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College  | Rankings  | 2/13/2012

College: PG Preseason Top 100

Kendall Rogers     
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Fresh off a national runner-up finish last season, the Florida Gators welcome back an excellent pitching staff and productive offensive lineup. Most importantly, the Gators have the experience and want to win the program’s first national title.

It’s precisely why the Gators headline the Perfect Game College Top 100.

While the Gators lead the way, defending two-time champion South Carolina isn’t far behind at No. 2. The Gamecocks welcome back an excellent crop of pitchers, but have some large holes to fill at the plate.

Stanford is nestled between the Gators and Gamecocks at No. 2. The Cardinal reached an NCAA Super Regional last season, and welcomes back an excellent club this spring with top prospect and right-handed pitcher Mark Appel, and third baseman Stephen Piscotty leading the charge.

After the Gators, Cardinal and Gamecocks, Rice, who didn’t finish last season in Omaha, begins the 2012 campaign at No. 4 with a very experienced club, while familiar faces North Carolina, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Texas and LSU round out the top 10, with Arizona sitting just outside at No. 11.

Though our preseason rankings consist of 100 teams, we’ll actually release a PG Top 50 each Monday morning during the season. The top 50 is an extension of last year’s PG Top 25. And as usual, the rankings release will be followed by a weekly chat.

The rankings were compiled by Kendall Rogers and Allan Simpson.

MORE: Check out our PG College Baseball Preview index

RK Team Capsules 1-20 RK Team Capsules 21-40 RK Team Capsules 41-60 RK Team Capsules 61-80 RK Team Capsules 81-100
1 Florida 21 Louisville 41 Alabama 61 Gonzaga 81 Oregon
2 Stanford 22 East Carolina 42 Michigan State 62 Kent State 82 BYU
3 South Carolina 23 Georgia 43 Wichita State 63 San Diego 83 Western Kentucky
4 Rice 24 Oklahoma 44 Fresno State 64 Elon 84 Kennesaw State
5 North Carolina 25 Virginia 45 Coastal Carolina 65 Auburn 85 St. Mary's
6 Texas A&M 26 Clemson 46 Cal Poly 66 Jacksonville State 86 Utah
7 Arkansas 27 Central Florida 47 Samford 67 Oral Roberts 87 Notre Dame
8 Georgia Tech 28 St. John's 48 San Francisco 68 Dallas Baptist 88 Virginia Tech
9 Texas 29 Baylor 49 Troy 69 Michigan 89 Wright State
10 LSU 30 UC Irvine 50 N.C. State 70 USC 90 Nebraska
11 Arizona 31 Mississippi State 51 Southern Miss 71 Minnesota 91 Florida Gulf Coast
12 Vanderbilt 32 California 52 Washington State 72 Long Beach State 92 Charlotte
13 Florida State 33 Purdue 53 Wake Forest 73 UNC Wilmington 93 Central Michigan
14 Arizona State 34 Georgia Southern 54 Tulane 74 Kansas State 94 New Mexico
15 Miami 35 Mississippi 55 Texas Tech 75 Ohio State 95 Pepperdine
16 Stetson 36 Fla. International
56 Florida Atlantic 76 Loyola Marymount 96 San Jose State
17 Oregon State 37 Coll. of Charleston
57 Connecticut 77 Indiana State 97 Seton Hall
18 TCU 38 Jacksonville 58 Missouri 78 James Madison 98 Portland
19 UCLA 39 Missouri State 59 Kentucky 79 Houston 99 New Mexico State
20 CS Fullerton
40 Oklahoma State 60 Texas State 80 Stony Brook 100 Miami (Ohio)

Kendall Rogers is the college baseball managing editor for Perfect Game and can be reached at kendall@perfectgame.org