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College  | Rankings  | 3/12/2018

College Top 25: March 12

Patrick Ebert      Mike Rooney     
Photo: Zak Krill

Weekend Preview | 
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Friday Recap: Linginfelter slams door for Vols
Saturday Recap: Wildcats claim statement series
Sunday Recap: Texas Tech salvages Game 3

The fourth in-season update of the Perfect Game/Rawlings College Top 25 had the most movement, and it appears that some teams are starting to create some separation from one another. There still remains a logjam in the middle of the rankings, a situation that likely will correct itself with SEC play set to begin next weekend with more and more ranked teams scheduled to face off against one another.

Kentucky enjoyed the most impressive jump this week, moving up to the third spot after winning their series against the previous third-ranked team, Texas Tech. Kentucky also went 3-0 at the Shriners College Classic a week ago, and outside of the national defending champion Florida Gators, could be the early team to beat.

However, they are not alone. Stanford has played one of the most challenging early-season schedules and they answered a big question by knocking off a (previously) ranked opponent in Texas in a four-game set. Clemson continues their impressive start to the season, and the same is true for Ole Miss, Louisville and Texas A&M. Auburn, led by Casey Mize's no-hitter on Friday, and a pair of wins over ranked opponents (UCLA and TCU) for Vanderbilt at the Dodger Stadium Classic, gives the SEC two more teams that are building strong early resumes.

Entering the Top 25 this week are three teams, UCF, UNLV and East Carolina. UCF opened the year just outside the Top 25, and after a promising opening day win over Virginia they appeared to take a step back. That step back has since been answered with several steps forward, and two of their five wins this past week were mid-week victories over in-state rival Florida. UNLV swept Iowa over the weekend to move to 15-2 while East Carolina is two weeks removed from beating North Carolina, they team they effectively replace in the rankings.

Dropping out of the rankings this week are the Tar Heels, who are now 8-7 on the year after losing their series to Louisville, Texas, who lost three of four games at home to visiting Stanford, and St. John's, who were swept on the road by Kansas.

Be sure to check out the Perfect Game College Player Database for scouting updates from Tennessee's win over Cincinnati on Friday night as well as Games 2 and 3 between Texas Tech and Kentucky in Lexington. 
And don't forget 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 ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM channel 84.

Also considered:
 Mississippi State.

 Rk  Prev Team Record Week
1 1
15-3 3-2
2 2
 Oregon State
15-1 3-1
3 6
14-3 3-2
4 7
14-2 3-1
5 3
 Texas Tech
15-2 2-2
6 8
15-1 5-0
7 4
 Texas Christian
9-4 2-1
8 5
 Florida State
14-2 3-2
9 9  
11-4 2-1
10 10
 NC State
13-3 3-1
11 11
14-1 3-1
12 12
 Texas A&M
16-1 5-0
13 16
15-1 5-0
14 18
15-1 3-1
15 19
12-4 2-1
16 14
 Louisiana State
11-6 3-2
17 17
 Southern Mississippi
11-4 3-1
18 15
11-4 2-2
19 13
10-4 1-2
20 22
12-3 3-1
21 24
 Sam Houston State
12-4 5-0
22 NR
13-3 5-0
23 NR

15-2 4-1
24 25
10-7 4-1
25 NR
 East Carolina

12-3 4-0

Dropped Out: North Carolina (20), Texas (21), St. John's (23).