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King of the Conferences
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February 11th, 2019
part IV: Conference Power Rankings
With Opening Day around the corner, we're looking ahead at which conference has the most depth entering the season. Leading the way, the SEC has an average team ranking of 24.6, more than 20 spots ahead of the second place Pac-12. An argument could be made for any of the top 11 teams in the SEC to make the NCAA Tournament with the other three schools in conference not far behind. The SEC will likely earn several top eight seeds come the NCAA Tournament along with a handful more of Regional hosts. Heading into 2019, the SEC is top dog in college baseball.
The Pac-12, which in recent years has been top heavy, has three legitimate contenders in Oregon State, UCLA, and Stanford. Bolstering the average team ranking of 46.8 is the middle of the pack, where the Pac-12 has five schools in the 25-51 range. Several schools will be on the bubble at the end of the season, so it's easy to imagine the Pac-12 sending anywhere from 4-8 schools to the NCAA Tournament.
Despite only having nine baseball schools in conference, the Big XII, which comes in third in the Preseason Conference Power Rankings, has five likely postseason teams. Only a step behind the Pac-12, the Big XII (average team ranking of 48.3) is brought down by the bottom of the conference. But don't let that fool you, the top of the Big XII has some of the best teams in the country.
Coming in fourth, the ACC has eight top 50 teams entering the 2019 season. Leading the way are UNC, Louisville, and Florida State who all have been the models of consistency in recent years. Four of the northern-most schools in conference round out the bottom of the ACC and bring the average team ranking of the conference to 60.2.
Coming up in Part V of King of the Conference, we'll take a look at the next tier of conferences and which mid-majors you should keep an eye out for.