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2016 FCS Pre-Season Top 25 Rankings

North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles. Despite losing star QB Carson Wentz to the NFL, there's no reason to think that the Bison won't make it six in 2016.

North Dakota State has won five consecutive FCS titles. Despite losing star QB Carson Wentz to the NFL, there’s no reason to think that the Bison won’t make it six in 2016.

 

1. North Dakota State (13-2, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 National Champion)
vs. #7 Charleston Southern (10-3, 6-0 Big South, 2015 Quarterfinalist) Sat 8/27 7:30PM ET

2. Richmond (10-4, 6-2 Colonial, 2015 Semifinalist)
at Virginia (4-8, 3-5 ACC-C) Sat 9/3 3:30PM ET

3. Jacksonville State (13-2, 8-0 OVC, 2015 Runner-Up)
vs. North Alabama (9-3, 6-1 GSC/D2, 2nd Round, D2) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

4. Sam Houston State (11-4, 7-2 Southland, 2015 Semifinalist)
vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State (5-5, IND) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

5. Northern Iowa (9-5, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at Iowa State (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

6. Chattanooga (9-4, 6-1 Southern, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Shorter (2-8, 1-6 GSC/D2) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

7. Charleston Southern (10-3, 6-0 Big South, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at #1 North Dakota State (13-2, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 National Champion) Sat 8/27 7:30PM ET

8. The Citadel (9-4, 6-1 Southern, 2015 2nd Round)
at Mercer (5-6, 2-5 Southern) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

9. South Dakota State (8-4, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 1st Round)
at Texas Christian (11-2, 7-2 Big 12, Won Valero Alamo Bowl) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

10. William & Mary (9-4, 6-2 CAA, 2015 2nd Round)
at North Carolina State (7-6, 3-5 ACC/A, lost Belk Bowl) Thu 9/1 7:30PM ET

11. Coastal Carolina (9-3, 4-2 Big South (2016 IND), 2015 1st Round)
at Lamar (5-6, 4-5 Southland) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

12. James Madison (9-3, 6-2 CAA, 2015 Semifinalist)
vs. Morehead State (7-4, 6-2 Pioneer) Sat 9/3 6:00PM ET

13. Montana (8-5, 6-2 Big Sky, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. St. Francis (PA) (7-4, 4-2 NEC) Sat 9/3 8:00PM ET

14. Illinois State (10-3, 7-1 MVFC, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
vs. Valparaiso (1-9, 1-7 Pioneer) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

15. North Dakota (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Stony Brook (5-6, 3-5 CAA) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

16. McNeese State (10-1, 9-0 Southland, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Tarleton State (3-7, 1-5 LSC/D2) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

17. Eastern Washington (6-5, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Washington State (9-4, 6-3 PAC-12/N, won Hyundai Sun Bowl) Sat 9/3 8:00PM

18. Villanova (6-5, 5-3 CAA)
at Pittsburgh (8-5, 6-2 ACC/C, lost Northrup/Grumman Military Bowl) Sat 9/3 1:30PM ET

19. Portland State (9-3, 6-2 Big Sky, 2015 2nd Round)
vs. Central Washington (5-5, 3-3 GNAC/D2) Sat 9/3 5:30PM ET

20. Towson (7-4, 5-3 CAA)
at South Florida (8-5, 6-2 AAC/E, lost Miami Beach Bowl) Sat 9/3 7:00PM ET

21. Colgate (9-5, 6-0 Patriot, 2015 Quarterfinalist)
at Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 ACC/A) Fri 9/2 7:00PM ET

22. Eastern Kentucky (6-5, 5-2 OVC)
at Purdue (2-10, 1-7 Big Ten/W) Sat 9/3 12:00PM

23. Western Illinois (7-6, 5-3 MVFC, 2015 2nd Round)
at Eastern Illinois (7-5, 7-1 OVC, 2015 1st Round) Thu 9/1 7:00PM ET

24. Youngstown State (5-6, 3-5 MVFC)
vs. Duquesne (8-4, 5-1 NEC, 2015 1st Round) Thu 9/1 7:30PM ET

25. Northern Arizona (7-4, 5-3 Big Sky)
at Arizona State (6-7, 4-5 PAC-12/S, lost Motel 6 Cactus Bowl) Sat 9/3 10:45PM ET

Also Receiving Consideration:

Bethune-Cookman (9-2, 7-1 MEAC), Dartmouth (9-1, 6-1 Ivy), Eastern Illinois (7-5, 7-1 OVC; 2015 1st Round), Fordham (9-3, 5-1 Patriot; 2015 1st Round), Harvard (9-1, 6-1 Ivy), Indiana State (5-6, 3-5 MVFC), Liberty (6-5, 3-3 Big South), New Hampshire (7-5, 5-3 CAA; 2015 1st Round), North Carolina A&T (10-2, 7-1 MEAC), South Dakota (5-6, 3-5 MVFC), Southern Illinois (3-8, 2-6 MVFC), Southern Utah (8-4, 7-1; 2015 1st Round), Tennessee-Martin (7-4, 6-2 OVC), Western Carolina (7-4, 5-2 Southern), Yale (6-4, 3-4 Ivy)

Memorial Day 501 Classic Rock Countdown

Jim Morrison and The Doors hold the top spot in the Memorial Day 501 countdown.

Jim Morrison and The Doors hold the top spot in the Memorial Day 501 countdown.

Over 30 years ago, while stationed in northern Virginia, I enjoyed a local rock station’s “Memorial Day 500” – a countdown of the top 500 songs from Friday through Monday. I never knew how the list was created, but it didn’t matter. It was a great weekend of music and, as a listener, I couldn’t wait to see what was coming up next.

I’ve done specialty weekend programming during my time in radio, but I, always, shied away from putting together such an exhaustive list. This year, I decided to give it a go.

I started with over 2,500 songs and, through late April and the middle of May, whittled the list to less than 600 songs. Wow, the last 99 songs to cut were brutal. I loved all of those songs, yet hated to leave them aside. After much debate and maneuvering, this is what I came up with for the greatest classic rock songs of all time.

For informational purposes, to qualify for this list, songs must have been in regular rotation in rock, classic rock, progressive rock or AOR (album-oriented rock) radio stations between the years of 1964 and 2000. For me to consider a song for “classic rock” status, it needs 15 years on the shelf. Admittedly, there aren’t too many songs from 1990-2000 that made the cut, but a few were good enough to do just that.

As always, the grouping and order are subject to debate. If you, fine reader, don’t see your favorite song from a particular classic rock artist or group on this list, rest assured that there are plenty in my personal list that were left on the cutting room floor.

 

 

