ve cracked the top 10 if they were able to finish their series vs Louisville.

Wayne Heilbronner
Wayne Heilbronner
3 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

AND PLEASE NAME THE 6 THAT AREN’T TOP 10 OTHER THAN TEXAS.

Camden Hill
Camden Hill
4 months ago

I am Old Dominion fan we have the same record 17-5 as ECU and also beat/upset ECU the won one of there top games and have a better record then have od the teams in the poll how are wr not ranked.

Patrick D Keohane
Patrick D Keohane
4 months ago
Reply to  Camden Hill

Mid-week wins carry little weight, weekend series wins against Q1 teams are weighted more with sweeps getting a little more.

A ranked team goes 3-1 during the week; they’re not dropping at all and even 2-2 as long as they win the w/e series, they’ll hold steady.

Wins in order of quality for weekly rankings:
Fri
Sat
Sun
M/W

Jordan
Jordan
3 months ago

I’m pretty sure FRI = SAT = SUN

Rick Presnell
Rick Presnell
4 months ago

Yes I’m a Tebnessee fan but I cannot begin to understand why they aren’t ranked any higher and it always seems if they have one little slip up they disappear in the polls. Look at the records of some of the teams ranked ahead of them
My goodness!!! Cmon people!

Jordan
Jordan
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick Presnell

They just need a top 25 series win. I view their series vs. Indiana State as a loss (not a bad one since ISU is top 5 RPI right now, probably a top 50 team). If they beat Bama & Florida they will be top 5 heading into the Vandy series

Last edited 4 months ago by Jordan
BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
3 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

I guess that depends on which ranking system you use……both GA and LSU are top 25 in some polls……and ISU is top 25 in a couple. Its a long season and plenty of chances to git’r’done…..we shall see. GBO/VFL

Jordan
Jordan
3 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

LSU & Georgia are respectable wins vs. top 50 teams, but Indiana State wasn’t a win.

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  Rick Presnell

They are top 10 are you seriously complaining about them being ranked in the top 10….with a series loss against Indiana state. Rankings still don’t mean much this early. If Tennessee truly belongs then they will show it in the coming weeks once conference play is in full swing

Jordan
Jordan
3 months ago
Reply to  CharleeB

Full disclosure, they won on Friday, lost 2 on Saturday, and won on Sunday. Most likely they threw their #3 pitcher on Sunday and a midweek pitcher in game 2 on Saturday. I don’t know how 4 game series are viewed.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
3 months ago
Reply to  CharleeB

2-2 isnt a series loss, but it isnt a win either. Guess we need to see how ISU finishes to see how worthy the split is.

Daniel
Daniel
3 months ago

Man I don’t understand the rankings week in and week out. Should be some sort of metric and not just who certain guys like a particular week. Pretty sure Miami whipped up on Florida and they haven’t been that good. South Carolina beats a weak midweek and sweeps Florida after losing 6 straight getting swept by Texas and losing 2 of 3 to Vandy. Yet they sweep over valued Florida so let’s vault them up to top 15 because I reckon they play in the SEC. No need for anyone to answer bc I’ll just find your answer ludicrous and asinine. Is what it is though. I guess you keep all SEC teams in the top 20 that way when they beat each other it makes everyone feel better when they barely fall when they get beat and make major jumps when they win.

Jordan
Jordan
3 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

Not an answer, just a question… who do think should be above SC? Louisiana Tech might have an argument, but 15-25 don’t appear to have the resume.

John
John
3 months ago

How is Florida in the top 25 and Stanford isnt? They lost a home series early to a Miami team that would finish 3rd in a Coral Gables high school tournament. They got swept by a South Carolina team that got swept by Texas. This is ridiculous. Rate the teams on the records not how much ESECPN gets paid for advertisements.

Mjk
Mjk
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Agree. Pac 12 and SEC are two strongest leagues. SEC gets way more respect which means they’ll dominate the rankings and get 11 teams in with 4 in top 8 national seed, Pac 12 will only get 4-5 and probably on 1-2 national seeds. But seems Pac 12 still manages to win more than its fair share of national titles despite the uphill battle in postseason. ACC is perceived to be second strongest conference and will get 8-10 teams in with 2-3 national seeds but despite the deck being stacked in their favor, they have very little national titles to show for it. This year, the pac 12 is loaded and probably has 8 teams deserving consideration for post season but doubt they’ll all get the nod… the benefit of any doubt typically goes to teams in the south. A good example was 2016 Oregon state team. Take a look at their overall body of work that year… 35-19 with a series shut out against UCLA to end season and they didn’t get in. That same team went on to make some noise in the next couple years but anyone that followed baseball in 2016 could see that team was way better than some of the ACC and SEC teams that got in.

Go4SeamUrself
Go4SeamUrself
3 months ago

Pitt goes 1-4 dropping them to 12-8 and they’re still ranked?

Go4SeamUrself
Go4SeamUrself
3 months ago
Reply to  Go4SeamUrself

And Stanford is currently 15-4 and unranked?

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
3 months ago
Reply to  Go4SeamUrself

Can’t go by record alone – you should know that. The Stanford SOS of 122 might have a lot to do with it. Pitt’s is 43.