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College  | Rankings  | 5/20/2019

College Top 25: May 20

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For the most part the Top 25 held steady this week as over half (13) of the teams stayed exactly where they were a week ago. There was some jockeying position, mostly from a postseason perspective, as Texas A&M beat Arkansas to solidify what appears to be a very strong case for a Regional hosting bid.

The loss for Arkansas dropped them a couple of spots in the Top 10 but shouldn’t hurt their case for a Top 8 National Seed. In fact, aside from Arkansas moving down those two spots and both Mississippi State and East Carolina moving up one spot each the teams ranked 1-15 remained the same.

Oklahoma State moved up a pair of spots as they continue their strong postseason resume by beating Baylor in two games (the third game was cancelled due to inclement weather). LSU also moved up two spots with a series win over Auburn as they too appear to be in good shape to host. NC State took down North Carolina in Chapel Hill for a modest boost in the RPI rankings as they look to solidify a case for a Regional hosting bid, a case that likely won’t be concluded until the dust has settled at the ACC Tournament.

In the Pac-12 UCLA keeps rolling along as they re-claimed the No. 1 RPI rating while also retaining the top spot in the Top 25 with a series win over Washington and a midweek win over a ranked UC Irvine squad. More importantly for the postseason picture, Oregon State and Stanford split their two-game series, losing Saturday’s game to bad weather. The split helps both in that neither team’s case to host was harmed over the weekend with one week left to play.

A pair of SEC teams were removed from the Top 25, Ole Miss and Missouri, by losing to Tennessee and Florida, respectively. Tennessee re-enters the Top 25 by beating Florida and Ole Miss on back-to-back weeks, with one of the nation’s highest RPI ratings as well, and are joined at the tail end of the rankings by Dallas Baptist.

With conference tournaments beginning in bulk this week be sure to visit the 2019 Conference Championships Hub for a lists of the conference-by-conference participating teams, seeds and links to each league’s conference tournament information and brackets.

Congratulations to Harvard, Army, Florida A&M and Southern on winning the Ivy League, Patriot League, MEAC and SWAC titles this season and the automatic bids that come with the tournament championships. All three will participate in the NCAA college baseball postseason with the Regional field, including the 16 sites, being announced one week from today.

Further congratulations to the following teams on winning their respective regular season titles:

Stony Brook (America East); East Carolina (American Athletic); VCU (Atlantic 10); Louisville (ACC); Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN); Texas Tech (Big 12); Creighton (Big East); Campbell (Big South); Big Ten (Indiana); Elon (Colonial); Florida Atlantic (C-USA); Wright State (Horizon); Canisius*/Quinnipiac (MAAC); Central Michigan (MAC); Dallas Baptist*/Illinois State (Missouri Valley); Fresno State (Mountain West); Bryant (Northeast); Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley); Vanderbilt (SEC); Samford (Southern); Omaha (Summit); Texas State (Sun Belt); BYU (West Coast); New Mexico State*/UTRGV/Cal Baptist (WAC).

*Awarded No. 1 seed for conference tournament.

Be sure to tune in to Perfect Game College Baseball on SiriusXM channel 84 ESPNU Radio on Monday nights from 9-11 p.m. ET as co-hosts Dani Wexelman and Mike Rooney recap the week while looking ahead to what's next. Immediately following the show stay tuned for Perfect Game College Softball, a one-hour program hosted by Wexelman and Amanda Freed. Learn more about both programs here.

Also considered: Indiana, Creighton, Florida Atlantic.

Rk Prev Team Record Week
1 1 UCLA 45-8 4-0
2 2 Vanderbilt 45-10 4-0
3 3 Stanford 39-10 2-1
4 5 Mississippi State 45-11 3-1
5 6 East Carolina 42-13 3-1
6 4 Arkansas 40-15 1-2
7 7 UC Santa Barbara 44-7 4-0
8 8 Georgia Tech 38-16 3-1
9 9 Georgia 42-14 3-0
10 10 Louisville 43-13 3-1
11 11 Texas Tech 36-15 2-1
12 12 Oregon State 35-16-1 2-1
13 13 NC State 41-15 2-1
14 14 Miami 38-17 2-1
15 15 Texas A&M 36-19-1 2-1
16 18 Oklahoma State 32-17 2-0
17 17 West Virginia 34-18 3-0
18 20 Louisiana State 34-22 3-1
19 16 Baylor 34-22 3-1
20 22 UC Irvine 34-16 3-1
21 19 North Carolina 38-17 2-2
22 23 BYU 36-15 3-1
23 24 Illinois 36-17 2-1
24 NR Tennessee 38-18 3-1
25 NR Dallas Baptist 38-16 2-1

Dropped out: Ole Miss (21), Missouri (25).