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Ratings Reaction – Tues March 27

The #1 Gators won two of three standing room only games at Carolina as they bested the Gamecocks in a rematch of last year’s championship series.  With the wins UF has now captured 32 of its last 36 series. U of F seems to be on a championship collision course with #2 Stanford who won two of three against USC. The softhanded Cardinal had a .976 fielding percentage and 15 errors over the first 17 games, but seven of eight runs in the Trojan’s victory were unearned, as Stanford committed six errors.

#3 Arkansas, #4 Florida State and #5 North Carolina each remained in their respective positions from the week before despite losing a game. The Razorbacks took two of three fromMississippiState, FSU had a pair of wins over a reeling Stetson and won two of three overWakeForest and the ‘Heels won their series over NC State.

#6 Miami moved up a spot to the six position vacated by the fallen #9 South Carolina Gamecocks who drop three rungs. It seems like a raw deal to drop USC three spots because they didn’t win their series over Gators. I don’t think anyone outside of Columbia, SC believed Carolina was going to win two over the Gators. #7 Texas A&M also moved up one position in lieu of USC after sweeping Pepperdine.

#8 UCLA moved up three positions after winning the first two of three withWashingtonState.  The Bruins lost the last game of the series which was Monday. Had the rankings been complied after the loss I doubt UCLA would have moved into the top ten.  I certainly wouldn’t have put them there.  I’m a bit shocked that the Bruins are listed at six in a different poll.  They had the series win overArizona St, but other than that they haven’t done much to impress.  I’ve felt Georgia had been overrated from the jump so I wouldn’t hand that series sweep on mom’s fridge if I was them.

Rounding out the top ten is #10 Kentucky who lost their first game of the year when they took two of three fromTennessee.  I saw the Wildcats are ranked #2 in a different poll. I’m assuming that’s the coach’s rankings.  That’s a bit generous don’t you think?  I wouldn’t take the ‘Cats over any team in the top ten and would pick a handful of other clubs including Rice, LSU and Fullerton. Don’t get me wrong, I thinkKentucky is a great team, I’m just not ready to put them among the elite yet. Number ten is good spot for them. The Wildcats are awesome on the basepaths, stealing 28 of 34 and have also dominated in the field with a .980 fielding percentage.

#11 Rice had a loss to Lamar and won two of three over Memphis which dropped them two spots. #12 Cal State Fullerton went two the opposite direction when they won two of three over Oral Roberts.

#13 Arizona fell out of the top ten after losing two games to a surprisingly spry New Mexico State, but they did win two of three over #18 Oregon State to keep from falling too far down the rankings.

I still have some weird hunch #14 LSU is going to make it back toOmaha this season. Maybe its because I used to have a bromantic crush on Ben McDonald when I was growing up. I don’t know.  Nevertheless, the Tigers fell two places losing a series atAuburn.  For what its worth, both of the losses were by a single run and one of them was in extra innings.  Big showdown for the Bayou Bengals this week when they hostArkansas.  I expect LSU to take two of three.

#15 Arizona State moved up three spots after winning a series overCal.  I had big hopes forCal going into the season, but they’ve been knocked out of the rankings.  Perhaps ASU wasn’t the better team, but wanted it more since they can’t get to the postseason.

I’m still not drinking the #16 UCF Kool-Aid. When it comes to ConferenceUSA teams, I’d pick ECU over the Knights.  Which is dumb because UCF just took two of three from the Pirates. The games were inOrlando however, so that kinda makes the 2-1 win UCF had in the opener a push.  UCF doesn’t play another team in the top thirty until the last series of the season so I expect them to compete for a regional hosting position, but they’ll need to win that last series over the Owls and finish in the top two in the C-USA tournament to have a chance.

#17 Louisville had a crushing 20-0 win overOhioState last week. They also sweptCincinnati. Nevertheless I still feel U of L is very overrated.  It’s a small sample size, but the Cardinals are 1-3 in four games against ranked teams this year. Their wins have been compiled against the likes ofOakland, Eastern Illinois and Ball State. Meh.

#18 Georgia lost two of three at unranked Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs are overrated, the Commodores are underrated.

I don’t like #20 Oregon being ranked in top 20.  Not the top 30 either. Haven’t all season.  Last week they one two of three overUtah. They playTexasState twice and have three against Arizona State.  I fully expect the Ducks to come away with a single win this week.

What’s wrong with #21 Georgia Tech? They lost a game to instate rivalGeorgia and then lost two of three toBostonCollege. I thought their bats were better than that.

#22 Ole Miss had a bitter 10-0 loss to Southern Miss and won two of three atAlabama. I’ve been thinking all year the Rebels were a team better positioned in the 30-40 range.  I’m sticking with that, but hope I’m wrong because I’m anxiously awaiting a Mississippi invasion of Omaha.

#23 Texas has only seven homeruns this season. Not known for their hitting, but seriously… They narrowly won a series overKansasState last week.

#24 Oklahoma had two wins over Air Force and won a series over Texas Tech. For that they moved up three spots?

#25 Purdue is number one in the College Baseball Lineup midmajor rankings.  If you don’t think the Big Ten is not a mid major in college baseball you’re uninformed.  I’m probably wrong, but I don’t think a Big 10 team has made it to the College World Series since Barry Larkin played atMichigan. Two of three overOhioState last week.

There were on the cusp of falling out of the rankings, but #26 Virginia moved up four spots after sweeping Clemson. No way the Cavs make it back to Omaha this year.  They are rebuilding.  Watch this week’s series with #27 NC State.  Whichever team loses the series will get knocked out of the rankings.  The Pack are barely hanging on after losing a ECU and a series at North Carolina.

New to the rankings are #28 Baylor, #29 San Diego and #30 Coastal Carolina. I don’t have a whole lot to say about any of these clubs other than I’m surprised to see USD and CCU make the list. Personally, I’d take their conference foes Gonzaga and Liberty before them.  Baylor is decent, but didn’t do much to earn their spot last week.  They had wins over Texas Tech, Sam Houston State and Kansas.