College Baseball 360 Composite National Rankings #8

April 5, 2011

There was a virtual dead-heat atop the most recent update of CB360′s exclusive Composite National Rankings (as of April 5),with Virginia holding a narrow edge over Florida for the top spot (97.62 CNR pts to 97.37). Virginia entered the week #1 in the Collegiate Baseball magazine poll and was #2 according to five others (coaches poll, writers poll, Baseball America, Perfect Game and Warren Nolan RPI), plus third in the Boyds Nation “pseudo RPI” and fourth according to College Baseball Lineup.   front-page photo courtesy of Florida

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Florida’s CNR resume includes holding the top RPI spots according to Boyd Nation and Warren Nolan, plus #3 per CBL and 4th in the other five polls. Two other SEC teams – Vanderbilt (96.25) and South Carolina (96.08) – follow closely in the CNR #3 and #4 spots, with both poised to move up to #1 pending this week’s results (plus the addition of several elements to the CNR formula next week). Vanderbilt is #1 in five of the polls (#2 in the other), but the Commodores dropped in the CNR due to #11 and #10 standings, respectively, in the Boyd Nation and Warren Nolan RPI numbers. South Carolina was #3 in five of the polls (#2 in the other), plus #7 and #6 in the aforementioned RPI.

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The CNR current includes eight ingredients (referenced above), with several other RPI-type raings – plus NCAA Tournament projections – set to be added to the CNR formula starting next week.

The same teams from the previous week comprise the CNR top-10, in virtually the same spots. Teams that made the biggest jumps in the CNR include Oklahoma State (#41 to #24), Miami (#50 to #39) and Texas State (#39 to #30) – while Tulane (#27 to #43) and Baylor (#25 to #41) suffered the biggest drops within the top-50.

The nine newcomers/returners to the CB360 top-50 include: #34 Georgia, #37 Cal State Bakersfield, #40 Charlotte, #42 Coastal Carolina, #44 Connecticut, #46 Houston, #48 Creighton, #49 Long Beach State and #50 San Jose State. The nine teams that dropped out of the top-50 are listed at the bottom of this page.

Scroll to end of release for detailed description of the CNR, including direct links to current criteria.

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SEC (9 … 3 top-10, 6 top-25) – #2 Florida, #3 Vanderbilt, #4 South Carolina, #16 LSU, #20 Alabama, #25 Arkansas, #33 Mississippi, #34 Georgia & #38 Auburn
Pacific-10 (6 … 1 top-10, 6 top-25) – #5 Arizona State, #14 Stanford, #18 California, #19 Oregon State, #21 UCLA & #22 Arizona
ACC (6 … 4 top-10, 4 top-25) – #1 Virginia, #7 Florida State, #8 North Carolina, #9 Georgia Tech, #27 Clemson & #39 Miami
Big 12 (5 … 1 top-10, 4 top-25) – #6 Texas A&M, #11 Oklahoma, #13 Texas, #24 Oklahoma State & #41 Baylor
Conference USA (5 … 1 top-25) – #15 Southern Mississippi, #28 Rice, #31 East Carolina, #43 Tulane & #46 Houston
Big West
(3 … 1 top-25) – #11 Cal State Fullerton, #29 UC Irvine & #49 Long Beach State
2 Each
– Atlantic Sun (#23 Stetson & #35 East Tennessee) … BIG EAST (#32 Louisville & #44 Connecticut) … … Southern (#45 College of Charleston & #47 Elon) … Western Athletic (#10 Fresno State & #50 San Jose State)
1 Each – Atlantic-10 (#40 Charlotte) … Big South (#42 Coastal Carolina) … independent (#37 Cal State Bakersfield) … Missouri Valley (#48 Creighton) … Mountain West (#17 TCU) … Southland (#30 Texas State) … Sunbelt (#26 Troy)  … West Coast (#36 Gonzaga)

BIGGEST JUMPS IN THE CNR – Oklahoma State (#41 to #24) … East Tennessee (#47 to #35) … Miami (#50 to #39) … Texas State (#39 to #30) … Gonzaga (#44 to #36)

NEWCOMERS/RETURNERS TO THE CNR – #34 Georgia, #37 Cal State Bakersfield, #40 Charlotte, #42 Coastal Carolina, #44 Connecticut, #46 Houston, #48 Creighton, #49 Long Beach State and #50 San Jose State (all of these teams except Houston were top-50 earlier this season)

DROPPED OUT OF THE CNR TOP-50 –#32 Wichita State, #33 Mississippi State, #34 Central Florida, #35 Oregon, #40 Texas Tech, #45 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, #46 Georgia Southern, #48 St. John’s and #49 Tennessee

BIGGEST DROPS IN THE CNR – Baylor (#25 to #41) … Tulane (#27 to #43) … Auburn (#31 to #38)

College Baseball 2011 Composite National Rankings #8 (CNR)
courtesy of;  April 5, 2011

RANKTEAMPOINTSWeek-6Week-5Week-4Week-3Week-2Week-12011 Preseason
4South Carolina96.084654579
5Arizona State93.8454867810
6Texas A&M92.34681317151514
7Florida State90.66753561012
8North Carolina90.1810141516212330
9Georgia Tech89.778111920252423
10Fresno State88.249121419193132
12Cal State Fullerton86.46111711710118
15Southern Mississippi84.55162838-414546
19Oregon State77.3320213036383944
24Oklahoma State66.8741403844--
29UC Irvine61.9928242623222828
30Texas State55.953941----
31East Carolina54.47383542-5047
35East Tennessee51.19474239----
37Cal State Bakersfield50.35---35---
42Coastal Carolina46.69333132352121
45College of Charleston46.2242312526272926
49Long Beach State45.32---404943
50San Jose State45.21----33--


COMPOSITE NATIONAL RANKINGS (CNR) CRITERIA: CB360′s 100-point Composite National Rankings formula currently is centered around eight core ingredients but in upcoming weeks will include upwards of 20 different factors – ultimately combining a diverse collection of “experts” (ranging from coaches, various media, computer calculations and projections) – to help provide a preview of teams that could be in the running for the 2011 NCAA Championship field (hypothetically 50 teams, plus 14 others from lower-rated automatic-bid conferences – those teams will be projected in upcoming CNR updates).

Teams receive points based on their standings in each poll/rating/projection (60 pts for #1; 59 for #2, etc.). For polls involving voting points (coaches and CB) and the RPI ratings, the CNR adjusts to reward teams that have larger margins in the voting/point totals (whereas two teams with nearly the same voting-point total will be closer in the CNR allotment for that poll). Note that strength-of-schedule typically is factored into RPI formulations … thus the actual SOS numbers are not used in the CNR when RPI already are in the mix. For the NCAA field projections used later in the season, teams will be awarded CNR points based on their respective seedings, “last in” and “last out,” etc.

Currently, the eight polls/ratings listed below are averaged, with 40 points then are added to each total in order to yield the 100-point benchmark. The CB360 Composite National Rankings will add factors to the formula throughout the 2011 season, with the additions to include various RPI/power rankings, NCAA Tournament projections and a late-season bonus/penalty for record over the past-10 games.

Here are links to the eight criteria currently used in the CNR:
• National Coaches Poll (USA Today/ESPN)
• National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll
• Baseball America poll
• Colllegiate Baseball magazine rankings
• Perfect Game rankings
• College Baseball Lineup rankings
• Boyd’s World “Pseudo-RPI” (this page updated daily)
Warren Nolan RPI (updated daily)

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