Ranking Round-Up (3/22)
With the win over Arkansas this weekend, Auburn cracked each of the Major Polls, and there are a ton of them: The National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, USA Today/ESPN, Perfect Game, etc. It's kind of hard to keep track of them all.
Here's how Auburn will start the week (Number of Ranked Teams in Parenthesis):
- NCBWA (30): 22
- Baseball America (25): 22
- Collegiate Baseball (30): 21
- USA Today/ESPN Coaches (25): 20
- Perfect Game (25): 23
Of course, each poll has their strengths and weaknesses. The USA Today poll is used more widely than any poll, but the Baseball America Poll is one of the toughest/more stringent polls. Having 5 Major polls definitely creates a wide range of success for any team. Look at Arkansas for example. The are ranked in the Top 13 (still) in two polls (NCBWA/USA Today), yet are completely unranked in two others (Perfect Game/Baseball America).
Personally, I check out a website called College Baseball 360.com and check out their Composite Rankings (Auburn comes in at 18). It does a pretty good job of sorting through all the polls and factoring in RPI to develop a nice Top 50 list to go by.
So you know how Auburn ranks, what about the opponents on the schedule?:
Auburn really needs Charleston to right the ship. The Cougars had a terrible weekend in another hosted tournament. If they can get back on track and re-enter the polls, then it will help Auburn down the road.
Another team to look out for is Troy. The Trojans are just outside the Baseball America Top 25 and Auburn will play two games against them, meaning a good RPI boost. Especially when one of those games comes on the road.
I know what most of you are looking at. Next weekend and the Number 2 team in America: Vanderbilt. Before Auburn looks ahead to the Commodores, they need to take care of business with a High RPI Road test against Mississippi State.