Monday, February 28, 2011

Looking at the Baseball Polls, Week 2

E-mail Ricky Hazel

The second full week of the 2011 college baseball season is in the books and it was another good weekend for the Trojans. Beating a team that has advanced to NCAA Regional play for eight straight years, including the College World Series in 2009, merits a spot in the national polls if you ask me.

Unfortunately, not enough voters in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll agreed, so the Trojans didn't crack the top 30 this week.

Here is a look at how I voted, along with some comments, followed by the actual top 30. You can find the poll each week at the NCBWA web site. Other college baseball polls include Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

Also, check out WarrenNolan.com for an unofficial look at the college baseball RPI.

Hazel's Top 30 - February 28
1. South Carolina (6-0)
2. Vanderbilt (7-1) - took two of three from Stanford
3. Florida (7-0)
4. Oklahoma (9-0)
5. Florida State (7-0)
6. Virginia (6-1)
7. UCLA (5-2) - lost twice to Long Beach State
8. Clemson (5-1)
9. Texas A&M (6-1)
10. Arizona State (6-1)
11. California (5-1)
12. College of Charleston (7-0)
13. Arizona (5-1)
14. TCU (4-3) - former No. 1 lost twice
15. Texas (5-3)
16. Stanford (4-3)
17. LSU (7-0)
18. Auburn (5-2)
19. Rice (5-3) - bounced back from rough start
20. Troy (6-1)
21. Cal State Fullerton (4-3)
22. Arkansas (6-0)
23. North Carolina (6-1)
24. UC Irvine (7-0)
25. Fresno State (6-0)
26. Wichita State (7-0)
27. Duke (7-1)
28. Charlotte (7-1)
29. New Mexico State (8-0)
30. Southern Miss (6-2)

Here is how the poll turned out.

No School Record Pvs
1 Florida 7-0 2
2 Vanderbilt 7-1 3
3 Oklahoma 9-0 4
4 South Carolina 6-0 6
5 Florida State 7-0 8
6 UCLA 5-2 1
7 Arizona State 6-1 9
8 Virginia 6-1 10
9 Clemson 5-1 11
10 TCU 4-3 5
11 LSU 7-0 14
12 Texas 5-3 7
13 Texas A&M 6-1 13
14 Cal State Fullerton 4-3 15
15 Stanford 4-3 12
16 Arkansas 6-0 20
17 Rice 5-3 18
18 North Carolina 6-1 21
19 College of Charleston 7-0 25
20 Oregon 4-3 19
21 UC Irvine 7-0 26
22 Arizona 5-1 23
23 Louisville 4-2 16
24 California 5-1 30
25 Auburn 5-2 27
26 Miami (Fla.) 4-3 22
27 Coastal Carolina 4-4 17
28 Georgia Tech 5-3 24
29 Fresno State 6-0 NR
30 Wichita State 7-0 NR

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (4-3), Baylor (4-3), Charlotte (7-1), Connecticut (2-4), Creighton (7-1), Duke (7-1), East Carolina (4-2), Georgia State (7-1), James Madison (7-1), Kansas State (5-2), Loyola Marymount (7-1), Mercer (8-2), New Mexico State (8-0), Ole Miss (7-1), Oregon State (4-3), San Jose State (6-1), Southeast Missouri State (5-2), Southeastern Louisiana (6-1), Southern Miss (6-2), Stetson (5-0), Texas Tech (7-1), Troy (6-1), UCF (6-1), Virginia Tech (6-2), Washington State (4-1).

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