CB360′s exclusive Composite National Rankings have been reset a bit, thanks to the latest update to the coaches poll (which did not release an update after week-1). As a result, there are plenty of new faces sprinkled through the current top-50. front-page photo courtesy of Notre Dame
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.
Due mostly to a rash of opening-week upsets, there are 17 teams currently in the CB360 top-50 that were outside the top-50 entering the season: (22) Florida Gulf Coast, (34) South Alabama, (36) Mercer, (38) Oklahoma State, (39) Alabama, (40) Pittsburgh, (43) Louisiana-Lafayette, (44) Creighton, (45) San Diego State and several teams tied for the 46th spot (Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Florida International, Georgia Southern, SC-Upstate, Southeast Louisiana & VCU).
Some of the biggest jumps within the top-50 from the preseason to the current listing include:
Notre Dame (#50 to #29), Virginia Tech (#45 to #31), Pepperdine (#44 to #32), UC IRvine (#30 to #21), Mississippi (#22 to #15) and Rice (#21 to #14).
After only two weeks of play, 15 teams that were in the CB360 preseason top-50 already have tumbled outside the top-50: (20) San Diego, (31) Baylor, (32) New Mexico, (34) Coastal Carolina, (36) Kent State, (37) Wichita State, (38) East Carolina, (39) Dallas Baptist, (40) Tulane, (41) Sam Houston State, (42) Georgia, (43) St. John’s, (46) College of Charleston, (47) Florida Atlantic & (49) Elon.
The CNR formula currently includes six elements (links to each at bottom of this page) and will expand throughout the season to include various RPI/statistical rankings, NCAA projections, etc. The six current elements include five polls/rankings, from the coaches (USA Today/ESPN), the writers (NCBWA), Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball magazine, plus a small bonus for projected strength-of-schedule from BoydsWorld.com.
The CB360 top-10 currently includes six teams from the SEC, three from the Pac-12 and one ACC. When projecting the 16 #1 seeds in the NCAAs, based on the current CNR, there would be seven from the SEC, four Pac-12, three ACC and one ach from the Big 12 and Conference USA.
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 (after week-2)
SEC (10 … 5 top-10, 6 top-25) – (2) Arkansas, (3) Vanderbilt, (4) LSU, (9) Mississippi State, (10) Kentucky, (15) Mississippi, (33) Florida, (37) Texas A&M, (39) Alabama & (42) Auburn
ACC (8 … 1 top-10, 6 top-25) – (1) North Carolina, (12) NC State, (13) Florida State, (20) Georgia Tech, (23) Miami, (24) Virginia, (27) Clemson, (31) Virginia Tech
Pacific-12 (6 …3 top-10, 5 top-25) – (5) Oregon State, (7) Oregon, (8) UCLA, (11) Stanford, (17) Arizona & (26) Arizona State
Big 12 (4 … 1 top-10, 2 top-25) – (16) Oklahoma, (25) Texas, (38) Oklahoma State & (41) TCU
Big West (3 … 2 top-25) – (18) Cal State Fullerton, (21) UC Irvine & (28) Cal Poly
BIG EAST (3 … 1 top-25) – (19) Louisville, (29) Notre Dame & (40) Pittsburgh
Atlantic Sun (3) – (22) Florida Gulf Coast, (36) Mercer & (46) South Carolina-Upstate
Sun Belt (3) – (34) South Alabama), (43) Louisiana-Lafayette & (46) Florida International
Conference USA (2 … 1 top-25) – (14) Rice & (30) Southern Mississippi
Missouri Valley (2) – (44) Creighton & & (35) Missouri State
Southern (2) – (co-46) Appalachian State & (co-46) Georgia Southern)
1 Each – West Coast (#32 Pepperdine), Mountain West (#45 San Diego State), Southland (co-#46 Southeastern Louisiana) and Atlantic-10 (co-#46 VCU)
COLLEGE BASEBALL 360 COMPOSITE TOP-50 (week-3)
(updated after week-2, through games on Feb. 24, 2013)
|Rank||Team||Pts||After Week-1||2013 Preseason|
|12||North Carolina State||87.12||11||10|
|18||Cal State Fullerton||84.42||21||23|
|22||Florida Gulf Coast||73.35||–||–|
|45||San Diego State||43.69||32||–|
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 six criteria currently used in the CNR, as of Feb. 24, 2013:
• National Coaches Poll (USA Today/ESPN)
• National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll
• Baseball America poll
• Colllegiate Baseball magazine rankings
• Perfect Game rankings
• Boyd’s World projected season strength-of-schedule (small bonus points)