College Baseball 360 Top-50 Update #6

March 21, 2012

The March 19 CNR Top-50, Presented By

COMPOSITE NATIONAL RANKINGS (CNR) CRITERIA: As the season progresses, CB360′s 100-point Composite National Rankings formula ultimately  is centered around 15 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.).

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  1. Florida
  2. Stanford
  3. Arkansas
  4. Florida State
  5. North Carolina
  6. South Carolina
  7. Arizona
  8. Rice
  9. Kentucky
  10. Miami
  11. UCLA
  12. Texas A&M
  13. LSU
  14. Cal State Fullerton
  15. Georgia Tech
  16. NC State
  17. Georgia
  18. Oregon State
  19. Mississippi
  20. Oregon
  21. Central Florida
  22. Purdue
  23. Arizona State
  24. Texas
  25. Louisville
  26. TCU
  27. Stetson
  28. Texas State
  29. Baylor
  30. Appalachian State
  31. Maryland
  32. California
  33. Clemson
  34. Mississippi State
  35. East Carolina
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Cal Poly
  38. Pepperdine
  39. Liberty
  40. San Diego
  41. USC
  42. Charleston
  43. Coastal Carolina
  44. Hawaii
  45. UC Irvine
  46. Washington
  47. Campbell
  48. Tulane
  49. Virginia
  50. Wake Forest

Here are links to the six criteria currently used in the CNR, as of March 5, 2012:
• National Coaches Poll (USA Today/ESPN), preseason/no update after opening week
• National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll
• Baseball America poll
• Colllegiate Baseball magazine rankings
• Perfect Game rankings
• Boyd’s World preseason projected season strength-of-schedule (bonus points)


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