Jan. 17, 2006
For Immediate Release
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TEXAS TOPS 2006 PRESEASON NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the ninth year with its 2006 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 6 to June 27, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Texas Longhorns, the defending national champions, top the initial poll of the 2006 season, which has representation by 10 different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks. Florida, No. 2 in the final 2005 poll, is in the same spot to start the 2006 campaign. The ACC and SEC each boast six teams in the preseason poll.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Texas Big 12 56-16 1
2. Florida Southeastern 48-23 2
3. Oregon State Pacific-10 46-12 7
4. Rice Conference USA 45-19 13
5. Nebraska Big 12 57-15 6
6. Clemson Atlantic Coast 43-23 17
7. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 41-19 23
8. Cal State Fullerton Big West 46-18 9
9. Florida State Atlantic Coast 53-20 11
10. Arizona State Pacific-10 42-25 3
11. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 45-19 10
12. Pepperdine West Coast 41-23 -
13. Miami (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 41-19 12
14. Tulane Conference USA 56-12 5
15. LSU Southeastern 40-22 18
16. Missouri Big 12 40-23 25
17. Long Beach State Big West 37-22 21
18. Mississippi State Southeastern 42-22 33
19. Arkansas Southeastern 39-22 28
20. Tennessee Southeastern 46-21 8
21. TCU Mountain West 41-20 27
22. Notre Dame Big East 38-24 -
23. Mississippi Southeastern 48-20 15
24. Wichita State Missouri Valley 51-24 32
25. USC Pacific-10 41-22 16
26. Winthrop Big South 44-22 -
27. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 41-19 22
28. Oklahoma Big 12 35-26 -
29. Stanford Pacific-10 34-25 -
30. Southern Miss Conference USA 41-21 30
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona, Army, Baylor, California, Cal Poly, College of Charleston, Creighton, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Fresno State, George Washington, Hawai'i, Houston, Lamar, Minnesota, UNC Wilmington, Northwestern State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, St. John's, San Francisco, Southern, Stetson, Texas State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Washington.
By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Southeastern 6, Big 12 4, Pacific-10 4, Conference USA 3, Big West 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1, West Coast 1.
Records are from the 2005 season; Previous rank is from final 2005 poll
Note: The NCBWA ranked 35 teams in its poll last season

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Cap Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2006 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Texas)
Feb. 6 (Florida)
Feb. 13 (Florida)
Feb. 20 (Florida)
Feb. 27 (Rice)
March 6 (Rice)
March 13 (Georgia Tech)
March 20 (Florida State)
March 27 (Florida State)
April 3 (South Carolina)
April 10 (North Carolina)
April 17 (Rice)
April 24 (Rice)
May 1 (Rice)
May 8 (Rice)
May 15 (Rice)
May 22 (Rice)
May 29 (Rice)
June 6 (Rice)
June 13 (Rice)