DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 15th year with its 2012 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 20-June 28, following the 66th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at the second-year TD Ameritade Stadium.
After a week at No. 3, Florida State (43-12) returned to the top of the poll. South Carolina, the two-time defending NCAA champion, dropped to No. 5. The Southeastern Conference, with seven ranked teams, including four of the Top 12, leads all conferences. The Pac-12 has six teams in the poll this week.
The poll voters come from 42 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 297 baseball-playing schools in the 2012 NCAA Division I ranks, and there have been 21 circuits and independents in the surveys this season. Last year there were 16 different leagues (from 30 in NCAA Division I) among the Top 30 polls.
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