1. The Doors – “Light My Fire”
2. Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
3. The Beatles – “A Day In The Life”
4. Aerosmith – “Sweet Emotion”
5. Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven”
6. Deep Purple – “Smoke On The Water”
7. Boston – “More Than A Feeling”
8. Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
9. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
10. Bad Company – “Feel Like Makin’ Love”
11. Fleetwood Mac – “Go Your Own Way”
12. Van Halen – “Jump”
13. Eagles – “Hotel California”
14. Don McLean – “American Pie”
15. Pink Floyd – “Money”
16. Rolling Stones – “Start Me Up”
17. Derek & The Dominoes – “Layla”
18. Cheap Trick – “I Want You To Want Me (LIVE)”
19. Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”
20. The Beatles – “Hey Jude”
21. Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin'”
22. Bruce Springsteen – “Born To Run”
23. Bob Dylan – “Like A Rolling Stone”
24. John Lennon – “Imagine”
25. Pink Floyd – “Another Brick In The Wall, Part 1/The Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2”
26. Cream – “Sunshine Of Your Love”
27. Heart – “Magic Man”
28. The Police – “Every Breath You Take”
29. Rolling Stones – “Emotional Rescue”
30. The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
31. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Sweet Home Alabama”
32. Bob Seger – “Night Moves”
33. Foreigner – “Feels Like The First Time”
34. Van Halen – “Intruder/(Oh) Pretty Woman”
35. Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
36. Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing”
37. Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train”
38. Pink Floyd – “Comfortably Numb”
39. John Lennon – “(Just Like) Starting Over”
40. Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
41. David Bowie – “Heroes”
42. John Cougar – “Hurts So Good”
43. Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”
44. Elton John – “Bennie & The Jets”
45. Metallica – “Enter Sandman”
46. AC/DC – “You Shook Me All Night Long”
47. Queen – “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions”
48. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird (LIVE)”
49. Def Leppard – “Photograph”
50. Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”
51. Rolling Stones – “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
52. The Beatles – “Can’t Buy Me Love”
53. The Police – “Roxanne”
54. Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”
55. Doobie Brothers – “Black Water”
56. Bruce Springsteen – “Born In The USA”
57. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under The Bridge”
58. Pat Benatar – “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”
59. KISS – “Rock & Roll All Nite (LIVE)”
60. Don Henley – “Dirty Laundry”
61. The Kinks – “You Really Got Me”
62. U2 – “With Or Without You”
63. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – “Hollywood Nights”
64. Rolling Stones – “Honky Tonk Women”
65. Peter Frampton – “Show Me The Way (LIVE)”
66. The Beatles – “Let It Be”
67. AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”
68. Genesis – “Turn It On Again”
69. Meat Loaf – “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”
70. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Proud Mary”
71. Eagles – “Life In The Fast Lane”
72. Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”
73. The Beatles – “Get Back”
74. Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer”
75. The Who – “Baba O’Riley”
76. ZZ Top – “Sharp Dressed Man”
77. Rush – “Tom Sawyer”
78. Nazareth – “Love Hurts”
79. Alice Cooper – “School’s Out”
80. Queen – “Fat Bottomed Girls”
81. Dire Straits – “Sultans Of Swing”
82. Santana – “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen”
83. The Knack – “My Sharona”
84. Jackson Browne – “Running On Empty”
85. Stevie Nicks w/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”
86. Big Brother & The Holding Company – “Piece Of My Heart”
87. Jefferson Airplane – “Somebody To Love”
88. Jimi Hendrix – “All Along The Watchtower”
89. The J. Geils Band – “Centerfold”
90. Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky”
91. David Bowie – “China Girl”
92. Stone Temple Pilots – “Plush”
93. Bryan Adams – “Summer of ’69”
94. Elton John – “Pinball Wizard”
95. U2 – “New Year’s Day”
96. The Beatles – “Back In The U.S.S.R.”
97. Sammy Hagar – “I Can’t Drive 55”
98. Thin Lizzy – “The Boys Are Back In Town”
99. The Ramones – “I Wanna Be Sedated”
100. Paul McCartney & Wings – “Jet”
101. AC/DC – “Back In Black”
102. Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”
103. Peter Frampton – “Baby I Love Your Way (LIVE)”
104. The Doors – “L.A. Woman”
105. 38 Special – “Rockin’ Into The Night”
106. Scorpions – “No One Like You”
107. Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
108. The Kinks – “Lola (LIVE)”
109. Boston – “Don’t Look Back”
110. Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer”
111. AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”
112. Motley Crüe- “Girls, Girls, Girls”
113. REO Speedwagon – “Keep On Loving You”
114. Genesis – “Abacab”
115. David Bowie – “Space Oddity”
116. Bruce Springsteen – “Hungry Heart”
117. John Cougar Mellencamp – “R.O.C.K. In The USA”
118. Jimi Hendrix – “Fire”
119. Asia – “Heat Of The Moment”
120. Electric Light Orchestra – “Turn To Stone”
121. Aerosmith – “Janie’s Got A Gun”
122. Led Zeppelin – “Rock And Roll”
123. Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “Takin’ Care Of Business”
124. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Refugee”
125. Guns N’ Roses – “Patience”
126. Journey – “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'”
127. Van Morrison – “Moondance”
128. Def Leppard – “Bringing On The Heartbreak”
129. The Beatles – “Got To Get You Into My Life”
130. David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”
131. Stone Temple Pilots – “Interstate Love Song”
132. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – “Blinded By The Light”
133. AC/DC – “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
134. Rush – “Fly By Night”
135. Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”
136. Rolling Stones – “She’s So Cold”
137. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Saturday Night Special”
138. The Black Crowes – “Hard To Handle”
139. Guns N’ Roses – “Paradise City”
140. Don Henley – “The Boys Of Summer”
141. Foreigner – “Jukebox Hero”
142. Journey – “Wheel In The Sky”
143. The Beatles – “Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds”
144. Phil Collins – “In The Air Tonight”
145. Grand Funk – “Some Kind Of Wonderful”
146. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “The Waiting”
147. Collective Soul – “Shine”
148. Aerosmith – “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”
149. Bruce Springsteen – “Dancing In The Dark”
150. Eric Clapton – “Wonderful Tonight”
151. Allman Brothers Band – “Ramblin’ Man”
152. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – “Against The Wind”
153. Georgia Satellites – “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”
154. Boston – “Foreplay/Long Time”
155. The Beatles – “Come Together”
156. Van Halen – “Dance The Night Away”
157. Sting – “Fortress Around Your Heart”
158. Queen – “Another One Bites The Dust”
159. Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit In The Sky”
160. Styx – “Renegade”
161. John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band – “On The Dark Side”
162. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising”
163. Van Halen – “Eruption/You Really Got Me”
164. The Pretenders – “Brass In Pocket (I’m Special)”
165. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Ohio”
166. Bon Jovi – “You Give Love A Bad Name”
167. AC/DC – “Big Balls”
168. Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”
169. The Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”
170. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
171. Rolling Stones – “Miss You”
172. The J. Geils Band – “Love Stinks”
173. Pink Floyd – “Have A Cigar”
174. Yes – “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”
175. Eric Clapton – “Cocaine”
176. Eagles – “Heartache Tonight”
177. Simple Minds – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
178. The Police – “Message in A Bottle”
179. David Bowie – “Fame”
180. Led Zeppelin – “Fool In The Rain”
181. Billy Squier – “The Stroke”
182. Bad Company – “Shooting Star”
183. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That”
184. Candlebox – “Far Behind”
185. Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
186. Alice In Chains – “Man In The Box”
187. ZZ Top – “Tube Snake Boogie”
188. The Clash – “Rock The Casbah”
189. Jimi Hendrix – “Foxey Lady”
190. Steve Miller Band – “Space Intro/Fly Like An Eagle”
191. Loverboy – “Working For The Weekend”
192. The Cars – “Just What I Needed”
193. Elton John – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
194. AC/DC – “Hells Bells”
195. Jefferson Airplane – “White Rabbit”
196. Boston – “Smokin'”
197. The Moody Blues – “Nights In White Satin/Late Lament”
198. John Cougar – “Jack & Diane”
199. Jackson Browne – “The Load Out/Stay”
200. Journey – “Any Way You Want It”
201. Eagles – “Already Gone”
202. Sweet – “Love Is Like Oxygen”
203. Paul McCartney & Wings – “Band On The Run”
204. Def Leppard – “Hysteria”
205. David Lee Roth – “California Girls”
206. Steely Dan – “Hey Nineteen”
207. 3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
208. Fleetwood Mac – “Rhiannon”
209. Electric Light Orchestra – “Don’t Bring Me Down”
210. Aerosmith – “Dream On”
211. Heart – “Barracuda”
212. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Small Town”
213. Free – “All Right Now”
214. Donnie Iris – “Ah! Leah!”
215. Genesis – “No Reply At All”
216. The Clash – “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)”
217. Pearl Jam – “Even Flow”
218. U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
219. John Lennon – “Woman”
220. Bryan Adams – “Run To You”
221. Guns N’ Roses – “Welcome To The Jungle”
222. Rolling Stones – “Shattered”
223. Scorpions – “Rock You Like A Hurricane”
224. The Doors – “Break On Through”
225. R.E.M. – “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
226. Alice In Chains – “Rooster”
227. John Fogerty – “Centerfield”
228. Van Halen – “Hot For Teacher”
229. Bob Seger – “Turn The Page (LIVE)”
230. KISS – “Beth”
231. ZZ Top – “Legs”
232. Jackson Browne – “Boulevard”
233. Tom Petty – “Free Fallin'”
234. Eric Clapton – “Lay Down Sally”
235. Led Zeppelin – “D’yer Mak’er”
236. Ratt – “Round And Round”
237. Styx – “Come Sail Away”
238. Ted Nugent – “Cat Scratch Fever”
239. The Beatles – “Lady Madonna”
240. Lita Ford f. Ozzy Osbourne – “Close My Eyes Forever”
241. Grateful Dead – “Alabama Getaway”
242. Weezer – “Buddy Holly”
243. Def Leppard – “Rock Of Ages”
244. Steve Miller Band – “Threshold/Jet Airliner”
245. Roxy Music – “Love Is The Drug”
246. The Romantics – “What I Like About You”
247. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Lonely Ol’ Night”
248. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Love Rock ‘N Roll”
249. Fleetwood Mac – “Over My Head”
250. Night Ranger – “Sister Christian”
251. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – “Still The Same”
