Texas finally returns to top spot
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The Rivals.com Top 25 is back to where it started the season. Well, sort of.
Texas was the preseason No. 1 team entering the season but dropped out of the top spot after losing its season-opening series to New Mexico. The Longhorns, though, ascended to the top spot of the rankings for the first time since that weekend with another fantastic week that included a dominant midweek win and a series sweep over Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns are in the midst of a 16-game winning streak and lead the Big 12 regular-season title race by five games with an impressive 16-2 mark.
Virginia had another strong weekend and follows the Longhorns at No. 2. Arizona State, meanwhile, dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 following a 2-2 week, while UCLA and Florida round out the top five.
Mississippi is a big winner, too. The Rebels had a perfect week that included a huge home series sweep over LSU. As a result, the Rebels climbed from No. 20 to No. 15 following the weekend. Connecticut, meanwhile, entered the top 20 after extending its winning streak to 21 games with a series sweep of Rutgers over the weekend.
Virginia Tech also made a nice climb this week, moving from No. 25 to No. 20 following a road series win over Georgia Tech.
Clemson and Kansas State dropped out of this week’s rankings. Stanford and San Diego entered at Nos. 22 and 25, respectively.
Here are the conference breakdowns: Pac-10 (6), ACC (5), SEC (5), Big 12 (2), Big East (2), Big West (1), Big South (1), Mountain West (1), Conference USA (1), West Coast (1).
Records in the rankings do not include ties.
The Longhorns have won 16 straight games after sweeping Oklahoma State over the weekend.
The Cavaliers made extremely easy work of Maryland over the weekend and continue to play solid baseball.
The Sun Devils certainly didn’t have a bad week. After all, they took care of Washington over the weekend. However, Texas and Virginia deserve to be ahead of them.
The Bruins had a horrible midweek showing against Long Beach State, but they responded on the road against Arizona over the weekend.
Freshman stud pitcher Brian Johnson returned to the mound and the Gators took a series from red-hot Arkansas. Perhaps that wasn’t a coincidence.
The Razorbacks saw their hot streak come to an end with a very hard-fought and close road series loss to Florida.
The Gamecocks continued their impressive ways with another perfect week that included a road series sweep over struggling Georgia.
The Seminoles showed exactly what they were made of throughout the weekend, fighting back on two occasions to take a series from rival Miami.
After dropping a series at Virginia two weekends ago, the Jackets returned home and had a very disappointing weekend against Virginia Tech.
The Tigers picked up a pair of nice midweek wins over Northwestern State, but hit the road and lost all three games to Mississippi over the weekend.
The Cardinals had another solid week that included a midweek win over Western Kentucky and a home series win over Seton Hall.
The Horned Frogs did what was asked of them last week with a home series sweep over UNLV. They did, however, drop a midweek bout to Oklahoma.
The Chanticleers put together another fabulous week that included a midweek win over UNC Wilmington and a road series sweep over Virginia Military.
The Titans are completely back to the way things should’ve been all along. They beat Pepperdine in the midweek before sweeping Cal Poly at home.
The Rebels certainly had a week to remember with a midweek win over Southern Miss and home series sweep against LSU over the weekend.
The Hurricanes had an ample opportunity to earn a huge road series win over rival Florida State this past weekend, but they fell just short.
The Wildcats took care of Arizona State in midweek action, but they were unable to take care of UCLA at home over the weekend.
The Ducks had a solid week that included a pair of midweek wins over Gonzaga and a weekend home series win over USC.
Yeah, it is safe to say the Huskies are hot right now. They extended their winning streak to 21 games with a home series sweep against Rutgers over the weekend.
The Hokies had one of their best weeks of the season with a midweek win over Radford and a road series win over Georgia Tech.
The Sooners had one of their better weeks of the season with a midweek win over TCU and a road series win over Texas A&M.
It’s safe to the Cardinal are back on track. Stanford had another fantastic week that included a home series sweep over rival California.
The Owls started the week with a poor showing against Texas A&M, but they responded over the weekend with a series sweep over East Carolina.
The Golden Bears were cooled down over the weekend by failing to win a game of a three-game set against rival Stanford.
The Toreros have played a consistent brand of baseball on the weekends the past few weeks. They swept Gonzaga over the weekend.