Unlike its football and basketball counterparts, college baseball does not have a universally accepted top 25 like the AP Poll. Instead, there are five major polls that schools and publications refer to on various occasions, which may confuse fans.
To help with this, HawgBeat – the Rivals Network’s Arkansas site – will create a unique poll that combines rankings from Baseball America, D1Baseball, Perfect Game, the NCBWA and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
(REMARK: Collegiate Baseball was included, but was removed due to extreme inconsistencies.)
Giving 25 points to the No. 1 team in each poll, 24 points to No. 2, up to 1 point to No. 25, the teams with the 25 highest point totals are listed below, with the “votes received” section including each team that was in the top 25 of at least one poll but not in the top 25.
The “high/low” column shows the highest and lowest ranking of each team for the week.
May 17 Survey Notes
~Tennessee is again the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation after winning two of three against Georgia. The Volunteers took first place in last week’s composite, but had a six-week streak as the unanimous No. 1 team ended because a few polls had Oregon State leading. .
~ There is almost a unanimous No. 2 and No. 3 with Oregon State and Virginia Tech, but the teams are reversed in the Perfect Game top 25.
~ The biggest moves in the composite poll involve SEC West teams. Texas A&M jumped nine spots and tied for No. 4 after sweeping Mississippi State, while LSU fell nine spots to No. 25 after being swept by Ole Miss.
~ The SEC and ACC are still tied with six teams in the top 25 each. They are followed by the four Big 12 teams and the three Pac-12 teams. The Big East, Big Ten, Big West, C-USA, Sun Belt, and WCC each have a ranked team.
~ Abandoned: Grand Canyon (t-25), Oklahoma (t-25)
~Movement: TCU (23)
Rivals Composite Baseball Poll (May 17)
Receiving votes: Grand Canyon (6), Oklahoma (6), Arizona (1), East Carolina (1), Georgia (1)