Punxsutawney Phil might have seen his shadow, but no observant rodent is going to stand in the way of the true sign of spring's arrival, baseball.
It's been a long seven and a half months since Coastal Carolina rocked the college baseball world and collected its first College World Series title. The senior-rich Chanticleer roster was a huge component in that championship, but it also results in a lot of new faces in the lineup in 2017, and as such, CCU is not near the top of almost anyone's rankings.
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But where do the defending champs stand as we begin anew? And who is the preseason favorite to take the reins in Omaha, Nebraska in late June?
NCAA.com collects the rankings from the NCBWA, D1Baseball.com and the USA TODAY coaches poll. We'll also throw the Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball rankings into the mix. Let's mold the six together and see where the cumulative top 25 stands before the 2017 season gets started with 140 games Friday.
|1||TCU||1||1||1||1||1||1||Top 20 in both runs and ERA in 2016|
|2||Florida||2||2||2||3||4||3||RHP Alex Faedo had five double-digit strikeout starts|
|3||LSU||3||5||3||4||2||2||Returning hitters Freeman, Duplantis and Robertson combined to bat .327|
|4||Florida State||4||3||5||2||3||9||Five of six .300 hitters return in a potent lineup|
|5||South Carolina||5||4||4||5||5||4||RHP Clarke Schmidt fanned 129 batters, sixth in the country|
|6||Oregon State||7||8||7||9||7||5||Bryce Fehmel moves to full-time SP (10-1, 2.31 ERA in 26 G/6 GS)|
|7||Vanderbilt||6||7||6||11||9||6||OF Jeren Kendall could be a No. 1 pick, flashes power and speed|
|8||Louisville||8||12||8||7||6||11||SPs McKay and McClure combined for 24-4 record, 2.40 ERA|
|9||East Carolina||9||10||10||6||10||13||LHP Evan Kruczynski posted a 2.01 ERA in 116.2 innings|
|10||Cal State Fullerton||14||16||11||8||15||19||Third in country in strikeout to walk ratio; return top three SPs|
|11||North Carolina||12||9||13||17||12||15||Averaged 9.5 K/9, fifth in country, and return K leader J.B. Bukauskas|
|12||NC State||10||6||14||14||14||NR||INF Evan Mendoza hit .362 last year|
|13||Clemson||13||15||12||10||19||12||OF Seth Beer won Dick Howser Trophy as nation's top player|
|14||UL-Lafayette||15||13||16||13||13||14||Closer Dylan Moore has a sparking 1.26 ERA in 100.1 career innings|
|15||Coastal Carolina||11||11||9||15||24||19||Only return 3 starters on offense, but keep ace RHP Andrew Beckwith|
|16||Arizona||16||19||15||22||25||7||Lose top three hitters from last year's runner-up team|
|17||Virginia||19||17||18||16||NR||16||Adam Haseley hit .304 in 60 games and had 1.73 ERA in 13 starts|
|18||Miami (Fla.)||18||21||17||NR||NR||8||50-14 record was tied for second-best winning percentage|
|T-19||Stanford||23||18||21||23||16||24||.983 fielding percentage led country|
|T-19||Oklahoma State||22||NR||22||18||11||NR||RHP Tyler Buffett, cousin of Warren, could have big senior year|
|21||Texas Tech||17||14||19||25||NR||NR||Ranked second with 146 doubles|
|22||Washington||NR||NR||NR||12||18||21||Small ball is key; 2nd in DI with 84 sac bunts, including leader Jack Meggs' 23|
|T-23||UC Santa Barbara||21||25||23||19||NR||18||Pitching takes big hit with loss of ace righty Shane Bieber|
|T-23||Texas A&M||20||20||20||NR||NR||20||Six of seven .300 hitters are gone|
|25||Maryland||25||22||NR||24||23||NR||SPs Taylor Bloom and Brian Shaffer combined for 8 complete games|