Feb. 1, 2016
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Gators among nine SEC teams in rankings
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FLORIDA TOPS
2016 PRESEASON NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 19th year with its 2016 weekly surveys. Florida tops this year’s preseason poll after finishing No. 3 in the final 2015 rankings. It is the second time in the past five years that the Gators have held the top spot, as they ranked first to begin the 2012 season.

Florida is among nine SEC teams that are ranked in the preseason poll, more than any other league. The SEC also produced four of the top seven schools, with Vanderbilt at No. 3, Texas A&M at No. 4 and LSU at No. 7. Second-ranked Louisville leads a trio of ACC teams in the top eight, with Miami (Fla.) placing sixth and Virginia coming in at No. 8. The Pac-12 had five teams ranked in the poll, while the Big 12 had four.

The poll voters come from 42 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 survey.

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), Florida (2012), Arkansas (2013) and Vanderbilt (2015).

The current survey has representation by 11 different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2016 NCAA Division I ranks. The rankings of 2015 had 16 different DI conferences rated at least one week. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Florida Southeastern 52-18 3
2. Louisville Atlantic Coast 47-18 9
3. Vanderbilt Southeastern 51-21 2
4. Texas A&M Southeastern 50-14 10
5. Oregon State Pacific-12 39-18 27
6. Miami Atlantic Coast 50-17 6
7. LSU Southeastern 54-12 5
8. Virginia Atlantic Coast 44-24 1
9. UCLA Pacific-12 45-16 15
10. California Pacific-12 36-21 24
11. Oklahoma State Big 12 38-20 19
12. TCU Big 12 51-15 4
13. Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 42-23 16
14. Florida State Atlantic Coast 44-21 13
15. Houston American Athletic 43-20 23
16. Cal State Fullerton Big West 39-25 7
17. Oregon Pacific-12 38-25 -
18. USC Pacific-12 39-21 21
19. Mississippi State Southeastern 24-30 -
20. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 36-23 -
21. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 34-24 -
22. Arkansas Southeastern 40-25 8
23. Coastal Carolina Big South 39-21 -
24. South Carolina Southeastern 32-25 -
25. Michigan Big Ten 39-25 -
26. Rice Conference USA 37-22 22
27. Maryland Big Ten 42-24 14
28. Missouri State Missouri Valley 49-12 12
29. Texas Big 12 30-27 -
30. Oklahoma Big 12 34-27 -
31. Dallas Baptist Missouri Valley 46-15 18
32. Kentucky Southeastern 30-25 -
33. Ole Miss Southeastern 30-28 -
34. College of Charleston Colonial 45-15 20
35. Tulane American Athletic 35-25 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (32-28), Arizona (31-24), Arizona State (35-23), Auburn (36-26), Columbia (34-17), Duke (31-22), East Carolina (40-22), Florida Atlantic (42-19), Georgia (26-28), Georgia Tech (32-23), Grand Canyon (32-22), Illinois (50-10), Indiana (35-24), Iowa (41-18), Long Beach State (28-26), Loyola Marymount (33-21), Missouri (30-28), Nevada (41-15), New Mexico (32-27), Notre Dame (37-23), Old Dominion (27-29), Pepperdine (32-29), Radford (45-16), San Diego (33-22), San Diego State (41-23), South Alabama (37-20), South Florida (34-26), Southeast Missouri State (36-23), Southeastern Louisiana (42-17), Southern Miss (36-18), St. John's (41-16), Stanford (24-32), Stony Brook (35-16), Texas Tech (31-24), UAB (33-25), UC Irvine (33-23), UC Santa Barbara (40-17), UNC Wilmington (41-18), VCU (40-25), Wake Forest (27-26), Winthrop (40-19), Wright State (43-17).
By conference: Southeastern 9, Atlantic Coast 6, Pacific-12 5, Big 12 4, American Athletic 2, Big Ten 2, Missouri Valley 2, Big South 1, Big West 1, Colonial 1, Conference USA 1, Sun Belt 1.
Records are from the 2015 season; Previous rank is from final 2015 poll

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.