252. The Stray Cats – “Rock This Town”
253. Van Halen – “Panama”
254. Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
255. Foghat – “Slow Ride”
256. Styx – “A.D. 1928/Rockin’ The Paradise”
257. Bruce Springsteen – “Glory Days”
258. 38 Special – “Caught Up In You”
259. Elton John – “The Bitch Is Back”
260. Journey – “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”
261. Lou Reed – “Walk On The Wild Side”
262. Foreigner – “Urgent”
263. Motley Crüe – “Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room”
264. Donovan – “Sunshine Superman”
265. Raspberries – “Go All The Way”
266. The Who – “Who Are You”
267. Dire Straits – “Walk Of Life”
268. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”
269. Pat Benatar – “Promises In The Dark”
270. Bad Company – “Rock & Roll Fantasy”
271. Rush – “Subdivisions”
272. Bon Jovi – “Runaway”
273. Rolling Stones – “Paint It Black”
274. Molly Hatchet – “Flirtin’ With Disaster”
275. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – “Pride And Joy”
276. Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir”
277. Devo – “Whip It”
278. Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning”
279. Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”
280. Heart – “Crazy On You”
281. The Who – “Eminence Front”
282. AC/DC – “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”
283. The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever”
284. Queen – “Crazy Thing Called Love”
285. Billy Joel – “Piano Man”
286. The Fixx – “One Thing Leads To Another”
287. Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
288. Elvis Costello – “Alison”
289. Foreigner – “Hot Blooded”
290. The Cars – “Shake It Up”
291. Van Halen – “When It’s Love”
292. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – “Fire Lake”
293. Journey – “Feeling That Way/Anytime”
294. Boston – “Peace Of Mind”
295. Damn Yankees – “High Enough”
296. David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
297. Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Southern Cross”
298. INXS – “New Sensation”
299. Golden Earring – “Radar Love”
300. Peter Gabriel – “Shock The Monkey”
301. The Smithereens – “A Girl Like You”
302. Eagles – “Take It Easy”
303. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Pink Houses”
304. ZZ Top – “Cheap Sunglasses”
305. The Police – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
306. Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog”
307. U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)
308. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Breakdown”
309. Doobie Brothers – “Long Train Runnin'”
310. The Beatles – “Ballad Of John & Yoko”
311. Eddie Money – “Think I’m In Love”
312. Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”
313. AC/DC – “Moneytalks”
314. Steve Miller Band – “Take The Money And Run”
315. Van Halen – “And The Cradle Will Rock”
316. Edgar Winter Group – “Free Ride”
317. Bryan Adams – “Cuts Like A Knife”
318. Grand Funk Railroad – “We’re An American Band”
319. Days Of The New – “Touch, Peel And Stand”
320. The Pretenders – “Middle Of The Road”
321. Pink Floyd – “Young Lust”
322. Talking Heads – “Life During Wartime”
323. David Bowie – “Golden Years”
324. Glenn Frey – “Smuggler’s Blues”
325. Rainbow – “Since You Been Gone”
326. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – “Old Time Rock & Roll”
327. Def Leppard – “Love Bites”
328. Elton John – “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding”
329. Patti Smith Group – “Because The Night”
330. Don Henley – “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”
331. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – “Lucky Man”
332. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Rain On The Scarecrow”
333. Rolling Stones – “Tumbling Dice”
334. Sweet – “Fox On The Run”
335. Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
336. George Thorogood & The Destroyers – “Bad To The Bone”
337. Eric Clapton – “I Shot The Sheriff”
338. Greg Kihn Band – “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)”
339. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Down On The Corner”
340. Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”
341. Van Halen – “Runnin’ With The Devil”
342. Grateful Dead – “Touch Of Grey”
343. Fleetwood Mac – “Don’t Stop”
344. Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
345. Billy Idol – “White Wedding”
346. Blondie – “One Way Or Another”
347. Joe Walsh – “Rocky Mountain Way”
348. Sammy Hagar – “Heavy Metal”
349. Rush – “Limelight”
350. Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again”
351. ZZ Top – “Got Me Under Pressure”
352. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “What’s Your Name”
353. Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”
354. Boston – “Rock ‘N’ Roll Band”
355. Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
356. Aldo Nova – “Fantasy”
357. Pink Floyd – “Hey You”
358. Little Feat – “Oh, Atlanta”
359. Steve Winwood – “While You See A Chance”
360. Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl”
361. Golden Earring – “Twilight Zone”
362. Bob Dylan – “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
363. Bob Seger – “Mainstreet”
364. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Cherry Bomb”
365. Van Halen – “Why Can’t This Be Love”
366. The Beatles – “Eleanor Rigby”
367. Badfinger – “No Matter What”
368. Fleetwood Mac – “Say You Love Me”
369. INXS – “The One Thing”
370. U2 – “Mysterious Ways”
371. Led Zeppelin – “Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid”
372. Saga – “On The Loose”
373. Steve Miller Band – “Jungle Love”
374. The Animals – “The House Of The Rising Sun”
375. The Police – “Synchronicity II”
376. Warren Zevon – “Werewolves Of London”
377. Deep Purple – “Highway Star”
378. Blue Oyster Cult – “Burnin’ For You”
379. Bruce Springsteen – “Thunder Road”
380. Van Halen – “Dancing In The Street”
381. ZZ Top – “La Grange”
382. Sammy Hagar – “There’s Only One Way To Rock”
383. Procol Harum – “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”
384. Night Ranger – “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”
385. Bachman-Turner Overdrive – “Let It Ride”
386. Stevie Nicks – “Stand Back”
387. The Beatles – “The Long And Winding Road”
388. Cheap Trick – “Surrender (LIVE)”
389. Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Wasted On The Way”
390. Bob Seger – “Travelin’ Man/Beautiful Loser (LIVE)”
391. Van Morrison – “Into The Mystic”
392. Grand Funk – “The Locomotion”
393. Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead Or Alive”
394. Genesis – Paperlate
395. Outlaws – “Green Grass And High Tides”
396. Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby McGee”
397. Peter Frampton – “Do You Feel Like We Do (LIVE)”
398. The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night”
399. Foreigner – “Cold As Ice”
400. Steppenwolf – “Born To Be Wild”
401. Billy Joel – “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant”
402. Joe Walsh – “Life’s Been Good”
403. The Doors – “Love Her Madly”
404. Boston – “Something About You”
405. The Beatles – “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
406. Led Zeppelin – “All My Love”
407. Steve Miller Band – “Rockin’ Me”
408. Bob Dylan – “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”
409. Van Halen – “Right Now”
410. Black Sabbath – “Iron Man”
411. Rolling Stones – “Ruby Tuesday”
412. The Doors – “Riders On The Storm”
413. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Crumblin’ Down”
414. Phil Collins – “I Don’t Care Anymore”
415. Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”
416. Def Leppard – “Armageddon It”
417. AC/DC – “Shoot To Thrill”
418. The Kinks – “Destroyer”
419. Spencer Davis Group – “Gimme Some Lovin'”
420. Stevie Nicks – “Edge Of Seventeen (Just Like The White Winged Dove)”
421. The Beatles – “Day Tripper”
422. Allman Brothers Band – “Midnight Rider”
423. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “American Girl”
424. 38 Special – “Hold On Loosely”
425. Eagles – “Lyin’ Eyes”
426. Rush – “The Spirit Of Radio”
427. Rolling Stones – “Sympathy For The Devil”
428. The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun”
429. Eric Clapton – “Let It Rain”
430. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – “We’ve Got Tonight”
431. Joe Cocker – “Cry Me A River (LIVE)”
432. Motley Crüe- “Dr. Feelgood”
433. The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love”
434. The Doors – “Love Me Two Times”
435. Nirvana – “Come As You Are”
436. The Robert Cray Band – “Smoking Gun”
437. Rolling Stones – “Under My Thumb”
438. INXS – “What You Need”
439. The Black Crowes – “She Talks To Angels”
440. The Police – “Wrapped Around Your Finger”
441. David Bowie – “Changes”
442. Aerosmith – “Cryin'”
443. Judas Priest – “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”
444. Canned Heat – “On The Road Again”
445. Collective Soul – “The World I Know”
446. Paul McCartney & Wings – “Live And Let Die”
447. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Gimme Three Steps”
448. Guns N’ Roses – “November Rain”
449. Yes – “Roundabout”
450. The Call – “Let The Day Begin”
451. ZZ Top – “Gimme All Your Lovin'”
452. The Doors – “Roadhouse Blues”
453. Dave Matthews Band – “What Would You Say”
454. The Pretenders – “Back On The Chain Gang”
455. Pink Floyd – “Brain Damage/Eclipse”
456. Moody Blues – “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band)”
457. David Bowie – “Young Americans”
458. Eric Clapton – “After Midnight”
459. Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”
460. Journey – “Stone In Love”
461. Melissa Etheridge – “Bring Me Some Water”
462. Electric Light Orchestra – “Sweet Talkin’ Woman”
463. The Beatles – “Help!”
464. Bush – “Everything Zen”
465. Queen – “Killer Queen”
466. The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
467. REO Speedwagon – “Roll With The Changes”
468. Beck – “Loser”
469. The Police – “King Of Pain”
470. Eagles – “In The City”
471. Neil Young – “Southern Man”
472. Extreme – “Hole Hearted”
473. Elton John – “Rocket Man”
474. Robert Palmer – “Addicted To Love”
475. ZZ Top – “Tush”
476. David Bowie – “Blue Jean”
477. U2 – “Where The Streets Have No Name”
478. Loverboy – “Turn Me Loose”
479. Def Leppard – “Foolin'”
480. The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations”
481. Doobie Brothers – “China Grove”
482. The Beatles – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
483. The Gregg Allman Band – “I’m No Angel”
484. The J. Geils Band – “I Do (LIVE)”
485. Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up In Blue”
486. Bruce Springsteen – “I’m On Fire”
487. Billy Squier – “Everybody Wants You”
488. Jethro Tull – “Locomotive Breath”
489. Zebra – “Tell Me What You Want”
490. Eagles – “The Long Run”
491. KISS – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
492. Steely Dan – “Do It Again”
493. John Cougar Mellencamp – “Authority Song”
494. The Beatles – “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”
495. R.E.M. – “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?”
496. Talking Heads – “Burning Down The House”
497. Squeeze – “Cool For Cats”
498. David Bowie – “Modern Love”
499. James Gang – “Funk #49”
500. The Band – “Ophelia”
501. The Cars – “Let’s Go”

