After the first weekend of the season, most folks were questioning Mississippi State's spot in the top 25. Clanga had opened the year by losing a tournament to Florida Atlantic (who we now know is pretty damn good -- the come in at No. 19 in these rankings). Boy, are they back on track. A week after knocking off Ole Miss in Starkville, State went down to Gainesville and took two of three from the top-ranked Gators. That has them all the way up at No. 2 in this week's composite rankings.
Florida's loss means we also have a change at the top spot. That goes to Miami, who has somewhat quietly dominated the ACC this season. Its latest feat was a two-game sweep of Notre Dame in a weather-shortened series. The Canes lead the conference at 11-2 and, more impressively, are 9-3 against other top 25 teams.
State isn't the only SEC team climbing back up the rankings. LSU jumped four spots up to No. 12 after winning the first two games of its series against then-No. 3 Vandy. Folks were writing the Tigers off after a tough stretch, but they're suddenly very much in the hunt for the SEC West title.
Elsewhere in the division, Ole Miss steadied itself with a clean sweep of Arkansas in Oxford. Worth noting is the fact that Southern Miss climbs into the composite rankings for the first time this season, setting up a rare top 25 midweek game in Oxford on Wednesday.
Note: RPI is not used to calculate the composite top 25.
|Composite||Record||Avg. rank||D1 Baseball||Baseball America||Perfect Game||RPI|
|2||Mississippi State||23-9-1||2.33||2||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Florida||South Carolina|
|4||Texas A&M||25-7||4.67||4||Florida State||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Ole Miss|
|5||Florida State||22-8||5.33||5||Vanderbilt||South Carolina||TCU||Florida State|
|6||South Carolina||28-5||7||6||Texas A&M||Florida State||Florida State||Louisville|
|7||TCU||24-7||7.33||7||Oregon State||TCU||Vanderbilt||UC Santa Barbara|
|8||Vanderbilt||25-7||8||8||South Carolina||Ole Miss||South Carolina||Texas A&M|
|9||Oregon State||22-7||8.67||9||Louisville||LSU||Oregon State||Clemson|
|11||Ole Miss||25-7||10.67||11||LSU||Louisville||Ole Miss||South Alabama|
|12||LSU||21-10||12.33||12||NC State||Vanderbilt||NC State||Charleston|
|13||North Carolina||23-9||14||13||Ole Miss||UC Santa Barabara||North Carolina||Texas Tech|
|14||Texas Tech||24-9||14.33||14||Texas Tech||North Carolina||Texas Tech||Mississippi State|
|15||NC State||22-9||14.67||15||North Carolina||Texas Tech||Cal||Southern Miss|
|17||UC Santa Barbara||21-7-1||17.33||17||Cal||Cal||LSU||North Carolina|
|18||Kentucky||22-9||18.33||18||Kentucky||Long Beach State||Florida Atlantic||Georgia Tech|
|19||Florida Atlantic||23-6||21||19||UC Santa Barbara||Rice||Coastal Carolina||LSU|
|20||Long Beach State||19-11||22.67||20||Long Beach State||NC State||UC Santa Barbara||Minnesota|
|21||Clemson||23-9||23||21||Rice||Florida Atlantic||Kentucky||Coastal Carolina|
|23||BYU||25-5||25.33||24||Florida Atlantic||Tulane||Missouri State||Rice|
|25||Southern Miss||25-8||25.67||25||South Alabama||Southern Miss||Houston||Florida Atlantic|