Unlike its football and basketball counterparts, college baseball does not have a universally accepted top 25 as AP Poll. Instead, there are six major polls that schools and publications refer to on various occasions, which can create confusion among fans.
To help with that, HawgBeat – the Arkansas website in the Rivals network – will create a single poll that combines the rankings of Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball, Perfect Game, NCBWA and USA Today Coaches Poll.
By giving 25 points to the No. 1 team in each poll, 24 points to No. 2, all the way down to 1 point to No. 25, the teams with the 25 highest scores are listed below, with the “receiving votes” section included each team that was among the top 25 of at least one poll, but not within the top 25.
The “high / low” column contains the week’s highest and lowest rankings, while the “change” column indicates how much movement each team had from last week’s ranking.
~ For the second week in a row, Arkansas is the unanimous No. 1 team in college baseball, taking the top spot in all six major polls.
~ It’s almost a unanimous No. 2 team, with Vanderbilt taking second place in all but the Baseball America poll, which has it at No. 3.
~ The SEC continues to hold the top five spots in the composite poll, but there was a shake-up between the teams in the 3-5 series.
~ A total of 32 different schools are ranked in at least one of the six polls. Among these, 17 are among the 25 best of all six, with the seven best of the unanimous top-10 teams.
~ The biggest move of the week, not including the schools that went from completely ranked to inside the top 25, was that Texas moved up 11 places to No. 10 after sweeping South Carolina this weekend. The result led to Gamecocks dropping eight places to No. 16, but the biggest fall belonged to Oregon State – which lost the series to state rival Oregon and dropped nine places to No. 25.
~ There are still nine SEC teams in the composite poll, with eight among the top 16 and two more – Alabama and Texas A&M – in the receiving voting section to be top 25 in at least one of the major polls.
~ There are most teams in composite for a conference, followed by ACC (5), Pac-12 (5), Big 12 (4), American (1) and Big Ten (1).
~ Dropped out: Boston College (17), Virginia Tech (20), Florida Atlantic (22)
~ Moved In: Oregon, Notre Dame, North Carolina