Bassford College Baseball Rankings 5.2.16

Florida again holds onto the top spot in the Bassford Top 25 though the team wasn’t able to get much baseball in these past seven days. The Gators did not play a midweek game during the last week of April and also had the rubber match of their series with South Carolina canceled due to weather.

Top Five

  1. Florida split two games with #7 South Carolina on the road earning the Gators their third straight week atop the rankings and their fifth week overall. Florida will play SWAC-centric Bethune-Cookman this week before traveling to Tennessee for a conference series with the Volunteers who are 24-21 on the year.
  2. Louisville went undefeated in four games last week beating FIU once and St. John’s thrice, including two shutouts. Louisville’s horrid 7-8 road record gets tested as the Cardinals head to #19 UNC this weekend for an ACC tilt.
  3. Texas A&M sits in a powerful position atop the SEC West standings, holding a two-game lead over both #10 Ole Miss and #12 Mississippi State. This past week the Aggies went 3-1 losing a single game to Arkansas, but winning the overall series and also beating UT Arlington midweek. A&M will welcome in #4 Vandy to College Station this weekend for a three-game matchup.
  4. Vanderbilt lost two weekends ago on the road to Tennessee, highlighting the team’s road woes. That wasn’t an issue this past weekend as VU beat Georgia in Nashville three games to none after beating Austin Peay midweek. Vandy’s 7-6 road record will be put to the test against A&M.
  5. Miami leads the ACC Coastal division by 2.5 games over #14 Virginia with only three weekends left in the 2016 season. The ‘Canes swept Florida A&M in a non-conference weekend set but will travel to #22 Georgia Tech this coming weekend as the Yellow Jackets hope to pull closer in the division standings.

Rising

  • Texas Tech rose seven positions after going 3-1 this past weekend. The Red Raiders defeated #16 TCU two games to one on the road which gave TTU a 2 game lead on Oklahoma State for the Big 12 lead.
  • NC State rose eight spots this week after finishing 3-1 last week. The Wolfpack beat AAC-member East Carolina, 6-1, before outlasting Duke 2-1 in their weekend series. NCSU heads to Clemson this coming weekend and the Wolfpack need all the wins they can muster in the hotly contested ACC Atlantic division race.

Falling

  • Coastal Carolina free-fell 15 places this week after being swept on the road in a non-conference series with #22 Georgia Tech. The Chanticleers still lead the Big South by four games over High Point and Campbell but will need to do better if they hope to turn their high RPI into a regional host bid.
  • LSU, another team without a canopy to break their fall, dropped 10 spots this week as the Tigers went 1-3 losing twice to Ole Miss and once to in-state rival Tulane, 1-4. The Tigers need to get their act in gear if they hope to find any postseason success. LSU plays Arkansas at home this weekend before heading to Tennessee next weekend in the team’s final away conference series.
  • Lamar’s season has included wins over Arizona, LSU and Texas. Unfortunately, the Cardinals still dropped eight spots this week as the team’s loss to Incarnate Word (RPI 260-plus) was enough to send the team tumbling in the rankings. Lamar will face #17 Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland Conference matchup that will end up deciding the conference champion.

Dropped Out

  • Last Week’s #23 Louisiana-Lafayette’s 2-3 showing this past week dropped the Cajuns from the Top 25 altogether. Though ULL beat UTA two games to one in their weekend series the team lost two straight during the midweek to Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech. The team is now ranked around the high 30’s and has a ton of work to do in order to make the postseason.
  • It’s hard to fault a team that has only played 9 home games 38 games into the season. But Last Week’s #24 Minnesota still fell out of the rankings this week as the team went 2-2, falling once to Illinois and once to North Dakota State. They only fell to #31 which isn’t bad, unless you consider that this team sits atop the Big Ten standings. Sorry, Big Ten, you’re not great at baseball.
  • Last Week’s #25 Florida Atlantic also went 2-2 this past week and fell from the board. Their losses came against UCF, 3-1, and Southern Miss 4-3. The Owls are only one game behind Southern Miss and Rice for the Conference USA lead. Beating USM this past weekend two games to one certainly helped that cause but still couldn’t keep the Owls in the top 25.

New This Week

  • #14 Virginia exploded upward through the rankings 23 positions after sweeping Pittsburgh on the road and beating Old Dominion midweek, 8-4. This 4-0 weekly mark came only a week removed from besting #5 Miami on the road two games to one in their ACC matchup. UVA will face Georgia Tech at home this coming weekend in a critical conference head-to-head.
  • #19 North Carolina, who played nary a game this weekend, jumped right up into the Top 25 after finishing last week at the #26 position, barely missing the board. The Tarheels did play two games midweek, however, and won both of them: a 10-9 decision over #11 UNCW and 9-4 over Campbell. The Tarheels will play host to #2 Louisville this coming weekend.
  • #22 Georgia Tech swept the Chanticleers at home last week, scoring 22 runs in three games but dropped their rivalry matchup with in-state Georgia, 13-5. Nevertheless, the team still entered the rankings for the first time this year after going 3-1 last week. The Yellow Jackets will face #5 Miami this weekend.

