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College  | Rankings  | 1/11/2017

2017 Preseason College Top 25

Patrick Ebert      Mike Rooney      Jheremy Brown     
Photo: TCU Athletics

Preseason All-American Team | 2017 College Baseball Preview Index

Welcome to the first Top 25 team rankings for the 2017 college baseball season and thanks to our friends at Rawlings for presenting our 2017 college baseball content. Listed below are the Top 25 teams, a list assembled by Perfect Game's Patrick Ebert, Mike Rooney and Jheremy Brown.

For the third year in a row the No. 1 team was an absolute unanimous vote among the Perfect Game staff with Texas Christian getting the nod to open the 2017 season in the top spot. With five Preseason All-Americans (Luken Baker, Elliott Barzilli, Durbin Feltman, Brian Howard and Evan Skoug), 22 players that returned from last year's College World Series squad and another strong recruiting class, the Horned Frogs are poised for a huge season as they look to return to Omaha for the fourth consecutive year.

Jeff Dahn will have a feature on Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle and his Horned Frogs on Thursday.

The four teams ranked after TCU were almost as unanimously agreed upon, even if the order varied from one staff member to the next. We do recognize that having seven teams (No. 7 Oregon State, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 16 Stanford, No. 17 Texas, No. 20 Houston, No. 22 Cal Poly, No. 23 Maryland) to open the year in the Top 25 that did not make last year's postseason may seem odd but we are confident each of those seven programs enjoys significantly better outcomes during the 2017 season. Considering that half of the field in Omaha in 2014 (TCU, Texas, Texas Tech and UC Irvine) didn't make the postseason the season before, it certainly isn't a stretch to imagine so many dramatic turnaround seasons.

We will make more sense of those decisions next Tuesday (Jan. 17) when we will follow up the Top 25 ranking with detailed capsules of each of the 25 teams. The day after that (Wed., Jan. 18) we will provide the teams ranked 26-40 along with a brief synopsis of each program.

Breakdown by conference:

SEC: 5 teams (Louisiana State, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Vanderbilt)
ACC: 5 teams (Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Clemson)
Pac-12: 4 teams (Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Arizona)
Big 12: 3 teams (Texas Christian, Oklahoma State, Texas)
American Athletic: 2 teams (East Carolina, Houston)
Sun Belt: 2 teams (Louisiana, Coastal Carolina)
Big West: 2 teams (Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly)
Conference USA: 1 team (Rice)

Big Ten: 1 team (Maryland)

Similar to past years we will update the Top 25 team rankings every Monday morning during the regular season. Stay tuned to Perfect Game and be sure to Like Perfect Game's College Baseball page on Facebook and follow PG on Twitter for all of the latest information:

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 Rk Team '16 Record '16 Rk
2016 Finish

 Texas Christian
49-18 3 College World Series
 Louisiana State
45-21 12 Baton Rouge Super Regional
 Florida State
41-22 17 Gainesville Super Regional
52-16 6 College World Series
 South Carolina
46-18 13 Columbia Super Regional
50-14 11 Louisville Super Regional
 Oregon State
35-19 NR Did not make postseason
43-19 15 Oxford Regional
43-19 16 Nashville Regional
 East Carolina
38-23-1 18
Lubbock Super Regional
 Oklahoma State
43-22 4 College World Series
 North Carolina
34-21 NR
Did not make postseason
43-21 22 Lafayette Regional
 NC State
38-22 24 Raleigh Regional
 Cal State Fullerton
36-23 NR Starkville Regional
31-23 NR Did not make postseason
25-32 NR Did not make postseason
33-23 NR Nashville Regional
44-20 14 Clemson Regional
36-23 NR Did not make postseason
38-24 NR Baton Rouge Regional
 Cal Poly
32-25 NR Did not make postseason
30-27 NR Did not make postseason
 Coastal Carolina
55-17 1
CWS Champion
49-24 2 CWS Runner-up

Others receiving consideration: Texas A&M, Virginia, Sam Houston State, Georgia Tech, Miami