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elentar
Aug 26, 2002

Congratulations! Your bonsai is dead!

OK college baseball is back for what promises to be an intensely weird season, first because of the ongoing COVID case stuff that's going to knock out series and have teams scrambling to find opponents, and second because the short MLB draft meant a lot of seniors and redshirt juniors and first years playing this year instead of signing contracts and playing in the low minors. Should make for a great CWS, assuming we get there!

Anyway, below is the composite preseason poll, which takes most of the major ones into account. There's already going to be a shakeup next week, since Miami took two off Florida this weekend. In general, the SEC is even more loaded than usual; the ACC lacks a real elite team except maybe Louisville, but every single team in the league has a real shot at making a regional.

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1	Florida (16-1)	
2	UCLA (13-2)	
3	Texas Tech (16-3)	
4	Vanderbilt (13-5)	
5	Ole Miss (16-1)	
6	Louisville (13-4)	
7	Mississippi State (12-4)	
8	LSU (12-5)	
9	Miami (Fla.) (12-4)	
10	Virginia (14-4)	
11	UCSB (13-2)	
12	Arkansas (11-5)	
13	Texas (14-3)	
14	NC State (14-3)	
15	TCU (11-4)	
16	Arizona (10-5)	
17	Florida State (12-5)	
18	East Carolina (13-4)	
19	Georgia Tech (11-5)	
20	South Carolina (12-4)	
The only really important resource is the scoreboard at D1Baseball, which is the most reliable one around. Oh and there's a lot of random games that pop up on the various ESPN and Fox regional feeds, though fewer than there used to be.

Adding in here:

Popete posted:

If anyone is looking to get into following college baseball I highly recommend checking out Wheels Youtube Channel they do a great job editing games down to 10-15 minutes and they tend to feature exciting games.

Usually I'd encourage people to go look up a game near you, but maybe don't do that just yet!

elentar fucked around with this message at 22:13 on Feb 21, 2021

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elentar
Aug 26, 2002

Congratulations! Your bonsai is dead!

pulling over from MLB thread:

Popete posted:

College baseball started today and we got some monster dingers, this pitchers reaction is perfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxRvzsoitv8#t=531s

Popete
Oct 6, 2009

This will make sure you don't suggest to the KDz
That he should grow greens instead of crushing on MCs



Grimey Drawer

If anyone is looking to get into following college baseball I highly recommend checking out Wheels Youtube Channel they do a great job editing games down to 10-15 minutes and they tend to feature exciting games.

Edit: Like that link elentar posted!

LeeMajors
Jan 20, 2005

. . . and the car would pass him, the driver perhaps feeling a slight chill as if he had driven through an air pocket, his sleeping wife and children stirring uneasily, as if all had been touched with a bad dream at the same instant.

UF’s back to back championship campaign off to a slow start!

Popete
Oct 6, 2009

This will make sure you don't suggest to the KDz
That he should grow greens instead of crushing on MCs



Grimey Drawer

Kumar Rocker looking dominant in his outing today. 8 strikeouts before being pulled in the 5th after walking 3 straight batters, didn't give up any runs though and only 1 hit.

Popete
Oct 6, 2009

This will make sure you don't suggest to the KDz
That he should grow greens instead of crushing on MCs



Grimey Drawer

This pitcher pointing up to the ball like it's a routine fly out lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTPWW5SLv80#t=216s

elentar
Aug 26, 2002

Congratulations! Your bonsai is dead!

The wildest first weekend in years, at least for rankings turnover: the composite top 3 are all going to drop (Florida losing series to Miami, UCLA losing series to San Francisco, Texas Tech having a disastrous 0-3 weekend at the State Farm Challenge).

In general the State Farm thing was very bad for top 10 Texas teams, with Texas Tech, Texas, and TCU going a combined 1-8. The flip side was the SEC teams doing ominously well: Ole Miss will probably be the new #1 after sweeping the Texas teams, and Arkansas likely #2 after doing the same thing, unless the voters move Miami up for the Florida win. Mississippi State will also probably be top 5 after going 2-1.

The other team to drop heavily since the preseason polls is West Virginia, which split a four-game series against Georgia State but more importantly lost a weekend starter and their shortstop for the season—and probably with it any chance at Omaha. Tough times early for the Big 12.

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LeeMajors
Jan 20, 2005

. . . and the car would pass him, the driver perhaps feeling a slight chill as if he had driven through an air pocket, his sleeping wife and children stirring uneasily, as if all had been touched with a bad dream at the same instant.

UF will probably put it together and Miami is actually really good for the first time in awhile.

Disappointing start though.

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