Feb. 6, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Texas falls to No. 10 after 0-3 start
FLORIDA TOPS NCBWA TOP 30 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 through June 27, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Florida Gators, the national runners-up in Omaha last season, have grabbed the top spot without yet playing a game. The Gators open their 2006 campaign with a 3-game set this weekend vs. Cincinnati. Texas, which suffered a 3-game sweep at the hands of San Diego, dropped to 0-3. The Toreros are No. 22 in this week's poll. The Longhorns and No. 3 Rice (1-0) are among six teams headed to the Houston College Classic this weekend.

This week's poll has representation by 11 different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks. With South Carolina entered the rankings, the SEC leads all conferences with seven schools, followed by the ACC with six.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Florida Southeastern 0-0 2
2. Rice Conference USA 1-0 4
3. Oregon State Pacific-10 0-0 3
4. Nebraska Big 12 0-0 5
5. Clemson Atlantic Coast 0-0 6
6. Florida State Atlantic Coast 3-0 9
7. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 0-0 7
8. Arizona State Pacific-10 5-1 10
9. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 0-0 11
10. Texas Big 12 0-3 1
11. Long Beach State Big West 3-0 17
12. Pepperdine West Coast 2-1 12
13. Tulane Conference USA 0-0 14
14. Stanford Pacific-10 3-0 29
15. Cal State Fullerton Big West 0-3 8
16. LSU Southeastern 0-0 15
17. Missouri Big 12 0-0 16
18. Mississippi State Southeastern 0-0 18
19. Tennessee Southeastern 2-1 20
20. Arkansas Southeastern 0-0 19
21. Miami (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 3-2 13
22. TCU Mountain West 0-0 21
23. San Diego West Coast 3-0 -
24. Notre Dame Big East 0-0 22
25. Mississippi Southeastern 0-0 23
26. South Carolina Southeastern 0-0 -
27. Winthrop Big South 2-1 26
28. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 3-0 27
29. Wichita State Missouri Valley 0-0 24
30. Southern Miss Conference USA 0-0 30
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (2-1), Baylor (0-0), Cal Poly (5-1), Florida Atlantic (1-2), Kansas (4-1), UNC Wilmington (0-0), Oklahoma (2-1), USC (0-3).
Dropped out: USC (25), Oklahoma (28).
By conference: Southeastern 7, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 3, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2, West Coast 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1.

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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)