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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Final 2017 College Top 25

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It took six tries under the guidance of Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan, but the Florida Gators finally got their NCAA College Baseball Championship on Tuesday when they defeated LSU 6-1 in the second game of the CWS Finals. The Gators have made themselves regulars in Omaha, having been there now three years in a row and six of the last eight. In addition to their championship, O'Sullian's Gators also finished as the runner-up in 2011.

The road certainly didn't seem like an easy one, and it also seemed like O'Sullivan had more star power on some of his more recent CWS squads. However, this team had the right blend to walk away with a championship, and similar to past years, the devotion to recruiting by O'Sullivan and his staff means next year could mark the fourth year in a row that Florida makes the trip north to Omaha.

Florida opened the season ranked fourth, and entered the postseason ranked fifth. Of the eight teams that made it to the College World Series seven of them (No. 1 TCU, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 Florida, No. 6 Louisville, No. 7 Oregon State and No. 15 Cal State Fullerton) were ranked in the Preseason Top 25. The other, Texas A&M, was ranked just outside at No. 26.

And while there were no surprises among the teams that made it to Omaha most of the individual games were won by the team that had the higher ranking, at least until the Final Four when LSU beat Oregon State twice to advance only to have the favor returned to them by Florida. It should be noted that both the Gators and the Tigers finished the regular season with a 21-9 record within the SEC, and they also finished with near identical overall records (52-19 and 52-20).

Congratulations to all of the teams that made it to the College World Series, especially the champion Gators. Stay tuned to Perfect Game as Mike Rooney will provide a look ahead to 2018 in the coming days to try and predict next year's field while David Rawnsley will provide his first-hand observations on the players participating with the Collegiate National Team this summer.

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

Rk Prev. Pres. Team Overall Post. Finish
1 5 4
52-19 10-3 College World Series Champion
2 3 2
 Louisiana State
52-20 9-3 College World Series Runner-up
3 1 7
 Oregon State        
56-6 7-2 College World Series
4 8 1
 Texas Christian
50-18 8-2 College World Series
5 6 6
53-12 6-2 College World Series
6 2 12
 North Carolina
49-14 2-2 Chapel Hill Regional
7 4 32
 Texas Tech
45-17 2-2 Lubbock Regional
8 15 15
 Cal State Fullerton
39-24 5-3 College World Series
9 20 3
 Florida State
46-23 7-3 College World Series
10 10 39
 Long Beach State
42-20-1 5-3 Long Beach Super Regional
11 11 NR
43-23 4-3 Louisville Super Regional
12 NR 26
 Texas A&M
41-23 5-2 College World Series
13 7 27
43-16 1-2 Fort Worth Regional
14 9 16
42-16 2-2
Stanford Regional
15 18 33
 Mississippi State
40-27 4-3 Baton Rouge Super Regional
16 19 38
 Wake Forest
43-20 4-2 Gainesville Super Regional
17 24 NR
 Missouri State
43-20 3-3 Fort Worth Super Regional
18 12 NR
45-19 3-2 Fayetteville Regional
19 13 NR
 Southern Miss
50-16 2-2 Hattiesburg Regional
20 14 20
42-21 2-2 Houston Regional
21 16 19
42-21 3-2 Clemson Regional
22 NR 28
 Sam Houston State
44-23 4-3 Tallahassee Super Regional
23 25 17
39-24 2-2 Long Beach Regional
24 17 NR
42-17 0-2 Chapel Hill Regional
25 21 25
38-21 1-2 Lubbock Regional

Dropped Out: UCF (22), South Florida (23).

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