After a 2-4 record this week, there was no reason to wonder if Arizona would jump into any of the rankings, even with a win over Mississippi State.
But, for the second straight week, a Wildcats' weekend opponent jumped up. Last week it was Seton Hall, and this week, it's UC Santa Barbara.
The Gauchos aren't making the leap because of the series split with Arizona, but because they manhandled MSU in the two games they played at Hi Corbett this weekend, improving their record on the season to 10-2.
For the Bulldogs, they fell quite a ways after their struggles, but remain ranked in all the major polls this week.
Here's a glimpse at Arizona's past and future opponents in the polls, with links to each poll at the top. Numbers in () are last week's ranking.
|Baseball America||USA Today||Perfect Game||Collegiate Baseball||NCBWA|
|Oregon St. Beavers||4 (5)||4 (6)||5 (6)||7 (8)||4 (5)|
|Oregon Ducks||12 (14)||9 (9)||10 (12)||9 (9)||9 (11)|
|UC Santa Barbara Gauchos||23 (NR)||33||27||20 (NR)||NR|
|Mississippi St. Bulldogs||24 (12)||T19 (10)||20 (8)||23 (14)||20 (12)|
|UCLA Bruins||25 (13)||22 (11)||21 (10)||24 (16)||15 (9)|
|Seton Hall Pirates||NR||49||NR||22 (22)||NR|
In the USA Today Poll, Cal is technically 38th, ASU is 41st, and Washington is 46th out of the 51 teams receiving votes.
ASU was ranked 24th in the NCBWA poll last week, but have dropped out of the 30-team poll.
The Pac-12 is scuffling overall right now, and with conference play starting this weekend, there's almost no chance of regaining some of that clout unless several teams separate themselves from the pack in the coming weeks. Frankly, it doesn't look good for P12 Baseball when we get to May and regional selection time.