Monday, April 9, 2012

College Baseball BCS (April 10)

By Samuel Chi

This week's Baseball BCS standings provide a bit more clarity and settle some things as the polls diverged wildly after a slew of top 10 teams were upset last week.

Florida State, crowned by four of the five polls, is the new No. 1 team, replacing intrastate rival Florida, which dropped to third after losing a midweek game to North Florida and dropping the weekend series against LSU at home. After Kentucky and Texas A&M check in at Nos. 2 and 4 respectively, it's a bit of a free-for-all as the polls often disagreed on who belonged where.

The standings:

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A few more observations:

* Baseball America's poll this week seems to have made too dramatic of a shift, with a number of rankings not jiving with other polls as well as the computer ratings. Rice is obviously overranked at No. 9 (with a BCS ranking of 14) and UCLA is underranked at 17 (BCS 12).

*But the most egregious ranking belongs to Collegiate Baseball, putting Stanford at 16 when no other poll had the Cardinal lower than seventh and a BCS ranking of 5.

* Sam Houston State checks in at BCS No. 23, getting ranked in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. The Bearkats vaulted over Lone Star rival Texas, which is 30th despite being ranked by all five polls.

* This week's conference breakdown: ACC (6), SEC (6), Pac-12 (6), Big 12 (3), Conference USA (3), WCC (2), Big Ten (1), Big East (1), Big West (1), Southland (1), WAC (1).

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