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D1 baseball staff | March 1, 2021

College baseball rankings: Arkansas emerges as No. 1 for first time in poll history

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For the second week in a row, there’s a new team from the SEC West atop the D1Baseball Top 25 poll. Arkansas ascended to No. 1 for the first time in the seven-year history of the D1Baseball rankings after improving to 7-0 on the season. The Hogs’ previous high ranking was No. 2, first achieved in the 2018 final rankings and matched last week.

Arkansas supplanted Ole Miss, whose reign atop the rankings lasted just one week. The Rebels dropped a home series to unranked UCF and fell three spots to No. 4. SEC teams occupy the top four spots in the rankings and five of the top six, as Vanderbilt and Mississippi State moved up to Nos. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Florida climbed one spot to No. 6 after a 5-0 week. Miami, which won a series at Florida in Week One, dropped three spots to No. 9 after losing a home series to Virginia Tech.

The Hokies are among five newcomers in the Top 25, three of them from the ACC. Boston College, which won a road series at then-No. 25 Duke, checks in at No. 22, while Virginia Tech is No. 24 and North Carolina is No. 25 after taking two of three at home from then-No. 12 Virginia. The other new entrants to the rankings are No. 20 Oregon State and No. 21 Florida Atlantic, which won a series against UCF in Week One and went 4-0 in Week Two.

Other climbers this week include South Carolina (up three spots to No. 14), Oklahoma State (up five spots to No. 15), and East Carolina (up five to No. 17).

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While three ACC teams joined the rankings, four other ACC teams fell out of the Top 25, including the aforementioned Blue Devils. NC State plummeted out of the rankings from No. 13 after an 0-4 week that included getting swept at home by Georgia Tech, which climbed three spots to No. 12. Wake Forest dropped out from No. 16 after a 1-3 week that included a home series loss to Notre Dame. And Florida State fell out from No. 24 after getting swept at home by Pittsburgh. The Fighting Irish and Panthers were among the teams just outside the Top 25 this week. The fifth team that fell out of the rankings was Auburn, which posted a losing weekend at the Round Rock Classic.

D1Baseball’s editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of Feb. 28.

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

PREVIOUS

1 Arkansas 7-0 2
2 Vanderbilt 6-1 3
3 Mississippi State 5-2 5
4 Ole Miss 5-2 1
5 Louisville 6-1 4
6 Florida 6-2 7
7 UC Santa Barbara 6-1 9
8 UCLA 4-3 8
9 Miami (Fla.) 3-3 6
10 Texas Tech 3-3 10
11 LSU 6-1 11
12 Georgia Tech 6-1 15
13 TCU 5-2 14
14 South Carolina 6-0 17
15 Oklahoma State 6-0 20
16 Virginia 4-3 12
17 East Carolina 6-1 22
18 Tennessee 7-2 18
19 Texas 3-4 19
20 Oregon State 7-1 NR
21 Florida Atlantic 6-1 NR
22 Boston College 5-1 NR
23 West Virginia 4-3 23
24 Virginia Tech 5-1 NR
25 North Carolina 6-1 NR

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