Last week, Arizona was only ranked in one poll. The Wildcats were 22nd in the Collegiate Baseball rankings. Funny things happen, and this is one of them.
The Pac-12 is down to just three teams in all of the major polls. Oregon, Oregon St. and UCLA are all that remain after rough weekends from the Ducks, USC and Stanford. Mississippi State rebounded this week after a poor start to their season, pushing them back towards the top of all the rankings before their trip to Tucson this weekend.
Here's how the major polls rank the Pac-12 teams and Mississippi State. Numbers in () are last week's rankings.
|Baseball America||Perfect Game||Collegiate Baseball||USA Today||NCBWA|
|Oregon State Beavers||5 (4)||6 (6)||8 (8)||6 (3)||5 (7)|
|Oregon Ducks||14 (9)||12 (7)||9 (3)||9 (7)||11 (5)|
|UCLA Bruins||13 (13)||10 (14)||16 (20)||11 (10)||9 (13)|
|Mississippi State Bulldogs||12 (18)||8 (10)||14 (18)||10 (4)||12 (15)|
This week is the first week of a midseason poll for the USA Today Coaches' Poll, so the previous rankings reflect the preseason poll, in which Arizona was ranked 26th. The Wildcats are no longer receiving votes, while Seton Hall is technically ranked 51st. Arizona was also receiving votes in the NCBWA poll, but not this week. The Pirates are now though. ASU is ranked 24th in that NCBWA poll after being 29th last week.
Even though last weekend was really bad, the Cats have a chance to prove themselves this week. Long Beach State is just 4-6 this season, but they are no slouch. The Dirtbags already have wins over USC and Arizona St. Also, half of their six losses came vs. Vanderbilt. Vandy is in the top ten of every poll.
The forgotten team in the Hi Corbett Classic this weekend is UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos are 7-1 this season, and have only allowed more than five runs once. Arizona plays them Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
And then of course, there's Mississippi State. The Wildcats and Bulldogs play Friday night and Sunday night.
Not to sound overly dramatic here, but this week may define the rest of the season for Arizona Baseball.