Preseason College Top 25

Team

2005 Record

2005 Final Rank

1. Texas 56-16 1
2. Clemson 43-23 14
3. Florida 48-23 2
4. Georgia Tech 45-19 11
5. Cal State Fullerton 46-18 9
6. North Carolina 41-19 NR
7. Rice 45-19 13
8. Oregon State 46-12 7
9. Tennessee 46-21 8
10. Missouri 40-23 21
11. Pepperdine 41-23 24
12. Tulane 56-12 3
13. Mississippi State 42-22 22
14. South Carolina 41-23 25
15. Florida State 53-20 16
16. Arizona State 42-25 6
17. Southern California 41-22 17
18. Arkansas 39-22 NR
19. Texas Christian 41-20 NR
20. Louisiana State 40-22 18
21. Fresno State 30-29 NR
22. Long Beach State 37-22 19
23. Mississippi 48-20 10
24. North Carolina State 41-19 NR
25. California 34-23 NR
 

DURHAM, N.C.–Defending national champion Texas begins 2006 right back atop the rankings, a preseason spot the Longhorns have held four previous times, but not since 1987.

Five more teams that advanced to the 2005 College World Series begin this season ranked, starting with runner-up Florida at No. 3. The Gators haven’t debuted this high since 1992. Oregon State makes its first preseason Top 25 ever, starting at No. 8 after notching a school-record 46 wins a year ago.

No. 17 Arizona State begins the year ranked for the 20th consecutive season; the longest streak in the nation began in 1987. Stanford had been ranked in every preseason Top 25 since 1981, a run that ended this year. Louisiana State is ranked for the 17th straight season, though its No. 20 spot represents its lowest since it began 1989 unranked.

North Carolina’s No. 6 ranking is its highest preseason mark since it was No. 4 before the 1984 season. Tennessee’s No. 9 ranking marks its highest preseason standing since debuting sixth in 1996.

Missouri opens at No. 10, making it the second time the Tigers have debuted in the Top 25 and first time since they were No. 19 in 1983. No. 19 Texas Christian earns a preseason ranking for the second consecutive season and second time in history after opening at No. 21 in 2005.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are 2005 final records and do not include ties.

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