NCAA Division-1 Baseball Regionals Final Projection – 23 May 2016

Senior 1B/3B Danny Rosenbaum has reason to celebrate, as his Louisville Cardinals are projected as the #1 overall national seed for the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament (photo courtesy of gocards.com)

Senior 1B/3B Danny Rosenbaum has reason to celebrate, as his Louisville Cardinals are projected as the #1 overall national seed for the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament (photo courtesy of gocards.com)

Seven days from the announcement of the Field of 64 for the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and six-plus days from the revealing of the eight national seeds and 16 regional host sites, the skeleton of the tournament is, pretty much, in place. However, there are, still, pieces that can be moved in advance of the selection committee’s decisions on Memorial Day.

Overall, the biggest change, semantics-wise, is Louisville getting the top national seed, while Florida moves down a spot. Miami-Florida, Texas A&M and South Carolina remain the same as national seeds three through five, but Mississippi drops out of the sixth spot in favor of SEC and state foe Mississippi State. Vanderbilt and North Carolina swap the seventh and eighth national seeds, with the former garnering the higher position this week.

Ole Miss joins LSU, Clemson, Texas Tech, Coastal Carolina, Virginia, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona as host sites in this week’s projection. The Chanticleers, projected as the top seed in Los Angeles (hosted by UC Santa Barbara) last week, is, now, predicted to host at renovated Watson Stadium in Conway, SC. Coastal’s updated status pushes Southern Mississippi out as a host this week while UNC takes the top seed in the Los Angeles Regional and TCU replaces the Tar Heels as the team to beat in the Tucson Regional, hosted by Arizona. Both the Gauchos and Wildcats remain hosts out of geographical necessity based upon qualifying Mountain and Pacific Time Zone teams as opposed to a standard regional top-seed résumé.

Meanwhile, Nebraska moves into the auto-bid spot for the Big Ten while Sam Houston State is, now, projected to win the Southland tournament. Both teams didn’t make last week’s projection, yet have finished the regular season, extremely, strong. Both teams, currently, sport résumés strong enough to be awarded an at-large bid should they reach their respective conference tournament finals. One other conference, the Southern, has a new projected champion as Mercer gets the nod over UNC Greensboro.

While the possibility of a conference tournament automatic bid being won by a team that is not, at this time, expected to make the Field of 64 exists, the most visible example of this situation remains in the PAC-12. Utah, at 22-26 overall, leads the conference by a half game (16-10) over Washington (16-11) with a Monday contest scheduled at California and a regular season-ending series vs. the Huskies set for this weekend in Salt Lake City. Even if the Utes lose to the Golden Bears on Monday, the winner of the Utah/Washington series will be awarded the PAC-12 auto bid, assuming all three games are played to their conclusion. Arizona State, who can finish the season with an 18-12 conference record provided they sweep Southern California, would lose in a head-to-head matchup with, either, Utah or Washington. For purposes of this projection, as the host team this weekend, Utah is projected to get the conference’s automatic bid.

Teams making it into this week’s projected field are Nebraska, Sam Houston State, Louisiana Tech, Mercer and Utah, while Georgia, New Orleans, Kentucky, California and UNC Greensboro are out.

I want to thank the thousands of college baseball fans who have viewed these projections over the past few weeks. Without your love for the sport, I wouldn’t have a reason to spend the time and effort, often, late into the evening. Here’s to wishing your favorite team the best of luck as we head into Selection Monday and for another fantastic trip to the College World Series in Omaha.

Louisville Regional
(1) Louisville (ACC champion)
Bryant (Northeast champion)
Nebraska (Big Ten champion)
Monmouth (Metro Atlantic champion)

Los Angeles Regional
North Carolina (ACC at-large)
UC Santa Barbara (Big West at-large) *host*
Washington (PAC-12 at-large)
Seattle (WAC champion)

Raleigh Regional
(8) North Carolina State (ACC at-large)
UNC Wilmington (Colonial champion)
Cal State Fullerton (Big West at-large)
VCU (Atlantic 10 champion)

Conway (SC) Regional
Coastal Carolina (Big South champion)
Florida State (ACC at-large)
Southeastern Louisiana (Southland at-large)
North Florida (Atlantic Sun champion)

College Station Regional
(4) Texas A&M (SEC at-large)
Dallas Baptist (MVC champion)
Rice (C-USA at-large)
Utah (PAC-12 champion)

Lubbock Regional
Texas Tech (Big 12 champion)
Georgia Tech (ACC at-large)
Creighton (Big East champion)
Oral Roberts (Summit champion)

Columbia Regional
(5) South Carolina (SEC at-large)
Duke (ACC at-large)
Louisiana Tech (C-USA at-large)
Princeton (Ivy champion)

Clemson Regional
Clemson (ACC at-large)
Oklahoma State (Big 12 at-large)
Sam Houston State (Southland champion)
Wright State (Horizon champion)

Coral Gables Regional
(3) Miami-Florida (ACC champion)
Florida Atlantic (C-USA champion)
Michigan (Big Ten at-large)
Florida A&M (MEAC champion)

Baton Rouge Regional
LSU (SEC at-large)
Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt champion)
Northwestern State (Southland at-large)
Mercer (Southern champion)

Starkville Regional
(6) Mississippi State (SEC at-large)
Tulane (AAC champion)
Boston College (ACC at-large)
Kent State (MAC champion)

Tucson Regional
TCU (Big 12 at-large)
Arizona (PAC-12 at-large) *host*
BYU (WCC at-large)
New Mexico (MWC champion)

Gainesville Regional
(2) Florida (SEC champion)
Gonzaga (WCC champion)
Arizona State (PAC-12 at-large)
Alabama State (SWAC champion)

Charlottesville Regional
Virginia (ACC at-large)
East Carolina (AAC at-large)
Minnesota (Big Ten at-large)
Navy (Patriot champion)

Nashville Regional
(7) Vanderbilt (SEC at-large)
Wake Forest (ACC at-large)
Long Beach State (Big West champion)
Southeastern Missouri State (OVC champion)

Oxford Regional
Mississippi (SEC at-large)
Southern Mississippi (C-USA at-large)
South Alabama (Sun Belt at-large)
Hartford (America East champion)

Last Ten Teams In (reverse order):

Minnesota
BYU
Southeastern Louisiana
Washington
Cal State Fullerton
South Alabama
Northwestern State
Louisiana Tech
Michigan
Boston College

First Ten Teams Out:

California
Oregon State
Connecticut
Illinois
Kentucky
Maryland
Alabama
Ohio State
College of Charleston
Indiana State

Next Ten Teams Out:

Marshall
Lamar
St. Mary’s
Oklahoma
UNC Greensboro
Houston
Jacksonville
West Virginia
Old Dominion
Oregon

Teams by conference:

ACC (11)
SEC (7)
C-USA (4)
PAC-12 (4)
Big Ten (3)
Big 12 (3)
Big West (3)
Southland (3)
AAC (2)
Sun Belt (2)
WCC (2)
America East (1)
Atlantic 10 (1)
Atlantic Sun (1)
Big East (1)
Big South (1)
Colonial (1)
Horizon (1)
Ivy (1)
Metro Atlantic (1)
MAC (1)
MEAC (1)
MVC (1)
MWC (1)
Northeast (1)
OVC (1)
Patriot (1)
Southern (1)
SWAC (1)
Summit (1)
WAC (1)

College Baseball 2016 Week 15 (May 23 – May 29) Top-25

Despite being the #4 seed in this week's SEC Tournament in Hoover, AL, Kevin O'Sullivan's Florida Gators remain the top-ranked team in this week's college baseball top-25. (photo courtesy of sportstalkflorida.com)

Despite losing their first weekend series of 2016, dropping out of the top spot in the RPI rankings and being the #4 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama, Kevin O’Sullivan’s Florida Gators remain the top-ranked team in this week’s college baseball top-25. (photo courtesy of sportstalkflorida.com)

Florida heads into the SEC Tournament as the top-ranked team in the nation, even after suffering their only season-series loss of 2016 at LSU. The Gators’ Thursday opener was suspended, due to rain, and, after a Friday loss, the continuation of the lid-lifter resulted in second loss for Kevin O’Sullivan’s club. However, Florida did escape Alex Box Stadium with a seven-inning victory on Saturday and holds on to the pinnacle position.

Texas A&M slipped to a 2-2 week, but remains in second place. The Aggies were handed their first shutout of 2016 by Sam Houston State, but rebounded to take two of three from Ole Miss. Miami was well on their way to a undefeated week, but a Saturday, extra-inning, walk-off home run spoiled the Hurricanes’ plans of sweeping Florida State in Tallahassee. The Canes cemented the third spot with a solid 3-1 campaign. Mississippi State holds firm in fourth after humbling Arkansas to run their winning streak to ten games and grab the SEC regular season title. Despite grabbing the top spot in the RPI rankings, Louisville has to settle for another week in fifth place. The Cardinals blasted Indiana before, easily, dispatching Wake Forest en route to the ACC’s Atlantic Division title.

South Carolina had no problem with The Citadel before sweeping their series at Alabama via a trifecta of two-run victories to lead the second five. LSU jumps into the top-ten, up four spots to seventh, after taking two of three vs. top-ranked Florida and logging a mid-week victory over Northwestern State. In the Big 12, Texas Tech wrapped up their regular season and a conference title with a series win over resurgent West Virginia to stand pat in eighth. Virginia and North Carolina State swapped positions as the Cavaliers continued their late-season charge with an easy series win over hapless Virginia Tech to take ninth while the Wolfpack took two of three against Tobacco Road foe North Carolina to enter the post-season in tenth place. Also, Saturday’s NC State victory, combined with Boston College’s doubleheader sweep of Georgia Tech, leaves the Tar Heels out of the ACC Tournament and they sit as the enigma of the 2016 Field of 64. With the Heels’ RPI good enough to host, but failing to qualify for their own conference’s tournament, what will the committee make of Mike Fox’ team?

Vanderbilt moves up one spot to 11th, Mississippi drops five positions to 12th, TCU remains in 13th, Clemson advances two rungs to 14th and Coastal Carolina surges from 22nd to 15th.

