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College  | Story  | 5/4/2016

Field of 64: May 4

Mike Rooney     

Perfect Game Top 25
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We’re two weeks closer to the postseason in college baseball since our last Field of 64 update as the third to last weekend of the regular season approaches.

As always, there are four subsets of teams that must be addressed and only one of these groups gets decided solely based on what happens on the field. The four sets of teams, with some overlap, are as follows:

• 31 automatic bids
• 33 at-large bids
• 8 Top 8 National Seeds
• 8 additional Host sites for the Regional round

For the decisions we need to make in this exercise, we will combine current standings and team resumes with some projection and forecasting.  Let's start with the 31 automatic bids.

Automatic Bids

America East: Hartford
American: Tulane
Atlantic 10: VCU
ACC: Miami
Atlantic Sun: Jacksonville

Big 12: Texas Tech
Big East: Creighton
Big South: Coastal Carolina
Big Ten: Minnesota
Big West: Cal State Fullerton

Colonial: UNCW
C-USA: Southern Miss
Horizon: Wright State
Ivy: Princeton
MAAC: Monmouth

MAC: Kent State
MEAC: Florida A&M
Missouri Valley: Dallas Baptist
Mountain West: New Mexico
Northeast: Bryant (26)

Ohio Valley: Southeast Missouri
Pac-12: Washington
Patriot: Navy 
SEC: Florida
Southern: UNCG

Southland: Southeastern Louisiana
SWAC: Alabama State
Summit: Oral Roberts
Sun Belt: South Alabama
West Coast: St. Mary's 

WAC: Seattle

Here are your Top 8 National Seeds and eight additional Regional Hosts. That makes 16 teams in total and those teams who are currently listed as automatic qualifiers will be in BOLD.  This is critical because those BOLD teams will not count against the 33 available at-large bids.

Top 8 National Seeds
Remember: the order here is irrelevant long-term. There is no reward for being a higher seeded National Seed. The sole prize is hosting both a Regional and Super Regional. So in essence, you are either a Top 8 National Seed or you are not, period. RPI in parenthesis.

1. Florida (1)
2. Miami (4)
3. Texas A&M (5)
4. South Carolina (3)
5. Louisville (2)
6. Florida State (7)
7. Mississippi State (11)
8. Texas Tech (13)

NOTE: 5 at-large bids gone

Additional Eight Hosts
There are 16 hosts in Regional round.

• Ole Miss (6)
• NC State (8)
• Vanderbilt (12)
• UC Santa Barbara (9)
• Virginia (16)
Southern Miss (19)
Minnesota (24)
Coastal Carolina (17)

NOTE: 5 more at-large bids gone, 10 total gone; 23 left

Here are the 23 remaining at-large bids (RPI in parenthesis):

Clemson (10)
North Carolina (14)
Louisiana State (15)
Georgia Tech (18)
Louisiana-Lafayette (20)

Oklahoma State (22)
Texas Christian (23)
Michigan (27)
Florida Atlantic (29)
Rice (30)

Wake Forest (31)
Arizona (34)
East Carolina (35)
BYU (36)
Long Beach State (39)

Oregon State (40)
Kentucky (42)
Gonzaga (46)
Maryland (47)
California (49)

Michigan State (52)
Alabama (53)
Lamar (56)

Also in the host conversation: Creighton, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana State, Oklahoma State, South Alabama, Texas Christian.

On the bubble

Arizona State (59)
Louisiana Tech (64)
Old Dominion (67)
Notre Dame (68)
Nebraska (69)
Fresno State (71)


Georgia (28)
Duke (43)
Pittsburgh (44)
Northwestern State (48)
North Florida (54)
Boston College (58)
Connecticut (61)
Jacksonville State (62)
High Point (63)

Postseason teams by Conference

• SEC: 9 (Florida, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Alabama, LSU)
• ACC: 9 (Miami, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest)
• Big Ten: 4 (Michigan State, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota)
• Pac-12: 4 (Cal, Oregon State, Arizona, Washington)
• C-USA: 3 (Rice, Southern Miss, FAU)
• Big 12: 3 (Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma State)
• Big West: 3 (UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State)
• WCC: 3 (St. Mary's, BYU, Gonzaga)
• American: 2 (East Carolina, Tulane)
• Southland: 2 (Lamar, Southeastern Louisiana)
• Sun Belt: 2 (South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette)
• All others (20): 1