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College Baseball Composite Rankings (4/12)

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.

Conference Previous Team Rank StDev
ACC 2 Miami 1 0.00
SEC 1 Florida 3 0.50
SEC 7 Mississippi St 4 2.08
ACC 8 FSU 5 0.90
SEC 5 Aggie 5 1.80
SEC 8 South Carolina 6 2.11
SEC 3 Vandy 7 2.54
ACC 4 Louisville 9 1.71
Big12 7 TCU 9 1.98
PAC 10 Oregon State 10 2.08
SEC 15 Ole Miss 12 2.14
SEC 18 LSU 14 3.77
ACC 12 UNC 15 2.14
ACC 19 NC State 15 2.85
PAC 10 Cal 16 1.80
Big12 24 Texas Tech 16 4.45
WC 18 UC Santa Barbra 17 3.09
SEC 23 Kentucky 19 5.06
WC 16 Florida Atlantic 20 3.21
ACC 18 Clemson 21 4.68
WC 23 Missouri State 22 6.49
WC 23 BYU 24 5.05
WC UR South Alabama 25 3.20
WC UR Long Beach State 25 5.24
WC UR Southers Miss 26 4.39
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!

Conference Score Change
SEC 138 10
ACC 90 -4
Big12 27 2
PAC 26 -6
Wild Card 23 -1
B1G 0 -5

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.

Baseball America Percentage D1 Percentage Baseball News Percentage NCBWA Percentage USA Percentage PG Percentage
SEC 674 41% 688 42% 675 42% 674 41% 693 43% 636 39%
ACC 444 27% 514 32% 500 31% 518 32% 524 32% 499 31%
PAC 194 12% 183 11% 153 9% 172 11% 165 10% 201 12%
Big12 140 9% 115 7% 97 6% 119 7% 106 7% 158 10%
B1G 31 2% 1 0% 11 1% 10 1% 8 0% 17 1%
WC 142 9% 124 8% 189 12% 132 8% 129 8% 114 7%

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:

Baseball America D1 Baseball Baseball News NCBWA USA Today Perfect Game Composite Rank
TCU 7 10 11 9 9 5 9

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....

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