Despite losing two of three to Miami, Florida State inches up one spot to 16th, Louisiana-Lafayette moves up two to 17th, Oklahoma State’s loss to Oral Roberts causes them to fall to 18th, despite a sweep of Kansas, Florida Atlantic returns to the rankings in 19th and Duke advances five spots to 20th.

Rounding out the top-25 this week, East Carolina rises from the unranked to 21st, Tulane drops two spots to 22nd, North Carolina remains in 23rd, UC Santa Barbara climbs to 24th and Georgia Tech, barely, remains in the rankings holding down the 25th position.

Florida Atlantic and East Carolina’s resurgence into the rankings sends Southern Mississippi and Rice, both C-USA teams, to the “also receiving consideration” category. The Golden Eagles were swept at Florida International and the Texas version of the Owls suffered the same fate at Louisiana Tech. Not coincidentally, the series losses by USM and Rice opened the door for Florida Atlantic to grab the Conference USA regular season title, with Marshall taking the two-seed in this week’s conference tourney. Despite losing two of three to Cal State Fullerton last weekend, the UCSB Gauchos knocked the first-place Titans out of the rankings after a 3-1 week while CSF lost a home series to Hawai’i.

1. Florida (44-11, 19-10 SEC-E) This week: vs. TBD 5/25; TBD *SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL*
(LW – 1) Last week (1-2): at #11 LSU (39-17, 19-11 SEC-W) L 5-4, L 7-3, W 6-2 (7)

2. Texas A&M (41-13, 20-10 SEC-W) This week: vs. TBD 5/25; TBD *SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL*
(LW – 2) Last week (2-2): vs. Sam Houston State (37-19, 24-6 Southland) L 5-0; vs. #7 Mississippi (40-16, 18-12 SEC-W) W 6-1, W 11-5, L 3-2

3. Miami-FL (43-10, 21-7 ACC-C) This week: vs. TBD 5/25; vs. North Carolina State (34-18, 15-13 ACC-A) 5/26; vs. #16 Florida State (34-19, 16-10 ACC-A) 5/28 *ACC Tournament – Durham, NC*
(LW – 3) Last week (3-1): vs. Florida Gulf Coast (24-30, 9-12 Atlantic Sun) W 8-3; at #17 Florida State (34-19, 16-10 ACC-A) W 4-2, W 8-5, L 3-2 (10)

4. Mississippi State (40-14, 21-9 SEC-W) This week: vs. TBD 5/25; TBD *SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL*
(LW – 4) Last week (3-0): vs. Arkansas (26-29, 7-23 SEC-E) W 7-0, W 5-1, W 9-4

5. Louisville (46-10, 22-8 ACC-A) This week: vs. TBD 5/25; vs. #14 Clemson (38-18, 16-14 ACC-A) 5/27; vs. #9 Virginia (36-18, 19-11 ACC-C) 5/28 *ACC Tournament – Durham, NC*
(LW – 5) Last week (4-0): vs. Indiana (31-22, 15-9 Big Ten) W 9-2; at Wake Forest (32-23, 13-17 ACC-A) W 3-1, W 9-2, W 9-4

6. South Carolina (42-13, 20-9 SEC-E) This week: vs. TBD 5/25; TBD *SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL*
(LW – 6) Last week (4-0): vs. The Citadel (16-40, 6-18 Southern) W 16-4; at Alabama (31-24, 15-15 SEC-W) W 6-4, W 4-2, W 9-7

7. LSU (39-17, 19-11 SEC-W) This week: vs. Tennessee (29-27, 9-21 SEC-E) 5/24; TBD *SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL*
(LW – 11) Last week (3-1): vs. Northwestern State (33-22, 20-10 Southland) W 7-2; vs. #1 Florida (44-11, 19-10 SEC-E) W 5-4, W 7-3, L 6-2 (7)

8. Texas Tech (40-14, 19-5 Big 12) This week: vs. Kansas State (26-29, 8-16 Big 12) 5/25, TBD *Big 12 Tournament – Tulsa, OK*
(LW – 8) Last week (2-1): vs. West Virginia (33-21, 12-11 Big 12) W 2-1, W 4-2, L 8-7

9. Virginia (36-18, 19-11 ACC-C) This week: vs. #14 Clemson (38-18, 16-14 ACC-A) 5/26; vs. TBD 5/27; vs. #5 Louisville (46-10, 22-8 ACC-A) 5/28 *ACC Tournament – Durham, NC*
(LW – 10) Last week (3-0): vs. Richmond (28-24, 11-13 Atlantic 10) CCD; vs. Virginia Tech (19-36, 6-24 ACC-C) W 8-3, W 7-6, W 4-1

10. North Carolina State (34-18, 15-13 ACC-A) This week: vs. #16 Florida State (34-19, 16-10 ACC-A) 5/25; vs. #3 Miami-FL (43-10, 21-7 ACC-C) 5/26; vs. TBD 5/27 *ACC Tournament – Durham, NC*
(LW – 9) Last week (2-1): vs. #23 North Carolina (34-27, 13-16 ACC-C) W 6-4, L 16-4, W 10-1

11. Vanderbilt (41-15, 18-12 SEC-E) This week: vs. Missouri (26-29, 9-21 SEC-E) 5/24; TBD *SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL*
(LW – 12) Last week (4-0): vs. Morehead State (31-25, 17-13 OVC) W 6-0; vs. Auburn (23-33, 8-22 SEC-W) W 5-2, W 9-3, W 4-3

12. Mississippi (40-16, 18-12 SEC-W) This week: vs. Georgia (27-29, 11-19 SEC-E) 5/24; TBD *SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL*
(LW – 7) Last week (1-3): at Arkansas State (27-27, 13-17 Sun Belt) L 8-6; at #2 Texas A&M (41-13, 20-10 SEC-W) L 6-1, L 11-5, W 3-2

13. TCU (38-14, 15-9 Big 12) This week: vs. Baylor (24-27, 10-14 Big 12) 5/25, TBD *Big 12 Tournament – Tulsa, OK*
(LW – 13) Last week (4-0): vs. Stephen F. Austin (27-28, 14-16 Southland) W 3-2; vs. Kansas State (26-29, 8-16 Big 12) W 3-2, W 2-1, W 9-3

14. Clemson (38-18, 16-14 ACC-A) This week: vs. #9 Virginia (36-18, 19-11 ACC-C) 5/26; vs. #5 Louisville (46-10, 22-8 ACC-A) 5/27; vs. TBD 5/28 *ACC Tournament – Durham, NC*
(LW – 16) Last week (4-0): vs. Charleston Southern (19-34, 6-18 Big South) W 3-2; at Notre Dame (27-27, 11-17 ACC-A) W 2-1 (11), W 11-1, W 6-2

15. Coastal Carolina (40-15, 21-3 Big South) This week: vs. Radford (17-37, 9-15 Big South) 5/24, TBD *Big South Conference Tournament, Lexington, SC*
(LW – 22) Last week (4-0): vs. UNC Wilmington (37-15, 16-6 Colonial) W 4-1; vs. Campbell (26-27, 13-11 Big South) W 9-1, W 6-5, W 23-4 (7)

16. Florida State (34-19, 16-10 ACC-A) This week: vs. #10 North Carolina State (34-18, 15-13 ACC-A) 5/25; vs. TBD 5/26; vs. #3 Miami-FL (43-10, 21-7 ACC-C) 5/28 *ACC Tournament – Durham, NC*
(LW – 17) Last week (1-2): at Stetson (25-29, 9-12 Atlantic Sun) CCD; vs. #3 Miami-FL (43-10, 21-7 ACC-C) L 4-2, L 8-5, L 3-2 (10)

17. Louisiana-Lafayette (37-19, 21-9 Sun Belt) This week: vs. Arkansas State (27-27, 13-17 Sun Belt) 5/25, TBD *Sun Belt Tournament – San Marcos, TX*
(LW – 19) Last week (4-0): at New Orleans (30-24, 14-16 Southland) W 17-3 (7); vs. Louisiana-Monroe (20-35, 10-20 Sun Belt) W 8-2, W 6-5 (11), W 6-2

18. Oklahoma State (35-18, 16-8 Big 12) This week: vs. Texas (22-30, 10-14 Big 12) 5/25, TBD *Big 12 Tournament – Tulsa, OK*
(LW – 14) Last week (3-1): at Oral Roberts (34-18, 22-8 Summit) L 3-1; vs. Kansas (20-35, 6-17 Big 12) W 4-3, W 9-2, W 8-1

19. Florida Atlantic (37-15, 21-8 C-USA) This week: vs. Charlotte (23-30, 12-17 C-USA) 5/25, TBD *Conference USA Tournament – Hattiesburg, MS*
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. Western Kentucky (24-30, 10-20 C-USA) W 4-3, W 10-2, W 4-1

20. Duke (33-21, 14-15 ACC-C) This week: vs. Wake Forest (32-23, 13-17 ACC-A) 5/24; TBD *ACC Tournament – Durham, NC*
(LW – 25) Last week (2-0): at Pittsburgh (25-26, 10-18 ACC-C) W 2-1 (10), W 7-5, CCD

21. East Carolina (34-19, 15-8 AAC) This week: vs. South Florida (23-31, 8-16 AAC) 5/25, TBD *American Athletic Conference Tournament – Clearwater, FL*
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. Campbell (26-17, 13-11 Big South) CCD; at Central Florida (25-31, 8-16 AAC) W 5-3, W 7-1, W 8-7

