2016 Preseason Top 25

Coming off a trip to the College World Series and led by 18 returning lettermen, Florida opens the 2016 season ranked No. 1 in Baseball America’s Top 25 college baseball rankings. The Gators also topped the preseason Top 25 in 2011 and 2012. It is the seventh straight season Florida begins the season ranked in the Top 25.

Florida heads a group of seven Southeastern Conference schools in the Top 25, the most of any conference. Texas A&M (No. 3) and Vanderbilt (No. 7), the 2015 runner-up, join Florida in the Top 10.

Virginia, the 2015 national champion, opens the season ranked fourth—as it did going into last season. The Cavaliers and No. 2 Louisville lead five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the rankings. The Cardinals’ ranking is their highest preseason mark ever.

Five teams from the Pacific-12 Conference open the season in the rankings, including three in the Top 10. The No. 8 ranking for California is its highest preseason ranking since it began the 1996 season ranked No. 7.

Oklahoma State opens the season ranked No. 9, one of three Big 12 Conference teams in the rankings. It is the second straight year the Cowboys enter the year as a Top-10 team.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Last year’s records do not include ties.

2016 PRESEASON TOP 25 COLLEGE RANKINGS
Rank Team 2015 Record Final 2015 Rank
1. Florida Florida 52-18 3
2. LouisvilleLouisville 47-18 10
3. Texas A&Mtexasaandm 50-14 13
4. Virginiavirginia 44-24 1
5. Oregon Stateoregonstate 39-19 NR
6. Miamimiami 50-17 6
7. Vanderbiltvanderbilt 51-21 2
8. Californiacalifornia 36-21 22
9. Oklahoma Stateoklahomastate 38-20 19
10. UCLAUCLA 45-16 7
11. Louisiana StateLouisiana-State-TIger 54-12 5
12. HoustonHoustonlogo 43-20 18
13. Louisiana-Lafayettelouisianalafayette 42-23 16
14. OregonOregon 38-25 NR
15. MichiganMichigan 39-25 NR
16. Southern Californiasoutherncalifornia 39-21 20
17. Florida StateFlorida-State 44-21 15
18. Texas ChristianTCU-4c 51-15 4
19. North Carolina Statencstate 36-23 NR
20. Mississippi StateMississippi-State 24-30 NR
21. Oklahomaoklahoma 34-27 NR
22. Cal State Fullerton

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39-25 9
23. Coastal Carolinacoastalcarolina 39-21 NR
24. Mississippiolemiss 30-28 NR
25. Kentuckykentucky 30-25 NR

 

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