SEC Baseball: Razorbacks Fall in College Baseball Rankings

If the casual Arkansas Razorbacks sports fan is constantly baffled by how different college football teams are ranked in the fall, that same fan may protest Baseball America’s college baseball writers after this week’s poll.

The Arkansas Razorbacks were ranked No. 3 in the nation last week before heading on the road to then No. 15 LSU. The Hogs entered the series 22-3 having won their first two SEC series against Alabama and Mississippi State.

The Hogs (22-6) were swept in a three game series by the Tigers (22-6) over the weekend. Attention to detail should lead the average Baseball America writer to see that two of those losses were on walk-off hits with Sunday’s finale coming in the 11th inning (6-10, 1-2, 2-3).

Despite the close play between the two highly talented SEC teams, this week’s poll has dropped the Hogs from No. 3 to No. 13.

The head scratching over the poll rankings gets a little bit harder and slightly faster when looking at how Stanford was perceived after experiencing similar results as the Hogs this past weekend.

The Cardinal traveled to then No. 8 Arizona for their first Pac-12 road series of 2012. The Wildcats swept Stanford 8-7, 4-2, and 6-2. The three losses dropped the Cardinal to 2-4 in Pac-12 play after winning two games and losing one at home against USC to open conference play.

Baseball America ranked Stanford No. 6 in this week’s poll.

Perhaps Baseball America does not think the SEC is a strong conference top to bottom?

That theory holds a little weight. After the Tigers swept the third ranked team in the nation one would expect them to make a dramatic jump in the polls… right? Wrong, LSU only moved up four spots from No. 15 to No. 11.

This has to prove that the SEC is not thought to be that strong of a conference by Baseball America right? After all Arizona jumped to No. 4 after their series win.

Seven SEC schools are currently ranked. Six of those teams are ranked among the top 13 college baseball teams in the nation.

Adding confusion to the highly scientific method of Baseball America’s rankings starts at the top of their poll. The top team in the land is once again the Florida Gators.

The Gators lost their series to Ole Miss over the weekend dropping two games in Oxford. The Rebels shutdownFlorida’s offense in Friday’s game to a final of 3-0. On Saturday they lost 9-4, but came back to win Sunday’s rubber match 7-6.

Still Florida remains No. 1, evidence that the writer’s voting for Baseball America’s Top 25 Poll do think highly of SEC teams, just not the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The good news for Razorback fans is the Hogs return to Baum Stadium to play Georgia after back to back SEC road series against MSU and LSU.

The bad news is the Bulldogs should be hungry for a win after being swept in a two-game series against the Kentucky Wildcats. The losses dropped Georgia out of Baseball America’s rankings… for what that is worth?

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