22. Tulane (37-17, 15-7 AAC) This week: vs. Central Florida (25-31, 8-16 AAC) 5/24, TBD *America Athletic Conference Tournament – Clearwater, FL*
(LW – 20) Last week (2-2): vs. Nicholls State (26-30, 14-16 Southland) L 2-0; at Houston (33-22, 11-12 AAC) L 3-2 (13), W 8-4, W 4-3

23. North Carolina (34-21, 13-17 ACC-C) This week: IDLE
(LW – 23) Last week (2-2): vs. Notre Dame (27-27, 11-17 ACC-A) W 8-1; at #9 North Carolina State (34-18, 15-13 ACC-A) L 6-4, W 16-4, L 10-1

24. UC Santa Barbara (35-16, 12-9 Big West) This week (4): vs. Gonzaga (33-16, 18-9 WCC) 5/23; vs. UC Riverside (24-28, 10-11 Big West) 5/26-28
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): at UCLA (25-28, 12-15 PAC-12) W 4-3; at UC Irvine (29-24, 9-12 Big West) W 10-3, L 5-4, W 9-5

25. Georgia Tech (35-20, 13-16 ACC-C) This week: vs. Boston College (31-19, 13-15 ACC-A) 5/24; TBD *ACC Tournament – Durham, NC*
(LW – 21) Last week (2-2): vs. Georgia (27-29, 11-19 SEC-E) W 6-3 *at Atlanta, GA*; vs. Boston College (31-19, 13-15 ACC-A) W 6-3, L 7-6, L 8-3

Dropped From Rankings: #15 Southern Mississippi, #18 Rice, #24 Cal State Fullerton

Also Receiving Consideration:

Boston College (31-19, 13-15 ACC-A), Wake Forest (32-23, 13-17 ACC-A), Long Beach State (35-18, 14-7 Big West), UNC Wilmington (37-15, 16-6 Colonial), Louisiana Tech (37-16, 19-11 C-USA), Rice (32-20, 19-10 C-USA), Southern Mississippi (36-18, 20-10 C-USA), Dallas Baptist (37-17, 15-5 MVC), Bryant (44-10, 26-4 Northeast), Arizona (33-20, 16-14 PAC-12)

NCAA Division-1 Baseball Regionals Projection 16 May 2016

Could freshman RHP Riley Ottesen and the 20-25 Utah Utes upset the post-season hopes of a few bubble teams? (photo courtesy of Trev Mozingo and utahutes.com)

Could freshman RHP Riley Ottesen and the 20-25 Utah Utes upset the post-season hopes of a few bubble teams? (photo courtesy of Trev Mozingo and utahutes.com)

As we sit, exactly, two weeks away from Selection Monday for the NCAA Division-1 Baseball Championship field being announced, the volatility continues as who will make the Field of 64. While it’s a foregone conclusion that four of the national seeds have been, effectively, etched in stone, not much else has been decided with the exception of one team: Princeton, who won the Ivy League’s automatic bid with a thrilling three-game series victory against Yale to represent the Ancient Eight in the tournament.

Two national seeds change in this week’s projection, as Vanderbilt and Mississippi replace Clemson and Florida State. While Clemson is, still, slated to be a regional host, the Seminoles drop down to a 2-seed, following a horrible 1-4 week that included losses to Jacksonville and Florida Gulf Coast and a series loss at Duke. Florida State joins Coastal Carolina as teams that are moved from hosting duties this week. In the Chanticleers’ case, the loss of a regional hosting bid has more to do with the lack of western hosts. Coastal is projected to be a top seed at Los Angeles while North Carolina repeats as a 1-seed in a regional at Tucson. The hosts, UC Santa Barbara and Arizona, respectively, are 2-seeds in these projected matchups..

Meanwhile, three conferences have new projected champions: Minnesota replaces Michigan as the Big Ten champ, although the Wolverines, still, receive an at-large bid after their unexpectedly bad weekend at Ohio State. However, in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga takes the auto-bid from St. Mary’s, knocking the Gaels out of the tournament and North Florida does the same to Jacksonville in the Atlantic Sun.

St. Mary’s and Jacksonville join Oregon State and College of Charleston as teams on the outside of the Field of 64 projection, this week, while Gonzaga, North Florida, Arizona State and New Orleans fill out the final spots in the tournament.

While having a down year in regards to national presence, the PAC-12 is causing a bit of consternation among teams that are “on the bubble”. Like the Big West, the PAC-12 has no post-season tournament and the conference auto-bid goes to the team in first place which, at this time, is Utah. The Utes, with an overall record of 20-25, have a 15-9 conference mark with two series remaining (at California, vs. Washington). One game behind is Washington and Arizona (one conference series remaining) sits a half game behind the Huskies. Ten of the 11 teams in-conference are, still, mathematically alive for the conference championship and, with six of those not, currently, included in the Field of 64, the eyes of the bubble-watchers will be on the PAC-12.

It’s worth noting that Georgia is a projected 2-seed with a 26-26 record, based upon the brutal schedule of the SEC and the Dawgs holding, by far, the toughest opponent schedule in the nation. The Bulldogs might be overlooked for another entrant by the NCAA, Also, as noted a few weeks ago, Northwestern State might be a casualty of the selection committee in favor of a more popular and higher profile team, namely Oregon State, who has been ranked by most of the national pollsters all season. For the record, the Beavers have failed to crack my top-25 rankings since 11 April.

While this projection does not, necessarily, reflect my weekly top-25 rankings  posted Sunday night, it is based upon predicted finishes to the season, current RPI, conference strength and an attempt to understand and predict the outcome based upon the long-held belief that the NCAA Selection Committee works with a different set of standards.

Gainesville Regional
(1) Florida (SEC champion)
Michigan (Big Ten at-large)
Bryant (Northeast champion)
Florida A&M (MEAC champion)

Los Angeles Regional
Coastal Carolina (Big South champion)
UC Santa Barbara (Big West at-large) *host*
California (PAC-12 at-large)
Seattle (WAC champion)

Nashville Regional
(8) Vanderbilt (SEC at-large)
Dallas Baptist (MVC champion)
Wake Forest (ACC at-large)
Southeast Missouri State (OVC champion)

Starkville Regional
Mississippi State (SEC at-large)
TCU (Big 12 at-large)
Minnesota (Big Ten champion)
Hartford (America East champion)

College Station Regional
(4) Texas A&M (SEC at-large)
Oklahoma State (Big 12 at-large)
Creighton (Big East Champion)
Oral Roberts (Summit champion)

Lubbock Regional
Texas Tech (Big 12 champion)
Rice (C-USA champion)
Boston College (ACC at-large)
Wright State (Horizon champion)

Columbia Regional
(5) South Carolina (SEC at-large)
Duke (ACC at-large)
Gonzaga (WCC champion)
UNC Greensboro (Southern champion)

Clemson Regional
Clemson (ACC at-large)
Georgia (SEC at-large)
Long Beach State (Big West at-large)
North Florida (Atlantic Sun champion)

Coral Gables Regional
(3) Miami-Florida (ACC champion)
Florida Atlantic (C-USA at-large)
Southeastern Louisiana (Southland champion)
Monmouth (Metro Atlantic champion)

Baton Rouge Regional
LSU (SEC at-large)
Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt champion)
Washington (PAC-12 at-large)
New Orleans (Southland at-large)

Oxford Regional
(6) Mississippi (SEC at-large)
Georgia Tech (ACC at-large)
Northwestern State (Southland at-large)
Kent State (MAC champion)

Hattiesburg Regional
Southern Mississippi (C-USA at-large)
Florida State (ACC at-large)
South Alabama (Sun Belt at-large)
Princeton (Ivy champion)

Louisville Regional
(2) Louisville (ACC at-large)
Tulane (AAC champion)
Arizona State (PAC-12 at-large)
Alabama State (SWAC champion)

Tucson Regional
North Carolina (ACC at-large)
Arizona (PAC-12 champion) *host*
BYU (WCC at-large)
New Mexico (MWC champion)

Raleigh Regional
(7) North Carolina State (ACC at-large)
East Carolina (AAC at-large)
UNC Wilmington (Colonial champion)
VCU (Atlantic 10 champion)

Charlottesville Regional
Virginia (ACC at-large)
Cal State Fullerton (Big West champion)
Kentucky (SEC at-large)
Navy (Patriot champion)

Last Ten Teams In:

New Orleans
Kentucky
Washington
BYU
California
Boston College
South Alabama
Long Beach State
Northwestern State
Wake Forest

First Ten Teams Out:

College of Charleston
Louisiana Tech
Alabama
Jacksonville
Nebraska
Rutgers
Oregon State
Indiana State
Fresno State
Sam Houston State

Next Ten Teams Out:

Pittsburgh
Illinois
Marshall
Michigan State
Connecticut
St. Mary’s
Maryland
High Point
Pepperdine
Cal State Northridge

Teams by conference:

ACC (11)
SEC (9)
PAC-12 (4)
Big 12 (3)
Big West (3)
C-USA (3)
Southland (3)
AAC (2)
Big Ten (2)
Sun Belt (2)
WCC (2)
America East (1)
Atlantic 10 (1)
Atlantic Sun (1)
Big East (1)
Big South (1)
Colonial (1)
Horizon (1)
Ivy (1)
Metro Atlantic (1)
MAC (1)
MEAC (1)
MVC (1)
MWC (1)
Northeast (1)
OVC (1)
Patriot (1)
Southern (1)
SWAC (1)
Summit (1)
WAC (1)

College Baseball 2016 Week 14 (May 16 – May 22) Top-25

Duke freshman OF Jimmy Herron hit .545 (12-for-22) with seven doubles, four RBI, four runs and four stolen bases as the Blue Devils notched a 4-1 week and their 2016 debut in the top-25 rankings. (photo courtesy of Art Calabretta and goduke.com)

Duke freshman OF Jimmy Herron hit .545 (12-for-22) with seven doubles, four RBI, four runs and four stolen bases as the Blue Devils notched a 4-1 week and their 2016 debut in the top-25 rankings. (photo courtesy of Art Calabretta and goduke.com)

As the NCAA Baseball post-season approaches, the strong stay strong while the pretenders are beginning to slide into relative mediocrity. The SEC leads the way this week, again, with five of the top seven teams and seven of the top 12 in the new rankings. The top-five remain unchanged with Florida atop the pack after a 3-1 week. Texas A&M took two of three at South Carolina, Miami waltzed to a 5-0 campaign, Mississippi State had an easy 4-0 campaign and Louisville handled Vanderbilt in a mid-week contest and swept North Carolina State, with ease, for another undefeated week.

