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Monday, March 09, 2015

College Top 25: March 9

Patrick Ebert         Frankie Piliere         Jheremy Brown         Mike Rooney        
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Four weeks into the 2015 college baseball season and we have a new No. 1 team. After three of the top five teams (Vanderbilt, UCLA and Texas Christian) beat up each other over the weekend, while also getting beat by now No. 23 USC, the Gators leap-frog Virginia to take over the top spot in this week's top 25 team rankings.

Southern California replaces Maryland in the top 25 rankings with a 15-1 start that includes a 3-0 sweep at the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic. USC beat both Texas Christian and previously No. 1 Vanderbilt Friday and Saturday in walkoff fashion, before beating their crosstown rivals, UCLA, on Sunday 8-4.

Previously ranked No. 4 UCLA went 0-3 on the weekend in the tournament, Vanderbilt 1-2 and Texas Christian 2-1. Vanderbilt falls to No. 5 while TCU moves up two spots after beating Rice, Vanderbilt and UCLA this past week.

Louisiana State drew strong consideration for the No. 1 team as more significant changes were considered since No. 2 Virginia, despite sporting a 12-1 record, hasn't faced any stout challengers so far this season. Florida ultimately got the nod given their recent sweep over Maine, their series win over Miami two weekends ago and splitting a two-game mid-week series with UCF.

The previously ranked Nos. 7 and 12 programs, Texas Tech and Houston, fall significantly this week after the Red Raiders suffered a sweep at Cal State Fullerton and Houston went 1-2 over the weekend at the Houston College Classic.

Two programs sit right outside the top 25 and received unanimous support from PG's college baseball staff despite not having a spot for them currently in the rankings. Illinois (11-3-1) took two of three from Oklahoma State this weekend and show a well-balanced club highlighted by a dominant pitching staff. Cal State Fullerton (9-5), who as noted swept Texas Tech, went 6-0 on the week and have turned things around since opening the season with a 2-5 record through the first two weekends.


Rk Prev Team Overall record Weekly record
1  3
Florida
14-2 4-1
2 2
Virginia
12-1 2-1
3 5
Texas Christian
10-2 3-1
4 6
Louisiana State
15-1 5-0
5  1
 Vanderbilt
11-4 2-2
6  9
Oregon
13-2 3-0
7  8
South Carolina
12-3 5-1
8  11
Louisville
10-5 3-1
9 4
UCLA
11-4 1-3
10  15
Texas A&M
16-0 4-0
11  16
Florida State
13-3 5-0
12  17
North Carolina
10-4 4-1
13  10
Miami
10-6 2-2
14  18
UC Santa Barbara
11-4 3-1
15  19
UCF
14-2 4-1
16 20
Arkansas
9-3 5-1
17 23
Oregon State
13-3 5-0
18  7
Texas Tech
10-4 1-3
19 13
Texas
10-6 2-2
20  25
Florida Atlantic
14-2 5-0
21  12
Houston
9-7 1-3
22 14
Mississippi State
14-3 1-3
23 NR
Southern California
15-1 3-1
24 21
Rice
11-6 3-1
25 22
Arizona State
9-5 2-1

Dropped Out: Maryland

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