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2016 Preseason College Top 25

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Patrick Ebert         Jheremy Brown         Mike Rooney         Andrew Krause        
Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2016





Preseason All-American Team | 2016 College Baseball Preview Index

Welcome to the first top 25 team rankings for the 2016 college baseball season and thanks to our friends at Rawlings for presenting our 2016 college baseball preview content. Listed below are the top 25 teams, a list assembled by Perfect Game's Patrick Ebert, Jheremy Brown, Mike Rooney and Andrew Krause. As a unit we hope that this initial ranking proves to be as solid as last year's in which each of the eight teams that eventually made it to Omaha for the College World Series were represented.

For the second year in a row the No. 1 team was an absolute unanimous vote with the Florida Gators getting the nod to open the 2016 season in the top spot. Jeff Dahn will have a feature on Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan and his Gators on Thursday.

For as much of a slam dunk as the No. 1 team was, the support for the No. 2 Louisville Cardinals was equally concrete. Although Texas A&M wasn't as unanimous it was eventually agreed upon that they were the third best team in college baseball, followed closely by their SEC rivals Vanderbilt and Louisiana State.

A week from today (Wed., Jan. 20) we will follow up with detailed capsules of each of the top 25 teams. The day after that (Thurs., Jan. 21) we will provide the teams ranked 26-40 along with a brief synopsis of each program.

Breakdown by conference:

ACC: 7 teams (Louisville, Virginia, Miami, NC State, Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame)
SEC: 6 teams (Florida, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Louisiana State, Missouri, Mississippi State)
Pac-12: 4 teams (Oregon State, California, Oregon, UCLA)
Big 12: 4 teams (Oklahoma State, Texas Christian, Oklahoma, Texas Tech)
American Athletic: 1 team (Houston)
Big South: 1 team (Coastal Carolina)
Big Ten: 1 team (Michigan)
Sun Belt: 1 team (Louisiana)


Similar to past years we will update the top 25 team rankings every Monday morning during the regular season. Stay tuned to Perfect Game and be sure to Like Perfect Game's College Baseball page on Facebook and follow PG on Twitter for all of the latest information:

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Rk Team '15 Record '15 Rk
2015 Finish
1

Florida
52-18 3 CWS third-place finish
2
Louisville
47-18 8 Louisville Super Regional
3
Texas A&M
50-14 12 Fort Worth Super Regional
4
Vanderbilt
51-21 2 CWS Runner-up
5
Louisiana State
54-12 4 CWS fifth-place finish
6
Oregon State
39-19-1 18 Dallas Regional
7
Oklahoma State
38-20 20 Stillwater Regional
8
California
36-21 NR College Station Regional
9
Virginia
44-24 1 CWS Champions
10
Louisiana
42-23 24
Baton Rouge Super Regional
11
Miami
50-17 6 CWS sixth-place finish
12
Oregon
38-25 NR
Springfield (Mo.) Regional
13
NC State
36-23 NR Fort Worth Regional
14
UCLA
45-16 9 Los Angeles Regional
15
Missouri
30-28 NR SEC Tournament
16
Houston
43-20 17 Houston Regional
17
Mississippi State
24-30 NR Did not make postseason
18
 Texas Christian
51-15 5 CWS fourth-place finish
19
Oklahoma
34-27 NR Big 12 Championship
20
Florida State
44-21 13 Gainesville Super Regional
21
Coastal Carolina
39-20 NR College Station Regional
22
North Carolina
34-24 NR ACC Championship
23
Michigan
39-25 NR Louisville Regional
24
Notre Dame
37-23 NR
Champaign Regional
25
Texas Tech
31-24 NR
Big 12 Championship

Others receiving consideration: Maryland, Rice, Southern California
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