Despite losing two of three at Founders Park to Texas A&M, South Carolina inched up a sixth, Mississippi used a Saturday walk-off win to sweep Kentucky and rise three places to seventh, Texas Tech won their only game, a mid-week matchup with Abilene Christian, to move up a spot to eighth, North Carolina State, despite being swept at Louisville, retreats one position to ninth and Virginia climbs six places, to tenth, after their series win over Georgia Tech.

While LSU and Vanderbilt check in 11th and 12th, TCU remains in 13th, Oklahoma State takes advantage of a mid-ranking vacuum to move up to 14th and Southern Mississippi makes the biggest move of the week, from 24th to 15th.

Clemson climbs two spots to 6th, Florida State plummets 11 places to 17th after a dreadful 1-4 effort, Rice falls four positions to 18th, Louisiana-Lafayette rebounded from an 0-2 start to win a pair of weekend games at South Alabama and move into 19th and Tulane stands pat at 20th.

Joining the rankings this week are North Carolina, Cal State Fullerton and Duke. Following Georgia Tech and Coastal Carolina, 21st and 22nd, respectively, the Tar Heels reenter the rankings in 23rd, the Titans make their 2016 debut in 24th and the Blue Devils, following a series win over Florida State, round out the rankings in 25th. Dropping out of the top-25 this week are UC Santa Barbara (21st), Michigan (23rd) and UNC Wilmington (25th).

1. Florida (43-9, 18-8 SEC-E) This week (3): at #11 LSU (36-16, 17-10 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 1) Last week (3-1): vs. South Florida (23-28, 8-13 AAC) W 11-4; vs. #11 Vanderbilt (37-15, 15-12 SEC-E) W 4-2, L 5-0, W 10-6

2. Texas A&M (39-11, 18-9 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Sam Houston State (33-19, 21-6 Southland) 5/17; vs. #7 Mississippi (39-13, 17-10 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 2) Last week (2-1): at #7 South Carolina (38-13, 17-9 SEC-E) W 3-0, W 5-2, L 10-7

3. Miami-FL (40-9, 19-6 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Florida Gulf Coast (24-26, 9-9 Atlantic Sun) 5/17; at #17 Florida State (33-17, 15-8 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – 3) Last week (5-0): at #17 Georgia Tech (33-18, 12-14 ACC-C) W 17-6; vs. Bethune-Cookman (25-25, 17-7 MEAC-S) W 14-7; vs. Pittsburgh (25-23, 10-16 ACC-C) W 7-6, W 4-3 (11), W 8-4

4. Mississippi State (37-14, 18-9 SEC-W) This week (3): vs. Arkansas (26-25, 7-20 SEC-E) 5/19-21
(LW – 4) Last week (4-0): at Troy (30-23, 15-12 Sun Belt) W 7-3; at Auburn (22-30, 8-19 SEC-W) W 4-0, W 16-6, W 10-3

5. Louisville (42-10, 19-8 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Indiana (31-18, 15-6 Big Ten) 5/17; at Wake Forest (31-20, 13-14 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – 5) Last week (4-0): at #11 Vanderbilt (37-15, 15-12 SEC-E) W 8-5; vs. #8 North Carolina State (32-17, 13-12 ACC-A) W 2-0, W 4-2, W 6-1

6. South Carolina (38-13, 17-9 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. The Citadel (16-36, 6-15 Southern) 5/17; at Alabama (30-21, 15-12 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 7) Last week (2-2): vs. Presbyterian (24-27, 10-11 Big South) W 3-1; vs. #2 Texas A&M (39-11, 18-9 SEC-W) L 3-0, L 5-2, W 10-7

7. Mississippi (39-13, 17-10 SEC-W) This week (4): at Arkansas State (24-26, 11-16 Sun Belt) 5/17; at #2 Texas A&M (39-11, 18-9 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 10) Last week (3-0): vs. Kentucky (29-23, 13-14 SEC-E) W 3-1, W 14-2, W 7-5

8. Texas Tech (38-13, 17-4 Big 12) This week (3): vs. West Virginia (31-19, 11-9 Big 12) 5/19-21
(LW – 9) Last week (1-0): at Abilene Christian (16-31, 8-18 Southland) W 7-2

9. North Carolina State (32-17, 13-12 ACC-A) This week (3): vs. #23 North Carolina (32-19, 11-15 ACC-C) 5/19-21
(LW – 8) Last week (0-3): at #5 Louisville (42-10, 19-8 ACC-A) L 2-0, L 4-2, L 6-1

10. Virginia (33-18, 16-11 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Richmond (26-24, 11-13 Atlantic 10) 5/17; vs. Virginia Tech (19-33, 6-21 ACC-C) 5/19-21
(LW – 16) Last week (2-1): vs. #17 Georgia Tech (33-18, 12-14 ACC-C) W 6-3, W 9-4, L 5-4

11. LSU (36-16, 17-10 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Northwestern State (30-21, 17-10 Southland) 5/17; vs. #1 Florida (43-9, 18-8 SEC-E) 5/19-21
(LW – 12) Last week (5-0): at Notre Dame (27-23, 11-13 ACC-A) W 1-0 (11), W 3-2 (7); at Tennessee (26-26, 7-20 SEC-E) W 2-1, W 11-3, W 10-7

12. Vanderbilt (37-15, 15-12 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Morehead State (30-22, 16-11 OVC) 5/17; vs. Auburn (22-30, 8-19 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 11) Last week (1-3): vs. #5 Louisville (42-10, 19-8 ACC-A) L 8-5; at #1 Florida (43-9, 18-8 SEC-E) L 4-2, W 5-0, L 10-6

13. TCU (34-14, 12-9 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Stephen F. Austin (27-24, 14-13 Southland) 5/17; vs. Kansas State (26-26, 8-13 Big 12) 5/19-21
(LW – 13) Last week (1-2): vs. Stephen F. Austin (27-24, 14-13 Southland) PPD; at Baylor (22-26, 8-13 Big 12) L 4-3, L 8-5, W 7-3

14. Oklahoma State (32-17, 13-8 Big 12) This week (4): at Oral Roberts (32-16, 21-6 Summit) 5/17; vs. Kansas (20-31, 6-14 Big 12) 5/19-21
(LW – 15) Last week (2-2): vs. Dallas Baptist (34-16, 13-4 MVC) W 8-7 (11); vs. Oklahoma (26-24, 11-13 Big 12) *at Oklahoma City, OK/Tulsa, OK* L 9-1, W 10-9, L 3-1

15. Southern Mississippi (36-15, 20-7 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Louisiana-Monroe (20-32, 10-17 Sun Belt) 5/17; at Florida International (25-27, 12-15 C-USA) 5/19-21
(LW – 24) Last week (2-1): vs. Louisiana Tech (34-16, 16-11 C-USA) L 7-5, W 7-3, W 2-0

16. Clemson (34-18, 13-14 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Charleston Southern (18-31, 5-16 Big South) 5/17; at Notre Dame (27-23, 11-13 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – 18) Last week (3-2): vs. College of Charleston (27-23, 10-11 Colonial) W 13-4, L 11-4; at Georgia Southern (31-22, 14-13 Sun Belt) W 12-1, L 7-6, W 17-4

17. Florida State (33-17, 15-8 ACC-A) This week (4): at Stetson (25-26, 9-9 Atlantic Sun) 5/17; vs. #3 Miami-FL (40-9, 19-6 ACC-C) 5/19-21
(LW – 6) Last week (1-4): at Jacksonville (32-18, 13-5 Atlantic Sun) L 6-2; vs. Florida Gulf Coast (24-26, 9-9 Atlantic Sun) L 11-8 (10); at Duke (31-21, 12-15 ACC-C) L 5-4, L 3-1, W 4-3

18. Rice (32-16, 19-7 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Houston (31-20, 10-10 AAC) *at Sugar Land, TX* 5/17; at Louisiana Tech (34-16, 16-11 C-USA) 5/19-21
(LW – 14) Last week (1-2): vs. Houston (31-20, 10-10 AAC) L 10-0; vs. Florida Atlantic (34-15, 18-8 C-USA) W 9-1, L 10-3, CCD

