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College Top 25: Rebels rising
Kendall Rogers        
Published: Monday, February 18, 2013

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Mississippi and Rice couldn't have made bigger statements on Opening Weekend of college baseball season, and for that and more, both are the big risers in this week's Perfect Game College Top 25 rankings.

The Rebels hosted TCU over the weekend, which eliminated them from the NCAA postseason last June. Ole Miss got a little revenge against coach JIm Schlossnagle's club with a home series sweep. Meanwhile, Rice recorded a home series win over Stanford with excellent starting pitching led by Austin Kubitza and John Simms.

While the Rebels and Owls were big movers to No's 14 and 15, respectively, Stanford dropped two spots to No. 6 and TCU dropped six spots to No. 20.

As for the rest of the top 25, North Carolina remains the nation's No. 1 team following a home series win over Seton Hall, while Arkansas, Vanderbilt, LSU and UCLA round out the top five.

UCLA is the new entrant to the top five, replacing Pac-12 foe Stanford. The Bruins had a solid opening weekend, especially in the last two games, with a home series win over the Big Ten's Minnesota Golden Gophers.

San Diego is the lone team to move out of the rankings following an 0-3 record against rival San Diego State at home over the weekend. Meanwhile, Southern Mississippi, which used excellent starting pitching to sweep the SEC's Missouri Tigers, moved into the rankings at No. 23.


Conference breakdown:

SEC: 8

Pacific 12: 6

ACC: 4

Big 12: 3

Big East: 1

Big West: 1

Conference USA: 2

The Perfect Game Top 25 will be released each Monday morning throughout the college baseball season.

ALSO SEE: Sunday's roundup/Weekend in review


Rank Team W-L Conference Previous rank
1. North Carolina      
2-0 Atlantic Coast 1
2. Arkansas
2-1 Southeastern
2
3. Vanderbilt 2-1 Southeastern
3
4. Louisiana State
3-0 Southeastern 5
5. UCLA
2-1 Pacific 12 6
6. Stanford
1-2 Pacific 12 4
7. Florida
2-1
Southeastern      7
8. Oregon State
3-0 Pacific 12 8
9. Oregon 3-0
Pacific 12 10
10. North Carolina State
0-1
Atlantic Coast 9
11. South Carolina
2-1 Southeastern 11
12. Georgia Tech
3-0 Atlantic Coast
12
13. Kentucky
2-0
Southeastern 13
14. Mississippi
3-0 Southeastern
19
15. Rice 2-1 Conference USA
21
16. Louisville
2-1 Big East 15
17. Mississippi State 4-0 Southeastern
16
18. Florida State
3-0 Atlantic Coast 17
19. Cal State Fullerton 4-0 Big West 23
20. Texas Christian
0-3 Big 12 14
21. Oklahoma 4-0 Big 12
20
22. Arizona
3-0 Pacific 12 22
23. Southern Mississippi 3-0 Conference USA
NR
24. Texas
2-1 Big 12 24
25. Arizona State 2-1 Pacific 12
25

Dropped out: San Diego (18)

Entered: Southern Miss (23)

Others to watch: UC Irvine, Texas A&M, Virginia, Miami, Virginia Tech, San Diego State, Tulane, Clemson.


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