Top 25 College Baseball Rankings 5.16.16

Only two teams have held top honors in the Bassford Top 25 College Baseball rankings in 2016: Florida and South Carolina. This week marks the fifth straight in which the Florida Gators claim the top spot in what will be the second to last Top 25 rankings of 2016.

Top Five

  1. Florida went 3-1 on the week in yet another triumphant conference series win, this time, over Vanderbilt. The team is 17-6 versus top 50 opponents and they lead the SEC by a half game over #3 Texas A&M. The Gators head to Baton Rouge this weekend for a season ending series with #9 LSU.
  2. Louisville has amassed a 32-1 home record against one of the toughest schedules in Division 1 baseball. They have been ranked #2 for three of the last four rankings. The team is 21-10 versus top 100 teams and are fresh off of a sweep of #8 NC State. They finish their season on the road against Wake Forest.
  3. Texas A&M’s regular season “watch” will be ended this coming weekend as the Aggies face their third straight top ten opponent in as many weeks—first Vandy then USC on the road and now—Ole Miss at home to close out the regular season. The Aggies will need to outdo whatever Mississippi State does over the weekend against Arkansas as the two teams are tied for the SEC West lead heading into the final weekend.
  4. Miami has already clinched the ACC Coastal division after sweeping Pittsburgh at home this past weekend. The ‘Canes have won six straight and head to FSU this weekend to face the #15 Seminoles.
  5. Mississippi State has won eight straight and 10 of their last 11 contests which leaves them tied for the SEC West lead with A&M. The Bulldogs face Arkansas to close out the year, a team with a 3-12 road record and losers of nine in a row.

New to the Top 25

  • 18 Clemson took two of three in a non-conference series against Georgia Southern—this coming only a weekend prior to besting NC State in similar fashion. The Tigers enter the Top 25 with 12 wins against top 50 teams. Clemson also boasts one of the highest SOS in the NCAA.
  • #21 Cal State Fullerton has won seven of their past 10 and lead the Big West conference over second place Long Beach State by three games. The team still has six games to go—three versus Hawaii at home and three on the road in Long Beach. Should be a fun finish to the year in that conference—which also does not have a conference tournament, sadly.
  • #23 UC Santa Barbara – The Gauchos bring their 22-4 home record into the final week of the season as the team attempts to maneuver itself gracefully into the Big West tournament. This past weekend the team lost their home series with the Fullerton but enter the Top 25 based on their 7-3 record against top 50 teams. Against Top 100 teams, the Gauchos have amassed 18 wins against only nine losses.
  • #24 Arizona State took two out of three from rival Arizona and jumped smack dab into the Top 25. The team is currently fourth in the Pac-12 standings—two games behind conference leader Utah–but have won 8 of their last 10 games. Because of the Pac-12’s indifference toward a conference tournament, the Sun Devils still have two remaining weekends in the year—an away series with UCLA and a home series to close out the year against USC.
  • #25 Oklahoma State lost their series with in-state rival Oklahoma this weekend but were still able to drive the herd into the Top 25 on the backs of their high Elo Rating (1725) and 53% SOS rating. The Cowboys will finish up the 2016 campaign with a home series against Kansas.

Gone from the Top 25

  • Last week’s #9 SELU dropped a home series against New Orleans, losing the first two games by a combined score of 25-12. Those two losses snapped a seven game win streak. Thankfully, the Lions still lead the Southland conference by a game over Sam Houston State.
  • Last week’s #16 Rice split a pair of games with Florida Atlantic over the weekend but also lost to Houston last Tuesday, 10-0. The Owls are only a half game back of C-USA leading Southern Miss.
  • Last week’s #18 Bryant took three of four from Central Connecticut but hasn’t played a top 100 team since beating Boston College 18-6 in April. The team has a 43% SOS and has only played 5 Top 50 teams—winning one.
  • Last week’s #19 South Alabama dropped to #27 after losing their series with Louisiana-Lafayette this weekend, two games to one. All three games were decided by one run. As result, there is a glimmer of hope for the Cajuns to steal the Sun Belt regular season crown from the Jaguars and, alternatively, a heft of doubt in South Alabama’s ability to realistically host a regional in two weeks.
  • Last week’s #25 Florida Atlantic split with Rice this weekend, as mentioned previously. But the Owls have had bigger problems facing seemingly “easier” opponents. The Owls have eight losses against teams ranked between 101 and 200. Still, FAU will have a shot at the C-USA crown as the team is merely 1.5 games back of first with three games remaining against Western Kentucky—who is 10-17 in league play.

Moving Down

  • North Carolina fell nine positions this week. The Tarheels’ 7-10 road record has not served them well. They will finish up their weekend series tonight against Notre Dame after splitting the first two games with the Irish. Next weekend they will head to NC State to play the Wolfpack. The Heels are currently 14-14 against top 50 teams.
  • Florida State sunk seven places this week. The Seminoles have lost four of their last five including a series loss to Duke on the road. Next weekend the team welcomes in Miami to close out the regular season.
  • Vanderbilt dropped five spots this week. They went on the road against the top team in the country, Florida, and played respectably. Still, the ‘Dores lost to the Gators two games to one. The team closes out the year against Auburn next weekend.
  • NC State bobbled downward three rungs this week. They have lost four straight after being swept by #2 Louisville this past weekend. The Wolfpack have lost six of their last seven and things don’t get any easier when they’ll next face in-state rival UNC. With the team back at home—after six straight on the road—their 21-6 home record will likely suit them better than their 9-10 road record has.

