As someone who has played baseball for a better part of two decades, I have always said, "there not a game more fun when times are good and not a game more excruciating when times are bad." We had a strong dose of both last week. A 2-2 week that started out a torture only for it to end with head-nodding satisfaction as the team returned to proper form. I'm sure I was nott alone in my myopia that the below average showing would result in major pain in the rankings. Well, as it turns out, we were not alone in our defeats. The only top 25 teams to go unbeaten in four or more games last week was South Carolina and Ole Miss; because of this, TCU was able to skate under the radar and only fall two spots.
|WC||18||UC Santa Barbra||17||3.09|
|WC||UR||Long Beach State||25||5.24|
|Dropped Out: Oklahoma State, Virginia, Michigan|
Your big losers of the week were Cal, Vandy, and Louisville. Because TCU won two of three in their weekend series (never mind the opponent...), they did not suffer the big drop like these other schools. Meanwhile, those who Raider so Red are hard charging. After splitting a midweek series with FSU, they then rolled into Stillwater and dominated the preseason Big 12 favorite Cowboys. A composite rank of 16 is quite impressive for Tech considering some of their bad losses this year.
And because of Tech's great week, the Big 12 has made a move in the conference standings!
Take that, PAC! Also, this week marks the largest margin the SEC has had on the rest of the field.
Finally, I think it is safe to make reasonable conclusions on where the different rankings stand on the different conferences.
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As I have stated each week, Perfect Game is a friend of the Big 12. Meanwhile, the other rankings are pretty down on the Big 12 as a whole (TCU is still ranked fairly high in all of them) while the SEC and ACC dominate especially with the USA Coach's Poll.
One thing I want to start including is where TCU ranks with each publication:
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Personally, I have no beef with where TCU stands...the only gripe I will state this week is I still do not agree with moving Florida out of the first spot. After dominating Texas A&M, Florida dropped a tough series to a really good MSU team (ranked 4th in the composite) and everyone bails on them. Miami is a tremendously good team, but I still believe Florida is the best team and did not do enough to lose that top spot.
It's crazy to think that Sunday's game vs KU was a "must win" game, but if TCU had desires of a national seed, it was absolutely a game they needed. Since they did win, all is seemed to be forgotten and we can now move forward to DBU and OU.
Just cross your fingers for Brian Howard....