Preseason College Top 25 Poll

2007 Preseason Top 25
Rank Team* The Skinny
1 Rice (57-13) If healthy, LHP/1B Joe Savery gives Owls an ace to go with deep staff, dangerous lineup
2 Miami (42-24) 2B Jemile Weeks (.361-6-40), 1B Yonder Alonso (.295-10-69) lead potent offense
3 Clemson (53-16) Tigers lost entire weekend rotation, but will plug in other veterans without missing a beat
4 Texas (41-21) ‘™Horns have pitching depth to overcome elbow injury to RHP Kenn Kasparek
5 North Carolina (54-15) With first-rounders Andrew Miller, Daniel Bard gone, Heels will lean on deep, versatile lineup
6 South Carolina (41-25) Offense is fearsome, but Tommy John surgery will sideline ace Arik Hempy until March
7 Arkansas (39-21) JC transfers Jess Todd, Duke Welker could be nation’™s two most important newcomers
8 Vanderbilt (38-27) LHP David Price and 3B Pedro Alvarez could both vie for national player of year honors
9 Virginia (47-15) LHP/1B Sean Doolittle (11-2, 2.38; .324-4-57) leads one of nation’™s best pitching staffs
10 Wichita State (46-22) As good as Damon Sublett (.395-10-45) is at the plate, he’™s allowed 0 ER in 31 career IP
11 Tennessee (31-24) C J.P. Arencibia, CF Julio Borbon and LHP James Adkins could all be first-rounders
12 Georgia Tech (50-18) Will mash as usual, but LHP David Duncan and co. need to take steps forward on mound
13 UCLA (33-25) Young Bruins will play defense with the best and rely on stud freshmen in rotation
14 Cal State Fullerton (50-15) Fr. SS Nate Bridges and OF Khris Davis have big shoes to fill, but Titans will pitch
15 Tulane (43-21) Despite losing Mark Hamilton’™s power bat, Tulane should score enough to support power arms
16 Oregon State (50-16) Mike Stutes, Daniel Turpen must repeat CWS heroics to replace departed stalwarts
17 Nebraska (42-17) Lucky for Huskers, SS Ryan Wehrle and LHP Tony Watson didn’™t sign as eligible sophs
18 Florida State (44-21) Sr. RHPs Bryan Henry, Michael Hyde, Luke Tucker know their way around harsh ACC
19 Pepperdine (42-21) With slugging C Chad Tracy gone, pitching will carry Waves, led by ace Barry Enright
20 Arizona State (37-21) JC transfer Brian Flores steps into Friday starter spot; will enjoy plenty of run support
21 Evansville (43-22) Elite freshmen Wade Kapteyn, Jared Baehl bolster experienced Aces, fresh off MVC title
22 Oklahoma State (41-20) Power-hitting Fr. Dylan Brown joins brother Corey to lead scary-good Cowboy offense
23 Winthrop (46-18) RHP Alex Wilson (13-3, 3.78), coming off All-Freshman season, leads balanced Eagles
24 Texas Christian (39-23) All-American RHP Jake Arrieta (14-4, 2.35) is difference-maker atop strong staff
25 Mississippi (44-22) Rebels seek third straight super-regional; SS Zack Cozart, RHP Cody Satterwhite will be key

* Record shown is last year’s record.

The Next 25
Rank Team
26 UC Riverside
27 Georgia
28 North Carolina State
29 Southern California
30 Kentucky
31 Stanford
32 San Francisco
33 San Diego State
34 Oral Roberts
35 Oklahoma
36 Auburn
37 Baylor
38 UC Irvine
39 Louisiana-Lafayette
40 Michigan
41 Texas Tech
42 Central Michigan
43 Delaware
44 Elon
45 Notre Dame
46 San Diego
47 Ohio State
48 Miami (Ohio)
49 Texas A&M
50 Louisiana State