College | Rankings | 6/29/2018

Final 2018 College Top 25

Patrick Ebert         Mike Rooney        
Photo: Adley Rutschman, Kevin Abel (Oregon State Athletics)

2018 CWS Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8
CWS Finals Recaps: Opportunistic Hogs take Game 1
 | Beavers re-capture Omaha magic | Eager Beavers win it all
2018 Honors: Vaughn leads '18 college awards | College All-Americans | Freshmen All-Americans

If you had any doubts about whether or not the two top teams from the 2018 college baseball season made it to the College World Series Finals, the three-game series quickly quelled those doubts. Both teams proved to be incredibly opportunistic as two well-matched squads battled to the end. While Kevin Abel put the finishing touches on Oregon State's third CWS championship with his complete game effort, it's hard not to think woulda/coulda/shoulda in regards to the catch that wasn't made in Game 2 that would have secured Arkansas' first baseball championship.

The championship is the third for the Beavers under the guidance of Pat Casey and their first since their back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. Adley Rutschman was named the Most Oustanding Player in Omaha for his incredible overall offensive production, while both Abel and Trevor Larnach were also deserving of consideration for their contributions.

In the process Oregon State finished what they had set out to do a year ago, although they did it the hard way by emerging through the loser's bracket after falling in the very first game of the 2018 College World Series to North Carolina. They ended up playing six elimination contests in Omaha, winning all six of them by ending the seasons of Washington, North Carolina, Mississippi State, and ultimately, Arkansas.

Prior to the College World Series Oregon State had ended the season of LSU – returning the favor after the Tigers did the same to the Beavers a year ago – in the Regional round and Minnesota in Super Regionals. Oregon State opened the year, as well as the postseason, as Perfect Game's No. 2 overall team, spending the majority of the season in that spot behind the top-ranked Florida Gators.

Arkansas opened the year sixth, and they entered the preseason as the fifth-ranked team in the country. The Hogs' path through Omaha was much easier than the Beavers, needing just three games to advance to the finals while beating Texas and Texas Tech before eliminating the top-seeded Gators.

Of the six other teams that made the 2018 College World Series, five of them were ranked among the Preseason Top 25: No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Texas Tech, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 23 Texas and No. 25 Mississippi State. Washington was the only team among the final field of eight that was not ranked in the preseason.

Congratulations to all of the teams that made it to the College World Series, especially the champion Beavers. Stay tuned to Perfect Game as Mike Rooney will provide a look ahead to 2019 in the coming days to try and predict next year's field after accurately predicting five of the eight teams that made it this year (Oregon State, Arkansas, Florida, Texas Tech and North Carolina) at this time a year ago.

Prev. = Previous Ranking; Pres. = Preseason Ranking; Post. = Postseason record

Rk Prev. Pres. Team Overall Post. Finish
1 2 2
 Oregon State
55-12-1 11-2 College World Series Champion
2 5 6
48-21 9-3 College World Series Runner-up
3 1 1
49-21 7-4 College World Series
4 9 7
 North Carolina
44-20 6-2 College World Series
5 11 4
 Texas Tech
45-20 6-3 College World Series
6 16 23
43-23 5-3 College World Series
7 NR 25
 Mississippi State
39-29 8-4 College World Series
8 8 NR
44-15 3-2 Corvallis Super Regional
9 3 11
48-17 2-2 Oxford Regional
10 4 10
46-12 2-2 Stanford Regional
11 NR NR
35-26 5-3 College World Series
12 7 24
47-16 2-2 Clemson Regional
13 15 NR
48-13 3-2 Chapel Hill Super Regional
14 18 20
48-18 5-3
Lubbock Super Regional
15 19 28
43-23 4-2 Gainesville Super Regional
16 23 NR
 Tennessee Tech
53-12 5-3 Austin Super Regional
17 6 5
 Florida State
43-19 0-2 Tallahassee Regional
18 10 27
 Southern Miss
44-18 1-2 Fayetteville Regional
19 12 NR
39-21 2-2 Athens Regional
20 13 13
 NC State
42-18 2-2 Raleigh Regional
21 14 NR
 East Carolina
44-18 1-2 Greenville Regional
22 17 38
37-22-1 2-1 Conway Regional
23 NR 36
 South Carolina
37-26 4-2 Fayetteville Super Regional
24 NR 30
35-27 4-2 Nashville Super Regional
25 NR 19
 Cal State Fullerton
36-24 4-2 Fullerton Super Regional

Dropped Out:
 Coastal Carolina (20), Louisville (21), Missouri State (22), South Florida (24), UCLA (25).

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