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College Top 25: April 17

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Patrick Ebert         Mike Rooney         Jheremy Brown        
Published: Monday, April 17, 2017

 


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Michigan had the biggest statement over the weekend, sweeping the previously 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Ann Arbor, and as a result enter the Perfect Game/Rawlings College Top 25 for the first time this season. It is the first time a Big Ten team has been ranked since Maryland fell out early in the season, although the Terps have also been making a strong case for inclusion in recent weeks.

Mercer finally squeezes into the Top 25 after their dominant 32-6 start to the season. Their RPI has continued to rise as they pile on wins, coming off of their second consecutive 4-0 week, with all four of their most recent wins coming on the road. While a handful of other teams were considered for the Top 25, it was ultimately decided that Mercer deserved the chance to prove they belong on the strength of their impressive win-loss record.

Oregon State remains on top after taking two of three from Washington over the weekend. Louisville remains second while North Carolina and Texas Christian flip-flopped spots, as the Tar Heels are now the third-ranked team, not to mention one of the most dangerous.

The SEC remains the most fascinating conference to watch, with six teams ranked in eight spots from Nos. 9 through 16. Mississippi State is currently the hottest of those teams coming off of their road series win over the previously eighth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, although Florida is also coming off of a big road series win over Vanderbilt, who fall out of the Top 25 after a 1-3 week. Fans may nitpick over the individual rankings for bragging rights, but those rankings are largely interchangeable and likely will stay that way until a champion emerges from the SEC Tournament in a little over a month from now.

Be sure to check out the Perfect Game College Player Database for scouting updates from Florida/Vanderbilt, Mississippi State/South Carolina and Louisville/Georgia Tech. The Perfect Game staff saw numerous pitchers who have the potential to be drafted in the first round of both this year's draft and next, including Brendan McKay, Kyle Wright, Alex Faedo and Clarke Schmidt.

Be sure to tune in to Perfect Game College Baseball on Monday nights as Daron Sutton and Mike Rooney will recap all of the week's action from 9-11 p.m. ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel 84.


Also considered:
 San Diego, Maryland, West Virginia, Texas A&M, St. John's.


 Rk  Prev Team Record Week
1 1
 Oregon State
30-2 2-1
2 2
 Louisville
31-4 4-0
3 5
 North Carolina
29-7 3-1
4 4
 Clemson
30-6 2-1
5 3
 Texas Christian
28-7 2-2
6 6
 Texas Tech
31-8 3-1
7 7
 Arizona
26-9 3-1
8 9
 Cal State Fullerton
23-11 2-1
9 10
 Florida
24-12 3-1
10 12
 Louisiana State
25-12 3-1
11 13
 Arkansas
29-8 4-0
12 11
 Houston
25-10 2-2
13 15
 Kentucky
25-12 3-1
14 17
 Virginia
29-9 3-1
15 18
 Auburn
27-11 3-1
16 20
 Mississippi State
25-13 3-1
17 23
 Long Beach State
22-12 2-1
18 25
 Wake Forest
28-10 5-0
19 NR
 Michigan
29-7 4-0
20 8
 South Carolina
22-13 1-3
21 22
 Southern Miss
28-9 2-2
22 NR
 Mercer
32-6 4-0
23 16
 Stanford
19-12 2-2
24 14
 Oklahoma
27-12 0-4
25 21
 South Florida
29-7 2-2

Dropped Out: Vanderbilt (19), Florida State (24).


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