d1baseball.com staff | February 5, 2020

College baseball rankings: Louisville's No. 1 in 2020 D1baseball.com preseason Top 25

The 2020 college baseball season, previewed

For the first time in the six-year history of the D1Baseball Top 25, the Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 1. The Cards have spent plenty of time in the No. 2 slot over the previous five years, but they’ll head into the 2020 season at the top of the rankings, with a roster loaded with returning stars from a team that reached the national semifinals last spring.

The team that eliminated Louisville from the College World Series last June is reigning national champion Vanderbilt, which heads into the season ranked No. 2 on the strength of a battle-tested, star-studded pitching staff. The top five is rounded out by three teams that were knocked out in regionals a year ago: No. 3 Miami, No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Georgia.

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Four 2019 CWS participants slot in among the next five spots: No. 6 Texas Tech, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 8 Auburn and No. 10 Mississippi State. High-powered Arizona State checks in at No. 9, the highest-ranked team in the West. The final two 2019 CWS teams check in at No. 12 (Florida State) and No. 13 (national runner-up Michigan).

The SEC leads all conferences with nine teams in the Top 25, including three of the top five and six of the top 10. The ACC is next with eight teams in the Top 25, followed by the Pac-12 and Big 12 with three apiece.

D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers determine the Top 25 rankings. See below for the full rankings. 

Through games Jan. 13, 2020

RANK

TEAM

2019 RECORD

2019 FINAL RANK

1 Louisville 51-18 3
2 Vanderbilt 59-12 1
3 Miami 41-20 19
4 Florida 34-26 NR
5 Georgia 46-17 18
6 Texas Tech 46-20 4
7 Arkansas 46-20 6
8 Auburn 38-28 9
9 Arizona State 38-19 NR
10 Mississippi State 52-15 5
11 LSU 40-26 14
12 Florida State 42-23 8
13 Michigan 50-22 2
14 UCLA 52-11 7
15 Duke 35-27 16
16 NC State 42-19 NR
17 Stanford 45-14 10
18 Wake Forest 31-26 NR
19 Georgia Tech 43-19 17
20 Texas A&M 39-23 20
21 East Carolina 47-18 13
22 Oklahoma State 40-21 11
23 North Carolina 46-19 15
24 Oklahoma 33-23 NR
25 Ole Miss 41-27 12