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College Top 25: February 23

Vincent Cervino        
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A ton has transpired in just a short weekend as the top of the college Top 25 endured some shakeups. Three of the top-five teams in the country finished the weekend with losing records with some other changes coming in throughout the Top 25, as well. Keep in mind with a lot of these rankings, each team in the country has played somewhere between 0-4 games currently and, as we all know, 0-4 games do not make a season so the climbs and falls likely won’t be too drastic.

Preseason No. 1 Florida is no longer the top-ranked team in the land after dropping a series to in-state rival Miami, as the Hurricanes take a series from the Gators for the first time since 2014. The Gators were on the verge of securing the series victory on Saturday before a bullpen implosion cost them game two and a comeback bid wasn’t enough to take game three. Miami jumps from No. 7 to No. 3 after the series victory and Florida drops to No. 4, but we still firmly believe that the Gators are one of the most talented teams in the country.

The College Baseball Showdown in Arlington featured six of the top teams in the country and the games were mostly competitive with a lot of college baseball’s juggernauts throwing haymakers at one another. The biggest casualties of the tournament were Texas Tech and Texas, as it wasn’t a good showing for the Big 12 overall as the SEC finished 8-1/7-2. Texas Tech falls to No. 9 after going 0-3 and the Red Raiders struggled mightily from a defensive and strike-throwing perspective. Texas drops from No. 22 to out of the Top 25 as their offensive woes doomed them, only scoring four runs over three games and going 0-3.

On the other side of the coin, the weekend was a boon for the three SEC schools involved, which includes the new No. 1 team Ole Miss, who finished the weekend 3-0 with three impressive wins. The Rebels excelled in almost every facet of the game; from defense to pitching to timely hitting, they were an electric factory all weekend to watch and went out and basically took the crown of top team in the country. Mississippi State climbs to No. 8 after going 2-1 while missing two-thirds of their starting rotation due to COVID protocols. They showed a lot of grit and competitiveness on the offensive side while the pitching stepped up big time on a national stage. Arkansas also jumps to No. 5 after finishing 3-0 and showing one of the more dynamic offenses in the country in the process.

UCLA is another top-five team that dropped their opening weekend series and fall from No. 4 to No. 12. They went 1-2 at home to a very talented San Francisco team but showed that in California, where fall practices weren’t uniform across the state, it could be pure chaos in terms of who ends up the best team out of the state. Arizona is another West Coast team to take a bit of a tumble following an uneven weekend in a four-game series.

In addition to Texas, UCF is the other team to fall out of the Top 25 after losing the weekend series to Florida Atlantic. Two new teams enter the top 25 in Duke and TCU. Duke earned a hard-fought, in-state series victory over a talented Coastal Carolina team and enter at No. 21. TCU also enters at No. 25 following a weekend where they lost two of three but were wildly competitive in Arlington. They just missed the cut in the preseason poll, but following 27 very tough innings, including a victory over Mississippi State, the Horned Frogs should be one of the better teams out of the Big 12.

Rank Prev Team  Record Week
1 5    Mississippi 3-0 3-0
2 2   Louisville 3-0 3-0
3 7   Miami 2-1 2-1
4 1 Florida 1-2 1-2
5 20 Arkansas 3-0 3-0
6 6   Vanderbilt 2-0 2-0
7   Virginia 2-1 2-1
8 12   Mississippi State 2-1 2-1
9 3 Texas Tech 0-3 0-3
10 8   LSU 2-1 2-1
11 10   UC Santa Barbara 2-1 2-1
12 13   East Carolina 3-0 3-0
13 UCLA 1-2 1-2
14 14 Indiana DNP DNP
15 16   NC State 2-0 2-0
16 15    Arizona State 2-1 2-1
17 17   Auburn 3-0 3-0
18 18   Michigan DNP DNP
19 11 Arizona 2-2 2-2
20 19   Georgia Tech 2-1 2-1
21 NR
Duke 2-1 2-1
22 21   Florida State 2-1 2-1
23 23   Ohio State DNP DNP
24 24   Georgia 3-1 3-1
25 NR
TCU 1-2 1-2

Dropped out: Texas, UCF

Others Considered: South Carolina, Clemson, Dallas Baptist, Tennessee
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