There was a lot of talk about Ole Miss' weekend series against a bad Grambling State team having a negative impact on its national ranking, particularly in the RPI. But after sweeping what turned out to be a surprisingly competitive Tigers team, the Rebs have shot up across the board. They jumped up to No. 3 in the RPI and climbed into the top 10 at both D1 Baseball (No. 9) and Perfect Game (No. 10). Baseball America put them at No. 12.
That's just as much, if not more, about what happened outside of Oxford. Two top 10 teams, NC State and Oregon, lost series over the weekend that opened the door for Ole Miss to slide up. Oregon, by the way, was swept by Mississippi State, who finally showed why they began the season so highly ranked. The Dawgs climbed to No. 15 in all of the major poles.
Throw in unanimous No. 1 Florida, Vandy, A&M, LSU, South Carolina and Arkansas, and you have eight SEC teams scattered through the polls. That number will drop as teams start beating up on each other in conference play this weekend, but damn.
|Rank||D1 Baseball||Baseball America||Perfect Game||RPI|
|2||Vanderbilt||Texas A&M||Vanderbilt||North Carolina|
|3||Texas A&M||Oregon State||Texas A&M||Ole Miss|
|6||North Carolina||Miami||LSU||South Carolina|
|8||TCU||TCU||North Carolina||Michigan State|
|9||Ole Miss||Cal||Miami||NC State|
|10||Miami||Virginia||Ole Miss||Florida State|
|11||Florida State||North Carolina||Florida State||Arizona|
|12||Cal||Ole Miss||Cal||Wright State|
|13||NC State||Florida State||Virginia||UC Santa Barbara|
|14||Arkansas||UCLA||NC State||Texas A&M|
|15||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||South Alabama|
|22||Long Beach State||Oklahoma State||Coastal Carolina||BYU|
|23||Cal State Fullerton||College of Charleston||Oklahoma State||Vanderbilt|
|24||Louisiana-Lafayette||Long Beach State||Missouri||Creighton|
|25||Oklahoma State||Michigan State||Texas Tech||Old Dominion|