Feb. 2, 2021
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FLORIDA TOPS 2021 PRESEASON NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 24th year with its 2021 inaugural and weekly surveys, and the Florida Gators top the initial preseason poll ahead of No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 Vanderbilt.

Last year's NCBWA Division I Top 30 polls concluded March 16 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down college baseball, and Florida was the final No. 1 contingent with a 16-1 overall record. This is the Gators third time to receive the preseason No. 1 nod along with the 2021 and '18 seasons.

Vanderbilt was the preseason pick in both the 2019 and '20 polls and went on to win the most recent NCAA World Series in June 2019. The Commodores were the No. 1 pre-2015 choice and enter '21 as the two-year defending DI champions and finished the abbreviated 2020 season with a 13-5 overall record and No. 8 NCBWA ranking.

Previous No. 1 entries on the preseason NCBWA rankings have been LSU in the 1998, 2001 and 2009 polls, Southern California (1999), Miami (Fla.) (2000), Stanford (2002), Texas (2003, 06, 10), Rice (2004, 07), Cal State Fullerton (2005, 14), Arizona State (2008), North Carolina (2009), TCU (2011, 17), Florida (2012, 18, 21), Arkansas (2013), and Vanderbilt (2015, 19, 20).

Fellow frequent NCAA World Series contestant No. 3 UCLA won its first NCAA baseball crown 2013 while traditional powers No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 5 Ole Miss round out the Top Five pre-2021 choices. Four different circuits are represented among the Top 10 teams.

There are eight conferences represented in the 35-team survey with the Southeastern leading the way with 12 squads. The Atlantic Coast Conference is next with nine schools in the Top 35. Last year there were 15 different conferences represented in two months of NCBWA surveys.

The 2021 poll voters come from among 40 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national Top 30 beginning with the Feb. 22 NCBWA DI regular season poll.

The '21 season will feature 298 NCAA Division I baseball-playing schools. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to ncbwa.com.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Florida SEC 0-0 1
2. UCLA Pac-12 0-0 2
3. Vanderbilt SEC 0-0 8
4. Texas Tech Big 12 0-0 5
5. Ole Miss SEC 0-0 4
6. Louisville ACC 0-0 6
7. Mississippi State SEC 0-0 12
8. Arkansas SEC 0-0 15
9. Texas Big 12 0-0 29
10. Miami ACC 0-0 3
11. N.C. State ACC 0-0 11
11. TCU Big 12 0-0 28
13. LSU SEC 0-0 19
14. UC Santa Barbara Big West 0-0 RV
15. Virginia ACC 0-0 RV
16. Florida State ACC 0-0 13
17. Arizona Pac-12 0-0 RV
18. Georgia Tech ACC 0-0 RV
19. East Carolina American Athletic 0-0 18
20. Tennessee SEC 0-0 23
21. West Virginia Big 12 0-0 RV
22. Oklahoma Big 12 0-0 10
23. South Carolina SEC 0-0
24. Georgia SEC 0-0 7
25. Auburn SEC 0-0 21
26. Oklahoma State Big 12 0-0 27
27. Duke ACC 0-0 16
28. UCF American Athletic 0-0 14
29. Arizona State Pac-12 0-0 9
30. Alabama SEC 0-0 21
30. Wake Forest ACC 0-0
32. Clemson ACC 0-0 20
33. Texas A&M SEC 0-0 17
34. Michigan Big Ten 0-0 RV
35. Dallas Baptist Missouri Valley 0-0 24
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama State (0-0), Baylor (0-0), Belmont (0-0), Cal State Fullerton (0-0), California (0-0), Coastal Carolina (0-0), Connecticut (0-0), Florida Atlantic (0-0), Georgia Southern (0-0), Indiana (0-0), Kansas State (0-0), Long Beach State (0-0), Louisiana (0-0), Minnesota (0-0), Notre Dame (0-0), Oregon (0-0), Oregon State (0-0), Pepperdine (0-0), Sacramento State (0-0), San Diego (0-0), San Diego State (0-0), South Alabama (0-0), Southern Miss (0-0), Stanford (0-0), Stetson (0-0), Texas State (0-0), Tulane (0-0), UC Irvine (0-0), UNCW (0-0), USC (0-0), Washington (0-0), Washington State (0-0), Wichita State (0-0).
By conference: SEC 12, ACC 9, Big 12 6, Pac-12 3, American Athletic 2, Big Ten 1, Big West 1, Missouri Valley 1.

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 Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2021 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Florida)
Feb. 23 (Ole Miss)
March 1 (Arkansas)
March 8 (Arkansas)
March 15 (Arkansas)
March 22 (Vanderbilt)
March 29 (Vanderbilt)
April 5 (Vanderbilt)
April 12 (Arkansas)
April 19 (Arkansas)
April 26 (Arkansas)
May 3 (Arkansas)
May 10 (Arkansas)
May 17 (Arkansas)
May 24 (Arkansas)
May 31 (Arkansas)
June 8 (Arkansas)
July 1 (Mississippi State)