Consolidated Weekly College Baseball Ranking – March 23, 2015

We finally have consensus at the top of the Prospect Junkies Consolidated College Baseball Rankings with LSU nabbing the top spot following a 2-1 series win at Arkansas.

Preseason #1 Vanderbilt was just 90 feet away from dropping the series at Auburn.  The Commodores  held a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning in Saturday’s finale, but Auburn quickly tied the game while maintaining bases loaded with nobody out.  Most coaches would have made a pitching change, but Tim Corbin stuck with Ben Bowden who rebounded to escape the inning without any additional damage.  Vanderbilt regained the lead with a Bryan Reynolds sac fly in the 10th and Bowden worked a perfect 10th to secure the win.  The reward for such perseverance is the prestigious #2 spot in my rankings, an honor rivaled only by their 2014 national championship.

Last week’s #1, TCU, dropped a home series to Oklahoma State 1-2, causing the Horned Frogs to fall to #4 while propelling the Cowboys to a #26 ranking.

While there seems to be a lot of consensus among the top 7 or 8 teams by the industry’s leading publications, a few teams are clearly polarizing.

Southern California’s overall number is negatively skewed by the fact that Perfect Game (PG) ranks the Trojans 9 spots lower (22nd) than everyone else.  PG also seems to be the outlier on Rice, leaving them out of their top 25 while every other publication has the Owls in their top 15.

The jury appears to still be out on Maryland as well.  The 17-4 Terrapins earned a #11 ranking from D1Baseball.com while being left out of the Baseball America list.

Consolidated Weekly College Baseball Rankings
PJ Ranking
Team
NCBWA
BA
PG
D1
USA Today
Average
PJ Last Week
1
LSU (21-3)
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
2
Vanderbilt (19-5)
2
2
4
2
3
2.6
4
3
Texas A&M (24-1)
3
3
5
3
2
3.2
5
4
TCU (17-4)
4
5
2
5
4
4
1
5
Florida (20-5)
6
4
3
4
5
4.4
2
6
UCLA (17-5)
5
9
7
7
6
6.8
7
7
Louisville (18-6)
8
7
6
8
7
7.2
10
8
South Carolina (18-6)
7
12
8
12
8
9.4
6
9
Florida State (19-6)
10
10
9
13
9
10.2
14
10
UCF (20-5)
9
6
15
10
11
10.2
12
11
Arizona State (19-6)
16
11
12
6
13
11.6
16
12
USC (19-5)
13
8
22
9
10
12.4
13
13
Texas (16-8)
11
19
16
16
12
14.8
17
14
Miami (FL) (18-7)
15
13
10
21
16
15
18
15
Virginia (14-7)
12
20
14
18
14
15.6
8
16
Rice (16-9)
14
14
31
14
15
17.6
9
17
UC Santa Barbara (16-6)
24
16
13
15
20
17.6
19
18
Houston (17-7)
19
17
19
20
19
18.8
22
19
Oregon (15-8)
18
22
17
25
18
20
11
20
Maryland (17-4)
20
31
25
11
17
20.8
24
21
Texas Tech (16-8)
17
18
23
31
21
22
15
22
Illinois (17-5)
26
25
21
17
22
22.2
25
23
North Carolina (14-9)
22
31
18
22
24
23.4
21
24
Oregon State (18-5)
27
31
11
24
25
23.6
28
25
Dallas Baptist (18-3)
23
15
24
31
31
24.8
27
26
Oklahoma State (16-7)
21
23
31
31
23
25.8
   N/R
27
California (18-5)
28
21
31
23
31
27
30
28
Indiana (15-5)
30
24
31
19
31
27
26
29
Florida Atlantic (20-5)
25
31
20
31
31
27.6
20
30
Mississippi State (18-8)
29
31
31
31
31
30.6
23

Dropped Out:  Georgia Tech

Key
NCBWA
National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
BA
Baseball America
PG
Perfect Game
D1
D1Baseball.com
USA Today
USA Today Coaches Poll
PJ
Prospect Junkies Consolidated Rank
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