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After climbing to the top spot in our rankings last week, Vanderbilt had to deal with being the hunted as the No. 1 team in the land over the weekend. The Commodores, though, embraced the challenge and swept Auburn on the road in impressive fashion. As a result, the 'Dores once again headline the Perfect Game Top 25 rankings.
Plenty of other highly ranked teams also took care of business. There are no changes in the rankings from 1-12, while North Carolina climbed from No. 16 to No. 13 following an impressive week that included a home series sweep over Clemson. After the Heels, Stanford and California round out the top 15 at No's 14 and 15, respectively.
Oregon State climbed from No. 19 to No. 18 following a road series win over Arizona, while Southern Mississippi was a big winner, moving from No. 22 to No. 19 following a huge road series sweep over Central Florida.
Baylor, Tulane and Clemson dropped out of the rankings following bad weeks, while Alabama, Troy and Oklahoma State are the new entrants at No's 20, 22 and 23, respectively.
The Crimson Tide took two of three from Arkansas over the weekend, Troy swept Arkansas State on the road and Oklahoma State took two of three on the road from Nebraska.
The conference breakdowns are as follows: Pac-10 6, SEC 5, SEC 4, Big 12 4 and Conference USA, MWC, Big West, Sun Belt, Atlantic Sun and WAC all with one representative.
The Perfect Game Top 25 is released each Monday during the season, and always will include an additional listing of 25 teams to watch and a live chat with college baseball managing editor Kendall Rogers.
1. Vanderbilt (26-3)
Previous ranking: 1, Weekly record: 4-0
The Commodores had yet another solid week on the diamond. They defeated Tennessee-Martin in the midweek before sweeping Auburn on the road over the weekend.
2. Virginia (28-2)
Previous ranking: 2, Weekly record: 4-0
The Cavaliers tossed a perfect game in midweek action against George Washington before sweeping Virginia Tech on the road in dominant fashion.
3. South Carolina (22-5)
Previous ranking: 3, Weekly record: 4-0
The Gamecocks didn't show signs of a letdown after the big Florida series win. They defeated The Citadel in midweek action before sweeping Kentucky at home.
4. Florida (24-5)
Previous ranking: 4, Weekly record: 3-1
The Gators dropped a midweek affair against Florida State before returning home and sweeping Tennessee in dominant fashion in SEC action.
5. Georgia Tech (23-6)
Previous ranking: 5, Weekly record: 2-2
The Yellow Jackets slipped up in midweek action against Mercer, but rebounded over the weekend with a road series win over Duke. The Yellow Jackets have a home showdown against Virginia up next.
6. Florida State (21-7)
Previous ranking: 6, Weekly record: 3-1
The Seminoles started the week with a huge midweek win over rival Florida before hitting the road and taking two of three from Maryland in ACC action.
7. Arizona State (21-6)
Previous ranking: 7, Weekly record: 3-0
The Sun Devils couldn't have asked for a better week. They used a plethora of pitching to sweep Oregon at home in Pac-10 play over the weekend.
8. Fresno State (20-3)
Previous ranking: 8, Weekly record: 2-1
The Bulldogs had another solid weekended that included a home series win over San Francisco. They now hit the road for the first time in several weeks to play San Jose State later this week.
9. Texas A&M (22-6)
Previous ranking: 9, Weekly record: 3-1
The Aggies had a solid week on the road. They defeated Texas-Arlington in midweek action before hitting the road over the weekend and taking two of three from struggling Kansas State.
10. Cal State Fullerton (20-8)
Previous ranking: 10, Weekly record: 4-0
The Titans had another solid week on the diamond. They took care of business against UCLA in midweek action before hitting the road and sweeping UC Davis over the weekend.
11. Texas (21-7)
Previous ranking: 11, Weekly record: 4-0
The Longhorns couldn't have asked for a better week on the diamond. They defeated Oral Roberts in midweek action before sweeping Missouri over the weekend at home.
12. Oklahoma (22-6)
Previous ranking: 12, Weekly record: 3-0
After getting a midweek bout against Arkansas rained out, the Sooners stayed at home and did a clean sweep of previously sizzling Texas Tech. OU appears to be back on track.
13. North Carolina (26-4)
Previous ranking: 16 , Weekly record: 3-1
The Tar Heels had another great week. They lost to Charlotte in midweek action before returning home and doing a clean sweep over Clemson in ACC action over the weekend.
14. Stanford (13-7)
Previous ranking: 14, Weekly record: 3-1
The Cardinal had yet another solid week. They beat St. Mary's in midweek action before taking care of Washington State in Pac-10 action on the road.
15. California (19-6)
Previous ranking: 15, Weekly record: 3-1
The Golden Bears might've gotten more iffy news off the field, but they did well on the field. Took care of San Francisco in midweek action before beating USC two of three over the weekend.
16. TCU (18-9)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 3-1
The Horned Frogs dropped a midweek bout to SFA before staying at home and sweeping improved Air Force in Mountain West action.
17. LSU (20-8)
Previous ranking: 17, Weekly record: 3-1
In what might've been the most important week of the season, the Tigers beat McNeese State in midweek action before beating Ole Miss two of three at home over the weekend.
18. Oregon State (20-7)
Previous ranking: 19, Weekly record: 2-1
The Beavers had such a change of fortune over the weekend. They lost the series opener to Arizona in ugly fashion before winning the final two games of the series to take the weekend.
19. Southern Mississippi (22-5)
Previous ranking: 22, Weekly record: 4-0
The Golden Eagles really couldn't have asked for a better week. They defeated in-state rival Ole Miss in midweek action before hitting the road and sweeping UCF in Conference USA action.
20. Alabama (21-9)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 3-2
The Crimson Tide continues to be one of the better stories in the SEC this season. They split midweek games with UAB and South Alabama before taking two of three from Arkansas at home.
21. Arizona (20-9)
Previous ranking: 18, Weekly record: 3-2
The Wildcats swept a pair of midweek games against New Mexico to begin the week before staying at home and losing two of three to Oregon State in Pac-10 action.
22. Troy (22-5)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 3-1
The Trojans dropped a tough midweek bout to Auburn, but rebounded over the weekend with a fantastic road series sweep over Arkansas State in Sun Belt action.
23. Oklahoma State (21-7)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 3-1
The Cowboys defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan in a weak midweek bout before hitting the road over the weekend and taking two of three from Nebraska in Big 12 action.
24. UCLA (14-9)
Previous ranking: 21, Weekly record: 3-1
The Bruins lost to Cal State Fullerton in midweek action before sweeping Washington at home. The Bruins, though, still are having major issues with offensive production.
25. Stetson (22-7)
Previous ranking: 24, Weekly record: 2-2
The Hatters dropped a tough midweek game to UCF to start the week, but rebounded over the weekend with a road series win over South Carolina-Upstate in Atlantic Sun action.
Kendall Rogers is the managing editor of college baseball for Perfect Game USA and has covered the sport for over 10 seasons. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org