Moving Up

  • #9 LSU exploded out of the gates last week winning five games in seven days. The team has won eight straight including two series sweeps of Arkansas and Tennessee in consecutive conference battles. This weekend, however, gets relatively more difficult as the Tigers welcome in the nation’s top ranked Gators.
  • #10 Southern Miss catapulted themselves upward moving 13 places from #23 to #10 this week. A 24-4 home record will work wonders for your rankings. Winning six of your last seven will do it even better. The Golden Eagles move into the top ten after taking two from Louisiana Tech, only a week after sweeping Western Kentucky. USM will travel to face FIU in the battle of initials, which may be the only interesting battle as FIU is currently 24-27 overall.

 

Rank
Team
Current

Rating
W-L
LW

W-L
SOS
SOV
Top 50
51-100
Grade
Luck
1
Florida
1859.5
43-9
3-1
59%
57%
17-6
3-2
9.61
3
2
Louisville
1953.4
42-10
4-0
57%
54%
15-8
6-2
9.60
-1
3
Texas A&M
1835.0
39-11
2-1
57%
53%
12-7
13-3
9.40
0
4
Miami
1926.4
40-9
5-0
56%
53%
15-8
1-0
9.34
4
5
Miss. State
1903.6
37-14
4-0
56%
53%
13-10
7-2
9.13
1
6
Texas Tech
1784.9
38-13
1-0
55%
53%
8-4
9-1
9.10
3
7
Ole Miss
1764.5
39-13
3-0
57%
53%
9-10
9-2
9.06
2
8
NC State
1723.3
32-17
0-3
60%
57%
16-12
6-4
8.93
-1
9
LSU
1829.8
36-16
5-0
59%
54%
8-9
6-5
8.91
1
10
Southern Miss
1764.3
36-15
2-1
54%
51%
8-11
12-2
8.85
2
11
South Carolina
1714.5
38-13
2-2
56%
52%
9-10
1-3
8.82
2
12
Vanderbilt
1824.5
37-15
1-3
55%
51%
9-10
3-1
8.82
-2
13
TCU
1687.3
34-14
1-2
52%
53%
6-5
13-3
8.69
-2
14
Virginia
1849.0
33-18
2-1
58%
55%
14-14
1-2
8.68
1
15
Florida State
1626.7
33-17
1-4
59%
54%
10-11
6-3
8.63
-2
16
Coastal Carolina
1739.9
36-15
2-1
55%
52%
6-8
8-4
8.61
-1
17
Georgia Tech
1706.0
33-18
2-3
57%
54%
12-15
4-2
8.61
2
18
Clemson
1703.7
34-18
3-2
58%
54%
12-14
6-2
8.58
2
19
Arizona
1643.4
32-18
1-2
54%
56%
6-5
10-9
8.56
-1
20
Tulane
1676.6
35-15
4-1
52%
50%
8-4
8-5
8.54
1
21
Cal State Fullerton
1731.0
32-17
2-1
54%
52%
6-9
7-3
8.53
-4
22
North Carolina
1632.6
32-19
2-2
60%
58%
14-14
2-1
8.52
-5
23
UC Santa Barbara
1483.0
32-15
1-3
53%
54%
7-3
11-6
8.50
5
24
Arizona State
1703.3
31-17
3-1
53%
52%
6-4
4-8
8.50
5
25
Oklahoma State
1725.1
32-17
2-2
53%
49%
4-7
9-9
8.48
0

 

RK
Baseball America
D1Baseball
Collegiate Baseball
Bassford
1
Florida
Florida
Florida
Florida
2
Texas A&M
Texas A&M
Miami
Louisville
3
Mississippi State
Miami
Texas A&M
Texas A&M
4
Miami
Mississippi State
Louisville
Miami
5
Texas Tech
Louisville
Mississippi State
Mississippi State
6
Ole Miss
Texas Tech
South Carolina
Texas Tech
7
Louisville
Ole Miss
Texas Tech
Ole Miss
8
LSU
Virginia
Florida State
NC State
9
Virginia
Florida State
Virginia
LSU
10
South Carolina
LSU
Vanderbilt
Southern Miss
11
Tulane
South Carolina
LSU
South Carolina
12
Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt
Ole Miss
Vanderbilt
13
Southern Miss
NC State
Tulane
TCU
14
Florida State
Tulane
Oklahoma State
Virginia
15
TCU
Rice
NC State
Florida State
16
Rice
TCU
TCU
Coastal Carolina
17
Florida Atlantic
Southern Miss
Washington
Georgia Tech
18
Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton
Southern Miss
Clemson
19
NC State
Clemson
Cal State Fullerton
Arizona
20
Oklahoma State
Coastal Carolina
Arizona State
Tulane
21
Minnesota
Oklahoma State
Arizona
Cal State Fullerton
22
Coastal Carolina
Georgia Tech
Louisiana-Lafayette
North Carolina
23
Clemson
Washington
South Alabama
UC Santa Barbara
24
Bryant
Minnesota
Rice
Arizona State
25
Long Beach State
Florida Atlantic
Coastal Carolina
Oklahoma State

 

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