19. Louisiana-Lafayette (33-19, 18-9 Sun Belt) This week (4): at New Orleans (30-20, 14-13 Southland) 5/17; vs. Louisiana-Monroe (20-32, 10-17 Sun Belt) 5/19-21
(LW – 22) Last week (2-2): vs. Houston (31-20, 10-10 AAC) L 3-2; at South Alabama (37-16, 20-7 Sun Belt) L 3-2, W 5-4 (11), W 6-3

20. Tulane (35-15, 13-6 AAC) This week (4): vs. Nicholls State (22-30, 11-16 Southland) 5/17; at Houston (31-20, 10-10 AAC) 5/19-21
(LW – 20) Last week (4-1): vs. New Orleans (30-20, 14-13 Southland) W 5-2; vs. Southern (12-30, 6-14 SWAC-W) W 14-2; vs. Memphis (17-35, 8-13 AAC) W 1-0, L 8-1, W 9-5

21. Georgia Tech (33-18, 12-14 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Georgia (26-26, 10-17 SEC-E) *at Atlanta, GA* 5/17; vs. Boston College (29-18, 11-14 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – 17) Last week (2-3): vs. #3 Miami-FL (40-9, 19-6 ACC-C) L 17-6; vs. Savannah State (12-40, 7-17 MEAC-S) W 21-3; at #16 Virginia (33-18, 16-11 ACC-C) L 6-3, L 9-4, W 5-4

22. Coastal Carolina (36-15, 18-3 Big South) This week (4): vs. UNC Wilmington (35-13, 14-5 Colonial) 5/17; vs. Campbell (26-24, 13-8 Big South) 5/19-21
(LW – 19) Last week (2-1): at Charleston Southern (18-31, 5-16 Big South) L 6-4, W 9-3, W 6-0

23. North Carolina (32-19, 11-15 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Notre Dame (27-23, 11-13 ACC-A) 5/16; at #9 North Carolina State (32-17, 13-12 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – NR) Last week (2-2): vs. East Carolina (31-19, 12-8 AAC) W 9-1; at #25 UNC Wilmington (35-13, 14-5 Colonial) L 6-2; vs. Notre Dame (27-23, 11-13 ACC-A) W 3-0, L 3-1

24. Cal State Fullerton (32-17, 14-4 Big West) This week (3): vs. Hawai’i (21-26, 10-11 Big West) 5/20-22
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): at UC Santa Barbara (32-15, 10-8 Big West) L 3-2, W 18-2, W 6-3

25. Duke (31-21, 12-15 ACC-C) This week (3): at Pittsburgh (25-23, 10-16 ACC-C) 5/19-21
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): vs. Longwood (30-22, 14-10 Big South) W 11-5; vs. Norfolk State (27-19, 19-5 MEAC-N) W 4-3; vs. #6 Florida State (33-17, 15-8 ACC-A) W 5-4, W 3-1, L 4-3

Dropped From Rankings: #21 UC Santa Barbara, #23 Michigan, #25 UNC Wilmington

Also Receiving Consideration:

East Carolina (31-19, 12-8 AAC), Wake Forest (31-20, 13-14 ACC-A), Minnesota (33-15, 15-5 Big Ten), UC Santa Barbara (32-15, 10-8 Big West), Florida Atlantic (34-15, 18-8 C-USA), Dallas Baptist (34-16, 13-4 MVC), Bryant (39-10, 22-4 Northeast), Arizona (32-18, 15-12 PAC-12), Georgia (26-26, 10-17 SEC-E), South Alabama (37-16, 20-7 Sun Belt)

NCAA Division-1 Baseball Regionals Projection 09 May 2016

TD Ameritrade Park, in Omaha, Nebraska, will host the 2016 College World Series.

TD Ameritrade Park, in Omaha, Nebraska, will host the 2016 College World Series.

As we sit a fortnight and a half away from Selection Monday for the NCAA Division 1 Baseball Tournament, the shakeups are beginning to occur. Not only are there new projected hosts, this week’s Field of 64 has two sites hosted by teams that are not number one seeds.

Starting from the top, two of last week’s national seeds drop out: Mississippi is relegated to host status while UC Santa Barbara plunges to a projected 2-seed. The Gauchos were last week’s only host west of the Rocky Mountains and, with ten teams calling the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones home, two squads that would, otherwise, host, will be sent out west as a 1-seed to handle geographic concerns by the selection committee.

Georgia Tech is projected as a 1-seed at the Los Angeles Regional, hosted by UC Santa Barbara while North Carolina makes the trip to Arizona as the top seed in the Tucson Regional. Meanwhile, LSU steps aside this week as Vanderbilt replaces their SEC brothers as one of the 16 regional hosts.

UC Santa Barbara also falls to at-large status, as Cal State Fullerton is, now, projected to win the Big West Conference’s automatic bid. The only other change is conference champions is in the Big Ten, as Michigan gets the nod over Minnesota.

With all the turmoil mentioned above, only three teams swap out in this week’s field: Pittsburgh, North Florida and Maryland are on the outside looking in as Boston College, College of Charleston and Kentucky slide in to the trifecta of slots.

Not surprisingly, this projection is the most volatile of any of the half-dozen offered since the mid-point of the 2016 baseball season. While RPI, conference strength and current records are the main factors in producing this week’s offering, predicted outcomes of the remaining regular-season games weigh heavier than normal this week. Three conferences do not have post-season tournaments and, while the Ivy League is a 1-seed conference and the Big West is, fairly, assured of having three representatives, the PAC-12 is an utter mess. Rational thought allows the conference to have four teams in the June field, but the conference’s leader, Washington, and the tenth-place team, California, are separated by 3.5 games. Six of those teams are not in this week’s projection and two, Utah and Southern California, are sub-.500 teams, overall, so, the eyes of the committee will be, squarely, on the PAC-12 over the next three weeks.

Gainesville Regional
(1) Florida (SEC champion)
Minnesota (Big Ten at-large)
Duke (ACC at-large)
Florida A&M (MEAC champion)

Los Angeles Regional
Georgia Tech (ACC at-large)
UC Santa Barbara (Big West at-large) *host*
California (PAC-12 at-large)
St. Mary’s (WCC champion)

Raleigh Regional
(8) North Carolina State (ACC at-large)
UNC Wilmington (Colonial champion)
Washington (PAC-12)
Navy (Patriot champion)

Oxford Regional
Mississippi (SEC at-large)
Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt champion)
Boston College (ACC at-large)
Alabama State (SWAC champion)

College Station Regional
(4) Texas A&M (SEC at-large)
Oklahoma State (Big 12 at-large)
Dallas Baptist (MVC champion)
New Mexico (MWC champion)

Lubbock Regional
Texas Tech (Big 12 champion)
Rice (C-USA champion)
Long Beach State (Big West at-large)
Kentucky (SEC at-large)

Columbia Regional
(5) South Carolina (SEC at-large)
Wake Forest (ACC at-large)
Northwestern State (Southland at-large)
Southeast Missouri State (OVC champion)

Tucson Regional
North Carolina (ACC at-large)
Arizona (PAC-12 champion) *host*
Cal State Fullerton (Big West champion)
Seattle (WAC champion)

Coral Gables Regional
(3) Miami-Florida (ACC champion)
Creighton (Big East champion)
Florida Atlantic (C-USA at-large)
Monmouth (Metro Atlantic champion)

Charlottesville Regional
Virginia (ACC at-large)
East Carolina (AAC at-large)
Oregon State (PAC-12 at-large)
VCU (Atlantic 10 champion)

Clemson Regional
(6) Clemson (ACC at-large)
Georgia (SEC at-large)
UNC Greensboro (Southern champion)
Princeton (Ivy champion)

Conway (SC) Regional
Coastal Carolina (Big South champion)
LSU (SEC at-large)
College of Charleston (Colonial at-large)
Hartford (America East champion)

Louisville Regional
(2) Louisville (ACC at-large)
Michigan (Big Ten champion)
Bryant (Northeast champion)
Wright State (Horizon champion)

Nashville Regional
Vanderbilt (SEC at-large)
TCU (Big 12 at-large)
BYU (WCC at-large)
Kent State (MAC champion)

Tallahassee Regional
(7) Florida State (ACC at-large)
Tulane (AAC champion)
Southeastern Louisiana (Southland champion)
Jacksonville (Atlantic Sun champion)

Starkville Regional
Mississippi State (SEC at-large)
Southern Mississippi (C-USA at-large)
South Alabama (Sun Belt at-large)
Oral Roberts (Summit champion)

Last Ten Teams In:

Kentucky
BYU
College of Charleston
Oregon State
Long Beach State
South Alabama
California
Boston College
Duke
Northwestern State

First Ten Teams Out:

Pittsburgh
North Florida
Michigan State
Gonzaga
Arizona State
High Point
Nebraska
Maryland
Old Dominion
UCLA

Teams by conference:

ACC (11)
SEC (9)
PAC-12 (4)
Big 12 (3)
Big West (3)
C-USA (3)
AAC (2)
Big Ten (2)
Colonial (2)
Southland (2)
Sun Belt (2)
WCC (2)
America East (1)
Atlantic 10 (1)
Atlantic Sun (1)
Big East (1)
Big South (1)
Horizon (1)
Ivy (1)
Metro Atlantic (1)
MAC (1)
MEAC (1)
MVC (1)
MWC (1)
Northeast (1)
OVC (1)
Patriot (1)
Southern (1)
SWAC (1)
Summit (1)
WAC (1)

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