CB360′s exclusive Composite National Rankings (CNR) have expanded to include eight elements in the current format – with the usual five rankings/polls (coaches, writers, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball & Perfect Game) along with three mathematical-based listings: official NCAA RPI, WarrenNolan.com RPI, and the Iterative Strength Ratings from BoydsWorld.com (links to all included at the bottom of this page). front-page photo courtesy of Indiana
Indiana (up from #22 to #8) has climbed into the top-10 for the first time in the six-year history of the CNR, while Georgia Tech has moved up from 14th to 10th. UCLA (#7 to #13) and Kentucky (#9 to #14) slid outside the top-10. North Carolina still holds down the top spot for the seventh straight week, while Vanderbilt is back in the #2 spot (up from 4th) and LSU now is 3rd (after being 2nd the previous week). Current #4 Cal State Fullerton, (8) Virginia and (10) Oregon each have moved up two spots, while (5) Oregon State and (7) Florida State each slipped back a couple spots within the top-10.
Scroll down for more detailed info. on the most-recent CNR top-50 update – including the automated week-by-week chart that displays where each current top-50 CNR team has been ranked on a weekly basis in 2013.
Nearly half of the teams (22) that were in the CB360 preseason top-50 already have tumbled outside the top-50: (12) TCU, (14) Florida, (20) San Diego, (24) Texas (31) Baylor, (32) New Mexico, (33) Southern Miss., (34) Coastal Carolina, (35) Missouri State, (36) Kent State, (37) Wichita State, (38) East Carolina, (39) Dallas Baptist, (40) Tulane, (41) Sam Houston State, (42) Georgia, (43) St. John’s, (44) Pepperdine, (46) College of Charleston, (47) Florida Atlantic, (48) Auburn & (49) Elon. Note that Florida, USD, Missouri State, Charleston and FAU recently returned to the top-50.
The current CB360 top-10 features four teams from the ACC and two each from the SEC and Pac-12, plus one Big West and one Big Ten. When projecting the 16 #1 seeds in the NCAAs, based on the current CNR, there would be five from the SEC, four ACC, three Pac-12, and one each from the Big West, Big Ten, Big 12 and BIG EAST.
Scroll down for the complete CB360 top-50, along with various breakdowns from this update. Information on the CNR formula is included at the bottom of this page.
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CNR TOP-50 CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN (entering week-8)
SEC (10 … 2 top-10, 8 top-25) – (2) Vanderbilt, (3) LSU, (11) South Carolina, (12) Mississippi, (14) Kentucky, (17) Arkansas, (19) Mississippi State, (25) Texas A&M, (37) Alabama & (44) Florida
ACC (8 … 4 top-10, 6 top-25) – (1) North Carolina, (6) Virginia, (7) Florida State, (10) Georgia Tech, (21) Virginia Tech, (23) NC State, (35) Miami & (38) Clemson
Pacific-12 (6 … 2 top-10, 4 top-25) – (5) Oregon State, (8) Oregon, (13) UCLA, (20) Arizona State, (42) Stanford & (49) Arizona
BIG EAST (3 … 2 top-25) – (16) Louisville, (18) Notre Dame & (47) Pittsburgh
Big West (3 … 1 top-10, 2 top-25) – (4) Cal State Fullerton, (24) Cal Poly & (39) UC Irvine
Big 12 (2 … 1 top-25) – (15) Oklahoma & (27) Oklahoma State
Conference USA (2 … 1 top-25) – (22) Houston & (30) Rice
Atlantic Sun (2) – (28) Florida Gulf Coast & (32) Mercer
Sun Belt (2) – (31) South Alabama & #33 Florida Atlantic
Big Ten (2) – (9) Indiana & (41) Michigan State
Colonial (2) – (34) UNC Wilmington and (43) William & Mary
Southern (2) – (40) Georgia Southern & (50) College of Charleston
1 Each –West Coast (#26 San Diego) … Ohio Valley (#29 Austin Peay) … Southland (#36 Central Arkansas) … Ivy League (#45 Dartmouth) … Mountain West (#46 UNLV) … and Missouri Valley (#48 Missouri State)
BIGGEST JUMPS WITHIN THE CNR TOP-50 – Virginia Tech (#36 to #21) … Arizona State (#31 to #20) … San Diego (#39 to #28) … Mercer (#43 to #32) .. Austin Peay (#38 to #29) … UNC Wilmington (#41 to #34)
RETURNERS/NEWCOMERS TO THE CNR TOP-50 –(33) Florida Atlantic … (37) Alabama … (41) Michigan State … (43) William & Mary … (44) Florida … (48) Missouri State … (50) College of Charleston (all but MSU and W&M were among the CB360 top-50 earlier in the 2013 season)
DROPPED OUT OF THE CNR TOP-50 – (29) Gonzaga, (30) Campbell, (45) Texas Tech, (46) Connecticut, (47) Kansas State, (48) Louisiana-Lafayette & (50) Middle Tennessee State
BIGGEST DROPS WITHIN THE CNR TOP-50 – Rice (#20 to #30) … UC Irvine (#28 to #38) … Stanford (#32 to #42) … Arizona (#40 to #49) … South Alabama (#24 to #31)
COLLEGE BASEBALL 360 COMPOSITE TOP-50 (#8)
(updated after week-7, through games on March 31, 2013)
|4||Cal State Fullerton||96.67||6||10||10||11||18||21||23|
|23||North Carolina State||74.49||21||16||18||9||12||11||10|
|28||Florida Gulf Coast||68.74||28||32||23||28||22||–||–|
|43||William & Mary||56.27||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|50||College of Charleston||48.81||–||–||–||–||–||–||46|
COMPOSITE NATIONAL RANKINGS (CNR) CRITERIA: As the season progresses, CB360′s 100-point Composite National Rankings formula ultimately becomes centered around upwards of 16 core ingredients – plus a bonus/penalty factor based on record over final-10 games. The CNR combines a diverse collection of “experts” (ranging from coaches, various media, computer calculations and postseason projections) – to help provide a preview of teams that could be in the running for the 2012 NCAA Championship field (hypothetically 50 teams, plus 14 others from lower-rated automatic-bid conferences).
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 various RPI-type 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 used only early in the season (SOS are not used in the CNR when RPI already are in the mix). For the NCAA field projections, teams are awarded CNR points based on their respective seedings, “last in” and “last out,” etc.
The polls/ratings/projections are averaged, with 40 points typically then added to each total in order to yield the 100-point benchmark. Early in the season (projected SOS) and late in the season (final-10 games), a maximum bonus/penalty of 0.3 (SOS) or 0.5 points (final-10) is factored into the formula (in that case, 39.7 or 39.5, rather than 40, is added to the poll/rating/projection avg.).
Here are links to the eight criteria currently used in the CNR, as of April 4, 2013:
• National Coaches Poll (USA Today/ESPN); top-25 plus rec. votes
• National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll (top-30, plus rec. votes)
• Baseball America poll (top-25, plus NCAA tournament projection/through top-51)
• Colllegiate Baseball magazine rankings (top-30)
• Perfect Game rankings (top-25, plus others to watch)
• Official NCAA RPI
• WarrenNolan.com RPI
• Boyds World Iterative Strength Ratings; top-60