College Top 25: In a good State

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Kendall Rogers        
Published: Monday, March 04, 2013

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If there was any doubt about North Carolina being the nation's top-ranked team at this point in the season, the Tar Heels silenced those doubters this past weekend with their outstanding play at the Astros Foundation Classic.

The Tar Heels had a perfect 3-0 weekend with wins over Rice, Texas A&M and California, and as a result, remain the No. 1 team in the land in the Perfect Game College Top 25.

Though there was no movement at the top spot, there was plenty of movement elsewhere in the rankings, with the new top five consisting of the Tar Heels, Vanderbilt, LSU, UCLA and Stanford, with Arkansas falling from No. 2 to No. 16 after a winless trip to Arizona.

Meanwhile, on the positive side, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Cal State Fullerton each made notable leaps this week. The Yellow Jackets climbed two spots from No. 11 to No. 9 after yet another dominant weekend, while the Bulldogs improved from No. 16 to No. 10 after a ridiculously hot 15-0 start. Cal State Fullerton won yet another impressive series, this time over Oregon, and moves from No. 18 to No. 11.

Also keep a very close eye on Arizona State. The Sun Devils caught attention two weekends ago with a road series win over Tennessee, and vaulted from No. 25 to No. 19 after a fantastic weekend at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz.

Elsewhere in this week's ranking, Texas (22) and Southern Mississippi (24) dropped out of the rankings after losing important series over the weekend, while Virginia and Virginia Tech, both off to terrific starts, entered the rankings at No's 24 and 25, respectively.

Conference breakdown

SEC: 7

Pacific 12: 6

ACC: 6

Big 12: 1

Big East: 2

Big West: 2

Conference USA: 1

The Perfect Game Top 25 will be released each Monday morning throughout the college baseball season.

ALSO SEE: Sunday's roundup/Weekend in review

Rank Team W-L Conference Previous rank
1. North Carolina      
10-0 Atlantic Coast 1
2. Vanderbilt
12-1 Southeastern
3. Louisiana State 10-1 Southeastern
8-2 Pacific 12 5
5. Stanford
9-2 Pacific 12 6
6. Oregon State
12-0 Pacific 12 7
7. South Carolina
Southeastern      10
8. North Carolina State
10-1 Atlantic Coast 9
9. Georgia Tech 11-1
Atlantic Coast 11
10. Mississippi State 15-0
Southeastern 16
11. Cal State Fullerton 10-1 Big West 18
12. Mississippi
11-1 Southeastern
13. Kentucky
Southeastern 12
14. Louisville
9-2 Big East
15. Florida State 10-0 Atlantic Coast
16. Arkansas
7-5 Southeastern 2
17. Oregon 8-3 Pacific 12
18. Oklahoma
11-1 Big 12 19
19. Arizona State 7-2 Pacific 12 25
20. Rice
6-5 Conference USA 14
21. UC Irvine 10-2 Big West
22. Arizona
10-3 Pacific 12 20
23. Notre Dame 8-2 Big East
24. Virginia
12-0 Atlantic Coast NR
25. Virginia Tech 11-2 Atlantic Coast

Dropped out: Texas (22), Southern Miss (24)

Entered: Virginia, Virginia Tech

Others to watch: Mercer, Florida Gulf Coast, Miami, Pepperdine, Clemson, Florida, Cal Poly, Liberty, Southern Mississippi, San Diego State, Indiana, San Diego, Texas
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