Not in the Poll But everywhere else

  • #27 Florida Atlantic, ranked in three polls noted below but not this one—noted above.
  • #28 Oklahoma State, ranked in every poll noted below save for this one, is 5-8 versus top 50 teams.
  • #31 Minnesota, ranked in three polls noted below but not this one—noted above.
  • #33 Rice, ranked in three polls noted below but not this one, is 4-7 versus top 50 teams.
  • #34 UC Santa Barbara, ranked in every poll noted below save for this one, has been outstanding versus top competition (12-2 versus top 100 teams) but is 13-8 against teams 101-200.
  • #35 Tulane, ranked in three polls noted below but not this one, is 6-3 against top 50 teams but is 6-6 versus 51-100 teams.
  • #50 Oregon State, ranked in three polls noted below but not this one, is 6-4 versus top 100 teams but has one of the easiest overall SOS in the Pac-12.

 

Rank
LW
Team
Current
Rating
Overall
Record
Last
Week
SOS
SOV
Pyth
WPCT
Pred
WPCT
Team
Grade
1
1
Florida
1894.08
37-7
1-1
60%
58%
77%
88%
9.29
2
3
Louisville
1838.56
35-9
4-0
58%
52%
83%
82%
8.98
3
2
Texas A&M
1851.32
35-9
3-1
57%
50%
79%
84%
8.92
4
11
Vanderbilt
1840.06
34-10
4-0
56%
50%
78%
72%
8.63
5
6
Miami, Florida
1831.08
33-8
3-0
57%
51%
74%
75%
8.58
6
7
Bryant
1807.10
33-8
5-1
43%
45%
79%
86%
8.55
7
5
South Carolina
1742.09
34-9
1-1
57%
53%
73%
77%
8.49
8
4
Florida State
1790.87
29-12
1-1
60%
56%
72%
79%
8.37
9
17
NC State
1741.71
31-12
3-1
60%
57%
70%
70%
8.33
10
9
Ole Miss
1725.46
33-12
2-2
58%
55%
70%
74%
8.32
11
15
UNC Wilmington
1763.68
31-10
4-1
52%
46%
75%
80%
8.27
12
14
Mississippi State
1793.41
30-14
3-1
57%
55%
68%
75%
8.23
13
20
Texas Tech
1744.21
34-13
3-1
54%
53%
67%
74%
8.23
14
37
Virginia
1838.61
30-17
4-0
58%
54%
62%
69%
8.23
15
13
SE Missouri State
1824.39
31-12
2-1
48%
41%
76%
78%
8.18
16
12
TCU
1713.76
30-12
2-2
52%
52%
77%
78%
8.18
17
19
SE Louisiana
1785.64
31-13
3-0
51%
45%
78%
70%
8.17
18
21
Creighton
1747.09
30-9
3-0
49%
46%
67%
83%
8.14
19
26
North Carolina
1657.46
28-15
2-0
61%
56%
75%
60%
8.13
20
10
LSU
1717.77
28-16
1-3
61%
57%
65%
66%
8.11
21
18
South Alabama
1668.74
33-12
3-1
52%
50%
71%
79%
8.11
22
31
Georgia Tech
1770.02
30-14
3-1
57%
53%
63%
70%
8.10
23
8
Coastal Carolina
1694.79
31-14
1-3
56%
54%
69%
71%
8.10
24
16
Lamar
1727.42
31-11
2-1
51%
47%
70%
76%
8.09
25
22
Kent State
1750.75
33-11
3-1
42%
41%
70%
80%
8.08
RK
D1Baseball.com
Warren Nolan
Power Index
Massey Ratings
Baseball America
Bassford
1
Florida
Florida
Florida
Florida
Florida
2
Texas A&M
Bryant
Texas A&M
Texas A&M
Louisville
3
Miami, Florida
Louisville
Louisville
Mississippi State
Texas A&M
4
Mississippi State
Texas A&M
Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Vanderbilt
5
Florida State
Miami, Florida
South Carolina
Florida State
Miami, Florida
6
NC State
South Carolina
Vanderbilt
South Carolina
Bryant
7
South Carolina
Texas Tech
Ole Miss
Ole Miss
South Carolina
8
Vanderbilt
BYU
Texas Tech
Texas Tech
Florida State
9
Louisville
TCU
TCU
Louisville
NC State
10
Texas Tech
Vanderbilt
Florida State
Vanderbilt
Ole Miss
11
Oregon State
Kent State
Mississippi State
NC State
UNC Wilmington
12
Ole Miss
Florida State
NC State
TCU
Mississippi State
13
Virginia
SE Missouri State
Oklahoma State
LSU
Texas Tech
14
Rice
NC State
UC Santa Barbara
Rice
Virginia
15
TCU
Mississippi State
Southern Miss
UC Santa Barbara
SE Missouri State
16
Tulane
Ole Miss
Creighton
Virginia
TCU
17
LSU
Minnesota
BYU
Oregon State
SE Louisiana
18
UC Santa Barbara
Hartford
LSU
Oklahoma State
Creighton
19
Minnesota
UC Santa Barbara
Georgia Tech
Florida Atlantic
North Carolina
20
Oklahoma State
Wright State
Oregon State
Tulane
LSU
21
Washington
Florida Atlantic
Tulane
Southern Miss
South Alabama
22
Georgia Tech
Michigan State
Michigan
Minnesota
Georgia Tech
23
Coastal Carolina
South Alabama
Florida Atlantic
Washington
Coastal Carolina
24
East Carolina
Oklahoma State
Virginia
Michigan State
Lamar
25
Louisiana-Lafayette
Creighton
Rice
Creighton
Kent State

 

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