It's never too late to have a changing of the guard atop the Perfect Game College Top 25 rankings. Virginia held the top spot in the rankings the past few weeks, but its reign ends after dropping a road series to Wake Forest to end the regular season. Oregon State, which took two of three from Washington over the weekend, ascends atop the rankings for the first time this season.
The Beavers are likely to win the Pac-12 crown with a two-game lead over Washington entering the final weekend, and have an exceptional 41-9 overall record.
While the Beavers lead the charge, the rest of the top five includes Virginia, Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida State and Cal Poly. The Mustangs entered the top five this week after sweeping Cal State Northridge and capturing the Big West Conference crown over the weekend. Meanwhile, Florida reentered the top 10 after winning a road series over Tennessee to end the regular season.
Elsewhere in the rankings, South Carolina catapulted from No. 15 to No. 12 following its road series win over Vanderbilt, while Mississippi State and Arkansas entered the top 20 after taking care of business against Alabama and Missouri, respectively, on the road.
Liberty and UC Irvine dropped out of this week's rankings after losing series to Radford and Cal State Fullerton, respectively, while Arizona State and Texas Tech are the two new entrants to the rankings. ASU has been red-hot the past few weeks and has three-straight Pac-12 series wins, while the Red Raiders had a strong weekend at home with a three-game sweep of West Virginia.
We will have one more edition of the rankings before the NCAA postseason, with the next rankings update after that coming at the conclusion of the College World Series.
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