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South Carolina apparently doesn't mind having a target on its chest.
Just a week after taking over the top spot in the Perfect Game Top 25 rankings, the Gamecocks stay in familiar territory after having an excellent week that included an SEC road series win over Mississippi State.
The rest of the top five includes Virginia, Vanderbilt, Florida and Texas A&M, while the top ten also includes Texas, Oregon State and new top ten entrants Florida State, Georgia Tech and Arizona State.
Miami made the biggest improvement this week. The Hurricanes vaulted all the way from No. 25 to No. 14 following a road series win over North Carolina. Troy, meanwhile, moved from No. 24 to No. 19 after sweeping an important Sun Belt series from Western Kentucky, while Oklahoma State dropped from No. 15 to No. 20 after getting swept at Texas A&M.
Rice and Arizona exited the rankings this week. The Owls entered just last week, but are gone after dropping a Conference USA road series to UAB. Arizona, meanwhile, lost a tough road series to Oregon over the weekend.
Stanford and Auburn entered the rankings. The Cardinal is back in the rankings after a one-week hiatus after taking an important Pac-10 series over UCLA, while Auburn entered after winning a home series over Mississippi.
The conference breakdowns are as follows: Pac-10 5, ACC 5, SEC 5, 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. South Carolina (31-8)
Previous ranking: 1, Weekly record: 3-1
The Gamecocks had little trouble holding on to their No. 1 ranking this week. They won a midweek game over College of Charleston before taking two of three from Mississippi State.
2. Virginia (40-4)
Previous ranking: 2, Weekly record: 4-1
The Cavaliers had yet another solid week on the diamond. They beat Radford and Richmond in midweek action before taking two of three from N.C. State in a hard-fought series.
3. Vanderbilt (35-5)
Previous ranking: 3, Weekly record: 3-0
The Commodores didn't have a midweek game, but made up for it over the weekend with a series sweep over LSU.
4. Florida (31-10)
Previous ranking: 4, Weekly record: 3-1
The Gators had yet another solid week on the diamond. They lost to UCF to begin the week before returning home and doing an easy, clean sweep of Alabama in SEC action.
5. Texas A&M (29-11)
Previous ranking: 5, Weekly record: 3-1
The Aggies began the week with a midweek loss to TCU, but rebounded over the weekend by outscoring Oklahoma State 24-4 in a three-game series sweep.
6. Texas (30-10)
Previous ranking: 7, Weekly record: 3-1
The Longhorns had yet another solid week. They defeated Texas-Pan American in midweek action before hitting the road and taking two of three from Kansas.
7. Oregon State (29-8)
Previous ranking: 9, Weekly record: 2-1
The Beavers didn't have a midweek game last week, but they continued to take care of business over the weekend with a home series win over Washington State.
8. Florida State (31-10)
Previous ranking: 11, Weekly record: 5-0
The Seminoles took care of business last week. They defeated Florida Gulf Coast twice in the midweek before sweeping Duke at home in ACC action.
9. Georgia Tech (30-11)
Previous ranking: 12, Weekly record: 3-1
The Yellow Jackets might've dropped a midweek game to Mercer, but responded in a big way over the weekend with an easy home series sweep over Boston College.
10. Arizona State (28-9)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 3-0
The Sun Devils have been fantastic the past two weeks. The earned another impressive series sweep over the weekend, this time on the road against California.
11. Fresno State (28-7)
Previous ranking: 8, Weekly record: 3-2
The Bulldogs dropped a tough midweek bout to Cal Poly before winning three of four against a bad Sacramento State over the weekend in WAC action.
12. Cal State Fullerton (28-11)
Previous ranking: 6, Weekly record: 1-2
The Titans are great when they're healthy, but that's not the case right now. Fullerton hit the road over the weekend and dropped two of three to Cal Poly in Big West action.
13. TCU (29-11)
Previous ranking: 14, Weekly record: 4-0
The Horned Frogs really couldn't have asked for a better week. They defeated Texas A&M in midweek action before sweeping UNLV at home in Mountain West action.
14. Miami (27-13)
Previous ranking: 25, Weekly record: 3-1
We hate to give teams to big of a jump, but the Hurricanes deserve it after hitting the road over the weekend and taking two of three from North Carolina.
15. North Carolina (32-10)
Previous ranking: 10, Weekly record: 2-2
The Tar Heels need to head back to the drawing board after the last two weekends. They dropped a series to N.C. State two weekends ago before losing two of three to Miami over the weekend.
16. Oklahoma (29-11)
Previous ranking: 17, Weekly record: 3-1
The Sooners had another solid week. Though they dropped a tough midweek bout to Dallas Baptist, they responded by winning a pair of games over Nebraska before the finale was rained out.
17. Stetson (31-9)
Previous ranking: 18, Weekly record: 2-2
The Hatters dropped an unexpected and tough midweek bout to South Florida before hitting the road over the weekend and taking care of Atlantic Sun foe Jacksonville.
18. Southern Mississippi (30-9)
Previous ranking: 19, Weekly record: 3-1
The Golden Eagles had another solid week. They lost a tough midweek bout to LSU but rebounded over the weekend with a series sweep over Marshall.
19. Troy (30-10)
Previous ranking: 24, Weekly record: 4-1
The Trojans responded from a bad week with a very solid week. They split midweek games with UAB and Alabama A&M before returning home and doing a clean sweep of Western Kentucky in Sun Belt action.
20. Oklahoma State (28-12)
Previous ranking: 15, Weekly record: 1-3
The Cowboys had a chance to make a statement last week, but didn't. The Cowboys defeated Wichita State in midweek action before hitting the road and getting swept by Texas A&M.
21. California (24-12)
Previous ranking: 16, Weekly record: 1-3
The Golden Bears had a tough week on the diamond. They defeated UC Davis in midweek action before getting swept at home by sizzling hot Arizona State.
22. Stanford (19-13)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 3-1
The Cardinal is back in the rankings after just a week hiatus. They defeated Santa Clara in midweek action before taking two of three from UCLA at home.
23. UCLA (21-14)
Previous ranking: 20, Weekly record: 2-2
The Bruins started the week with a midweek triumph over San Diego State before hitting the road and dropping two of three to Stanford in a hard-fought series.
24. Auburn (22-17)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 2-2
The Tigers began the week with a midweek loss to South Alabama, but responded over the weekend with a home series win over SEC West foe Ole Miss.
25. Arkansas (28-11)
Previous ranking: 21, Weekly record: 2-2
The Razorbacks won a midweek game over Oral Roberts before hitting the road and dropping two of three to Kentucky in an important SEC series.
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